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Apr 29 - May 07, 2014

Letters to the Editor

April 29, 2014

That was a great article on the difference between our casino and the one proposed in the Albany area. We have to be the laughing stock of the world, What the heck is wrong with us? There's gotta be something in the water!!

Joseph Andrews

Town of Niagara


Greetings, I just read "A Tale of Two Cities: Niagara Falls," and I am amazed by your complete lack of fact checking. Where do you get your numbers from? I'm assuming that they are directly from the consultant that is lobbying for this E23 project. While the casino in Niagara Falls is inarguably a rotten deal, and I can understand why you would attack Cuomo, you shouldn't hold up the Albany casino proposal on a pedestal. If you want to publish hack work don't do it at the expense of Albany. We really don't need a casino.

Ethan Gaddy



Hello, my name is Pasquale J. Maggiore. I am the promoter of Buffalo Championship Wrestling. One Saturday June 7th my organization is partnering up with Relay for Life for a fundraiser for their organization. The event is taking place at the Niagara Active Hose on Lockport Rd. For this event we are bringing home Johnny Swinger. He is from Niagara Falls and has been on national T.V. for WWE, WCW, ECW and TNA. I am looking to see if we could possibly get a blurb in your publication about this event?

Thank you,

Pasquale J. Maggiore


Green Party Defends one of their own Dear Editor, On behalf of the Green Party, I'd like to thank you for the priceless article on Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins that was published in your April 15th edition. The Green Party could not have written a better press release. Aside from the hilariously bombastic, Limbaughian depictions of Howie and the Green Party program, you quoted Howie accurately and you pretty much laid out his campaign platform in detail. You may have gotten Howie and the Green Party not only some new supporters but, more importantly, votes. Of course, I must criticize you for seemingly not to have actually visited Howie's campaign website, otherwise you would have read in detail how Howie intends to fund the changes that we envision. Nonetheless, this slight transgression is understandable – you do have your own agenda to pursue – but can be forgiven in light of the free and unsolicited publicity that you gave Howie. Even the accompanying photo was flattering: no angry look, no authoritarian postures or gestures. You even chose to show Howie wearing a suit rather than one of his usual Teamster (or various activist group) tee shirts, making him look....well, dignified, when you could have easily gone for the cheap shot. I have to conclude that with a candidate of the integrity, dignity and honesty of a Howie Hawkins, even you and your paper have to admit that it's difficult to mount an effective public attack on him. Thanks again. Carl Lundgren Chair, Bronx County Green Party Green Party candidate for NY State Senate, District 34 (Bronx/Westchester)


Forgotten Victims of Attica Saddened that History Once Again Repeats Itself (Ed note: The Attica Prison riot occurred at the Attica Correctional Facility in Attica, New York, United States in August 1971. The riot was based upon prisoners' demands for political rights and better living conditions. About 1,000 of the prison's approximately 2,200 inmates rebelled and seized control of the prison, taking 42 staff hostage. During the following four days of negotiations, authorities agreed to 28 of the prisoners' demands, but would not agree to demands for complete amnesty from criminal prosecution for the prison takeover or for the removal of Attica's superintendent. By the order of Governor Nelson Rockefeller, state police took back control of the prison. When the uprising was over, at least 43 people were dead, including ten correctional officers and civilian employees, and 33 inmates.)

We were surprised that in 2014, after a 43-year struggle to see and read the truth about the violent deaths of our loved ones at the hands of the State, the Forgotten Victims of Attica (FVOA) must now begin again, as we have so many times before, to seek official redress to achieve the transparency that all the state – guards and inmate families alike – deserve.

We await seeing the redacted report; we expect neither volume, constrained by Judge NeMoyer's decision, will tell the truth that eventually must be told. We expect that Attorney General Schneiderman will appeal. We will ask the Legislature to open these records by law, completely and without redaction. We will call on our Governor, who offered his cooperation to the Attorney General, to help us. The Forgotten Victims of Attica will eventually see the unredacted Meyer Report Volumes II and III and all other Attica records. We will renew our call to the Attorney General to help us open all Attica records – suing for those within his power to reopen, advising the Archives to open up their suppressed boxes, providing those records in his possession.

We will continue to seek the truth of Attica. We had hoped for more. But we now declare: this is not the end; it is not even the beginning of the end. As Winston Churchill once said, "this is not even the end of the beginning." Forgotten Victims of Attica: Gary Horton, Counsel; Jonathan Gradess, Counsel; Michael Smith, FVOA member; Dee Quinn Miller, FVOA member


Recently Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster was on TV complaining that the city of Niagara Falls' population has dropped to under 50,000 people and this could bring about the loss of federal money. He brought it about himself.

I will try to keep this brief: My niece and nephew relocated back to the area after my niece's employer offered her job back with a raise. In looking for an apartment they encountered "reverse discrimination" by Niagara Falls rental agencies. It has really gotten me ticked off.

While my nephew was standing with a woman - another prospective renter - the woman said she was on welfare. She told the rental agency that welfare will send them the rental check directly. Guess who got the apartment? It has happened three times so far! These rental places are nothing but scams and making their money off the system! If you are a hardworking couple, forget about renting in Niagara Falls. It is fast becoming 100% welfare, no jobs, only housing paid by welfare to these landlords!

I told them to start checking surrounding towns! I have no problem emailing State Sen. George Maziarz, US Sen. Charles Schumer, Dyster and anyone else in government to complain about discrimination with Section 8 housing and slumlords renting only to welfare.

I lived and worked in Niagara Falls and so sad to see the city becoming so run down since I retired a couple of years ago and during Mayor Dyster's administration. Mayor Dyster is turning the Falls into welfare city! What a shame! I still cannot believe they kept him in office! Now I am beginning to get the picture. Any help or suggestions you can give me is appreciated!

Thank you and keep up the great reporting!!!

Name withheld by request of the writer;

PS I am so sick of the liberal media! Between you, Fox and Canadian news—we get the true and full story!





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