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February 12, 2017

Niagara County is now being fed a diet of “junk news”

Lately, we’ve heard a lot about “fake news” and “alternative facts.”

But there’s another type of dubious journalism that’s not even in the vernacular yet.

I’m talking about “junk news,” and we get too much of it in Niagara County, served to us by the corporate media at the expense of issues that are being kept in the dark — stories that might actually advance the status quo in Niagara Falls, North Tonawanda, Lockport, Wheatfield and everywhere else in Niagara County.

So instead of news coverage the establishment media doesn’t want you to see, we get served up plate after plate of arrests, house fires, DWIs, [...]

 
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August 18, 2016

Grand Island Tolls-removal law missing the point

Don’t think of them as bridges. Think of it as just another part of the I-190. How else are you going to get from Buffalo to Niagara Falls relatively quickly without driving through residential areas?

If the effort to remove the Grand Island tolls stumbles yet again, it might be because the proposed law doesn’t accurately describe what the tolls inflict on the Buffalo-Niagara region.

Traveling from Buffalo to Niagara Falls using the I-190 there is simply no other reasonable way to get from there to here without crossing Grand Island.

The vast majority of motorists traversing either of the Grand Island [...]

 
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July 3, 2016

Highlight the blight during Falls city council slideshows

EDITOR’S NOTE: The council stopped this practice during the last quarter of 2016.

Derelict buildings throughout the city continually confront residents as well as tourists that stumble off the main drag. Other buildings are occupied but sadly dilapidated and many of these are owned by out-of-town landlords.

It’s downright depressing.

But not so in the common-council chambers at Niagara Falls’ City Hall.

There, a constant loop of beautiful images of the Falls plays on twin monitors, reminding council members of what helps pay the bills here.

But everybody knows that already.

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