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>Take action to reduce hunger around world

Now that Thanksgiving Day is upon us, I ponder the spectacle that will happen in most American households, i.e., such an overabundance of food that will be consumed by us, including myself.

I recently saw a documentary by filmmaker John DeGraaf at the daylong workshop under the auspices of World On Your Plate. This film was called "The Silent Killer: The Unfinished Campaign Against Hunger." On this American day of plenty, it would be appropriate for all of us to remember that 1 billion children in the world are hungry every day.

This condition is not necessarily caused by droughts, but often by other political and economic forces beyond their control. Every time you and I take a breath, a child dies of hunger somewhere in the world. Let us educate our children at Thanksgiving dinner that their counterparts somewhere in Africa might not have enough food to survive the day.

Joyce H. Bol
Amherst

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>Walking is dangerous near Walden Galleria

It's a pleasure to see our Canadian cousins enjoying the U.S. shopping advantage, just as we Americans have so often in Canada. But they are contending with a dangerous traffic problem at the Walden Galleria, where a young woman was killed by a bus a few years ago. They are walking to hotels and restaurants through traffic because there is no provision for walkers.

The exit traffic pattern on Walden Avenue is dreadful as it is, and to see whole families loaded with shopping bags running across through cars or making the long walk across Walden in the dark is really scary. A pedestrian bridge would really show that we appreciate their business.

Also, fresh new paint is put on the white street lines in the spring. But by the fall, they are worn away and gray, while the streets are dark and often rainy. Traffic speed is intense and it makes night driving really difficult.

Nancy Napierala
Cheektowaga

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>SUNY doesn't need another law school

I was interested to read that the president of Binghamton University is enthusiastic about establishing a law school at that SUNY institution. Why taxpayers should be called upon to subsidize such a venture is puzzling, since it is generally understood, including by the American Bar Association, that there is a surplus of lawyers in this country. Adding to this surplus would seem unwarranted.

Robert W. Roach
West Seneca

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>Anger over redistricting shows little has changed

With mixed amusement and interest, I have been following Orchard Park's school redistricting plan. I am a product of Orchard Park schools, having attended in the 1960s and '70s. The area around Windom Elementary was composed of hard-working, mostly blue-collar families with a decent standard of living. I know, I was from one of those families and attended Windom.

However, lacking affluence or influence, those of us from that area were often looked upon as from the "slums" of Orchard Park, akin to trailer trash. To hear people refer to Windom as "less desirable" proves that, in the 30 years since I graduated, sadly, nothing has changed. I'm glad that I left.

Bonnie Dempsey
Lackawanna

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>My View on code talkers brought tears to my eyes

As a loyal reader and contributor to My View, I am always impressed with the wide range of topics and the skill of each author. Margie Herberger's Nov. 10 piece on the Navajo code talkers brought tears to my eyes. As an avid reader of history and with a special interest in the Native American experience, I had previously read of code talkers of War World II and their important significance. Native Americans have been serving in the U.S. military ever since their participation in the Civil War.

Herberger's rich writing brought home the significance of the Navajo contribution, as well as the privilege and emotion of meeting, in person, some of the many heroes of war, who are too often unsung. Herberger mentioned she has moved to New Mexico, and I only hope she continues to grace Western New York readers of The Buffalo News with more of her eloquent writing.

Laura Wright
Amherst

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>How many coffee shops does one town need?

The war between Tim Hortons and Dunkin' Donuts is claiming many victims. I live in the Park Lane Luxury Apartments in Lancaster, and we residents struggle with the Transit Road traffic every day coming and going from our complex. Now Tim Hortons has purchased the property adjacent to our driveway on the north side of Transit Road. Very shortly, we will have to deal with the usual Transit Road traffic, plus the traffic from coffee/muffin addicts.

Currently, Dunkin' Donuts has a store within a few hundred yards of our complex, and there must be at least four other coffee shops within approximately one mile. Tim Hortons already has a store within a mile of this new store. Do we really need all this coffee and doughnuts? Traffic is a major stressor in our lives today. Now Tim Hortons is adding to our caffeine-filled, stressful existence.

Edward Wells
Lancaster

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>Don't bother passing laws if they won't be enforced

How many years has it been since New York State banned driving with hand-held cell phones? Drivers still use them with hardly a second thought. I see them every day on the road, and I only drive a few miles locally. Seems to me our state spends an awful lot of time and money passing laws that don't mean anything. Bans mean nothing if they are not enforced. In my opinion, cell phones just create more hazards on the highway.

Marilyn I. Ruggles
Cheektowaga

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>Thruway Authority enjoys too many perks

A government agency in New York has adopted a loose definition of authority to mean "permission" to dip into the pie. The New York State Thruway Authority is most generous to its current and retired employees. In addition to overtime pay that averages half their annual wages, these men and women enjoy free travel over the length of the highway 365 days a year. Other perks include an annual allowance for dry cleaning.

So this got me wondering about other state authorities. Do the employees of the New York Port Authority get free lifetime passes for its transportation systems? Are the employees of the Erie County Water Authority entitled to free water while they work and after they retire?

Matthew Cole
East Amherst

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