Niagara Gazette

Opinion

March 11, 2013

GUEST VIEW: Council chairman responds to recent coverage

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Niagara Gazette — The administration’s solution to the fiscal woes is to wait for the casino cash or to arrange for more borrowing. Applying for more credit cards when you can’t pay off the credit card you have won’t pass as a financial plan with lending institutions.

Having no financial plan and then pointing an accusatory finger at the council is leadership by misdirection. And for the local media to lend support to the misdirection by calling what the mayor has offered “a plan” is irresponsible. Do you think the city residents are falling for the Gazette’s soft coverage and uncritical views on the Dyster administration anymore? I don’t think so: The city’s debt; costly projects; and, a Dyster call for increased taxes have ended the credibility of this administration.

No casino revenue, debt, crime and lagging development are the issues for our city for the next decade. As the city’s “newspaper of record” the Gazette should roll up their sleeves and honestly cover those issues. Criticizing the council for its meals, turning the word “majority” into a negative and blindly supporting the Dyster administration won’t help solve the problems.

For those of us who were born and raised here these are disappointing times. We recall the Niagara Gazette that worked to break the Love Canal story. We remember the Niagara Gazette that covered city hall like a blanket with a tough unbiased eye and we clearly recall a Niagara Gazette that wrote thoughtful editorials holding everyone’s feet to the fire, party and politics be damned.

There are a lot of things we no longer have, like dollar a gallon gas and straight-forward reporting in the hometown paper. I guess we’ll just have to accept the reality of the situation and move on from there for the good of our community.

A community that — in spite of what some may write — we call home.

Glenn A. Choolokian is the chairman of the Niagara Fall City Council.

Glenn A. Choolokian is the chairman of the Niagara Fall City Council.

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