2005-10-19 / Bee Heard

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.I agree with putting Amherst back into Amherst Girls’ Softball. There are supposed to be a certain number of Amherst girls on each travel team roster, but that is not what is happening.

.Mr. Rabenold’s plan to stay in the race for town supervisor appears to be nothing but revenge for losing the Republican nomination. Simple math shows a vote for Mr. Rabenold is one less for Mr. Mohan and vice versa. Mr. Rabenold’s false hopes only make it easier for Susan Grelick to win.

.I was at the Meet the Candidates Night at St. Mary’s Parish in Swormville, and I just finished reading an article in your paper you say all the candidates made personal attacks. She picks out Dirk Rabenold in particular and how he had an attack on Susan Grelick. If you call saying you think part of the problem is leadership an attack, I guess maybe it is. But I think it was quite mild compared to things put out about Dirk by other candidates, Susan in particular. To say there is a problem of leadership in the town is exactly 100 percent correct.

.I believe Sen. Clinton should stay in Washington, where she was elected to do things for the American people, not gallivanting around and campaigning for every Tom, Dick and Harry.

.It is my understanding that one of our neighbors in Eggertsville wrote an anonymous letter (cowardly act) complaining about a car that is for sale parked in front of the house. This neighbor’s grounds are immaculate and always decorated for the holidays. So the guy has a car for sale that is parked in front of his house, big deal! Isn’t this a free country?

.I read the Bee editorial about Christmas before Halloween. I’d like to know why you didn’t write a similar editorial back in August when all the Halloween stuff was out well before Labor Day.

.After attending the town board meeting on October 11, I have decided who I am voting for: Susan Grelick and Jane Woodward. The other candidates were disgraceful. And Mr. Mohan is completely unrealistic about budget cuts; I’m sure his intentions are good, but there is no way he can do that without cutting services. It’s ridiculous!

.With the closing of 16 libraries in Erie County, you would think it would be a boost to the remaining 36 libraries. Not so. The 2006 proposed library budget includes devastating costs. The remaining libraries will surely have an increase in business due to the closing of the 16, but will there be staff to serve patrons? Unbeknownst to library users, the majority of staff at the remaining libraries in the county will be either downgraded or eliminated entirely. Over 100 staff, full time as well as part time, will be laid off in January, if not already. Patrons will find long lines and poor service due to lack of staff or overly stressed remaining staff. The 2005 budget eliminated new materials; the 2006 proposed budget will eliminate staff. Has our legislative government pulled the wool over our eyes again? Let’s not let them! It’s not too late. If they are going to vote for a property tax increase anyway, let’s put some of it to good use. Call your legislators today and ask them to share some of those property taxes with the librar y.

.I agree with last week’s caller that Jane Woodward is the town board’s most pro-development supporter. If Amherst residents keep voting for her, then they shouldn’t complain. The voters get what they vote for— development!

.I have to commend Dirk Rabenold for taking the high road before the primary by only attacking Susan Grelick’s record, while she attempted to smear him personally. Now she says she is going to run a positive campaign. It’s too late, Susan. Now we’ve seen her other side.

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