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Excerpts from reader commentary on News staffers' online blog postings last week. Online comments come from registered users, but -- unlike reviewed and verified Everybody's Column letters -- can be posted under pen names.

Inside the News: In a response to Dan Herbeck's blog on naming the new $137 million federal courthouse that's now under construction in downtown Buffalo, Duke Nauton suggested:

I strongly believe that an American war hero, a supreme court justice or a strong and successful national founding father such as one of the four New York State signers of the Declaration of Independence would be an excellent choice, much more so than a 20th century politician or novelist.

Heather added this:

What about Tim Russert? A beloved community figure who also knew, understood and thrived in the political world.


Outrages & Insights: A blog by James Heaney on former University at Buffalo President William Greiner's impressive $225,000 salary to teach one class at the law school, not to mention other former administrators raking in hefty salaries to teach a class here and a class there, drew numerous responses, including this from Mark:

Most students go in a lot of debt to pay for this. It is an outrage. And I say that as a graduate of 25 years ago.

And Jack added this bit of irony:

Even more outrageous: The tuition increase goes into the state's general fund. Students now directly pay for pork and patronage. And if they borrow the money; they pay interest on top of it.

Gotta love New York State.


BillBoard: In response to Allen Wilson's blog comment on disgraced quarterback Michael Vick and PETA's suggestion that the athlete undergo a brain scan, Sarah opined:

Although I think PETA tends to react to things in an extremist way, and a request for a brain scan is pretty ridiculous, I'm with them (and plenty of other more moderate folks) on thinking Vick's NFL career should be done. . . . I don't want the insane salary and the glory of life as a pro athlete going to someone who would commit a crime like that, and who moreover really only has shown remorse for getting caught. I teach, and my students would soon forget his actions and see him just as another athlete to look up to -- I think that would be a disgrace.


Strictly Business: A blog about Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo's attack on health insurers' out-of-network payments, and the possibility it could lead to lower payments for consumers, brought this comment from Joseph Xavier Martin:

What Andrew Cuomo has done for we the consumers is something I wish more elected officials would do, fight for us. Ordinary citizens can't fight huge insurance companies or rapacious oil companies, we need crusading elected officials to fight for us. Good work, Mr. Cuomo. You learned well from your dad.


Niagara Views: Thomas J. Prohaska's blog about the March 23 date for Robie J. Drake to go to trial for a second time on murder charges in connection with the 1981 shooting deaths of two North Tonawanda High School students, and about evidence that a key witness lied about his credentials, brought this response from KY Bob:

"Is the legal system doing the right thing in attempting to penalize the former prosecutor and his witness by giving Drake another chance at winning his freedom?"

The court is not penalizing the prosecutor or his witness. The court is insuring that people who get convicted do so cleanly. The witness brought this on himself by grossly exaggerating his credentials. Using perjured testimony in a criminal case jeopardizes an otherwise sound case.

Drake has admitted to killing one of the sweetest people I have ever met and the thought of a retrial due to prosecutorial misconduct upsets me. Convict him this time with his confession to the shooting and the stabbing and the bite marks.

It is the prosecutor's job to do it right. This is an easy conviction and there is no need for perjury to get it done.

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