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>Region has squandered too many opportunities

Recently, New York Magazine had its design issue, which featured architect Santiago Calatrava on four full pages. All other architects received a two-inch space. Last year, Fortune Magazine gave him much the same tribute.

Ten years ago, prior to his initial launching in the United States, I met this delightful man. Calatrava was in Milwaukee as the city announced that his design would be used for its new art museum. This beautiful museum is now world famous. We had a great conversation about the plan he had submitted for a new Peace Bridge here in Buffalo. He was really excited about the prospect, especially since he had two children attending the Ridley School in Ontario.

In those 10 years, any architect's costs will have escalated, but Calatrava's have skyrocketed. If the powers-that-be had decided to work out their own power struggles privately and worked together to achieve the best outcome of a crossing of the Niagara River, just think how great that would have been for all of us. And what a saving of money. How long must we wait?

Terry Griggs


>News photos should be more family-friendly

On Nov. 1, The News published a picture that showed a scantily clad woman dancing with her fiance at a Halloween dance in Tonawanda. Being a conservative in a very liberal city is a badge I wear proudly. I have been a subscriber to The News for more than 40 years, and have been at odds over its op-ed articles many times. Most of the reporting is slanted to the left, but I have gotten used to this.

Being the only newspaper in town, and truly enjoying reading a newspaper every day, I remain faithful. However, this picture went beyond what a newspaper should be publishing on its colorful picture page for all to see.

The young woman's costume revealed much too much of her abdomen, breasts and thong underwear. I am sure there was someone else at the bar who didn't show this much skin who could have made for a nice picture. In a day and age when billboards are erected throughout the United States encouraging young people to pull up their pants, do we really need more of this kind of trash journalism? I encourage The News to become a more family-friendly newspaper and less of an "anything goes" one.

Patty Ralabate


>Partisan politics is hurting our nation

I have been voting for 59 years and have come to this conclusion: The only time politicians come to the people is prior to the election. They all say that they represent the people, but after the elections, all they represent is their parties. The proof of this is when you watch the congressmen voting on a bill.

If a Democrat brings up a bill, Republicans automatically vote against it and Democrats vote for it. This goes on all the time and it works both ways. The bill that is brought up in Congress may be good for both parties, but the opposing party kills it anyway.

Is this representing the people? I don't think so. My belief is that after elections, party politics should be set aside and the people's good should be the deciding factor of any bill brought up for a vote. There should be no such thing as the opposite side of the aisle that we presently have. It should be one body of representatives.

Theodore R. Winkowski


>Giuliani article lacked some key information

As I read the Nov. 6 front-page story about Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign, I kept waiting -- in vain, not surprisingly -- to read about two very important aspects of his foreign policy/national security platform.

First of all, why did The News not point out that Giuliani's chief foreign policy adviser is none other than the father of modern neo-conservatism, the warmongering Norman Podhoretz? He most recently has made headlines -- on theInternet, anyway -- with his statements that he prays that the Bush administration will begin bombing Iran as soon as it is feasible and logistically possible.

The article also failed to mention that in early 2006, Giuliani was kicked off the panel of the prestigious Iraq Study Group because he kept missing meetings because he was too busy making lucrative speeches elsewhere. It's been said that this was an enormous mistake by Giuliani, because he blew a glowing opportunity to earn some much-needed foreign policy credentials.

I would think that these items would need to be included in any lengthy article outlining Giuliani's campaign. Shouldn't readers (voters) be told these things?

Phil Schwab


>Let's not trivialize closing of churches

Mary Kunz-Goldman's assumption that the parishioners in the Boston Archdiocese did not kick and scream when their churches were closed is incorrect. Since the closings were announced 27 months ago, parishioners have occupied some of the churches conducting prayer vigils and sit-ins to protest the closings.

Parishioners have changed locks on an occupied church following several arrests at other churches. One, a man who refused to leave the church following the final Mass, was carried from the church by policemen, handcuffed and taken to the police station.

Representatives from 65 parishes slated for closing met to discuss options for keeping their churches open. Among the attendees were lawyers who volunteered their services should it be necessary to take legal action to keep churches open. To date nine parishes have filed appeals with the Church courts at the Vatican. A parish that missed the filing deadline at the Vatican is suing the Archdiocese in Massachusetts civil court.

It is a very difficult time for the Catholic Church and for the parishioners of the churches being closed. Whether one supports or opposes the closings, the problem should not be trivialized.

Anne M. Beiter


>Parents need to monitor books read by children

As the mom of three children who love the library, I can attest to the draw of graphic novels, as described in the Nov. 11 NeXt article about their rising popularity. My kids find them to be a fun read, and there are varied and interesting stories in many of them.

The article, however, failed to mention one important point of interest to parents. Some of those graphic novels contain swearing, nudity, extreme gore, violence and occult themes. I always look to make sure my kids aren't checking out that kind of material, just as I monitor their other media usage. Don't assume that just because it comes from the library and looks like a comic book that it's good clean fun. Borrower, beware.

Diane K. Temple

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