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CLAIMS MADE BY MOORE SHOULD BE EASY TO CHECK

There is a thread common to nearly all of the criticism leveled at Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/1 1." Almost none of the letters and editorials aimed at Moore, including the three Web sites created to discredit him, bother to attack the main premise of the film, which is that there exists a disturbingly cozy relationship between President Bush and wealthy Saudis including the royal family and members of the bin Laden family

The claims made by "Fahrenheit 9/1 1" easily can be verified or debunked: the airlift of bin Ladens out of the U.S. without their being questioned at any length, either occurred with this administration's approval or it didn't; George H.W. Bush attended a meeting with members of the bin Laden family on Sept. 10 or he didn't; former Secretary of State and Bush family confidante James Baker represented the Saudi government in court against the 9/1 1 widows or he didn't; Halliburton is profiting from the Iraq War or it isn't; the relationship between the Bushes and Saudi Arabia has affected this administration's foreign policy or it hasn't.

Instead of taking jabs at Moore, we could be raising these issues. And, one more issue: why no lawsuits filed against Moore?

Robert O'Brian

Amherst

DRUG COMPANY ADVERTISING IS A WASTE OF RESOURCES

Why don't drug companies stop advertising some of their useless drugs as well as all those that duplicate other drugs that already serve the same purposes? Just think how much lower their billion-dollar advertising bills would be.

And while I'm on the subject -- when will they stop asking us to ask our doctors if their drug is right for us? Don't they know doctors are overworked as it is?

William S. Conover

Buffalo

GIRLS FIDDLE AROUND, IDEALS GO UP IN FLAMES

As a 70-year-old woman who is in her 48th year of marriage full of freedom and joy, I have long wondered why this generation of women are waiting so long to actually "marry" the man with whom they are living.

Your lovely article about "bachelorettes" solved the mystery. They aren't about to give up fun and freedom. Their night of revelry was such a grand fairy tale for my five-year-old granddaughter who loves to play bride, and a great inspiration to my 18-year-old granddaughter who is trying to understand relationships. I would name your story "How Brides Light the Fire Around Rome."

Ernestine Aberle

Clarence Center

ECC CAMPUS CONSOLIDATION WOULD BE GOOD FOR DOWNTOWN

The Good Government Club of Western New York, which has been in existence for more than 30 years and is comprised of legal and other professionals, has been monitoring the proposal to consolidate the Erie Community College campuses.

Over the past two years it has heard presentations regarding the proposal, viewed the consultant's report and debated its merits. Based upon these efforts, the club strongly endorses the consolidation of the Erie Community College campuses.

The only objections we have heard seem rather shallow. It appears some faculty and students object to a downtown consolidation because it will require additional travel time and pose difficulties parking in downtown Buffalo.

The consultant's report, however, indicates that travel time may increase from 18 to 21 minutes should students and faculty take or teach classes downtown rather than in Amherst or Orchard Park. This hardly appears a burden. Furthermore, we understand downtown consolidation will include additional parking ramps to accommodate the increase in student and faculty activity.

These objections hardly outweigh the numerous administrative and financial savings that consolidation would bring, not to mention the economic, cultural and vibrant benefits that downtown consolidation would bring to the city.

Donald A. Alessi

President, Good Government Club

CHEEKTOWAGA POLICE OFFICERS DESERVE PRAISE, NOT CRITICISM

I disagree totally with recent criticism of the Cheektowaga Police Department. On a few occasions when I needed medical help at my home, I called the department and the officers handled everything. They were kind, understanding and compassionate.

These officers are tough, but I wouldn't want it any other way. They do a great job and should be praised for it.

Connie Kandra

Cheektowaga

TORONTO PROVIDES EXAMPLE OF REGIONALISM'S BENEFITS

After visiting Toronto, I began to think about the differences between that city and Buffalo. I walked around the city and asked myself repeatedly how come Buffalo can't do this and how come we can't do that.

Toronto is able to have wonderful things -- a huge convention center mecca on the waterfront that can facilitate an Indy Race that drew 164,000 people in three days, an above-ground rapid transit system that covers long stretches of neighborhoods miles away from the downtown core, and a rail system that takes people from downtown into the outer suburbs.

I compared that to Buffalo that has a hardly there waterfront, a rapid transit system that covers one street, and does not have a rail system that can get you in and out of downtown for one low fee.

Toronto has mastered the concept Buffalo needs to help itself out of the depressing economic situation it's in: regionalism. Toronto, its suburbs and the province of Ontario have shown what can happen when there is governmental cooperation. The Greater Toronto Area is a place of prosperity, excitement, and amazement. If Buffalo, Erie County, and New York State could grasp that, we could expect the same rewards. Toronto is proof that city and suburb thrive when there is cooperation.

Kevin Lafferty

Buffalo

BUSH FIGHTS TO PRESERVE AMERICA

The fact that gay marriage is even a debate in this country just shows how much America has morally declined. Thank God the president is unafraid to fight against those who wish to destroy our culture, weather it be in the form of terrorism or modern liberalism.

Gregory J. Aleksandrovs

Tonawanda

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