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Moulds needs to face facts

The Eric Moulds situation is so obvious, yet no one wants to state the simple truth. He and his agent both know that the Bills and every other team in the NFL are not going to pay him what his contract calls for in its last year. Most star players' contracts are always inflated on the back end, knowing they are going to be released or renegotiated before it gets there.

What it boils down to is if the Bills would be willing to pay the outrageous salary, Moulds would stay. If not, Moulds knows he won't get more than what the Bills would pay him under a renegotiated contract (probably in the neighborhood of $4 million or $5 million) anywhere else, but at least he could pick and choose where he wants to go (like to a contender or at least a team with a stable quarterback situation). That way he has a chance to possibly end his career with a championship or at least inflate his stats playing with a top veteran QB. In a way, you can't blame him. But, c'mon, Eric. At least admit that's the way it is.

Joe Pulvirenti

Orchard Park

Buffalo

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Sullivan, WGR have an agenda

Hemorrhaging population loss in Buffalo and economic conditions in the Northeast have led to a number of reductions in the quality of life in the Nickel City. Among these are the stifling effect of living in a city with one main print voice (The Buffalo News) and one sports radio show (WGR 55). If either of these sources is disingenuous they can get away with it since there is no forum of equal voice to expose them. At least not, as they have, on a daily basis. Maybe The News will print this letter and I'll have my shot.

Jerry Sullivan and WGR want you to believe that their Buffalo Bills reporting is, or at least is intended to be, objective. What a laugh. It's clear that both these sources have their own agenda when it comes to reporting on the Bills.

J.F. Whitney

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Mayer shouldn't be an Olympian

Despite the fact that the 2006 Winter Olympic Games are history, I still feel that moguls skier Travis Mayer had no right being in the 2006 Olympics in the first place. This young man is responsible for a serious car accident on June 21 that resulted in the death of a mother of two children from Arcade.

Why was Travis Mayer allowed to pursue his Olympic dreams after he ended the life of someone else due to his carelessness behind the wheel? Why did Erie County sheriffs fail to charge him with a more serious offense?

It is very obvious that he just used the U.S. Olympic Team as a viable way to escape responsibility in that horrible car accident. The arrogance of this man. Regardless of his athletic talent, he is still a sorry excuse for an Olympic athlete. He ought to be ashamed of himself.

Robert Preskop

Buffalo

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Deer hunting is coyote ugly

The recent News item regarding the sharp drop in deer numbers blames hunters and harsh winters. Hunter numbers have dwindled and snow is often present.

The major impact on game has been the coyote explosion. Den sites have been found with remains of many fawns. Small game hunting is becoming a thing of the past. The coyote is accomplishing what the "antis" haven't been able to do in my lifetime -- put an end to the sport of hunting.

The DEC needs to stop being in denial and impose a year-round bounty on coyote and fox.

If nothing is done, I'll trade my guns for video games.

Henry Binkowski

West Seneca

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Coyote hunting causing a problem

Will Elliott wrote in his column about guys who hunt coyotes with dogs. I know about coyote hunting with dogs very well. They frequently cross through my posted property and across the posted county forests to chase the coyotes that I want on my property. I am never happy to see them, and my complaints do no good. The hunters laughingly justify their inconsiderate trespass by saying, "Well, our dogs can't read!" Well, then keep your dogs on a leash!

Coyote hunters have absolutely no business hunting our coyotes with their dogs on our posted land. Anyone who knows the facts about coyotes knows that these hunters are creating trouble down the line for all of us. The coyotes that are killed will be replaced by younger, transient coyotes that will breed more prolifically. The hunters don't care. As long as they have their fun at everyone else's expense, including their own dogs, that are frequently injured while attacking exhausted coyotes.

To have coyotes chased, attacked by dogs and then shot is disgusting and much like legalized dog fighting. Someone should stop this inhumane practice. Please don't give these guys permission to hunt on your land. They trespass across everyone's land, chasing all of our wildlife. Studies have proved their inhumane "sport" is not controlling coyote populations; it is actually stimulating more breeding and larger litters.

Janet Merideth

Springville

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Hunters tarnish their own image

I am responding to Will Elliot's March 5 article about hunting coyotes. It appears that hunters will say just about anything to justify killing wildlife. Now they want us to believe that a coyote hunt is more about "getting the kids out hunting and watching the dogs work" as opposed to "killing animals."

While the article states that "devoted hunters" want coyote hunting year-round, hunters admit that their use of state-of-the-art equipment to track and kill coyotes "may appear unfair." Am I missing something here, or are these statements as lame as they sound?

As hunters continue to wage a war against defenseless wildlife, their image will continue to tarnish. It's a fine line between what hunters do to wildlife versus what terrorists do to people.

With each passing day, the world will continue to revolve less and less around hunters. By their very actions and words, hunters will eventually succeed in becoming an endangered species.

Michele Zaichuk

Lake View

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Real sluggers aren't juiced

Real men hit home runs. Steroid men hit home runs -- maybe. Real men look like real men. Steroid men, maybe. Real men get elected to the Hall of Fame. Steroid Men, maybe with an asterisk.

John Jendrysek

Orchard Park

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