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October 30, 2012

BRADBERRY: Feeling tricked & cheated? Happy Halloween!

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Niagara Gazette — Here at home, our brightest future may lie within the brilliance of our past as world renowned leaders in the search for and creation of new energy development and distribution alternatives. Though much of the fascinating pieces of the old Adams Plant machinery are gone, some scattered around the world, that very same machinery so struck famed science fiction writer H.G. Wells, according to the late Niagara Falls historian, Daniel M. Dumych, to write “These dynamos and turbines ... impressed me far more profoundly than the Cave of the Winds ... They are clean, noiseless, and starkly powerful ... These are altogether noble masses of machinery, huge black slumbering monsters, great sleeping tops that engender irresistible forces in their sleep…”. Wouldn’t it be worthwhile if we could get some of those pieces back where they belong and to continue what was not so long ago started here by men like Westinghouse and Tesla?

While millions of American families, many within five-hundred miles of our doorstep are suffering right now without electricity to power their homes, hospitals, schools and businesses, courtesy of Hurricane Sandy’s recent wrath, should not we be finding ways to improve our electrical grids and distribution systems so that these predictable tragedies which continue to inflict immeasurable human suffering here and around the world might be lessened, if not completely avoided?

Why can’t we begin the process of making things better for everyone right here where it all started? We could start by encouraging the politicians, in exchange for our precious votes and our elected representatives to work together in our best interests to connect our stellar past with a potentially brilliant future based on picking up where we left off.

And in support of our tourism industry, would it not be fitting to memorialize here, with fine statuary, sculptures, public art, and special events, our history, people, places and things all of which have served to change the world in magnificent ways?

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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?

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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