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Letters to the Editor

December 16, 2014

White People Don't Protest Blacks Killing Whites

Here is a topic that could help or hurt race relations. When people of any race, in any location, for any reason feel that an injustice has prevailed on them, this is a good opportunity to protest so that your point of view is front and center for all to hear. But when the looters come out and steal from others in their community and set fire to property in their community,this is wrong.

I remember back in October of 1995, after the verdict of the O.J. trial, how white people where looting their communities. Oh yea, that's right, there were no white looters because of the unfavorable decision. I bring this up because the newspapers should be doing a better job at reporting the news. It seems that the liberals are making up excuses for people who do wrong. When you give someone an excuse for their bad behavior, it will not change their behavior, it will only enhance it. If this bad behavior is not addressed, if excuses are doled out for them, then race relations will drift farther apart.

Alphonse Michalewicz

Lockport, NY


Loved that Trashy Article

Loved the article, in the Reporter, this past week, regarding our female council person and her lack of using the garbage totes!!! (Do as I say, etc. applies here).

Carol Niagara Falls


Bill Cosby Might be Innocent

I read with disdain your article about Bill Cosby questioning whether Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster would take his photo down off the city website.

Bill Cosby has not been proven guilty of anything.

Cosby is worth $400 million and that's a hell of an incentive to claim what these women are claiming.

NO proof has been offered yet that any of this is true.

I'd like to quote writer Janet Bloomfield: "The current witch-hunt in the media is a stark reminder that no matter how rich, how powerful, how well connected, or how critically acclaimed a>man might be, even an accusation of rape can tear his life apart and destroy him. Proof? What proof? The word of a woman can destroy a man's life with no evidence of any kind required. Rape>shield laws should apply to the accused, not the accuser. The accuser will go on to garner sympathy, appropriate pharmaceuticals, and a speaking engagement where she can discuss her terrible>trauma, and the accused will be left with a shattered life even if all the allegations are proven to be outright lies….

"What the Bill Cosby allegations teach us is that 'innocent until proven guilty in a court of law' is a pipe dream for men accused of rape. The media tries and condemns the accused without a>shred of evidence to back up the charges. The word of a woman is enough to destroy a man's career, reputation, an entire lifetime of achievements….

"Here is what needs to change: since allegations of sexual assault and rape carry such devastating penalties for the men accused of those crimes, it should be a crime to name a man period.>Victims should file criminal charges and the accused should be granted anonymity until convicted. We need court-ordered and enforced anonymity for men accused of rape. For women accused of>rape too. Without a conviction, without evidence, without proof, no one gets to call anyone else a rapist."

Lastly I want to applaud Mayor Dyster for not succumbing to your yellow journalism tactics and for keeping Cosby's picture up. He is innocent until proven guilty.

Janet Moore Buffalo

(Editor's note: While it is not exactly a letter to the editor, one of our readers sent us this cartoon)


Ronald Craft is an outspoken critic of Lewiston government.


The Inevitable Lewiston

Town Tax Dilemma

The article in last weeks Reporter by Anna M. Howard, brought to light the concerns of many fellow taxpayers and Petition Participants for police consolidation. Items needed to be added to>ist of questionable spending is some $300,000 given to the Council of the Arts, $35,000 to the Jazz festival and $50,000 to the Lewiston Historical Society a over the last five years.

Most taxpayers do not have a problem with supporting the Historical Society, but in this case, the society and its members, some who belong to the Town and Village Board managed to get up to>a Million Dollars funneled from the Greenway Funds to support their own recognition and a Welcome Center which nobody including the Chamber wanted. Many of the Historical members are also>responsible for pressuring the Town Board for thousands of dollars of taxpayer funds to be used for their special interest in stopping CWM's expansion.

Regarding the Police consolidation issue, the arguments and the town's excuse for a merger in my mind has little merit. Town law 90, article 90 Section 7, 90 94 gives individuals the right to>Petition. The Article Town Law 81 given as an excuse by the town attorney not to grant a referendum is invalid.

Police supporters argument of little savings and local officers knowing its people and lack of protection are not substantial. The freedom of information figures on Police expenditures tells>us we could save $355,000 by eliminating part timers, LPD's office clerk and $50,000 in gas expenses alone.

We are asking for like protection, Petition signers have noticed more of a Sheriffs presence in their areas and with the number of burglaries and vandalism brings the argument of better>protection by the LPD into question.

From my perspective the town could have allowed a referendum, but is unwilling to do so because their special interests group would have to pay for their own security at festival functions.>This was brought to light when I suggested merging with attrition and the Town Supervisor countered with "what would we do about Art Park and the festivals?"

The truth of the matter is the town board needs the guts to make the really tough decisions. We the taxpayers need to get involved or we will continue to foot the bills for festivals and>money given to special interest groups. This will be done by higher taxes or a Town Tax, take your pick.

Ronald Craft Lewiston


Affordable Care Act All Wrong

Oiive Oil Better

Recently I was given a pneumonia shot to my left shoulder. By the next day my shoulder and triceps were unbearably sore, but then I remembered antiquity's advice about the curative powers of>olive oil. So I rubbed some in and within 10 hours I was 80 percent better!

Ancient people who used olive oil sought cures and would not have tolerated obstructionist health care like the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA channels medical needs into 110,000>statistical categories and then treats for the categories, not the patients. This procedurism diverts money, doctors' attention and pushes off treatment as everyone waits for approval and>treatments other than what is most expedient - such as Big Pharma's mass issuance of Statins.

The ACA follows the Netherlands' model of Triage by accountants. Care for older people and the very young gets deferred since neither are part of the High Finance driven marketplace.

We need the Iceland model. That's where you give your name at the hospital and get everything you need. If cost is a factor then let's bring back the physical economy so we can pay for>things!

Steve Kaylor

Niagara Falls, NY


Dyster and UN Agenda 21

As per UN Agenda 21 - Agenda 21 which is an action plan of the United Nations with regard to government control as opposed to market control of development and the loss of human freedom ->please see how this dovetails with the Niagara Falls mayor's request to participate in the NYS Financial Restructuring Board for Local Governments. Gov. Cuomo is a globalist and on his quest>to the White House he has put forward Regionalization Plans which will eventually affect property owners.

This progressive incrementalism will profit billionaire investors at the expense of smaller business and homeowners. Police and fire unions will gain or lose depending where Cuomo stands in>his quest to the White House.

There is no excuse for Dyster to push the city into this due to his financial mismanagement, including his "intermodal choo choo train station".

The Reporter had excellent ideas on how to meet budget woes and instead of utilizing local solutions Dyster wants to involve the supposed big boys with all the answers. Ceding local control>or the Home Rule on anything leads to disaster. Water Board as evidenced. Please do a story on this.

P.S. The most recent issue of the Niagara Falls Reporter was awesome.

Thank you,


Niagara Falls


DiLaura OK

J. Gary DiLaura is correct. It's good that you give him a voice.

Rick Shupton





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