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How can Manna attack solider serving country?

As the mother of Amherst Council Member Jay Anderson, I write this letter with a heavy heart. My heartbreak is due to the unwarranted attacks of Council Member Mark Manna. My family, for a second time, will be without a husband, father, son and brother as he is deployed for a year of active duty in the Middle East. It is difficult enough for Jay and his family to face a year of active military service without Manna questioning Jay's lawful responsibilities to the residents of Amherst. As a council member, Manna ought to know what the town law is; but he apparently considers political posturing to be more important than honoring those who choose to defend our country.

All council members are required, upon taking office, to designate three persons to replace them if they are temporarily unable to serve on the board. Did Manna submit a list? Did he request clarification from the Attorney General's Office at that time? If not, why not?

Manna is attacking a soldier who is serving his country. Jay has exemplified his duty and love for his country and community. After his first tour of duty, he returned as a model for all patriotic Americans. I couldn't be prouder of him. Now, with his second activation order, my son has conscientiously followed town, state and federal requirements to ensure that residents will have their voices heard on the Town Board with an experienced elected official who has no ulterior motives.

My family, military veterans and most residents find Manna's actions to be abhorrent and counter-productive to honoring those who have served in our military. Manna's divisive actions are precisely what Amherst residents rejected in 2009 when Jay was elected. Someone should tell Manna to "behave." I guess I just did.

Julia Anderson



Blame being misplaced in roller coaster death

So there it is, the lawsuit we all knew was coming. It was an unnecessary tragedy, but the blame is being misplaced. I appreciate Army Sgt. James Hackemer's service to our country and the terrible loss he suffered, but last I knew, you must meet certain height requirements to be admitted on roller coasters. I assume someone had to pick him up and place him on the ride. If I had a family member in the same condition and was trusted with his care, there is no way I would have allowed him on that ride. Have we gotten to the point that we trust others to make questionable judgments such as this? Come on, people, use the brains the good Lord gave you.

Lynn M. Avery

West Seneca


Obama says one thing, then does the opposite

George Burns, the late comedian, once said, "In this business, if you can fake honesty, you've got it made." President Obama has this down to an art form. His words seem to be opposite his actions. "Jobs, jobs, jobs" has been his relentless call as he chides businesses for not hiring as the economy stalls. He campaigned that his administration would be the most transparent ever, yet he appoints dozens of czars who head everything from energy to the environment and answer to no one except the president.

The Trojan horse known as Obamacare contains massive dollar outlays while affecting small business in ways that are unknown. While his administration has its "foot on the neck" of British Petroleum, I am paying nearly $4 a gallon for gas while drills remain silent in the Gulf of Mexico, costing thousands of jobs.

Regulatory changes costing billions of dollars are choking business across the country, while foreign competitors with business-friendly environments gain global market share. My accountant tells me that the Dodd/Frank banking reform bill contains more than 300 new regulatory mandates that make burying your money in a coffee can in the back yard seem a viable, more profitable alternative.

So what words did Obama utter that actually ring true and reflect his true intention? I found them in the book he authored, "Dreams from my Father," where he stated that in working in his first job in the private sector, he felt "like a spy behind enemy lines." The private sector, American small business, is the enemy? The actions of his administration seem to bear these words as his true feelings.

Ken Wojcieszek



Franczyk has failed the Fillmore District

After reading the July 31 News article about the race between the too-long incumbent David Franczyk and challenger Larry Adamczyk, it should be blatantly obvious to anyone paying attention to the Fillmore District Common Council race that Franczyk is in danger of losing his job. Why else would someone who is sworn to uphold the "public trust" (his words) use such vitriolic words against a political opponent except, perhaps, to dodge the main issues of this campaign?

Franczyk has held the Council seat in the Fillmore District for the better part of 25 years. Have you seen the Fillmore District? Has Franczyk? The district is littered with empty store fronts and abandoned homes. Is this an indication of what the next 25 years are going to be, or do we want someone who has a vision of success for the Fillmore District? Franczyk has said he is ambivalent about a project in the district he represents. Perhaps he should move on to a job he is more passionate about. Certainly he is not passionate about progress in Fillmore. Adamczyk is.

Timothy P. Finnegan



Schroeder will do well in Comptroller's Office

After reading The News editorial regarding Mark Schroeder, I am afraid that readers did not get the whole picture regarding his prior experience. For nearly two decades before Schroeder began his government service, I had the pleasure of seeing him in action in the corporate world, where his leadership and problem-solving skills and attention to detail led to tremendous growth for the companies he worked for.

When I was the CEO of Cliffstar Corp., I was fortunate to have him as my vice president of sales and marketing as we built the company into North America's largest private-label juice and drink manufacturer. In his position, Schroeder played a critical role in the development and execution of corporate budgets, and his efforts had the greatest influence on the company's performance in a highly competitive market. He had a clear understanding of every aspect of the business, and was extremely conscious of the impact that his decisions had on the company's overall financial performance.

I am not an expert on the intricacies of the City Comptroller Office, but I do know that every organization, whether private or public, needs strong leadership and focused execution to be successful. If Schroeder's performance in the private sector is any indication of how he will lead the Comptroller's Office, then the taxpayers of Buffalo will have a tireless and effective advocate watching over their finances.

Sean McGirr

Orchard Park

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