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Proposed condominium would cause lasting harm

A recent writer is in complete accord with the idea of building a condominium in front of Park Lane that would greatly affect the Olmsted design of Gates Circle.

The primary concept of architecture is space, both within the structure and how it affects and how it is affected by the space surrounding said structure. Pushing such a massive condominium into the proposed crowded space would cause sighs of disbelief for generations to come.

As for the steel and glass material to be used, one wonders how the builders think this would relate to the historical elegance of 19th and early 20th century homes in that area.

It is true that mistakes were made in the past, such as the commercial facade of the Millard Fillmore Hospital, but does that mean we have to repeat more mistakes?

Another point which I hope will thwart this project is possible traffic tie-ups, as condo owners would attempt to exit onto Delaware Avenue while southbound cars on Gates Circle merge into Delaware Avenue.

I also wonder what the proposed blasting to build an underground garage would do to the windows, walls, mirrors and fragile objects in nearby buildings.

Hopefully, Uniland will have to change its venue.

Amy M. Zeckhauser



Buffalo continually passes on good ideas

What does it take to convince our city planners of the importance of a project for this region? I've read about this and that -- a water park in the Aud, a weather museum in Buffalo. Enough!

What happened to the H2O Inner Space Weather Park? Buffalo has had the project plans since long before Al Gore started his movement. Where are they?

The H2O Inner Space Water Park project plans were conceived through the ideas of Western New York students to teach the effects that water, air and pollution have on our earth. This project would bring about jobs for students and others and also incorporate fun and education in one place. Downtown Buffalo.

What happened? Did Buffalo pass on this opportunity too?

Robert Rusiniak



There are good city assisted living facilities

I am writing in response to the July 13 letter, "Buffalo is ideal location for assisted living facility." I agree with the writer that there is a real need for an assisted living residence in the city, and want to spread the word that there is one at the Lutheran Church Home.

It's near downtown, Elmwood Avenue, Main Street, Canisius College and the Kensington Expressway. Residents at the Lutheran Church Home receive health and personal care services, three home-style meals a day, housekeeping, laundry and maintenance services, transportation, ecumenical worship services, social activities and they have access to a spacious park on campus.

The Lutheran Church Home sits on the same campus as the Niagara Lutheran Home and Rehabilitation Center, which provides skilled nursing and rehabilitation services. Residents of both these facilities receive priority access to the various levels of care on campus and within the Niagara Lutheran Health System, which also operates The GreenFields Continuing Care Community in Lancaster.

I've seen the Lutheran Church Home and its well-cared-for residents. This is one more good thing about Buffalo that needs to be shared.

Vivian Cosentino

North Tonawanda


Catholic Church decline draws ancient parallels

With the tragic decline of the Catholic Church since Vatican II, I would like to quote the great Cardinal John Henry Newman as he describes a similar crisis in the early Church, Arianism:

"The body of bishops failed in the confession of the faith . . . they spoke variously, one against another . . . There were untrustworthy councils, unfaithful bishops; there was weakness, fear of consequences, endless, hopeless, extending into nearly every corner of the Catholic Church. The comparatively few who remained faithful were discredited and driven into exile."

The greatest outrage that occurred then was the excommunication of St. Athanasius. One can draw a parallel with the excommunication in the recent past of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre for his defense of traditional Catholic dogma like St. Athanasius 1600 years ago.

Richard Blatner



Sentence discrepancy is laced with suspicion

Two people pleaded guilty to grand larceny recently.

Maureen Durrell, a white woman, pleaded guilty to second-degree grand larceny for embezzling $488,000 from St. Christopher Catholic Church in the Town of Tonawanda. She faced up to 15 years in prison. She was sentenced to six months in prison and five years parole.

Darren M. Strickland, a black man, pleaded guilty to third-degree grand larceny for embezzling $44,244.03 from Friends of Night People, a soup kitchen in Allentown. He faced up to seven years in prison. He was sentenced to six months in prison and 4 1/2 years probation.

State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang handed down both sentences. I question why Durrell did not receive more time in prison than Strickland? Durrell is ordered repay a partial amount of $135,000, while Strickland is ordered to repay the full amount of $44,244.03. Why the discrepancy?

Erie County District Attorney Frank Clark blasted Durrell's sentence. I quote from The News, "If she took $488,000 and had to go to jail for six months, that ain't bad pay for six months away." Durrell's maximum sentence would have been 15 years and Strickland's maximum sentence would have been only seven years. Why didn't Durrell receive a longer sentence than Strickland?

I am a proud black woman. I do not play the "race card" nor the "gender card" for unfounded reasons. However, what other conclusion can I come to?

Is this an instance of "Let's go easy on her, after all she is a white woman?"

Dolores B. Vaught



Offensive advertising is discrediting for News

I was shocked and appalled when I clicked on the business section tab of The News web site recently. The advertising banner at the top of the page was for Rick's Tally Ho, touting "two terrific locations" with a woman in a bathing suit taking up half the ad space. I thought maybe the ads were rotating at the top of the page and if I hit the "refresh" button I might get a different ad. No such luck. It was disappointing for me as a woman to see this ad at all on a credible news web site, let alone at the top of the business page.

Lynn M. Bochenek


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