Niagara Gazette

Opinion

April 18, 2014

HAMILTON: The Bills stadium and the proverbs

Niagara Gazette — We are what we are because of the way that we think, and we got the nothingness that have as a result of it.

It is as simple as that.

And because we simply don’t think well — at least past our noses, we simply don’t have.

Facebook’s Niagara Community Forum is abuzz with chatter about the new Bills stadium being placed in downtown Niagara Falls and the supposed good that it should be able to do. 

All of it so reminds me of the mayonnaise sandwiches that we used to have to eat as hungry kids. You know, the sandwiches where you smeared mayonnaise onto two slices of white bread, pasted the bread slices together and then bit into it with such imagination that you could almost taste the meat that you didn’t have between the layers of mayonnaise.

In our case, the longtime poor thinking of too many of our leaders for too long, both in politics and in education, is the mayonnaise smeared across the bread of our location and the successes of others.

The non-meat product that they espouse, that we think that is supposed to go between those bread slices and mayonnaise slathering, is little more than artificial bologna that is all that our poor thinking can afford.

There are scores of reason why it makes no sense to consume downtown Niagara Falls property with a massive and underused footprint of a football stadium.

My god, people, in even more prosperous times, we had a convention center that we could not generate enough interest in to support; do you think that we can attract 80,000 people to downtown Niagara Falls for a concert in a stadium?

Former Niagara Falls Mayor Jake Palillo was probably right when he said to me about his non-belief in the city’s ability to afford to clean up what’s buried in the ground of our city in that much of a footprint of land.

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