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January 3, 2014

HAMILTON: There are 50,000 "falls" at Niagara

Niagara Gazette — When local residents chat about the failures of our city, the thing that we must most remember is that there are 50,000 ‘falls’ at Niagara — and that’s not counting the Horseshoe, Bridal Veil and American falls. It is the number of people who daily have an opportunity to improve our city, but instead, ‘fall’ before we actually do the relatively easy work of “gettinit done.”

People, let me tell you something. The place or the thing may be what gets people to come and go, and seven-to-12 million already come to Niagara Falls for a short period of time, and often only once. But it is the people that get people to want to come back, over and over again.

Would people keep going back to Disney World if every time they went, their car got broken into, their maids rifle through their things, the staff and people are rude to them?

No!

We keep talking about what everybody else should do to make our city great, but with us already having the place and the thing, if every Niagaran would just treat the guests and visitors that come here, not just with respect, but with welcoming exuberance, then they will come back again and again and again.

We must stop thinking that we residents are special because we indeed live in a special place. Instead, we must begin to think that the people who come to Niagara Falls to visit us are special, because they are the ones that make and will make it possible for us to do what we already do and to do much more.

Listen. I have been as far west as the coast of North Vietnam and the Philippines, to Mexico, Canada, and Bermuda, and throughout the Caribbean, North and Mediterranean seas. I have been to places like Puerto Rico, Haiti, Cuba, England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Monte Carlo, Greece, Turkey, Tunisia, Morocco and Portugal. I have even spent time in the African nation of Senegal; and let me tell you something — most of the places to which I have been were absolutely beautiful, some were even exciting.

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