People’s Column

Trustee’s ‘no’ is appreciated

Editor, OBSERVER:

I agree with Fredonia village Trustee Doug Essek on voting no for the proposal on the grant administration as part of some funding for Barker Commons.

Mayor Athanasia Landis says that if Fredonia does not go for the grant, the state will think the village doesn’t need the money. That’s a crazy thought. What does going for one grant have to do with another?

We have other problems. Let’s get the discolored water fixed and get Central Avenue, Temple Street and other village roads repaired with more than just patches. The west parking lot also is terrible.

As far as the park goes, we do not need a fence. The sidewalks, about half a dozen, the village can repair.

For all these years, the Street Department took care of the park. As for the grass, put some good top soil where needed and add some good grass seed which the street department can do. Get a tree service to trim the trees. Let’s concentrate on this and not the park.

I would appreciate whoever agrees with me to write an article to this newspaper and thank you again, Mr. Essek.

FRANK DeJOHN,

Fredonia

Drug prices

need control

Editor, OBSERVER:

It seems that every time a drug company executive is questioned about the high price of drugs he or she will respond that the cost of research and development is so expensive that they must charge high prices to recoup their investment. That sounds reasonable. Why should a businessman invest money if there is not an expectation of profit from his investment?

However, according to an article in the last issue of YES! Magazine, most of the money for drug research is provided by the government and much of the research is performed in university laboratories. This brings up an interesting question: since the government is providing most of the money and public universities are doing much of the work, shouldn’t the government have some say in the prices charged for these drugs when they go to market?

Why is it that drugs purchased in Canada are often significantly cheaper than those purchased in the United States? A few weeks ago, two reporters from a Buffalo TV station went to Fort Erie and purchased an EpiPen kit for $95 Canadian.

In this country, we have a long history of government regulation of monopolies. The Interstate Commerce Commission was set up to regulate the railroads. In New York state, the PSC regulates the gas and electric companies. Maybe it is time for the government to create a Federal Drug Commission to regulate drug prices. Just a suggestion, but what else can we do if the drug companies insist on abusing their monopolies?

LAWRENCE ZOLLINGER,

South Dayton

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