“Nobody, no, nobody is gonna rain on my parade!” (Barbra Streisand, Funny Girl)
So Donald J. Trump wants a parade. He went to Paris last July to see the Bastille Day parade and decided that America needs a big ceremony like that. Trump the showman.
When you think about large military displays you might think autocratic; dictatorial; crazed military leader. Such events have been big in Europe. Hitler used to stage them regularly. So do the Russians, the Chinese and the North Koreans. That’s not too great as far as role models are concerned. Continue reading
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Happy New Year everyone!
The Bills are in the playoffs – moving in the right direction. McDermott for President!
Some new challenges, some new names, and some not-so-new names. Here are some facts, heard-on-the-streets and speculation for 2018: Continue reading
Tuesday’s primary elections were some of the most anticlimactive political events that I have ever seen – a very boring day. It was like Erie County voters collectively sighed, “whatever!”
The race for Mayor of Buffalo in the Democratic primary seemed pre-ordained for a long time. Mark Schroeder and Betty Jean Grant gave spirited efforts. Schroeder’s TV ads were very well done and he put the best effort into telling voters what he would do in the next four years. For the most part Schroeder and Grant’s attacks on Mayor Brown’s record were professional and controlled. Continue reading
Here is a thumbnail history of the Erie County Water Authority (ECWA): The organization was created by state legislation in the late 1940’s to provide water service to a growing suburban population in the county that was pushing out from the central city. County government at that time was not much removed from horse-and-buggy days, so an authority was seen as the best vehicle for answering the needs of a sprawling community. Continue reading
There was a time during the financial meltdown of Erie County government in 2005 when the Erie County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Erie County Fair tried to distance themselves a bit from the “Erie County” part of their names. It was understandable, since Erie County wasn’t a very positive brand name at the time.
We could be coming to a point where Erie County government might, by name association, become concerned about other entities that are affiliated in some fashion with the government, yet still remain essentially independent. I am referring to the Erie County Medical Center Corporation (ECMCC, or more commonly, ECMC), the Erie County Water Authority (ECWA), and Erie Community College (ECC). Continue reading
There is a legendary quote from Will Rogers: “if you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.” The Erie County Water Authority just cannot stop digging.
The major water main break that occurred in Amherst on July 20th certainly caused some disruptions. That happens sometimes. But because it does, the agency should be prepared. Continue reading