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Letters to the Editor

November 25, 2014

We Love Love

Finally! How refreshing to have a local newspaper publish an article written favorably toward a fiscal conservative.

Mia Love, Congresswoman elect in Utah, is a perfect example of the kind of person we need to lead this country back to greatness.

The conservative and Republican voters spoke out loud and clear, letting the mainstream media know that their so-called "war on women" is nonsense.

Other than fox news you won't hear about Mia Love and her accomplishments.

God Bless you, Mia Love and may you "shine bright like a diamond" in Washington.

Rose Cristiano

Niagara Falls




Why Was Hamister Allowed to Eliminate the Pedestrian Bridge?

The Planning Board approved the Hamister Hotel deal last Tuesday.

And Planning board member Randy Ubriaco was the only one that asked the "Elephant in the room" question: Why did they eliminate the Foot Bridge that would attach the Hotel to the parking ramp, as they first proposed?

This was the ONLY good selling point, and NOW, it's squashed?.

Ubriaco questioned Mark Hamister’s son on this at the Planning Board meeting, and he said "the brand (Hyatt) said it was a security concern, i.e. other undesirables may enter the hotel by way of this bridge"...

Is this true?

This may be bullsh*t.

Maybe, you can contact the Hyatt and see what they say...

Inquiring minds would like to know, and your paper is the only one that will follow up, I hope...

Hamister also said "most of our business will be between Memorial day, and Labor day, so we are not so concerned about it."

This is BS!. I, as well as you know, and have witnessed, the poor tourist that parks in the Parking Ramp, trudging through the muck of snow, sleet and rain trying to get to Smoking Joe's Quality Inn Hotel.

This is not a way to treat our "Guests”


Whom are they serving, the GUEST / City interests, or, Hamister's water-downed cost cutting scheme?

We should not allow this, but, what to do ?

In prior board meetings, Hamister's representatives said that it was removed because it was too costly.

This, of course, seems to be the real reason.

Maybe you can run the story of how, Frank Parlato, when taking over the Niagara One bldg. was faced with a building that had a prior, greedy owner, who actually demolished the foot bridge that connected the building to the ramp. A huge design that made the Niagara One bldg, functional.

And how Parlato had to make Lemonade out of this Lemon.

Paving the lot in front, and then getting his balls busted when using it as a paid parking lot.

It seemed the City didn’t lie the competition, Yet, let the ramp continue in disrepair, until the Tourism Board etc. exposed the substandard conditions. Then, luckily, The NCCC deal came though, and the powers that be, Finally had to address this issue.

Anyways, I hope you can continue your great job at exposing these corporate welfare bums that continue to rape the taxpayer, with no oversight or concern by the powers that be!

Take care

Ray Love

Niagara Falls


Why Skip the Turkey?

This week, President Obama will pardon two turkeys to promote the turkey industry. Every one of us can exercise that same pardon power bychoosing a nonviolent Thanksgiving observance. It’s a most fitting way to give thanks for our own life, health, and happiness.

The 240 million turkeys killed in the U.S. this year have nothing to give thanks for. They are raised in crowded sheds filled with toxic fumes. Their beaks and toes are severed. At the slaughterhouse, workers cut their throats and dump them into boiling water, sometimes while still alive.

Consumers too pay a heavy price. Turkey flesh is laced with cholesterol and saturated fats that elevate the risk of chronic killer diseases. Labels warn of food poisoning potential.

This Thanksgiving, I won’t be calling the government’s Poultry Hotline, wondering how that turkey lived and died, or dozing through the football game. Our Thanksgiving dinner may include a “tofurky” (soy-based roast), mashed potatoes, stuffed squash, chestnut soup, candied yams, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and carrot cake.

An internet search on vegan Thanksgiving and a visit to my local supermarket will provide me more recipes and delicious turkey alternatives than I can possibly use.

Nick Guntermann

Niagara Falls


What Happened to The Falls?

As the holidays approach, and I get older, I think about my childhood and young life in Western New York and a question that occurs to me often rises to the top again.

I was born in North Tonawanda, NY in 1963. My mother was born and grew up in Niagara Falls. She also worked for Niagara County as a social worker for 30 years. We spent a great deal of time in the city and I worked as a tour guide during my college summers at the falls. I left in 1986 and visit occasionally.

The question of “What happened to a city so full of promise at the turn of the 20th century that left it in the ruins that exist today,” perplexes me.

When you look around the city today, you can still see shades of what was once a prosperous, wealthy city. Dilapidated Victorian mansions, abandoned factories and businesses, a Main Street that once housed all kinds of retail etc You shake your head and ask - What happened?

Can one point to a certain incident that started the demise? Is it a bunch of bad governmental decisions? Was it taxes? Was it a poor economy? What happened?

In light of the fact that Niagara has one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World in its grasp - why is it suffering so? And what happened that left it in this position? Thoughts?

Wendy Bowman


Niagara Falls and Hamster-Sized Vision/

Well, per your Nov. 18th article, Mark Hamster(sic) may finally get started on his tiny hotel project that has Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster all jazzed-up with glee.

If this "project" helps Dyster get re-elected, it goes to show how richly the people of that city deserve their current lot. Apparently, they operate with hamster-sized vision, not with enlarged vision toward a greater and grander future.

I will close with just these words: Thank God that the Hamster does not own either the Sabres or the Bills; his limited vision would run those teams even deeper into the ground.

Lloyd A. Marshall, Jr.





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