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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v8n21 (05/20/2009) » Section: Letters to Artvoice

Releasing Torture Photos

In the immortal words of Jack Nicholson, “You can’t handle the truth.” A CNN poll found that 75 percent of those questioned oppose the release of the most recent batch of photos showing Americans’ abuse of captives.

Neighbors For Payola

A recent letter writer to the Buffalo News, representing “Neighbors for Progress Buffalo,” advocates a project that claims over 80 homes on Buffalo’s lower West Side. This group is bound by goals that have little to do with progress or Buffalo.

To Protect and Serve

I grew up in a small town in Wyoming County and have lived in Buffalo since 1998. Where I grew up I was brought up to respect and trust law enforcement to keep me safe. I have noticed over the years a sad decline in police services in Buffalo. A few years ago I moved into what I thought to be and was told by the owner a “safe and quiet” building on Elmwood Avenue near Bryant. I found out rather quickly that I was lied to. Among other things I was a victim of a break-in three months into my stay, so I called B-District. The police officer told me that I “should expect these types of things living in the city.” All the while he was on his cell phone with his wife. I felt scared and vulnerable due to the break-in, but worse still, ignored and made to feel as if my plight did not matter to the powers that be.

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