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We must not delay? demolition of homes

This letter is directed to Gov. Andrew Cuomo regarding the demolition of the homes on Busti Avenue. There are plenty of homeowners in the West Side community who favor the tearing down of these deteriorated and rat-infested homes. These so-called homes are eyesores and should be demolished as soon as possible.

A great injustice was done to the property owners who wanted their homes to be purchased by the Peace Bridge Authority. Don't let this small group of obstructionists continue to stop progress by halting the destruction of these rotted buildings.

I can't understand the interference of Mayor Byron Brown in this matter. Where was he before? He never committed himself one way or another. Now he speaks up. What is his motive behind this sudden awareness? Guess!

This demolition will not cause any blight in the neighborhood, as stated. If anything, this will be an improvement to the existing area. Can you imagine coming back and forth from the Peace Bridge and seeing these decayed buildings?

Please ignore these ridiculous pleas and get on with necessary progress in the Peace Bridge neighborhood. This area has already suffered enough with the rejection of the expanded plaza. Don't let it happen again.

Barbara L. Battista



Scene of the tragedy ?tells different story

For those of you defending the Dr. James Corasanti verdict, I have some advice: just drive down Heim Road in the same direction as the doctor and, as you approach the impact site, ask yourself if you would be unable to see Alix Rice.

I am from the Southtowns and have never been on Heim Road, so I decided to take a look for my own benefit. There is no way on earth that Alix could not be seen, and based on the contour of the road, she would have been visible from a considerable distance before the impact.

Thomas B. Rojek



Jurors had tough job, ?should be commended

I have heard and read many opinions about the Corasanti verdict. Initially, like many, I was saddened and angry about the verdict. Then I read the article about juror John Jankowiak and, as a layman, I understood what he and the other jurors where confronted with: the law versus the facts.

Additionally, the commentary by Denise Jewell Gee brought more understanding to this most disturbing case. Now I only have admiration for the jurors and feel they should be commended.

Jay T. Hurlburt

East Aurora


Proposal would close? horrendous loophole

I would like to commend State Sen. Patrick Gallivan for his proposed new law, as reported in The News, closing the loophole that allows drunken drivers to leave the scene of an accident claiming they didn't know they had caused an accident resulting in death, injury or property damage. The law, as it presently stands, only encourages drunken and drugged drivers to continue maiming and killing others without any legal deterrent.

I would strongly urge all our state legislators from both parties to close this horrendous loophole and support a much needed new law.

Penny F. Zeplowitz



Paladino knows little? about superintendent

The recent letter from Carl Paladino, who perhaps ranks among the highest of those individuals inimitable in unmitigated gall, demonstrate a true farce – not the superintendent search.

Paladino's opinion voice, in print and in person, is heavy in baritone pitch and rants but characteristically very low-keyed in substance.

Much of his stance is a calculated mode of offense or not worth a six-pence.

His usage of ethnically dipped wording to divert focus from the truth and his unfounded allegations is shameful.

Katherine Massey



State needs to ban ?tanning for minors

We should be concerned with the lack of a strong public health policy to protect adolescents from exposure to artificial sources of ultraviolet (UVR) just as we do for cigarettes. Science examining exposure to UVR places intensities from tanning beds three to five times that of the noon sun. It is scientific fact that UVR exposure causes DNA damage resulting in skin cancers, including malignant melanoma.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer elevated tanning beds to the highest cancer risk category – group 1, "carcinogenic to humans" – along with asbestos, cigarettes and other potent carcinogens. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Toxicology Program listed exposure to tanning beds a human carcinogen based on evidence of carcinogenicity studies in humans.

The link between tanning bed exposure and the incidence of malignant melanoma is irrefutable. According to the IARC, the use of tanning beds before the age of 30 increases the risk of malignant melanoma 75 percent, and is now the most common cancer in people in the 25 to 29 age group and the second most common in the 15 to 29 age group.

While statistics demonstrate that the incidence of many cancers is falling, malignant melanoma continues to rise faster than the seven most common cancers. Between 1992 and 2004, melanoma incidence increased 45 percent. This year 4,700 New Yorkers will be diagnosed with melanoma and 440 will die from the disease. The use of indoor tanning beds represents a significant avoidable risk factor for the development of malignant melanoma.

The American Cancer Society, American Medical Association, American Academy of Dermatology and other health organizations support legislation prohibiting access to tanning salons by children under the age of 18. We urge the Senate to swiftly pass S.2917 to protect our children from a known cancer risk.

Brummitte Dale Wilson, M.D.

Past President, New York State Society for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery



Development begins? during fertilization

A recent letter writer states mistakenly that "Catholics must take on faith that life begins at the moment of conception." Actually, the issue is not a matter of "faith" or even of opinion. It's a matter of fact. One example, among dozens, is from Keith Moore in his textbook "Essentials of Human Embryology": "Human development begins … during a process known as fertilization [conception]."

Dan Mattimore

West Seneca