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Wisconsin demonstrates ?public's major frustration

Wisconsin is the first step on the road to recovery. Democrats and the labor unions of Wisconsin failed to recall the governor and legislators despite pouring millions of dollars into the state and bringing out the big guns to help such as former president Bill Clinton. One can only speculate why President Obama did not go to Wisconsin, a state that he won handily in 2008 Gov. Scott Walker's policies are the complete opposite of Obama's.

In the year and a half that Walker has been in office, he has almost erased the entire $3.6 billion budget shortage without a tax increase.. The recall effort started after the governor and the state legislature passed a bill to curb public employee union power while requiring most public state workers to pay a little bit more for health insurance and pension benefits.

This is what happens when a leader leads; one can only hope that the rest of the country follows Wisconsin and stands up for the people and not the unions. Tax-spend policies do not work. Since President Obama has been in office, he has added $5 trillion to the deficit our children and grandchildren will be paying for these foolish policies for years to come. God help us if he gets another term.

Nicholas Karam



Nothing can happen?without parental buy-in

I haven't heard any of the Buffalo superintendent candidates address the most pressing issue – parental involvement. See the successes at parochial schools that surpass the public schools in graduation and college acceptance rates on a relative shoestring of a budget compared to the Buffalo school system. Success is built on a foundation of parental guidance and support. What about the proposal several years ago of replicating the model of the Harlem Children's Zone in the Bronx? Wasn't Buffalo one of the 10 targeted systems in the country for this?

Again, built on parent buy-in.

Kathleen M. Rog



Fracking waste is a concern?for the overall environment

A recent News article about "Environmental Impacts during Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling… ," a report from the Shale Resources and Society Institute at the University at Buffalo, emphasized the fault line that prevents understanding the natural gas drilling called fracking.

The study reviewed nearly 3,000 violation files of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, but its numbers and focus emulate a completeness that actually excludes important environmental impacts.

Any development this large that is absent of concerns related to human health and discernible short- and long-term impact in air and water renders these sort of studies nearly irrelevant. The recorded violations do not reveal or surprise. Infractions like not posting permit signs and failing to fix minor leaks buttress the image of monitoring by shear numbers but tell little of the overall and cumulative effects of the work.

The current national and New York State efforts to understand and regulate fracking lack any public interest review that could include the significant factors. The medical and sociological communities have identified and expressed alarm at many of the primary and secondary impacts of fracking, but that information mostly remains in the realms of academia and environmental groups, not in the quiver of regulation.

Two disasters in Western New York reveal a misplaced trust in technology: Love Canal, where discarded chemicals killed people and animals before we realized the danger; and West Valley, where lethal radioactive wastes so overwhelmed and frightened the original commercial managers they walked, abandoned the project, then left us taxpayers with a multi billion dollar clean-up now over four decades old. West Valley has enough toxicity to destroy the water of 40 million people in the Great Lakes.

We have no right to be quick or superficial and jeopardize future generations with poisoned water.

Art "Happy" Klein



Esmonde reached those? upset by Corasanti verdict

Thanks to Donn Esmonde's comments and all the other people who have expressed shock and dismay at the verdict of the Dr. James G. Corasanti trial. Speaking out for the majority, I can keep my comments very brief.

First a comment to Alix's parents. I wish with all my heart I could change this verdict for you because we all know the truth. I pray for your peace.

Second, a thought on Corasanti. It has been said he is brilliant. Well, anyone who gets drunk, gets behind the wheel, hits "something", and then the supposedly good doctor doesn't stop, goes home, hides behind his wife and neighbors, doesn't seem too bright to me. Yes, he was correct when he said his life is ruined.

Lastly, the jury. They are begging in The News for our understanding. One of the jurors signed his name in the middle of the entire page spread in the Sunday News. I don't buy any of it, I don't understand how you can justify or defend your verdict, and I cannot respect you. I will sleep tonight, maybe the jurors and Corasanti will catch a couple of winks in between guilt.

Susan Williams



Victim cannot be held?responsible for accident

I take strong exception with the June 2 letter writer's attempt to clearly place the blame for this tragic accident on the victim, Alix Rice, and, subsequently, on her loved ones and friends who, according to the writer, should have been there to drive her home safely that fateful evening.

The question should have been where were Corasanti's loved ones and friends who should have been there to drive him home because he was drunk and chose for whatever reason to drive, which was significantly more risky than Alix Rice's behavior.

The only capacity that Corasanti should have been in his vehicle was as a passenger and I believe, if that was the case, this terrible accident may never have occurred.

Corasanti not only failed a sobriety test, but he also failed the test for moral conduct. His behavior following the accident, of leaving the scene and trying to cover up his responsibility for what occurred, is appalling at best.

What should have happened should have been similar to what occurred in the Michael C. Ettipio hit and run tragedy, where a courageous person grabs the driver by the scruff of the neck and drags him back to the scene of the accident. As a result, he could have seen, firsthand, what his reckless decision to drink and drive did to another human being.

Corasanti could learn a great deal from the 24-year-old Ettipio, who took total and complete responsibility for the death of 14-year-old Bryce Buchholz, never blaming the victim. But I have serious doubts that Corasanti will ever find the courage to take any responsibility for Alix Rice's death. Although I truly hope I'm wrong.

Joseph V. Sbarbati

Niagara Falls