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The ongoing cuts to city departments and services are another vain attempt to save what is left of a once-great city. It's time to change the focus away from slicing services and concentrate on adding elements to the city that will attract people back to Buffalo.

Maybe we can get all the control board members to use their business expertise to figure out why we don't have a new casino in Buffalo or why no lines are forming to register for the annual Lake Erie Walleye Tournament at the new Bass Pro Shop in downtown Buffalo. Perhaps they can find out why we've been waiting for another bridge to Canada. That would certainly increase trade and tourist dollars on both sides of the border.

Certainly by now someone has observed that cuts are not enough. We need revenue in the form of businesses and taxpaying residents, and it's time to concentrate efforts in that direction. The infrastructure of the city is not going away. The streets, sewers, water lines, sidewalks, housing stock, crime and fires will still be here long after the last job has been cut.

James LaMacchia

Orchard Park

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