Niagara Gazette


December 4, 2012

BRADBERRY: Surviving the cliff … in a better barrel


Niagara Gazette — As witnesses to the historic, seemingly perpetual rise and fall of personal as well as public fortunes tied to our most fortunate geographic juxtaposition on a cliff over-looking the crashing of the water from one Great Lake into another, Niagara Falls should be well versed in the benefits as well as the perils of such behavior.

Poor Annie Taylor, buried right here at Historic Oakwood Cemetery is “living” proof of such folly.

But, we don’t easily learn the most fundamentally important lessons in life; we are prone to repeat them over and over, and over again.

Another lesson that we might share with our Washington cohorts is that compromise, cooperation, and collaboration almost always work better than mindless confrontation. We know this because we have proven it to be so by doing the exact opposite for more decades than most of us can remember.

There was a time, beyond our recent collective memory when we were able to demonstrate some levels appreciable of progress toward the realization of a healthy, sustainable balance between the public and private interests, between and among governmental jurisdictions and political parties, but somewhere along the line, much of that goodwill evaporated and we were left with what we have now, not much.

But there are encouraging signs on the horizon that we might be able to avoid the plunge, or in the alternative, take the leap in a better barrel.

Among other things, the State’s demonstration of intent to fulfill decades of broken promises by finally making a small down payment on its billion dollar pledge to invest in our Western New York economy, and improving conditions at the State Park at Niagara Falls, the county’s demonstrated commitments to the Culinary Institute, and the private sector’s rediscovery of the dormant hotel potential in downtown Niagara Falls all point in the same direction ... forward!

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