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Bring bicycle museum ?to Buffalo's waterfront

The Western New York community has recently lost a fine person and loyal promoter, Carl F. Burgwardt. Of his many civic involvements, the one he was most proud of was founding the Pedaling History Bicycle Museum in Orchard Park. It was a matchless display of meticulously restored and researched vintage bicycles. The family has received firm offers for portions of the collection, but it was Burgwardt's hope to keep the collection and records of Buffalo's cycling heritage intact in Western New York in a more centrally located venue.

Since Buffalo has, thankfully, given up the big-box approach to waterfront renewal to concentrate on smaller, faster, local projects, it is definitely time to take another look at keeping this one-of-a-kind, family-friendly, tourist-attracting venue here in Western New York. Could there yet be someone out there who has the passion and wherewithal to do this?

Many places have aquariums, sports arenas and theme parks, but this museum would be truly unique and great in combination with the proposed children's museum. After all, for so many kids, young and young at heart, what was their favorite and maybe only toy? A bicycle!

Lucille Gervase



Will Palin ever realize? her run was a mistake?

Sarah Palin, speaking in front of an extremely conservative crowd, stressed that it was imperative for conservatives not to repeat the mistakes of 2008. Will the time ever come when Palin realizes that she was the mistake of 2008?

Larry Karmel

Orchard Park


Providing health care ?is a state responsibility

The United States was founded as, and still is, a republic. As a republic, the 50 independent states bonded together for the "common defense." A large central government that would interfere with the day-to-day operation of the individual states was not visualized.

As governor, Mitt Romney saw that the best manner to bring health insurance and health care to his state's people was by having universal coverage. This did away with much of the fragmentation to health care and insurance seen in other states.

Providing health care to individuals is a responsibility of each state. To take the actions of one governor and impose nationalized health care on each independent state goes too far. Each governor can choose to follow Massachusetts' lead for health insurance for the people of his/her state, or can choose to continue with fragmented systems such as ours in New York.

In the long run, these fragmented systems create far more jobs for bureaucrats, insurance executives, office staff, etc., which result in less health care availability at higher costs.

The lunacy of the U.S. imposition of national health care can be seen just in the size of the legislation - more than 2,000 pages. When did the feds contact each individual state and provide the choice for the state to either opt-in or opt-out of this national experiment?

States' rights and responsibilities cannot simply be taken over by a central government that is provided "limited" power. Unfortunately, over the years, too often states' rights have been trampled resulting in a much larger, unauthorized federal government. For once, some states have decided it is time to challenge the power brokers in Washington.

A June 16 News editorial completely neglects to consider the differences between providing within a state and providing for the nation, as well as the responsibilities to each. Romney fulfilled his responsibility within Massachusetts. For him to see the responsibility of the president, and Washington, as different is no flip-flop!

Gerard S. Siuta

Lt. Col., U.S. Army Reserve, retired



America is perishing ?right before our eyes

With both political parties being more concerned with international issues, foreign nationals and pandering to special interests than we the people, I shouldn't be surprised at President Obama's latest edict blocking deportation of some illegal aliens.

Why bother with customs officials and border crossings? We've already established Spanish as a second language. Why not just set up border kiosks directing illegal aliens right to free lodging, education and benefits on the American taxpayer, while the richest man in the world (a Mexican) reaps the benefits of our suicidal trade policy?

It seems the only solution to the supply-side fiasco being offered by either political party is to flood our country with cheap desperate labor to eliminate the middle class and reinstitute a living hell.

The great American experiment is perishing before our eyes without a whimper at our own hands without any real choice being offered in the coming election.

The preamble to the Constitution should be changed to "We the multinational corporations" instead of "we the people."

Louis L. Boehm

Orchard Park


Hard work is required for a rewarding career

Regarding David Robinson's article "High skills have high payoff," I just wanted to add a caveat to it. Now that I am retired and I look back on a long, rewarding career as an engineer, I guess I would qualify as one with high skills, although I am still learning.

It was a rewarding career, but it did not come easy for me. I was an average student and in order to master the subject matter, I probably had to work harder than some, less than others. However, in high school, I spent about three hours each evening doing homework. In college for five years, I averaged six hours of homework per night and 18 on weekends. While all the frats and sororities were out partying, we did homework.

Of course I have to thank my parents for helping me keep my nose to the grindstone. Later on, continuing post-graduate education helped keep my skills intact. The pay was good, not great. Job security was excellent, as I never got laid off in 45 years of employment. One of the downsides was that in order to fulfill my career ambitions, I had to leave Western New York. What has changed?

Richard Speth



Show some courtesy ?to pedestrians in city

As a resident of Buffalo, I take advantage of the convenience of walking to run errands while benefitting from the exercise and scenery.

Lately, the enjoyment has taken an unsafe turn for me. I have almost been struck by bicycles on the sidewalks, and some dog owners with apparent anger issues guiding their dog right toward me while passing by.

To maintain Buffalo's reputation as the supposed "City of Good Neighbors," let's show respect and integrity by our actions and reinforce the good quality of life we all deserve.

Joanne Kaniecki