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Excerpts from reader commentary on News staffers' recent online blog postings. Online comments come from registered users, but -- unlike reviewed and verified Everybody's Column letters -- can be posted under pen names.

Talkin' TV: Jeff Simon blogged about Katie Couric's ratings troubles after her move from daytime's "Today" show on NBC to CBS Nightly News, drawing this response from B Wawa:

Her complaints remind me of those from people such as Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler when they are not taken seriously as dramatic actors. Yes, it IS hard to take you seriously after all the puff pieces and you haven't really given me a compelling reason to do so. . . .

Libby56 added this:

. . . As for why Katie is tanking at 6 p.m. when she was a champion at 7 a.m.? Speaking as a fan of her on the Today Show, it bugs me to see her adopt this new persona. She deepens her voice, arches her eyebrows, puts her chin down and seems to announce, "Now I'm being Serious." . . .

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Inside the News: Deidre Williams' blog about the NAACP's ceremonial "burial" of the N-word elicited several spirited responses, including this from Opey:

A perfect example of the Orwellian Speech Police, a product of the liberal elite who have no clue. The reason Blacks use the reference in the first place is to defy authority and express their freedom. Trying to ban the word seems like a nice gesture but rather naive and repressive.

coco added this:

The whole issue about the "n" is a valid point and I think as long as it's used in the African American community or by rappers who know that rich white kids from the suburbs are the only people who can afford the albums and go through the cd's word for word, the issue will never die.

I think the real issue is that every one needs to do a self explanation and find out if God came tomorrow would you be able to enter into his kingdom and hear well done my child? Because that's all that counts at the end! All these other things are secondary.

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Matters of Opinion: Mike Vogel's blog about a tall ship for Buffalo drew this response from Barton Keyes:

Tall Ships, an Erie Canal recreation, the Naval Park, etc. are all helpful, but they are not central to reviving Buffalo. They are peripheral. They are the frosting on the cake. The rock bottom base for Buffalo's turn around is jobs. Jobs mean money can be spent at Naval Parks or on tall ships. Jobs mean taxes for repairing our deteriorating infrastructure. Jobs will help stop the population decline. Jobs will help keep our young in the area. It's jobs.

But, from Tim:

A replica of the USS Caledonia would be really cool because it was a small ship, therefore easier to make; it was captured and taken to Black Rock, which is the local connection, it sailed around here at that time; and it played a key role in the Battle of Lake Erie.

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Sabres Edge: A blog on the NHL schedule and return of former co-captains Daniel Briere and Chris Drury to HSBC Arena netted this from Tim:

This is not intended for all of you, but I have never seen so many negative people. Yes, the loss of Briere and Drury is pretty bad, but this team still has a ton of talent.

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