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2008-06-04 / Bee Heard

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.I've been noticing a lot of people using cell phones while driving, so I recently asked an Amherst police officer why they don't ticket these drivers. He politely explained that there are too many other things going on. There are only so many squad cars, and they need to focus on what's important and cannot stop everything. If they are pulling someone over for a cell phone violation, and there's an assault going on somewhere else, they they aren't available for the assault. It's a reasonable explanation, and I thank the officer for taking the time to explain.

.I met Trustee Jeff Kingsley; he is a remarkable young man. His ideas for the mill do not stem from fear mongering but rather options and ideas grounded in pragmatic and realistic options. He truly is just trying to figure out the best approach for the restoration of the mill parcel, and I really believe his restoration for rent proposal is something the village should seriously consider.

.Could someone please remove the Christmas wreath from above the main entrance to the Amherst Municipal Building? It's June already.

.What a disappointing Memorial Day Parade in the Town of Amherst. As a veteran, this parade was to honor our fallen servicemen and women, not politicians. All veterans should have been first. Elected town officials should have been the last unit in the parade.

.Myra Horowitz from the Clearfield Library retired. She worked there for 18 years. She was always very helpful, caring and friendly. I will miss her charming smile as I enter the library. She will be surely missed. Good luck on your future endeavors.

.Deer and dogs are both outdoor animals; there's room for both at Amherst State Park. There are two sections in which the dogs would be able to run and recreate. There are many progressive cities that have more than one dog park. We need to address the obvious need.

.Given the high obesity rate in this area, why are we fighting the fact that people want to spend time outdoors with their dogs and walk? We need to provide space for this to happen.

.I just read Supervisor Mohan's article about national health insurance. He cannot affect that, so why does he comment? Why doesn't he help to reduce taxes and find competent employees in the Town of Amherst? I am sorry I voted for him. I am more concerned that he takes care of Amherst as our leader than talk about national health insurance.

.I, too, am a dog lover, but to let your dog run free is in violation of town law. The dog warden should be applauded for the job he is doing, and dog owners need to take responsibility and keep their dogs leashed. There have been numerous incidents of people being knocked down and injured by unleashed dogs. Dogs need to have an enclosed area as they have in cities like Chicago and New York to keep everyone safe.

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