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As a native of Buffalo and a resident of Western New York, I would like to share some reflections on the Peace Bridge issue. Buffalo has some unique factors in its history that continue to influence the way we think of the city. Certainly it had a major economic standing as the western terminus of the Erie Canal. It was also a major lake port, grain-milling center, railroad hub and steel-making center.

With the Bills and Sabres, we still feel major league in a sense. However, we are all too aware of the decline in population and economic opportunity. I think the erection of a truly significant bridge in the form of a SuperSpan could go a long way in making a positive contribution to our civic pride. Such a structure would have to be functional yet spectacular.

Many man-made structures are instantly recognized as relating to a given city: the Golden Gate Bridge, Big Ben, the Empire State Building, the Eiffel Tower, the Washington Monument. Should not Buffalo take this opportunity to make just as significant a contribution, reflective of man's ingenuity, imagination and spirit?

JOHN F. NEESON Chairman, Department of Physics
St. Bonaventure University

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