When I read the Buffalo News’ endorsement of Byron Brown to continue on as Mayor of Buffalo, it left me shaking my head. The title of the their nod to Brown, While far from perfect, Byron Brown has done enough to earn another term, made me cringe from the get go.
Today, the Buffalo News published Sergio Rodriquez’s response.
News’ mayoral endorsement presents an unrealistic view
On Oct. 24, The News announced its endorsement of a candidate it described as having a “penchant for secrecy.”
In its editorial endorsing Byron W. Brown, The News has used the word “booming” to identify a city that has lost 20,000 residents since the current mayor was elected; a city that has climbed up the ranks to become the 11th most violent according to the FBI; a city whose workforce has declined by 10,000 and is now in the midst of the worst unemployment rate in 20 years; a city that is the fifth poorest in the nation – and poorer today than it has ever been.
How can these crystal-clear facts describe a city as “booming”? I am puzzled by the failure of The News to acknowledge such truths, and address them correctly.
News editorial board members might do well by acquainting themselves with my platform, which is specific, candid and has been freely available to the public on my website for months – much unlike the current administration, which lacks specifics at all levels, and in all fields.
By endorsing the mayor, The News has abandoned its rationality, showing the same level of complacency that the current administration has embraced.
Candidate for Mayor
The last line from Rodriguez’s response is the best.
The News has abandoned its rationality, showing the same level of complacency that the current administration has embraced.
The problem in Buffalo is that we too often accept good enough. If Byron Brown wins in November, Buffalo will have only had three different mayors in forty years by the time he is done with his next term. If you look at how far the city has fallen over that time frame, you wonder how any of them survived past one term. And it looks like the Buffalo News is fine with that. For Buffalo to truly move ahead, it needs a culture change politically. That starts with the top job in city hall.
Buffalo needs better than good enough.]]>
You have to admire the way he has gone about campaigning. If anything, it shows how serious he is about doing everything he can to get elected. And if this is an indication at how tirelessly he works, I imagine this would be how tirelessly he would work to make Buffalo better as mayor.
I’ve wrote this before and it deserves to be written again. It is a shame that the local Republican party has not gone all in with Rodriguez. It speaks volumes about where local Republicans are at.]]>
Everytime I get an opportunity to hear this incredible girl speak, I listen.
Don’t know who Malala is:
Malala Yousafzai was on a bus returning home from school exactly one year ago, Oct. 9, 2012, when she was shot in the head by a gunman from the Taliban, which had earlier banned girls from going to school in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, where Malala lived. She blogged anonymously against the edict and later came to be publicly known as an advocate for education for girls. Malala survived the shooting but had to have intensive rehabilitation in England.
In a world where the internet, social media, TV and radio are full of a lot people yelling over each other to make their opinions heard, here we have 16-year-old girl who makes all of that seem so trivial.
These three videos are from her appearance on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart on Oct. 8, 2013. If you can’t draw inspiration from her, there must be something wrong with you.
Malala Yousafzai the Daily Show Interview Pt.1
Malala Yousafzai the Daily Show Interview Pt.2
Malala Yousafzai the Daily Show Interview Pt.3
Buffalo Style: Saving Saint Ann’s
This great video short comes from the wonderfully talented Christina Abt with WNYmedia.net’s Marc Odien working his videographer magic. It captures why Saint Ann’s is important and why it must be saved.
Sergio Rodriguez: We’re In This Together!
Sergio Rodriguez released this great little ad here for his mayoral campaign. If he wanted to package his appeal in a neat little package, this is it. It shows a candidate who has appeal over a nice cross section of people from all walks of life in Buffalo. Someone who just isn’t spewing the tired political ad rhetoric we see so much of.
Why the local Republican powers that be haven’t gotten super behind this guy illustrates what is wrong with the Republican party locally and nationally. They are ignoring him because it isn’t politically prudent. They view the Buffalo mayoral race as no win scenario for them. That’s how it goes for the local party machines. They want to do what’s best for the machine and not what’s best for the voters in Buffalo. With proper backing, I am convinced Rodriguez would’ve had a chance.
As has been the case for who knows how many years here on my blog, I give you the opening game audio essentials to pump oneself up for the start of the season.
Excited I am!!!
Let’s Go Buffalo
Let’s go Buffalo!]]>
Buffalo Public Schools
After reading an article tonight by Sandra Tan in the Buffalo News recapping today’s Buffalo School Board meeting, I have come to the same conclusion I have come to so many times here on my blog. The Buffalo Public School District needs to be blown up and reorganized. What are we waiting for? The district is still muddled in trying to fix things from the inside. This is a district that wants to pay $200,000 for public relations professionals for damage control. It is insane.
As many leadership positions in the district make cushy six figure salaries to manage fail, city school children have such a small window in which to set them on course to getting a proper education when they enter school. If it is blown, the district is plain and simply ruining lives. It is a bleeping disgrace and everyone involved with the district should be ashamed of themselves.
Sergio Rodriguez for Mayor
Speaking of people who should fell as ashamed. The whole local Republican intelligentsia should be. Why? Their lack of getting getting behind Sergio Rodriguez for the 2013 Buffalo mayoral race in a substantial way is shameful.
The concern of the local Republican intelligentsia is if Rodriguez’s campaign mounts a huge challenge in November running against Mayor Byron Brown, it will bring a lot of Democratic voters out in the Buffalo and be a boost for Democratic candidates in key races for Erie County Sheriff and Comptroller. In a perfect local politics world, the Republicans would see this as an opportunity to unseat a sitting Democratic mayor in a city that is ripe for change in leadership. It would also show that local Republicans actually care what happens in the city. Rodriguez has a great message and has made inroads to the heart of what is wrong with Buffalo. He also has appeal. Factor in that Rodriguez is a minority and it could go a long way to opening doors in the city to a Republican party that gives all appearance of being unfriendly to minorities.
Unfortunately, it’s not going to happen at this point in the race. You do have to wonder what could have been for Rodriguez if Republican HQ threw some cash and support behind him. Imagine the impact in him making campaign appearances with the popular incumbent county comptroller and city resident Stefan Mychajliw could have had. We will never know.
Speaking at a Buffalo Common Council Hearing
On Tuesday, I spoke at a Buffalo Common Council meeting encouraging the council to approve local landmark status for Saint Ann’s Church.
I have been before the council a few times in the past and the experience is always surreal….just look at the council chambers.
It is an amazing place inside what may be the most incredible city hall in all of America. Being there and waiting to speak, you can’t help but to be inspired by the environs. The council chambers make you feel that great things should happen inside here.
The Sabres Start Soon
The regular season is just about a week away. I know people have low expectations for the team this year. For me, I think they are going to be better than expected. They return with a team that wasn’t awful last year. A lot of the new young guns from last season will be a bit more seasoned when they hit the ice. We still have Thomas Vanek and Ryan Miller. The thing is you don’t really know what is going to happen until they hit ice and start playing when it really counts.
Whatever happens, I will be cheering them on from October through the end of the season cuz that’s what us crazy hockey Buffalo hockey fans do,
Buffalo Central Terminal 1979
This is how I remember the Terminal growing up around it in the 1970s and 80s.
Nice pics found on this Buffalo Rising post.]]>
I went to a Bills game and this happened
It has been way too long since our team has been good. The last time we made the playoffs was in 1999. It has been even longer since they have even won a playoff game. You know the story…everything that could possibly go wrong for an NFL team has gone wrong for the Bills since then. We fans have seen it all.
Then I went to the Bills game yesterday and this happened.
John Murphy’s call of E.J. Manuel’s winning touchdown pass.
And here is the entire winning drive.
As the Bills offense took the field with a 1:38 left in the game, a lot people were already starting to hit the exits. I was a little surprised by that. Then again, maybe I shouldn’t have been.
Though I have no illusions about the Buffalo Bills being great this year, the eternal Bills optimist in me feels they are turning the corner. I just want that feeling back I had in the late 80s and well into the 90s. I want the Bills to make me want to shout again. Yesterday they did.
Speaking of the game, this is gross
Not everyone does this, but I was surprised again at how people leave their trash in the lots around Ralph Wilson Stadium after the game is over. This isn’t something new. It has been going on for as long as I can remember. It is gross. It is wrong.
The (UB) New York Bulls
If the University at Buffalo (UB) wants to re-brand their athletics program, they should consider getting rid of the whole New York Bulls initiative and start putting teams teams on the field or court in their big sports that actually win consistently. No amount of branding or re-branding is going to change the perception of the program locally, regionally or nationally without that.
Changing the emphasis to New York instead of Buffalo is also a kind of a knock on the city where UB is are located. If you want to re-brand athletics, the place you need to start is here with the people of Western New York, its students and alumni. Why not start putting more football and basketball games on TV, why not lower ticket prices for a few years for premium sports and why not intensify marketing/branding locally?
How is UB going to sell the Bulls to the rest of the world when they can’t even sell it here?
It was nice to hear RJ on the radio last night as the Sabres kicked off the preseason with a win in Montreal. I was going to post the highlights, but I couldn’t find them anywhere online today.
With the end in sight for him calling the games, I am going to try to savor every last drop of RJ I can over the next few years. You just know he has a few gems left to call.
I have this theory that he is stretching out his time to retirement to hopefully give himself another shot at Stanley Cup run by the Sabres.
Since the Sabres or WGR didn’t post highlights, I will treat you to this. It still send shivers up my blue & gold spine.
One last Bills and football comment
Just like the 24/7 news world we live now, we have a 24/7 world for sports news and info. It is too much. With everything available for the NFL or the Bills at our fingertips, all aspects of the game are analyzed, re-analyzed and over analyzed. It is like a wall of white noise. Don’t get me wrong…I love having access to sports news, info and data when I want it. It just that I sometimes miss the days when I looked forward to get the stats in the paper on Wednesday or you had to wait for the sports radio shows to come on at night to hear more about the game or team during the week. It made following the Bills an entirely different experience than what we have now.]]>
That Canadian Problem with Toll Collectors
See that Canadian nickel up there…some wonderful New York State toll collector slipped it past me at the Williamsville Toll Barrier a couple of days ago. I know this has happened to you as well. The gal who dumped was sneaky about it. She wrapped it up inside the bills I was given as change after the toll was paid.
This isn’t the first time it happened to me. You really don’t have any recourse either unless you want to turnaround and head back on the thruway and argue over a nickel. My guess is that she and other toll collectors who mistakenly take Canadian money will get in trouble for it. It is easy to pawn it off on unsuspecting people like me. Bastards.
Now what to do with the nickel?!?!
May Day, Brad May
After being stored on my phone for a few weeks, finally got to hear this today.
When you have a few minutes, listen to this 08/02/2013 interview with Brad May on WGR 550′s Hockey Hotline show. Truly good stuff.
The Hockey Hotline show is great.
And…how can not still love this.
46th Year on the Planet
It’s been a little over a week since I have hit the downside of 40. Don’t know if it’s this way for others who are in their late 40s, but I do feel older and wiser.
You often hear about how people get set in their ways as they become chronologically challenged. For me, this isn’t true. I find that I’m more open than ever to changing how I do things and how I view the world. I also find that I don’t sweat the small stuff as much anymore as well.
Buffalo Mayoral Race and the Inevitable
With the Democratic primary over and Byron Brown winning, it further perpetuates the idea that the mayor is invincible in his run to get reelected. This has essentially been the theme perpetuated since the start of the campaign by the local media, political pundits, etc. I hate it. Instead of really focusing ideas and issues, the race has been about Brown’s “war chest” or the “political machine” behind him. You feed people this type of information long enough and they start believe that the mayor’s reelection is inevitable. What is weird about is that the local media has taken the mayor and his administration to task on a lot of different matters in his tenure. Why aren’t these type of issues the focus during the election? Why are the only people really bringing them up are his opponent
Maybe we will start to see some critical analysis heading towards the general election in November. Then again, maybe not.
Brown surely feels the sense of inevitability. This is from a Buffalo News blog post week titled “Sergio wants to debate, Brown does not” from the day after the primary.
Mayor Byron Brown, who won last night’s Democratic primary with 68 percent of the vote, said last night that he “gave” Rodriguez three debates already, and he did not commit to any more. ”We are focused on the work that needs to be done in this city now,” he said.
With the way the current mayoral reelection landscape is, why would he want to debate Sergio Rodriguez if he feels he has already won.
This is pretty gross.
From USA Today:
A 15-ton massive blob of food fat and baby wipes, dubbed Britain’s largest-ever “fatberg,” has been removed from a London sewer, local water authorities said Tuesday.
The utility company Thames Water spent three weeks working to remove the fatberg, which was about the size of a bus. The giant mass was discovered after nearby residents reported issues with flushing their toilets, Thames Water said in a statement.
“While we’ve removed greater volumes of fat from under central London in the past, we’ve never seen a single, congealed lump of lard this big clogging our sewers before,” Gordon Hailwood, Thames Water’s waste contracts supervisor, said in the statement.
Like I said, GROSS.
It makes me wonder what people pour down the drain locally. Ewwww! I don’t think people get that what ends up in the sewers ends up back in our waterways.]]>
State of News Media in Buffalo
When someone like Matthew Broderick hits the B-lo to do some acting for an upcoming movie, I understand that is big deal to us locals. It is cool. What I don’t understand is how our local media literally drops everything else in the quest to secure some photos, video footage or sound bites from him.
After I saw the video above, I couldn’t believe this was allowed to air. To me, its one minute, thirteen seconds of what has become of local media. The rush to get ahead of the other media outlets lets things like this happen. Quality suffers, we suffer and our news isn’t really news anymore.
Fast Food Jobs
Who would have thought a decade or two ago that fast food workers would be walking off jobs nationwide for better wages? I know I didn’t. It is a sad portrayal of life in 21st century America . This is how people are trying to support families and themselves. Flipping burgers is no longer a joke.
Our Reaction to Positive Buffalo Stories in Major Newspapers
I wrote this on Twitter a few days ago after the New York Times did a piece on Buffalo.
I like the @nytimes covering positive #Buffalo stuff. I don’t like the 40 something woman seeing Bon Jovi reaction we have over it.
— Christopher Byrd (@indabuff) July 31, 2013
Here is a link to the article–>
Being a proud Buffalo type weirdo, I like seeing and reading about the good happening here in big time news outlets. But we seem to have this need here in the B-lo to take these type of stories and amplify them until it hurts to somehow justify to ourselves that Buffalo is coming back or on the rise. It makes us look silly. Listen to me, we don’t need to do that. We need to continue to go about our business here and keep working to help Buffalo. The accolades from out of town will come and go. When stories like the New York Times article happen, we need to switch from an attitude of “see, Buffalo really matters” to an attitude of “that’s nice, carry on.”
If you have never been to Woodlawn Beach State Park, you need to go. It is not too farm from anywhere around the B-lo, sports a huge beach, a nice boardwalk through a wooded area and beach grass to get to beach and from all appearances is well kept. I stopped there a few nights ago for the sunset and it was fantastic.
I love the Bills. I love that E.J. Manuel looks like the real deal at QB. I hate that football has become larger than life. The coverage of training camp and the 24/7 endless football coverage turns me off.
The internet age has brought an overload of football and sports coverage. After awhile, it all becomes white noise to me. Funny thing is that by simply posting this, Tweeting or using other social media, I add to it.]]>
I have said that I would start posting more of my poetry here in the past. Well, I don’t really ever do it. But I guess by posting this I am actually posting more.
Enjoy or not.