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Even non-fans generally agree that having an NFL franchise gives our city a big-league cachet and is a source of civic pride. But the pain of affording this franchise should be spread out as widely as possible.

Most of the consumers of the items now singled out for additional excise cannot afford to attend the Bills games. So instead of enacting a "sin tax," which directly impacts the pockets of the average person, the County Legislature should impose a "luxury tax."

The Legislature could tax other enjoyable, but unnecessary, items such as: limousine and boat-slip rentals, large motor boat purchases, $100/night cigar and single-malt scotch tastings and luxury boxes at Marine Midland Arena. Surely those who can afford such luxury items can afford a few extra pennies tacked on to help support our Bills.

Joseph F. Sinkewicz Jr. Buffalo

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