Niagara Gazette

Opinion

October 23, 2012

BRADBERRY: The more things change ...

(Continued)

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.

Contact Bill at bill.bradberry@yahoo.com

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Opinion
Featured Ads
House Ads
AP Video
13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp
Opinion
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page