Niagara Gazette


October 23, 2012

BRADBERRY: The more things change ...


Niagara Gazette — His “I Can’t Stop Loving You” became something of a national anthem, heard across the spectrum from R&B to Country music stations around the world.

Our own BOMARC Missile Site at what is now the Niagara Falls International Airport had been housing dozens of powerful gigantic forty-three foot long Surface –to-Air Missiles right here in our midst making us believe that we were prime targets of a potential nuclear attack.

Whether or not we ever were, plenty of people believed that we were, and war paranoia spread like a wildfire.

I can recall the fear that our city lived with for those long thirteen days until the President agreed to remove our missiles from Turkey and the Soviets removed theirs from Cuba; what could have become Armageddon for 100 million people each on both sides of the issue was temporarily diffused.

So, I think I finally put my finger on what kept me awake all that night; it feels like we’ve been here before because we HAVE been here before. From voter suppression in 1962 to 2012 and to nuclear threats from the Soviet Union or Iran, the more things change, the more they seem to stay the same.

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