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>Rally reveals flaws in Palin's character

At a recent Sarah Palin rally in Florida, someone hollered "terrorist" in response to Barack Obama's name. Someone else yelled "kill him." Palin made no response, but rather continued trying to strike fear in people's minds about Obama's past and personal character.

Webster's defines "terrorism" as "the act of terrorizing," especially as a political weapon. To "terrorize" is to attempt to fill with terror. It's one thing for political opponents to heatedly disagree on ideas. It's another thing to deliberately try to strike terror in people's hearts. That's terrorism.

Palin is attempting to do that on a daily basis. That is the strategy behind the Republican campaign. There was a crowd 2,000 years ago so stirred to hatred by the leaders that they shouted "crucify him" and, to their shame, the leaders didn't stop it. It is appalling that someone claiming to be a Christian leader could seemingly take such delight in stirring up a crowd to so hate any other human being that someone could yell "kill him" and not be censured.

Whatever positive qualities John McCain may have had are now completely diminished and overshadowed by the character of his running mate.

Barbara J. Price


>City right to enforce quality-of-life issues

I applaud Buffalo's mayor, the Police Department and Council Member Joe Golombek for their aggressive stance on the quality-of-life issues in the City of Buffalo. The abuses of high grass, upholstered furniture on an outdoor porch and loud music are just some of the violations that slowly eat away at a neighborhood's quality of life and often are the first signs of a neighborhood's decline.

It's also important for the city to utilize these funds collected to hire more housing inspectors to follow up on these violations. Being an active member of a block club association, this gives me hope for all of Buffalo's neighborhoods to be revitalized. Consistent enforcement throughout the year will get the message out that these violations will no longer be tolerated in Buffalo.

Kevin Ryan


>It's clear that local TV is all about big profits

"Keeping you connected" is the slogan for WIVB television. It seems that we are to believe that this station, which transmits over the public air waves, has a vested interest in keeping us all "plugged in." Its earnest and highly compensated journalists have for years touted their community service, reveling in the role of crusader and guardian of the public good. At license renewal time, we are literally bombarded with all the self-serving platitudes in salute to the public they love.

Now we have been treated to a cold dose of reality. The smiling faces we assumed wanted us "connected" have indeed pulled the plug. They have wagged fingers at others, and in that smug paternalism that was supposed to reassure us, have cast the blame on Time Warner. They stand pointing the finger of guilt at the next guy, instead of having the guts to tell the truth.

The truth is that local TV is about big bucks and the public be damned. Whether you are a Bills fan, a news hound or just a fan of CBS programs, the message is clear: it's profit, big profit, first. From now on WIVB, do your job as an affiliate, just don't insult Buffalonians again with the mythic notion that you care about us.

Stanley R. Pietras
Grand Island


>Term limits are needed to cure government ills

I am not a student of history or political science. But I have to believe our founding fathers are rolling in their graves. At our country's infancy, those who goverened did so for very short periods of time. These are the great figures who left their farms and businesses to become public servants -- for a few years. There were no career politicians.

Term limits, I believe, are a necessary first step at curing the ills of our local, state and federal governments. Think about it, presidents and governors come and go. It is the legislative branch that seems to stick around forever. The common denominator through the decades of decline in New York, for example, is the legislative branch.

So, when Election Day comes around, remember it was Albert Einstein who said that "insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

If an elected official's time in public service was limited, that person might actually do the right thing instead of what is in his or her best political interest.

Peter Munich


>'Live for today' attitude has come home to roost

Who do we blame for the economy? We the people are to blame this time. We have been blaming everyone for all of our errors for far too long. Stop it! The "live for today" attitude has come to roost.

The government enacted policies that allowed people to borrow money who had no intention of paying it back. Banks made their money for sure, but to say we are victims of this would be the biggest injustice of all.

The "live for today" crowd has hurt all of us. It's time we start "living for tomorrow." Our children will be paying for the sins of today for the rest of their lives. If you can't afford it, don't buy it. It is not your right to have everything in this world. Go out and buy what you can pay for and save for the things you want. In the end you might be happier with the things you have. The Joneses went bankrupt, so you don't have to keep up with them anymore!

Patrick Rauen


>McCain's character is beyond question

Rod Watson questions John McCain's character? I read with interest the Oct. 9 commentary, "McCain gives voters a peek at character." In it, Watson says McCain "shrivels in a face-to-face setting." Watson should watch "Faith of My Fathers." He will never, ever question McCain's character again.

Robert Nusall Sr.


>It would cost far too much to install home sprinklers

The Oct. 8 letter suggesting the state require home sprinkler systems in houses was such an asinine idea, I had to write to denounce it. Having a network of water pipes running through the house in rafters, ceilings joists and walls is just too foolish to imagine.

The cost would be astronomical. Plus, the special valve at the start of the project is expensive, and it would be impossible to maintain pressure in well-water homes.

Also the pipes in homes abandoned or closed for the winter could freeze and burst. How naive a suggestion.

Ronald D. Schunke

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