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Bush needs to realize he can't win this war

Every day I read more bad news about what is happening in Iraq. Last weekend, it was the peaceful protests in Iraq by hundreds of thousands of civilians saying they want the United States out. Three days ago, it was that our National Guard is being called up again for another year. Two days ago, it was that our soldiers there are being ordered to serve for another three months after their year of duty is up. Yesterday, it was that we are sometimes -- one in four deaths -- paying Iraqi families up to $2,500 when our soldiers accidentally kill a civilian family member. (Is that all a life is worth?) Today, it was that there are no more doctors or supplies in the civilian hospitals to treat those injured by bombs; they are just left to die.

When will President Bush end the killing? He defeated Saddam Hussein and his army in two weeks. He won his war. But he is not "winning" the occupation, and never will, using the military. Our soldiers there know that it is not working and that most folks back home are praying and pleading for their return. They must feel so discouraged. My son-in-law is back home with his family now. He refused to go back. He knew it was fruitless. Let the Iraqis have their country back to manage on their own.

Sam Miller

Korean War Veteran

East Aurora


Ailing steel workers deserve compensation

We are writing in regard to the well-written My View column by Linda Marshall regarding the denial by the U.S. Department of Labor of many workers' claims for compensation. These were workers at Bethlehem Steel from 1949 to 1952, when it had a contract with the federal government to roll uranium rods for nuclear reactors.

Our father, Walter Grudzien, was one of the workers who developed lung cancer and died. He was indeed victimized by Bethlehem Steel and the government for failing to offer any protection to the workers. Like other survivors and their families, he is being victimized again by the denial of compensation offered.

We, too, wonder where Sens. Hillary Clinton and Charles Schumer and Rep. Brian Higgins stand on this matter. We are writing them to find out. We hope that all involved Bethlehem workers still living and the family members of deceased workers continue to pursue this matter with their elected officials. It must be resolved for the victims of the incompetence of the government and a multimillion-dollar steel company.

Chester and Shirley Grudzien



Paladino's criticism of Senecas is a joke

So, Carl Paladino resents the "24 moguls" who are benefiting most from the treaty that enables Seneca businesses to earn any profits. Perhaps he should turn his concern to Western New York "moguls" who screw up every business opportunity that comes to the City of Buffalo. Especially the ones who sit with their hands out -- under the table -- for taxpayers' money. None of these so-called businessmen can seem to function without aid from the state and Erie County.

The Seneca Nation is building an economic base that hires hundreds -- and soon thousands -- of Western New York residents, both Native Americans and others. Back off, Mr. Paladino, until you can offer the same.

Virginia A. Hughes



Double standard exists regarding racial issues

Don Imus should not be excused for his comment about the Rutgers University basketball team. But in light of their past behavior, the Revs. Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton were not proper messengers to be excoriating Imus in the media.

In 1984, Jackson referred to Jews as "Hymies" and New York as "Hymietown." In 1987, Sharpton took the lead role in spreading the Tawana Brawley rape hoax against white police officers and a white prosecutor. Sharpton has never apologized for his role or comments after he was ordered to pay more than $300,000 in defamation restitution.

In 1991, after a black youth was accidentally killed by a vehicle in a Hasidic motorcade, Sharpton incited riots in Crown Heights that resulted in the death of a rabbinical student. Finally, both Jackson and Sharpton made repeated race-laced inflammatory statements about the guilt of the white Duke lacrosse players who were wrongly accused of raping a dancer. All those charges were dropped, but neither has issued an apology.

It would seem that Sharpton and Jackson have a double standard when deciding what constitutes deplorable speech and conduct.

Denis J. Bastible

East Amherst


Let's hope architects are sensitive to area

I am writing in regard to the proposed building of Bass Pro, and the surrounding development that will follow. As someone who was an Allentown resident for 30 years and regards our architectural and historical heritage with respect, I would like to suggest that all involved take this opportunity to build meaningful, architecturally sensitive buildings in this very old part of our city. Just because everything isn't gloriously maintained down there does not diminish the area's relevance to our history.

My hope is that the architects build thoughtfully and don't overdo the parking ramps. The "big box" look should be outlawed, and developers should spend some money to be in tune with their surroundings.

I also hope the Buffalo Preservation Board, of which I was a member for many years, steps up to the plate and demands excellence. We all want progress, but progress should happen with quality building and sensitivity as the credo in a historical area. We cannot say goodbye to who we are and where we came from. Let us not ruin this opportunity.

Saxon Cobb Deck

East Aurora


We can all learn from UB's example

I would like to applaud the University at Buffalo's recent commitment to achieve carbon neutrality. Western New Yorkers should follow UB's lead. We can all do this by taking simple steps to reduce our energy consumption. One easy step is for us all to stop driving so much. Leave the car at home and walk, use public transportation or ride a bike. If we have to drive, we should car pool. Think of all the money we'll save on gas. While we're at it, we can turn the lights off when we leave rooms and turn down the heat when we leave the house.

Those of us who can afford to should better insulate our homes and increase the efficiency of our appliances and vehicles. These earth-friendly chances cost more up front, but quickly pay for themselves. Besides, the price of doing nothing is too high.

Mary O'Donnell


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