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2008-01-23 / Bee Heard

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.I received my 2008 county town tax bill today. Hardly a nice day. Checked it twice; yes, there actually is a decrease from last year. Thank you, Dr. Satish Mohan. Finally, a politician who keeps his word. This was accomplished despite the liberal spenders on our town board who still fail to recognize the mandate of the '05 and '07 elections. Now, could we please have some bipartisan action to reduce the farcical 14-day holidays per year?

.I read the article about Satish Mohan's efforts to consolidate the sewer system with Erie County and Town of Amherst. The article was headlined such that the consolidation was already completed. One only had to read into the article to learn that, in fact, the consolidation was not completed and the press conference was held with a former county executive. The details of the merger had not yet been worked out and surprisingly, if not downright frighteningly, Mohan would "work out the details." We all know Mohan is not a detail person, and we all know he picks numbers out of the air. How did he arrive at the $100 savings per household if the details had not yet been ironed out? Mohan again has no real plan to deliver on his unresearched promises.

.I had to chuckle when I read the article about towns with totes and how complaints have decreased. Last year I called this column and told how the tracks in the snow tell you how many rats are in the area. Well, it's been almost a year with the totes and in this neighborhood (Eggertsville) the tracks have increased. They still come from my neighbor's unused garage, across my front porch, two doors down to feed at my neighbor's house, who still insists on feeding birds, squirrels and, of course, the 20 to 50 ducks that fly in every evening. Again, totes do not help if rats have feeding stations available. I think it's time for the town to restrict these feeding stations. Maybe then we will see an end to the rats.

.Even though I don't have a child playing hockey in the Williamsville area, I would be in support of a girls' hockey team at the Williamsville high schools. Also, I would be in favor of Williamsville adding a hockey rink or two, which I think would save money in the long run. The public could use the rinks as well, given the shortage of ice time in the area.

.Please don't redesign the atrium at the Audubon Library. And stop with all that coffee business. When will it all end?

.I, too, feel that Walgreens should not go on Hopkins and Klein. They need it at Maple and North Forest. I know several people who live in that area, and they enjoyed shopping at Vix for their prescription needs and going to grab staples. Here you want to put it where it is not wanted. If you propose to put it in the old Vix Plaza, I bet you won't get any opposition.

.Why does Amherst put a three-year term limit on a doctor certified permanent disability? While I understand the reasons for issuing handicapped permits for three years, when the permit expires Amherst residents have to make another appointment with their doctor, complete the paperwork again and recertify a permanent disability. This is not the case in other neighboring communities, since the original application is kept on file. Obviously, Amherst just loves extra paperwork; unfortunately, doctors do not.

.Why was a home invasion on Harding Road relegated to page 6 in The Amherst Bee in the Jan. 15 edition? I also did not see this in the Buffalo News or on any of the TV news stations or any of the radio stations. I would think this would be front-page news for The Amherst Bee.

.The Bee hit the nail on the head in last week's editorial, "Be the leaders you were elected to be." There are many of us who reflect these sentiments exactly. Please, no more foot dragging with the creation of committee after committee.

.I live in the Eggertsville area, and it seems the police ticket any illegally parked cars constantly, yet when I drive through the Willow Ridge area, they park wherever, whenever and however they want and there are no tickets. Is there a reason for this, or is this just selective enforcement?

.I would like to thank the town supervisor and his oblivious supporters for successfully raising my town taxes substantially, while at the same time cutting back services I have paid for and have come to expect.

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