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LETTERS

Accusations unfair to Broderick family

I was dismayed to read of the unjust accusations concerning Niagara County Treasurer David Broderick and his wife.

Teresa Snyder, a lawyer, and one of five siblings arguing over her mother's money couldn't agree on how to divide the estate, so they hired another attorney to represent them, and County Treasurer David Broderick was assigned to administrate the estate because the heirs couldn't settle things on their own.

The newspaper account paints a pretty clear picture of the dysfunctional Snyder family arguing over inherited money. The Broderick family, on the other hand, has a long proud history in Niagara County. They have long been the stalwarts of morality and community values, and for Teresa Snyder to disparage such a fine family on an unjustified attack shows a total lack of self-respect.

Cal Rhoney

Middleport

(editor's note: Rhoney is the former Royalton town supervisor)

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Democrats thank those who helped food drive

The Niagara County Democrats would like to thank everyone who contributed to our food drive on Jan. 24. Local committees in Lockport, North Tonawanda and the Town of Porter collected about 25 boxes of food at each of their sites. In Lockport, the food was taken to Sister Helen's Pantry at St. John's; in North Tonawanda, to the Interfaith Church Pantry; and in Porter, to the Country Roads Pantry and a local church.

Special thanks to the economics class at Lew-Port High School, which collected food from fellow students and brought it to the VFW for this drive. Also, thanks to the local committee members for giving up part of their Saturday to collect the food and deliver it to the local pantries.

Our next event will be to collect gently used cell phones for the Domestic Violence Program of the Niagara County Sheriff's Office on Feb. 28. The location details will soon be announced. The phones will be reconditioned, then can be used to call 911 if necessary.

Dan Rivera, chairman of the Niagara County Democratic Party

North Tonawanda

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