All of the local news stations and the local sports radio station are covering the departures of Daniel Briere and Chris Drury incessantly. Who gives a damn? They left, let's move on.
Well-respected local periodical Buffalo Business First recently concluded an online poll which asked: "How do you rate Eliot Spitzer after half a year on the job?" 11% said Excellent, 25% said Good, 29% said Only Fair, 28% said Poor, and 8% didn't know. Six months in and 58% of the respondents think Spitzer is doing fair or poor; It's day 194, Eliot, and things are certainly changing under your watch - for the worse.
The news that Upstate Economic Czar Dan Gundersen will be renting an apartment on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo somewhat alleviates concerns about his commitment, or perceived lack thereof, to Western New York. Buying a home would have shown a greater commitment, but then again, if he's logging the thousands of miles across the state that he says he is, buying a home would be overkill.
Speaking of Gundersen, kudos to him for spending some time in Niagara County. Gundersen met with county officials this week to discuss the county's economic marketing efforts, and reportedly labeled the county's efforts "the model for business growth and retention efforts".
The Town of Alden is being proposed as the site of a retail complex the size of which will rival the Walden Galleria. Good luck with that.
The pit bull story out of Lockport is without a doubt one of the most disturbing stories I have ever heard. Word is that Nancy Grace his gotten hold of this story. As we know, Grace focused a significant amount of time last year to a story of a little boy from Lockport. We may be welcoming CNN cameras back to Niagara County very soon.
Lastly, major kudos to MSNBC anchor Mika Brzezinski for her refusal to lead the news with an update on Paris Hilton. In case you missed this amazing display of journalistic integrity, you can watch it by copying and pasting this address into your browser: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VdNcCcweL0
People who are enthralled with the Paris Hiltons, the Lindsay Lohans, the Nicole Ritchies of the world are just downright pathetic. But since MSNBC was prepared to lead the news with a Hilton story, I guess they are well aware of the idiocy of the overwhelming percentage of the American people, and need to play to that audience.