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Letters to the Editor for the week of July 19, 2012

The problem is not the size of the board

Editor, The Sun

The title of a past editorial was “Hamburg showed why three person boards fail.” It recounted and commented on the postponed town board meeting of June 11, when only one board member was present due to the fact that another board member left suddenly beforehand.

It is my opinion that this even does not show why three-person boards fail. It showed what happens when people cannot act with civility and respect toward others. With a three person board, public officials ought to realize that their personal behavior, good or bad, will be more noticeable to the public and have a greater impact on how well the board functions as a whole. There is no hiding in the crowd. In a related matter, governments, at all levels, are looking to keep costs down and this usually involves personnel.

The politicians sound their trumpets calling attention to the fact that they are decreasing the number of employees, yet keeping the same amount of programs and services. What this means is that less people are doing more work, taking more responsibilities. Well, the voters decided that their elected officials on the board must deal with the same effects of down-sizing – taking on more work and being held more accountable.

The current size of the board is an established fact of town government in Hamburg. Therefore, if the current supervisor, councilwoman, and councilman cannot deal with being on a three-person board, then perhaps the Hamburg voters need to find others who can.

Joseph Stefano


Smardz offers thanks for the generosity

Editor, The Sun

As we approach the final week for “Christmas in July,” I would like to take the opportunity to thank the Western New York community for their overwhelming generosity. Your support has helped us continue this tremendous program and will be sure to bring joy to the kids of Kaleida Health’s Women and Children’s Hospital.

Many of these young people face serious life illnesses and your generosity helps bring a small part of home during their time in the hospital. Having participated in this program last year, I cannot describe the feeling of seeing the smile on the face of a child that is courageously battling a serious illness.

Our community has never wavered in their support for this tremendous cause and I know the children truly appreciate your generosity.

Again, I encourage all residents who are able to join me through July 25 and donate a new, unwrapped toy. Donations can be dropped off at my district office, 3812 South Park Ave., in Blasdell, or at various locations across Western New York. On July 30, I will be joined by Assemblyman Walter and Santa Claus to distribute toys to children being treated at Women and Children’s Hospital.

For additional information on the program, or to find out about various drop off locations, residents should contact my office by emailing, or calling 826-1878.

Kevin Smardz

State Assembly

Response to Collins’ call to repeal health care bill

Editor, The Sun

Kathy Hochul knows we need to improve this law and has already taken a number of steps to do just that. Chris Collins has offered no solutions except to return to a broken system that puts power back in the hands of special interests and the big insurance industry, who for too long have had the free reign to drive up costs and deny people the care they need.

Mr. Collins’ plans for health care will leave millions of men and women with preexisting conditions out in the cold; cut preventative care for diseases like cancer; drive up prescription drugs costs; and end Medicare as we know it for our seniors.

Frank Thomas

Campaign Manager for

Congresswoman Kathy Hochul


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