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Meeting is opportunity

January 13, 2013

A meeting of the Chadwick Bay Regional Development Corp. is an opportunity for members of the group — our area leaders — to expedite consolidation talks. At 5:30 p.m....

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Jan-14-13 12:27 PM

"Though Ralcorp blames the layoffs on its recent sale to ConAgra, high Western New York taxes and fees are a part of the equation that led to the decision to eliminate 375 jobs in our region." Why would they lie about the reason for eliminating these factories? The Observer just wants it to be about taxes, so they declare it so. By the way, they never mention the $27,000,000 the president of Ralcorp is receiving. One individual. How many jobs would that have saved?

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Jan-13-13 11:57 AM

If the clueless OBSERVER board would at least read Ralcorp's annual report (they have posted one every year for the last ten years...) and looked at Ralcorp's product lines vis-a-vis the long term markets (SE and latin America) and growth strategies (they do talk about these things), then they would have concluded -- much to their disappointment -- that the Ralcorp board and C-level, didn't sit around and put WNY taxes and fees on their cost drivers short list for relocation in the annual report (sorry OBSERVER, we're just not THAT important to the shareholders).

But alas, the industry leaders responsible for information and reading dissemination failed to do both. Instead, right on cue, they did their usual parrot imitation: "taxes, taxes, fees, SQUAWK!" "taxes, taxes, fees, SQUAWK!"

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Jan-13-13 10:35 AM

Can you see the irony? All of the politicians that helped to create and perpetuate our current economic mess are going to get together and try to figure a way out of it. Lets see if my prophesy comes to fruition - The meeting takes place. Refreshments will be enjoyed. Fingers will be pointed. Blame placed on those not in attendence. Meeting adjourned, nothing accomplished. Oh how I hope to be proven incorrect.

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Jan-13-13 9:23 AM

Seeing as Dunkirk will take the biggest hit along with Silver Creek I bet they want to partner up with everyone and anyone for everything. Given this hit and still negotiating and getting union raises and benefit perks is criminal. Taxpayers want consolidations to save them money not to give more perks to union workers.

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Jan-13-13 9:17 AM

Wow, I am always amazed that the Observer is accused so often in these comments of not knowing the facts as the area continues its slip to a ghost town.That would mean that our leaders do know what they are doing and from what we see that is not true.

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Jan-13-13 8:16 AM

You are missing the point "shofuh" and that being the principals that would be involved in consolidation will all be in the same room. Once the RDC agenda is finished,begin discussion of consolidation. I do submit however that the two do go hand in hand.

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Jan-13-13 7:53 AM

It appears that the observer lacks research skills and has not come to the proper understanding of what the roles and responsibilities of a regional development corporation include.

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