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Letters to the editor from the Hamburg area for week of Sept. 6, 2012

Alumni Foundation offers thanks for golf tourney

Editor, The Sun

The Hamburg Alumni Foundation would like to thank all players and sponsors for their participation in our Tenth Annual Golf Tournament.

On Aug. 27 the Foundation held our tenth annual golf tournament at Brierwood Country Club. The event was attended by 108 golfers. Included in the event were lunch, dinner, beverages, a putting contest, prizes, and silent and Chinese auctions. This year’s tournament was very successful raising over $30,000 to help benefit the Hamburg School District.

Part of our success this year was due to contributions from our major sponsors. These included, Baillie Lumber, Cornerstone NFP, Eagle Systems, The Fisher Group, The Jacob’s Team, Matthew Buses, M&T Bank, Gordon Jones Associates, Harris Beach, Towne BMW/Mini and New Era. Along with our major sponsors we had over 70 tee and gift sponsors.

The Foundation was formed in 2001 to generate funds and secure resources for enrichment in the Hamburg Central School District. Currently the foundation awards grants twice a year totaling over $25,000. The grants are awarded to teachers in all of the schools. Since inception the Foundation has given out grants and scholarships in excess of $145,000. The Foundation will also host our annual Wall of Fame event at the Erie County Agri-Center on September 29th. Please visit for more information.

Keith Fisher
Hamburg Alumni Foundation

Reader supports Paul Ryan’s voting record

Editor, The Sun

Voting is a serious issue. We are easily swayed by the media that we rely on for fair and unbiased reporting. Unfortunately, I’ve found much of the media to be biased in what they report. The internet has become a great tool for me to research what I read and what I see on TV.

Recently a local newspaper called VP Candidate Paul Ryan a liar in big bold letters on their front page.

These were very strong words so I did some research myself to see if this was true.

This is what I uncovered from a site I discovered.

(1) The GM Plant - Part of the factory Ryan mentioned was shut down under Bush, despite the initial GM bailout (which Senator Obama supported). The plant finally fully closed in April of 2009, during Obama’s presidency, as this report clearly states.

Obama’s problem is that he showed up and made empty promises to pander for votes telling them it would be open for 100 years. Ryan never said Obama was personally responsible for the plant’s closure, but he accurately stated that it closed down within a year of candidate Obama’s hope-filled speech and remains closed today. Obama goes on and on about “saving” the auto industry and his economic recovery. That boarded-up Janesville plant tells a different story.

(2) Medicare - Sorry, but it is 100 percent true that Obamacare raided $716 Billion from Medicare to pay for itself. It does cut benefits to current seniors. And Paul Ryan’s plan took the president’s Medicare “savings,” and re-routed them back into Medicare to shore up the program.

Mitt Romney’s plan would undo those cuts altogether. Obama took those cuts and used them to pay for Obamacare. He has admitted this on camera

(3)The Stimulus - Pointing out that Paul Ryan asked that his district receive a slice of a giant, wasteful pie after it was passed -- and despite his opposition -- is at worst an instance of hypocrisy. It does not disprove anything that Ryan said in his speech, and it does not change the empirical fact that Barack Obama’s borrowed stimulus has utterly failed based on the metrics for success Obama himself set out for it.

(4) The debt commission - What Ryan said is absolutely correct. The Obama ad quotes Chris Wallace, who notes that Ryan was on that commission and voted against it. True.

He refused to abide the section maintaining Obamacare, and voted no on its final findings. Still, he was intimately involved in the group’s deliberations and proposed solutions.

Not fully happy with the final outcome, he went on to craft two budgets of his own, with numerous elements based on the Simpson-Bowles framework.

The commission’s Democratic co-chairman (Bowles of Simpson-Bowles) has praised Ryan’s proposals to the hilt. Barack Obama, who convened the commission in the first place after deriding commissions on the campaign trail, completely ignored its recommendations and proceeded to propose to wildly reckless, debt-busting budgets that received a total of zero votes in either house of Congress.

Correctly asserting that Ryan opposed the final Simpson-Bowles recommendations is no way absolves Obama for his demonstrable abdication of leadership on these issues. It’s more smoke and mirrors -- and more petty Obama blame, another central theme of Ryan’s address.

It troubles me greatly that good people consistently vote for the same elected officials until they find out what their voting record is. So many seniors are concerned about Medicare being taken away from them. Be assured under Paul Ryan this is not the case.

President Barack Obama as a Senator in Chicago consistently refused to support legislation that would define an infant who survives a late-term induced-labor abortion as a human being with the right to live. He insists that no restriction must ever be placed on the right of a mother to decide to abort her child. If this isn’t murder, I don’t what you define murder as.

Mrs. Joanne C. Zabielski

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