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>Sale of art works allows the gallery a fresh start

On behalf of the trustees and staff of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, I am writing to say thank you to the many gallery members, public officials, press commentators and citizens of the Greater Buffalo Niagara community who have given us their support over the past months.

We acknowledge that the decision to sell artworks from our collection was very difficult. For that reason, we are all the more grateful to the gallery members who understood why we had to proceed and gave us their approval.

Now that these sales are over, we offer a heartfelt invitation to everyone in our community to revisit the Albright-Knox, so we can welcome you. Come on Friday, if you like, when it's free, but please come. You will find that 98 percent of the permanent collection is unchanged from what you would have seen here a year ago. Everything from beautiful 19th century landscapes and French Impressionism to renowned abstract expressionist paintings and exciting contemporary works created very recently.

Thanks to the patience and good will of our supporters, we now have the resources to remain in the forefront of modern and contemporary art museums for generations to come. We look forward to the exciting years ahead, and to continuing to serve our community to the very best of our ability.

Louis Grachos, Director

Albright-Knox Art Gallery


>Council has no place in church's business

God bless our city fathers for their concern that the Catholic Diocese is "failing to consider the negative impact the closings [of Catholic churches] will have on some neighborhoods." Where was their concern when their own choices negatively impacted our city neighborhoods and where is their concern now when their choices are more self-serving than wise or so entrenched in political mumbo jumbo that no choice is made at all?

It is a sad fact that the Diocese has been forced into making such a decision in the first place, but to have council members decry the decision is simply a matter of the pot calling the kettle black.

Lois Koss



>There are all forms of unhealthy habits

What's worse than cigarettes? Milk pasteurization not only kills good enzymes, it also creates, according to experts, a poisonous chemical called xanthine oxidase that forms plaque in the arteries, one of the most common causes of heart failure. Not chewing food properly overworks your entire digestive system causing many problems, much worse than a cig or two. Maybe we need table police.

One can of soda pop, diet or otherwise is much worse than a cigarette and just as habit forming. Living on bread products, like muffins, doughnuts, pastries and such, performs a deceptive effect on good health. The Big Mac and other fast food delights do more damage to your overall health than a carton of cigarettes. Sugar cereals are tortuous to good health.

Most drug prescriptions, given out by the carload by your doctor for every symptom under the sun, have horrendous side effects and often do more harm than good. The drug peddlers, however, keep prices high, sweeping up profits in the billions, hating and even suing anybody who encourages natural healing and vitamin supplements.

My conclusion: While cigarette smoking can be adverse to good health, so are hundreds of other things out there that are happily being endorsed but just as deadly to a person's health as cigarettes, and in many cases, even more so.

Ken Depledge



>Mayor is posturing about pool incident

I just read the June 28 News article about two volunteer firefighters, one of whom was threatened with theft charges, as well as owing the town 56 cents for the use of a hydrant to refill a backyard pool.

The Town Line Fire Chief had authorized them to borrow a fire truck, which the firefighters then used to fill a 200 gallon pool at one of the volunteer's homes. Lancaster Mayor William Cansdale said "It's astounding, the nerve of some people." These two volunteers are now on suspension for 60 days.

Whatever happened to common sense and courtesies in this country? Here we have two people who volunteer to protect the citizens of their community 24 hours a day. If Cansdales' home were to catch fire, or he were to have a medical emergency, these same two volunteers might well be at the door of the mayor's home rendering their valuable service.

The mayor should be ashamed of himself for making an issue out of such a trivial matter and I believe he should be commending these volunteers for their service to the community rather than harassing them with political showmanship!

I salute all volunteer firefighters who give of their time and effort and sometimes their lives. It is sad to see this kind of issue arise over such an inconsequential occurrence.

George Poole



>Cheney continues to subvert the law

Dick Cheney (I don't even want to entitle him as "vice president") has continually denied any authority over his office, including having to divulge the heads of energy companies who wrote this country's energy policy, such as it is. It's up to Congress.

Susan Quaintance



>IDA 'reform' is no incentive for growth

In a June 26 New article, "Failure to renew law threatens projects by nonprofits," changes proposed by the state Assembly to the Industrial Development Agency (IDA) process were described as "improvements." To those engaged in economic development in upstate New York, rest assured these proposals were not improvements.

What the Assembly's bill did was add a "catch" to any IDA incentives being administered, as in, we'll help you make this investment in upstate, but with costly burdens that essentially negate the effectiveness of the incentives.

This is not "improvement," or "reform," by any stretch of the imagination. What it represents is a roadblock to economic development and our upstate legislators should recognize that.

In the face of burdensome regulations, high taxes and rising energy costs, the IDAs are a vital tool for attracting new business investment into upstate. The result of investment: jobs. It is an unfortunate fact that in New York we require incentives to attract business. It's also unfortunate that New York is the only state that would overburden business, then provide incentives to get around that burden, and then burden those incentives.

Laura S. Smith

VP for Business Development

Buffalo Niagara Partnership

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