Niagara Gazette


January 27, 2014

EDITORIAL: Sign of a troubling system in Niagara County


Niagara Gazette — It’s a disgrace.

Attempts to have the case transferred to a less politically charged venue have been denied. And now, amazingly, a local businessman is facing a jail term for breaking the sign rules.

Mongielo and his supporters rocked the boat.

The establishment around here doesn’t like such things, which is why we have four year’s worth of debate and wasted court time for a sign violation that, in reality, has almost zero impact on the quality of life in the community.

In short: Mongielo’s sign isn’t hurting anyone.

Putting him in jail serves only those who have political spite running through their veins.

The pursuit of the offender in this case does speak volumes about the nature of justice in Niagara County.

If it were on a billboard, the message would read something like this: Don’t mess with the guys in charge, or else. 

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