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Why a letters column today? The answer is below. I was away.
Assemblyman Sam Hoyt sent a note that read: "Surprisingly, my effort to make our state more business-friendly has been disappointing. Maybe with the help of your column we could make a difference."
The temptation was to tell Hoyt about the two unanswered letters to County Executive Dennis Gorski that attracted reader response everywhere else. Instead, I decided to publish the first part of Hoyt's release. (That is done only because of space.)
Yes, Hoyt knows that politically I am, to quote son No. 3, "a little to the right of Kate Smith singing 'God Bless America.' "
Anyway, the opening part of the release reads: "In our continued effort to make New York State more business-friendly and to eliminate onerous regulations and outdated laws, Assemblyman Sam Hoyt (D-Buffalo) announced his contest: 'There Shouldn't Be a Law.'
"This contest gives citizens the opportunity to identify laws that may have outlived their usefulness and, as a result, have hindered productive businesses or prevented individuals from enjoying the quality of life they otherwise could."
Hoyt said: "Who better to bring outdated laws to the attention of legislators than the citizens themselves?"
As both my regular readers know, I was on vacation last week and spent some time in my native Massachusetts. There they have laws that seems outdated.
Any effort to make New York State more business-friendly is welcomed here.
Alan Caldwell of Williamsville sent a letter that read, in part: "An acquaintance of mine was at the beach recently and was bothered by bugs. Her companion told her to do what he did in Vietnam -- eat match heads. I advised that there might be toxic material in the match heads and she should use bug spray."
I never heard of the treatment. But some readers might have an answer.
Charles C. Beauchot Sr. of Kenmore wrote: "As per our phone conversation, Colin Wilkinson is the entertainer I told you about. He went out of his way to thank us for directing traffic to assist him in leaving Shea's after the show.
"As you know, most of the 'stars' are stuck on themselves. It was very refreshing to find someone who's down to earth."
Well, Charley, I saw only the "star" side, but I understand they come in all shapes and sizes as the daily communicants like Joan Leslie and Irene Dunne and others who went the casting-couch route.
Jean Martin wrote: "Upon the opening of the attached (a calendar) and very hurriedly turning to the month of December, I was stunned. There on the Dec. 7 block was a blank space. I have been a long-time contributor to the DAV (Disabled American Veterans), but that will no longer be the case."
Mrs. Martin, I sent your letter to the DAV office and asked for an explanation. So far, the explanation has not arrived. And I made it clear that I was a lifetime member of the outfit.
Some good dudes like John Wahl and Paul Redlinski will be as angry as Mrs. Martin is.