Niagara Gazette


January 1, 2014

BRADBERRY: New year, new attitude, new possibilities

Niagara Gazette — “I’m feelin’ good from my hat to my shoe

Know where I’m goin’ and I know what to do

I tidied it up my point of view

I got a new attitude.”

— Patti LaBelle, 1985


Written by Sharon Teresa Robinson, Jon Gilutin and Bunny Hull, Patti LaBelle’s chart-topping hit dance anthem “New Attitude” helped set the fast pace for Eddie Murphy’s pulse pounding action comedy “Beverly Hills Cop” soundtrack pushing both the song and the movie into the record book stratosphere, giving Niagara Falls the perfect theme song for the new year, 2014.

The opening lines to her song aptly describe the epic story of a frustrated woman who has changed her perspective on life “both emotionally and physically” after unsuccessfully struggling to win against the rigors of life’s seemingly insurmountable challenges.

Like Niagara Falls, LaBelle’s character, desperately seeking love and happiness tries everything; from one failed romantic great idea to another ill-fated prospect, nothing quite working, her expectations soaring to extreme heights before being unceremoniously dashed by one depressingly miserable failure after another, she laments:

“Runnin’ hot, runnin’ cold

I was runnin’ into overload, it was extreme

I took it so high, so low

So low, there was nowhere to go like a bad dream

Feel familiar?”

With no desire to stir up any more hard feelings and ill-will amongst friends by pointing fingers and assigning blame, let’s consider a few of our own disappointments which, in retrospect may have led some of us to develop something less than a good attitude about our current state of affairs and that ever-present lurking potential demise of our otherwise promising future:

• The Absolutely Ridiculous Parkway Around the City (ARPAC): Allowing Robert Moses to get away with virtually strangling the city of Niagara Falls to death by constructing a fake “parkway” that feeds nearly 100 percent of arriving vehicular tourist-traffic directly to state owned parking lots and to Canada, may not have been the best way to enhance or grow our local economy; instead, it totally destabilized our functioning, successful commercial retail corridors, especially Falls Street, eventually choking Main Street to death, leading to what will certainly result in our own premature demise several thousands of years before the Falls recedes to a trickle in Buffalo’s Black Rock.

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  • NIA Bradberry, Bill mug BRADBERRY: Tourists attracted here by history, beauty, politics As my friend and colleague, writer Don Glynn has so artfully portrayed over the decades, "For many years after the dawn of aviation, U.S. presidents visiting Western New York started at the Niagara Falls Airport. The reason: The main runway here was longer than that of the Buffalo airport and could easily accommodate Air Force One, the presidential aircraft."

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • NIA Confer, Bob mug CONFER: A constitutional convention is not the answer For the past few years it has been popular for folks of the right persuasion (Republicans and neoconservatives) to call for a constitutional convention ("Con-Con") in hopes of passing a balanced budget amendment (BBA.) A lot of people have jumped on that bandwagon; no doubt your email inbox or Facebook news feeds have shown that.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • NIA Scheer, Mark mug CITY DESK: Hobel will be missed

    Lost in all the hoopla surrounding last week’s announced retirement of state Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane, was the loss of another well-known figure in local government and politics.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • NIA Higgs, Norma mug HIGGS: More pastors, a new church and more of everything Before I go further back in time, I want to just go back to last week where I took my own advice and spent a couple of hours at the Como, where I enjoyed one of their traditional "parade of bowls and plates of great salads, pasta and meat dishes" and listened to longtime friends of Tom Darro roast him with humor, accolades and best wishes. And best of all no one who came to the microphone mentioned garbage totes or carts. It was a welcome relief.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • NIA Glynn, Don mug GLYNN: Border Patrol chief examines deadly acts A former Buffalo police chief now has the formidable task of reviewing cases where border agents have used deadly force.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • SINGER: Nostalgia for nostalgia: Where will it end? Not only has there been a huge nostalgia boom in America, but we're now getting to the point where there's much nostalgia for nostalgia! Maybe signifying that nostalgia will wear itself out, or, as in the old adage, that it ain't what it used to be?

    July 20, 2014

  • NIA Smith, Doug and Polly LETTERS FROM THE ISLAND: Driven to distraction by recent incidents For reasons best left unexplained, Doug drives home from Niagara Falls at twilight many nights, usually alone. It's about 10 miles, 15 minutes, from pressbox to driveway. He exits I-190 at the Beaver Island ramp, hugging its right edge in deference to any mainstream traffic, which would be coming downhill from the left at a 140-degree angle.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • NIA Hamilton, Ken mug HAMILTON: Council, administrative hypocrisy, and that is the gospel truth If there isn't a walk-on resolution on the Niagara Falls City Council's upcoming last agenda before the August recess to change the zoning back to what it was prior to the South End Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission opening its hearts and doors, then the city council should just cease its hypocritical practice of even saying prayers before the meeting.

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  • NIA Glynn, Don mug 071714 GLYNN: Hochul retains a low profile as running mate If you're still not convinced that politics makes strange bedfellows, consider the report claiming Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has been keeping his running mate out of the spotlight.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • NIA DeLuca, Michele mug DELUCA: Chiropractic doc wants to help area vets

    The idea came to her when she was running a half-marathon in June. Kristin Jacobsen is that type of person. The Pine Avenue chiropractor says she gets her best ideas when she runs. She also uses that time to pray.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

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