Ready to tap out
I’m just wondering if anyone else is aware that the Niagara Falls Water Board charges us for water that we don’t use. For the last year, I have been getting my water bill for the exact same amount. When I called to find out if someone was reading my meter or if they were just estimating, I was told that the meter is being read; however, there is a minimum charge that I am billed. No matter how little my usage is, I am charged for 13 units of water.
During the last billing period I used nine units of water but paid for 13. I just received my bill over the weekend for the last three months, and again I used nine units of water but am paying for 13.
I was even told by the man who answered the phone at the Water Board that you could be on vacation for three months and not use one drop of water and still have to pay for the minimum of 13 units.
Isn’t it bad enough that we are being raked over the coals by the city for our taxes but now we get it stuck to us by the Water Board as well?
Questions for AES
For the record, let me state what I stated in the AES public hearing. I respect the employees of AES and many are beloved members of my church.
However, in his guest view on Jan. 9, AES employee Dennis Detschner leaves some of the facts concerning environmental safety and monitoring of the landfill at AES Somerset unanswered. Mr. Detschner states that AES has “... respect for our townspeople along with the EPA and DEC ....” If that is true, then why does AES refuse to permit either the DEC or the town to go on site and analyze the water runoff from the current landfill? If Mr. Detschner respects the EPA, then he cannot object to the EPA using the term “toxic” when describing the 1.2 million pounds of chemicals as a “toxic release inventory?” When will AES agree to the recent judges’ recommendation that it comply with NY State environmental laws? So far, it has refused to be inspected by the DEC. Why? What does AES have to hide?
Perhaps AES should run a full-page ad which explains the full list of “toxic” chemicals from the EPA site (http://www.epa.gov/tri/) and answers the above questions.
Avoid meat, cloned and otherwise
The government is a step closer to lifting its ban on products from cloned animals — but what does this mean for our health? Debates over cloning were recently rekindled when the Food and Drug Administration announced it believed that milk and meat from cloned cows, pigs and goats are as safe as products from conventionally bred animals.
As a dietician, I know that eating meat — whether it’s from a cloned animal or not — poses serious health risks. Consuming even one meal high in saturated fat, which is found mostly in animal products and has long been linked to cardiovascular disease, can do immediate damage to the heart. A growing number of scientific studies are finding that eating meat is also associated with breast, colon and prostate cancer.
Cloning animals for human consumption is a serious issue, but this country has a bigger problem on its hands: As a result of our meat-heavy eating habits, obesity and type-two diabetes are reaching catastrophic levels among Americans of all ages. But these diseases won’t have much of a future if we avoid meat — cloned or not — and fill up on fruits, vegetables, beans, and other healthy vegetarian fare.
Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine
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LETTER: Fighting the vile lies in Niagara Falls politics
I am sorry to have to write this letter. However, lies, distortions, and vile falsehoods cannot go unchallenged. So I feel compelled to fight back against the most recent lie — the completely false accusations that the Niagara Falls Democratic Committee and I are racist.
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GUEST VIEW: Questions concerning Accardo’s announcement
The recent announcement by former Niagara Falls councilman John Accardo to run for the New York State Assembly is striking on at least two fronts.
LETTER: Setting record straight on Youngstown Presbyterian Church
I find myself so enraged by an article in the April 28 issue of a tabloid I prefer not to name that I must set straight one of the false accusations contained in it.
LETTER: Food pantries need support this Saturday
The Niagara Falls area has always been known for its generosity to those in need.
Pride and Jayne Park in LaSalle
City council president Sam Fruscione’s recent comments to the Niagara Gazette are ridiculous and filled with half-truths.
- LETTER: Erie County SPCA has facts wrong I am writing in response to recent statements made by Gina Browning, Erie County SPCA director of public relations. She recently stated: “When no assistance was provided by the Rainbow Animal Shelter regarding the Niagara County incident (the Rainbow Animal Shelter is the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Niagara County), SPCA serving Erie County representatives arrived at the Amherst Animal Emergency Clinic Saturday to assist.”
- LETTER: City heading up the creek Two weeks ago at a City Council meeting Cayuga Island residents expressed fear that a city plan would damage or even destroy Jayne Park.
- LETTERS: Rough roads tell tale of Falls This letter is in response to the rumor that Mayor Paul Dyster plans to run for Congresswoman Louise Slaughter’s congressional seat. He has not done anything to show that he is worthy of Slaughter’s congressional seat. He can’t even oversee his Public Works’ division, as evidenced by the deplorable condition and the job not done on our roads.
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