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DON'T BLAME THE MEDIA FOR BUFFALO'S PROBLEMS

I am writing in response to a Sept. 13 letter in which an East Amherst man complained about television news coverage of crime in Buffalo as being sensationalized and detrimental to the well-being of the community.

I am glad he is concerned about our area's economic well-being and image, but to suggest that this can be enhanced by sweeping the truth under the rug is not only wrong but dangerous.

If there is a rapist on the loose, I need to know so my daughter and I can take extra precautions. If racists are perpetrating hate crimes, I need to know so that my minority friends and relatives can be warned and protected. It is my right to be informed.

After calling Buffalo a "great city," the writer maligns it by saying he "located his business outside of the city because of the difficulty in finding employees willing to risk the perceived threat of bodily harm." He added that his family is "reluctant to visit the Theater District, the baseball stadium and the few fine restaurants in Buffalo."

My family and I have been traveling into the city for work, entertainment, culture, education and the many fine restaurants for years. We have never been mugged, assaulted, robbed or killed. We are looking forward to moving back to the city in three years, when our youngest graduates from high school.

Perhaps if more employers would locate their businesses in the city, more city residents could enjoy the benefits of a decent wage and crime would be lessened. Perhaps if more families would patronize city establishments, fewer would go out of business. Having more people around might also result in less crime.

The city does have serious problems, which need serious solutions. But his suggestion of news censorship is dangerous and overly simplistic. The media are not to blame for Buffalo's situation.

DAWN M. SARDES Lake View

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