Niagara Gazette


October 30, 2012

BRADBERRY: Feeling tricked & cheated? Happy Halloween!


Niagara Gazette — Here at home, our brightest future may lie within the brilliance of our past as world renowned leaders in the search for and creation of new energy development and distribution alternatives. Though much of the fascinating pieces of the old Adams Plant machinery are gone, some scattered around the world, that very same machinery so struck famed science fiction writer H.G. Wells, according to the late Niagara Falls historian, Daniel M. Dumych, to write “These dynamos and turbines ... impressed me far more profoundly than the Cave of the Winds ... They are clean, noiseless, and starkly powerful ... These are altogether noble masses of machinery, huge black slumbering monsters, great sleeping tops that engender irresistible forces in their sleep…”. Wouldn’t it be worthwhile if we could get some of those pieces back where they belong and to continue what was not so long ago started here by men like Westinghouse and Tesla?

While millions of American families, many within five-hundred miles of our doorstep are suffering right now without electricity to power their homes, hospitals, schools and businesses, courtesy of Hurricane Sandy’s recent wrath, should not we be finding ways to improve our electrical grids and distribution systems so that these predictable tragedies which continue to inflict immeasurable human suffering here and around the world might be lessened, if not completely avoided?

Why can’t we begin the process of making things better for everyone right here where it all started? We could start by encouraging the politicians, in exchange for our precious votes and our elected representatives to work together in our best interests to connect our stellar past with a potentially brilliant future based on picking up where we left off.

And in support of our tourism industry, would it not be fitting to memorialize here, with fine statuary, sculptures, public art, and special events, our history, people, places and things all of which have served to change the world in magnificent ways?

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