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EVERYBODY'S COLUMN

BUFFALO NEWS' POLICIES HAVE BECOME TOO PRO-BUSH

Over the past few months as The Buffalo News' type face has changed it has been quite noticeable that the paper's policy also has changed. Letters to the editors are supposed to reflect the community's attitude, but there has been a noticeable absence of varying views.

The majority of the political points of view agree totally with those of the present administration in Washington regarding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, that everything in America is just wonderful, and that job loss and the outsourcing of America is just a figment in the imagination of a few dissenters of the "American Way."

Merc Guerry

East Amherst

DEBATE OVER LANGUAGE IS FUELED BY HYPOCRISY

So entertainers at a campaign fund-raiser must not cross some undefined line of Republican sensitivity in their personal criticisms of the president and his job performance. If they do, then John Kerry is supposed to publicly repudiate his supporters' comments.

But if the current vice president throws a few F-bombs on the floor of the Senate, that's OK. Not even an apology is warranted (and I doubt the tape of that conversation will soon be released). Are we already at this level of self-righteous hypocrisy?

David Reichard

Orchard Park

DEMOCRATIC FUND-RAISER WAS A TEST OF CHARACTER

It was with considerable disgust that I read reports of the July 8 Democratic fund-raiser held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. To see that the two Democratic candidates sat through and even positively acknowledged the personal insults spewed at President Bush by media "stars" told me all I need to know about the values that these two men represent.

The president's job is difficult and Bush's performance has not been perfect. There have been decisions made over the past three years that in retrospect should have been different. But I believe Bush to be a man who loves his country, is honorable and shares most of the meaningful values held by the majority of citizens of the country.

The vitriol spat at the president in time of war by these liberals is astounding. The gutless behavior of Kerry and Edwards has made my mind up as to who should be leading the country over the next four years and who should be relegated to the trash heap of history.

James F. Smeader

Eggertsville

STIGLMEIER PARK WILDLIFE CAN'T FACE HUMAN PRESSURE

I was sentenced to jail for feeding deer in Stiglmeier Park. I would like the park returned to its natural state for future generations.

Today with nine baseball diamonds, a football field, basketball and tennis courts and picnic shelters, this park cannot handle any more human traffic.

The deer are what makes this park unique, but there is no money to be made in keeping deer in the park. If rails to trails is put in, what's left of the wildlife will be gone.

Bethlehem Steel and General Mills would never be allowed today to be built on the waterfront. It's too bad we cannot see destruction before it happens.

Anita Depczynski

Cheektowaga

VOTING IS A RIGHT AND A DUTY THAT STRENGTHENS OUR DEMOCRACY

Voting in the 2004 presidential election is every American's responsibility and duty. Only 49 percent of New Yorkers voted in the 2000 election, less than the national average and fewer than half of the people eligible to vote.

I voted in the Democratic primary in March, even though John Kerry had already been declared the clear winner. At almost 2 p.m., I was only the 20th person to cast a vote in my district. My one vote was 5 percent of the total votes cast.

Every vote does count. American soldiers have given their lives, and many thousands more have been injured, so that the people of Iraq will be allowed to have free elections. Tom Ridge, head of the Department of Homeland Security, recently announced that terrorists may try to disrupt our democratic process. Imagine being told that holding the 2004 presidential election would be too dangerous this year.

Every voter who casts a vote, regardless of party affiliation or election outcomes, strengthens our democracy. Every voter who willingly forfeits his right to be heard undermines our Bill of Rights.

This election is critical to the future of this country. We need to show the world that we will not live in fear, and we value and celebrate our freedoms.

Michele Hovey

Elma

ROUTE 5 ROAD PROJECT ALREADY IS A DISASTER

After only a few days of the Route 5 reconfiguration from Athol Springs to Lakeview, I can already tell this is not going to work. Whoever thought this would work must not have thought about vehicles that make frequent stops on the road.

For example, on my way home from work on the first day of this new system, I was stuck behind a summer school bus, which of course stopped about every quarter mile to pick up students. On the second day, I was trapped behind a garbage truck for about a mile before I could pass it, and after that I was stuck behind a slow moving tractor-trailer.

This will also cause problems for emergency vehicles; they now have to drive in the turning lane in order to pass slower traffic. This type of lane configuration will only work with a large shoulder on both sides of the road. Because there is no room for a shoulder on this stretch of road, this will never work.

Jason M. Jurek

Derby

AN OFFENSIVE DEPICTION TRIVIALIZED THE CRUCIFIXION

I strongly object to a picture in the Arts & Entertainment section of the July 4 edition of The News.

Christ's death on the cross is not something to make trivial. This picture is very offensive to those who know the price Christ chose to pay for our redemption.

The recent movie "The Passion of the Christ" had a more reverent and profound regard for the central event that forever changed our world.

Sister Eleanor Thielman

Williamsville

MOORE'S FILM IS PROPAGANDA BUT ALSO TELLS UNTOLD STORY

Last weekend I went to see "Fahrenheit 9/1 1." I wanted to see if it was propaganda, as some people had told me. It was. Michael Moore told one side of the story. But as I watched it, I realized that I hadn't heard that side before, not from the Bush Administration and not from the press.

I was amazed at the intricate web linking the Bush family to the oil industry and the Saudi and Afghani governments, only part of which I had heard about before. I was appalled by the nonsupport of our troops in Iraq. I had no idea that only one congressman has a child in the military, although I suppose I should have guessed that. By putting it all together in such a grim indictment, Moore makes it clear that the current government isn't serving its people at all, but only itself and its friends.

David Irvin

Williamsville

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