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Building for the future in Tonawanda

   It's possible to look at the Town of Tonawanda's plan to spend $1.3 million on a new building for its recreation department as an example of how government should operate. Rather than continuing to throw rent money down a black hole, town officials want to do something that in the long run should save taxpayers money.

   But Councilman Dan Crangle understands that regardless of the forethought that went into this proposal, some residents will see $1.3 million and think, "Why can they afford to spend all this money when I'm cutting back on everything?"

   It comes down to a question of whether during horrifically bad economic times, government should spend now to save later.

   --- Bruce Andriatch

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