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>Promote New Era Cap Co. to attract more businesses

I was surprised and excited to open up the New York Times on Aug. 27 and see an article about New Era Cap. It was an interesting article that discussed how the Buffalo company is weathering the economic storm and how it has adapted to changes in the baseball cap industry. This is one of the Buffalo companies that should be applauded for expanding right here in the Buffalo Niagara region. I no doubt believe that New Era is currently used for marketing the area to potential businesses, but it should be front and center in a more aggressive marketing campaign to expand our already diverse company base.

Assertive, confident marketing to lure companies here, especially from across the border and along the "Golden Horseshoe" between St. Catharines and Toronto, can help Buffalo break out and position itself as a progressive and forward-thinking region with international ties.

For Canadian companies that want to increase American presence, how can Buffalo Niagara not be considered? Look at Labatt as an example. I must believe that it cannot be hard to lure companies here, for other parts of the country have plundered our companies for years.

Shane E. Stephenson


>Congress won't be able to improve health care

As a former management person at Buffalo General Hospital and Blue Cross, I have a good understanding of health care and health insurance. Most people advocating the reform bills in Congress don't understand the serious ramifications.

They should know that Congress won't make things better. Any government program will be inefficient and raise taxes for poorer results. Medicare's administrative costs are low because they are buried in the money spent to have insurers process the claims and in the fraud that goes undetected in government programs. Medicare is going broke.

The HMOs many people don't like were largely created by acts of Congress. Other misguided actions by Congress to "control costs" led to hospitals sending patients home "quicker and sicker." Capping prescription costs will reduce life-saving research.

Two thirds of all our uninsured can afford insurance or are children of such people. They choose to pay their health bills as they come and if that should cause them to go bankrupt, that was their choice. Why should they be forced to buy insurance and why should taxpayers bail them out? And the one third who can't afford insurance can receive quality care at reduced cost if they seek it.

Richard F. Teetsel


>Give us health coverage that rivals officials' plan

I am sure that even though Sen. Edward Kennedy's brain cancer prognosis was terminal, he still received the very best medical care available. Perhaps if President Obama and his Democrat-controlled Congress would come up with a universal health care program that would be comparable to Kennedy's, the Republicans and the American taxpayers who have been speaking out against the plans that have been proposed so far would gladly support such a plan. I know I would.

Al Huntz


>Sad to see Americans are losing their faith

The Sept. 3 News article about the decline of faith is a sad commentary. I believe the Evangelical Church needs to reach out with the Gospel and the life-changing message of Christ.

Even though statistics show a decline in faith, I believe young people are hungry for truth, and truth isn't found at the Center for Inquiry, it is found in the Bible. By the way, the Bible supersedes man's science, and is not just a book about faith but also history, science, archaeology and more. Many people are coming to Christ, because they see the problems in society are getting worse. Maybe the numbers don't look good, but if one person gives his life to Jesus Christ, it is worth it. Remember what Christ said, "Ye must be born again."

Rev. Daren Drzymala


>City of Good Neighbors lives up to its moniker

There is never any scarcity of bad happenings reported in Buffalo. I would like to balance that with positive remarks and remind everyone that Buffalo is truly the City of Good Neighbors.

Last Sunday my husband and I -- senior citizens who still love to bike -- decided to bike around the city and enjoy the glorious architecture. We parked in Delaware Park. Having biked around the streets in the neighborhood, we made our way to the bike path that took us to Niagara Street and then on to the waterfront. Unfortunately I managed to get a very flat tire. At least three people stopped to offer help, but my husband declined thinking that he could fix the leak.

Becoming frustrated, I persuaded him to accept the next offer. The helper was towing his boat back from Chautauqua Lake, so he promised to return after he had unhitched his boat at home. True to his word he returned, put the bikes in his truck and drove us to our parked car. This indeed was a good neighbor. We gave him a true vote of thanks for his gracious deed. We won't forget him or the offers from other good Buffalo neighbors.

Betty Smith


>House isn't supposed to be an investment

I'm afraid Philip Nanula doesn't take into account the reality of the cost of living in the greatly taxed state of New York in his recent Another Voice. Paying 3 percent a year to property taxes leaves his return at a whopping 3.7 percent, not 6.7 percent. But who said your house was supposed to be an investment anyway? I think that's some of the rationalization that got a lot of people in trouble.

Frank Needham


>The good of the country takes precedence over constituents

I'd like to address the concerns of a former New York State assemblyman about Rep. Eric Massa. Members of the House of Representatives craft legislation that affects all of us and not just their constituents. Occasionally, the good of the country takes precedence over the wishes of the constituents. This is a slippery slope -- the National Committee may cut off funding for you.

There is a certain irony in parroting the Lloyd Bentsen quote "You're no Jack Kennedy" -- said to Dan Quayle. It's unlikely that Massa wants to be a Xerox copy of Amo Houghton.

William Duggleby

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