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.What an inspiring article appeared about this year's high school awarding-winning graduates in The Bee. Congratulations to all these top award winners of the several Amherst high schools. Families of these well-deserving and well-rounded teens must be proud. While these teens' interests were diverse, involving academic, social, sports, music, drama, as well as community service, not one mentioned skateboarding as their passion. It would seem that their high school years were better spent on productive and meaningful pursuits rather than frivolous pop culture ones.
.I guess I'm not surprised that the Williamsville School Board gave the superintendent a new contract. After all, that's easier than finding a new superintendent. But I find it hard to believe they gave him a sizeable pay increase. True leadership would be coming up with a budget that does not increase spending. That's what managers in private industry do year in and year out.
.It's that time of year again after school and graduation parties held at home where parents turn a blind eye to illegal drinking by teens. There is both a parental legal and moral obligation to prohibit youngsters from attending such affairs or hosting such affairs. Parents who are supposedly at home think they can control excesses, but they are simply fooling themselves. Statistics of accidents prove otherwise.
.The band concert at Amherst Lutheran Church was a great witness to the God-given talent of all the musicians involved. If you missed the concert, you can experience some of that talent Saturday nights at 5.
.Here is another pedestrian complaint. The identification labels on the push buttons to cross Main Street and North Cayuga (east side) have been missing for months. That situation is an accident waiting to happen.
.The Amherst residents have spoken. We want to have the referendum ballot on the voting machine for downsizing from seven to five members to be effective January 1, 2010. You have put us into debt, and it's time for you to leave so we can get back on course.
.To the people who walk their dogs through the cemetery on Main Street in Williamsville, please do not walk your dogs through there. It's very disrespectful to the dead. The town's loved ones are there. If you see people walking their dogs through there, please stop them and tell them to please leave. Speak up, because people are walking through there all the time.
.Please publish my public thank you to all those nature lovers in Snyder who lobbied to have Saratoga Park turned into Saratoga parking lot. Isn't it ironic that we decry the destruction of the rain forests in South America, yet here in our own backyard it's okay to chop down a natural wooded area? This wastes wildlife and spoils something simple and peaceful. Why don't we add a parking lot and a snack stand, while we're at it? Or better yet, a paid two-lane highway so residents can take shuttle buses through the park. I just hope the humming birds return to the bird feeder in my backy a rd .
.Some person should be complimented for using common sense in putting up/relocating vertical stop signs at the Main Street entrances to the UB South Campus park and ride parking lots. Previously, vehicles would drive by these sections of the parking lot completely oblivious of the potential danger of broadside collisions. Thank you. Well done.
.I purchase a monthly Metro Rail and bus commutation pass and purposely avoided the South Campus machines because those machines spoke in a loud audio the request I made and money transactions involved. Instead, I went to LaSalle or Summer/Best Metro Rail stations and conducted my purchase in private without the audio. Now, when obtaining my July pass at the LaSalle station, the loud audio is there covering my purchase. I don't need everyone within earshot listening to this. I did muffle the sound somewhat with my hand, but next month I will carry a rag. If necessary for those who need this feature, have one machine dedicated to this and the others for me and my ilk.