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>Sell J.N. Adam property and return land to tax roll

The "Friends of J.N. Adam" have claimed a court victory in stopping the sale of the J.N. Adam property in Perrysburg. Is this a victory for the residents of Perrysburg, or for the taxpayers of New York?

The state had a successful bidder four years ago. Those buildings that could have been saved are falling down and are now an eyesore. The majority of taxpayers in the Town of Perrysburg want this property on the tax roll. The "friends" want this property to become a park and to restore the buildings.

The buildings are historic, but should taxpayers of New York be paying millions of dollars to repair them now? No way! Does the state need another park that cannot be staffed? Last summer, Allegany State Park could not be fully staffed.

Perrysburg has a beautiful park that is used by our residents. Buffalo has several beautiful parks that residents use. Western New York has a wonderful natural resource in Zoar Valley -- continue to keep it a nature preserve and let the properties in Perrysburg return to the tax roll.
Roughly 100 people should not control what happens to 600 acres of property located in Perrysburg.

Peg Watkins


>Clark is likely worried about his office's image

In his Nov. 21 column regarding the Lynn DeJac case, Donn Esmonde appears confused as to what District Attorney Frank Clark's motives are for wanting to deny a new trial. To me, his motivation is obvious. Regardless of the fact that Clark was not the district attorney in this foul-up, the obvious outcome of such a retrial will be dubious indeed to his office.

The original prosecutors ingeniously gave Dennis Donahue, whose DNA was found at the murder scene, a free pass. He now can't be touched regardless of any evidence against him. Not to mention the other deals cut with other felons.

The next questions are obvious: Would Joan Giambra be alive had the prosecutors in the DeJac case jailed Donahue? How bad does this look for the district attorney's office in the public eye?

When Clark said he "wants to preserve the integrity of the system," what he meant was that he wants to preserve the face of the district attorney's office. If you want to believe that prosecutors' motives are always geared toward justice, you may want to consider the case of Mike Nifong and the Duke lacrosse team.

Bob Tortorici
Orchard Park


>Zoo needs to be held accountable for actions

The News article, "Zoo scrutinized in 3 bear deaths," raises many concerns. A certified complaint was filed due to poor animal care, negligence and preventable deaths, and Buffalo Zoo officials state that it was a gross misrepresentation? The public deserves to know what is often hidden from view and should speak up for the animals.

If the health and welfare of the animals are the top priority, as stated, why is there documented criticism over the treatment of elephants by trainers? I wonder, why do the elephants bob their heads in desperation, languishing in their inadequate quarters, when they could be at the Elephant Sanctuary roaming many miles?

It is long overdue for the zoo to be held accountable for its actions. Justifying the animals' suffering under the guise of conservation isn't enough anymore.

Anna LaChance


>Groups should unite to revitalize downtown

Has anyone noticed that the Seneca Nation is making lots of money with its casinos? And even more impressive, it is expanding them, too. Let's see if I've got this correct: Erie County and Buffalo want a new convention center. Jim Kelly is talking about a waterfront stadium to keep the Bills here, along with bringing in wealthy investors to buy the team. The Seneca Nation is building a first-classcasino and a luxury hotel downtown.

Don't you think that between Erie County, Buffalo, Kelly, private investors and the Seneca Nation, a first-class stadium/convention center/entertainment facility could be put together? A group like that could not be ignored by New York State. If the state can hand money out for a new football stadium in New York City, then why can't it help Western New York? Let's see, a great convention center and entertainment facility with top performers and a great hotel and casino. Aren't there places like that out West, in an area that once was mostly desert?

Dennis Kasprzyk


>It's time to replace tattered, faded flags

Following Veterans Day, now is the perfect time for people to take a good look and check the condition of their American flags. If they are tattered, torn or faded, let us remove them. If, while walking through a cemetery, we see the little flags dirty or floating in the gutter, let us pick them up.

Find a VFW or American Legion person, and he will see to it that those flags are disposed of with the dignity that is required. If you have children, let them help. What a better way to teach respect for the flag than by example. In these trying times, let us all take a minute to reflect on what Old Glory means to us. In spite of our problems, there is still nothing better than America and its people.

Bill Anstett


>Most residents oppose push for regionalism

A new county executive will be taking over the reins of Erie County government. Joel Giambra's push for regionalism has failed, however, there are renewed calls for Chris Collins to embrace this concept. In the 1950s, "metro government" was the goal of socialists at the local level. Nowadays, it is called "regionalism" or "consolidation."

Since when does centralized government cost less and reduce bureaucracy? Why does The Buffalo News advocate for this socialist agenda? The folks around Erie County are dead-set against this agenda, however, some elitist folks in county government and at The News keep pushing it.

Mike Lyons


>Residency rule is good for Buffalo

I applaud the Buffalo School Board's decision to require teachers who work in the Buffalo school system to live in the city. I don't believe it is a hardship for the teachers who are paid by the City of Buffalo to actually live in the city. There are plenty of good neighborhoods to live in.

If teachers, police officers, firefighters and other city workers lived in Buffalo, the neighborhoods would thrive. Now, all we get are workers who collect their paychecks and head for the suburbs to spout their theories on what's wrong with the City of Buffalo.

Sandra Wilson

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