Niagara Gazette

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May 12, 2013

GUEST VIEW: Expect 'zilch' from politicians on parkway

Niagara Gazette — Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) the chairman of the House Science Committee, has a spectacular, even miraculous, idea: he’s drafting legislation that would permit politicians to inject themselves into the National Science peer reviews process, to “improve it.”

Some politicians on the Niagara Frontier are way ahead of him. They don’t need no stinking legislation.

Here they ignore science, which is information and evidence based, in favor of their own ideas, based on what we commonly refer to as zilch.

A recent guest view was so kind as to provide us a list of them, and those of like minds. Here we see them, as if they have pledged to do so, ignoring the one authentic study of the gorge parkway conducted by EDR, which concluded the following based on evidence: it would be to the region’s economic advantage to totally remove the Niagara Gorge parkway, starting with the section from Findlay drive to the city line at Devil’s Hole State Park. The name of the study was: Regional Economic Growth Through Ecological Restoration of the Niagara Gorge Rim.

The traffic study performed as part of this investigation revealed no unsafe increase of traffic diverted to alternative routes. EDR had, in fact, gone so far as to exclude Hyde Park Boulevard as a potential alternate route and arrived at the same conclusion. The guest view author, however, based on zilch, has a differing opinion. Sen. George Maziarz, also ignoring the EDR study results, once told me that there was no need for him to stop implying that the Niagara Heritage Partnership wanted to remove the parkway from Lewiston to Youngstown, even when I assured him that was not, and never was, the case. He said that there “could be a secret advocacy to remove it.” His evidence for this? Zilch, of course.

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