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2008-04-02 / Bee Heard

Bee Heard

(Editor's note: Call The Bee at 632-0390 and record a one-minute comment on our Bee Heard line. It gives readers an opportunity to comment quickly and candidly on items of local or regional interest. Callers do not have to identify themselves and no callers' names will be used. In the interest of fairness and good taste, The Bee will not publish derogatory or insulting comments. All comments are by our readers and are subject to editing.

.I want to lend my support to recent callers concerning overnight parking in Amherst. I live on Los Robles where the cars are parked overnight all winter long. I know my neighboring streets (Pasadena and California), we all have the same problem with cars parked overnight all winter long. I, too, am pleading with Amherst Police to ticket these vehicles. I call the police and they act as if I am a nuisance. I don't mind paying higher taxes to live in Amherst. We do so because we have wonderful crews cleaning the streets, but unfortunately none of that happens when cars are parked over night.

.One of the reasons given by Satish Mohan for changing political parties was that Republicans on the Amherst Town Board are too pro-development. It seems sensible, therefore, for the board to vote against the proposed Maple Road project, if for no other reason than to convince the citizens of this town that they are not puppets of developers. Vote no to Benderson on April 7 and deny any future developments by this Florida-based firm at least until they occupy the over 111,000 square feet that are now for rent or lease.

.After watching the cable broadcast of March 17 of the town board meeting, I had to laugh at some of the comments. First, that people really believe that the Buffalo Shooting Club project will keep our children here after graduation. People don't stay or move to a city because of stores. Graduates leave here because of the high taxes. Second, the people in East Amherst are in favor of this project, so why don't they encourage the town and Benderson to build it in their neighborhood along an existing commercial area like Transit Road? No one should tell the town board that they are in favor of a project being built in someone else's neighborhood that they wouldn't want built in their own neighborhood. Where's the honesty?

.Wake up, Williamsville School District taxpayers. The school superintendent is taking taxpayers to the cleaners. He thinks an $850,000 cut in the budget is great. Well, he is wrong. More dollars can be cut by complete elimination of student expenses for regional and state athletic competitions and also complete elimination of the 10 principals and 10 assistant principals, along with the elimination of all school counselors. Let's defeat his budget; we want a zero tax increase; 4.1 percent will still not fly for Williamsville School District taxpayers.

.In the interest of completing the education of our graduating seniors in the Williamsville School District, I suggest a two-week trip to either Europe or the Far East for all seniors with an average of 80 or above. I'm sure taxpayers of the district would be happy to share that cost.

.In regards to the cleaning issue at the Pepsi Center, it seems to me the center needs to impose a cleaning deposit, just like apartment owners levy on renters. The deposit will be returned if the Pepsi Center area is left in the same condition as it was at time of rental. If users don't respect themselves, maybe they will respect their money.

.I think the idea of cameras to catch drivers running yellow and red lights is a great idea and should be extended so that cameras are placed in such a way so they can spot drivers using cell phones throughout the town. Cell phones are a major problem of great concern to me, and the police are virtually helpless to stop people, as it's very difficult to catch people using cell phones while driving.

.What don't some people understand about putting commercial development in a residential area in which the town master plan says it doesn't belong? People who oppose the commercial development at the former Buffalo Shooting Club site do not oppose progress or development; they oppose commercial development where it doesn't belong. This area is ideal for new homes to be built, which would still provide tax dollars for the school district and the town. This town has existing commercial areas for development of such a project.

.Am I alone in my thoughts? I am totally dismayed with the circus presented by the Presidential candidates. Having to listen to the accusations and bantering between them is sickening; it has totally turned me off. The millions it is costing is ludicrous. Why is it in some European countries they allow candidates three months to present their programs and then the election takes place? Perhaps it's time we make changes to the Constitution.

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