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2010-10-21 / Bee Heard

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.Why can’t the Depew Village Board do the right thing? The police department needs a qualified and competent police chief; granted, the most qualified and competent candidates live outside the village, but so what? We, the residents, deserve to have the best qualified candidates regardless if they live within or without the village. Someone from outside could actually bring fresh ideas, but instead the Depew mayor and village board are paralyzing the decision-making due to lack of leadership instead of doing what is best for the residents.

.I had to laugh when I read the story in The Bee that the Lancaster schools are on solid financial ground. They should be, with the high school taxes we all pay. Speaking of taxes, now with ever yone’s assessment at 100 percent, the town has decided to go on a spending spree, increasing spending by $2.1 million. We all must cut back to make ends meet, but town schools keep spending more. Why not? It’s free money from us taxpayers.

.Suggestion for downsizing: abolish the board of elections commissioner position. Tax dollars can be better spent than challenging the Supreme Court in a downsizing referendum.

.William Street is finally done being paved, and it’s beautiful. And we finally have a turning lane going north onto Transit. Unfortunately, there are people who are not following the turning lane directions. Hopefully, this will be enforced, as these people continue to drive straight and cut off drivers in the left lane.

.I’ve walked on Erica’s Trail; it’s nice. In the Oct. 14 publication, it said the cost is $1.7 million for a 10-foot wide road four miles long. Couldn’t that money have been divided among every person in Lancaster and put to better use?

.Wake up, residents of Erie County. Chris Collins cannot balance the budget by not raising taxes and not laying off employees. A big percentage of Erie County has left Erie County, and we don’t need all the employees in all the county positions they are in at this time. He’s just trying to do what he promised us.

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