It seems appropriate at this time, in a winter that does not want to go away, to observe that there couldn’t be a worst time for the valiant committee members of the various political parties to have to go out and circulate candidate nominating petitions. The process began last week and ends in early April. “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” Continue reading
Two weeks to go until a very momentous election. This one feels different than most others in recent memories because we have been talking and watching and hearing “mid-terms,” “mid-terms,” “mid-terms,” for, it seems like, years now. The build-up has been tremendous, on all sides. I can hardly wait. Continue reading
We are now just seven weeks away from one of the most momentous elections in the history of the United States. I know that might sound like an exaggeration, but it’s not.
All midterm elections are, to some degree, a referendum on the occupant of the White House. Donald Trump’s words and deeds make that even more likely in 2018.
That’s not to say, however, that there are not local issues. In fact, for different reasons both Democrats and Republicans are working hard to emphasize local issues. The Democrats know that Trump’s low standing does not require them to talk about him; instead they are emphasizing local matters in their various districts. The Republicans, on the other hand, are trying to talk about local issues in order to get voters to forget about or to ignore Trump. That is difficult when Trump steps in doo-doo every single day. Continue reading
While you are munching on that Fourth of July hotdog or hamburger, here are a few things to think about: Continue reading
This blog has over the past three years commented on the excessive staffing at the Erie County Water Authority (ECWA) and its lack of openness to the public it serves. I have frequently pointed out the redundancy of Authority administrative staffing and have suggested converting the agency into a department of Erie County government. The release last week of a report by the New York State Authorities Budget Office (ABO) has now focused much greater attention on this issue. Continue reading
A collection of recent observations: Continue reading
“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