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NRDC hasn't endorsed Huntley plant proposal

On Dec. 10, The News ran an advertisement expressing support for the proposed Huntley coal gasification power plant. The ad included the logo of the Natural Resources Defense Council and suggested the NRDC has endorsed the Huntley proposal. In fact, the NRDC was not informed about this ad, did not give permission for use of the logo and has not endorsed the proposal.

Energy efficiency and renewable energy are the fastest, cleanest solutions to our energy problems. But we also need new technology solutions for coal for as long as it remains a part of the mix. Advanced coal plants such as the proposed Huntley facility that turn coal into gas create electricity more efficiently and with much less pollution than conventional coal-burning power generators.

However, the NRDC does not support any proposal that does not require the plant to capture its carbon dioxide emissions -- the key global warming pollutant -- for safe and permanent disposal. Carbon capture and storage should begin as soon as the plant starts to operate or as soon as a disposal site is licensed.

We urge Gov.-elect Eliot Spitzer and the New York Power Authority to ensure that Huntley requires carbon capture and storage from the outset.

Katherine Kennedy

Senior Attorney

Natural Resources Defense Council


Border Patrol agents trying to keep us safe

I would like to take issue with the Dec. 17 Viewpoints article regarding the U.S. Border Patrol's efforts to identify terrorists and illegal aliens at the Amtrak Station in Rochester.

Why would Darryl McGrath belittle this agency's efforts and the expertise of a dedicated group of agents? The border is being patrolled with manpower and, increasingly, with technology. The technology frees up agents to search out illegals who have made it to the interior and who may be moving about the country via public transportation.

The accompanying photograph of an arrested terrorist, a Middle Eastern male, could certainly resemble a native of a number of different countries. The point is, you would not know until you had a dialogue and possibly viewed documents.

Several of the 9/1 1 criminals had entered with documents and then allowed them to expire. To accept that legal visitors frequently do not possess their documents is also a mistake. U.S. law requires that the documents be in the person's possession. Try going to any country in the world and "forget" to carry your documents and see what happens to you.

I don't believe that delaying a 16-hour train trip from Chicago to New York for 25 minutes constitutes "destroying the long history of commuting."

Dick Mauer

U.S. Border Patrol (Retired)



Good marriage is based on much more than sex

I have to applaud Lisa Earle McLeod for having the courage to write about her waning libido in the later years of her marriage. She hit the nail on the head in her Dec. 23 column. I'm 71 years old. When I was 30, I used to wake up with the thought of having sex. Now when I wake up, I think about what I'm going to have for breakfast. A good marriage is based on a lot more than just sex.

Wally Koperski



Town is funding group, not our public libraries

As reported in the Dec. 19 News, the Town of Tonawanda Board voted to continue to subsidize Brighton Place, a community resource center that inhabits the former Brighton Library. I wish to make a point of clarification regarding Supervisor Ronald Moline's comments at the board's work session. He stated: "I am annoyed by the fact that we are using town funds in addition to the $2 million we send to the county for library purposes."

The town is not providing additional funds to the county to operate the public library system in the Town of Tonawanda. It is funding a nonprofit organization that has no affiliation with the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library and does not operate as a public library.

It is important that taxpayers understand that the Town Board voted to continue to use town funds to support a private citizens group and not the public libraries in the Town of Tonawanda.

Kate Weeks


Town of Tonawanda Public Library


West Seneca is thriving with Clark at the helm

There must be two completely different West Senecas here in Western New York. There's one a recent contributor to this column wrote about, and the suburb I've lived in for the past 40 years.

Sure, there have been tax increases over the past 10 years he's lived here. I, too, wish I could still be paying the same taxes that were assessed on my home in 1967, but one must be realistic.

I, too, have snow piled up at the end of my driveway. That's what happens when the snowplow comes down my street, which it does on a regular basis when it snows. My job is to remove the snow so I can drive on a snow-free street. I have absolutely no complaints on the many other town services provided.

Do I believe Supervisor Paul Clark, whom I've never met, would make a good Erie County executive? You better believe it. I'm sorry the writer doesn't feel satisfied living in this town and I'll be sorry if we lose Clark to the county, but the county will definitely be better if he's elected.

Norman J. Goettelman

West Seneca


Writer shouldn't have stooped to name-calling

On Dec. 24, the Viewpoints section ran two articles in relation to saying "Merry Christmas." One was pro, by Jay Sekulow, which listed all of his supporting reasons. Never once did Sekulow stoop to name-calling of people on the other side of the issue.

Wayne Madsen, on the other hand, nine times referred to conservative Christians with derogatory names in his anti-Merry Christmas salutation article. He even equated saying "Merry Christmas" with the Nazis requiring Germans to say "Heil Hitler."

While Madsen should be reviled for his article, he can be used as a shining example of exactly where liberals stand and how they operate. His diatribe is a wonderful example of the gross misuse of freedom of speech.

John-Paul Stiglmeier



It's fun to read a poetic story

With regard to the Dec. 21 News article, "Green Christmas," anyone in the nation can do alliteration, so it's nice to see someone take time to say it in rhyme.

Paul Joliet


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