The local Gannett newspapers regularly run unscientific polls on their websites, which often touch on a variety of topics. The Tonawanda News and the Niagara Gazette have decided to focus their current poll on the local sports frenzy du jour, the Buffalo Bills. Their polls ask "How many games will the Buffalo Bills win this season?". Fair enough, it is the start of training camp, and many Bills fans are getting ready for another season of heartache. The Union Sun & Journal, however, has decided to go a different direction with it's online poll.
The US&J poll wants to know if it's online readers "Are you in favor of an HSBC data center in Cambria?" This poses several questions: Are you, the US&J, in favor of the data center? Do you, the US&J, believe that this is only an eastern end of the county issue? It certainly appears that way because if you didn't, it'd be running county wide. Most importantly, who are the nearly 25% of the poll respondents who are against the HSBC project in Cambria?
I suppose that there are some people who would prefer to keep the area in it's current rural setting, and I could certainly understand that. Most of us live in an area because we enjoy that type of setting, whether it be urban, suburban or rural.
But this area is starved for economic revitalization. We have heard Elliot Spitzer refer to our area as Appalachia. How are we ever going to progress if we are opposed to new projects? Is this the infamous "not in my backyard" mentality at work?
Who is opposed to a $1 billion investment in our county that will bring millions in revenue to multiple municipalities? Who is opposed to 350 construction jobs and 56 well-paying, full-time jobs?
I cannot even begin to fathom the small-minded thinking of some people in this county. Let's get our heads out of the proverbial sand, start embracing investment in our community and maybe we can differentiate ourselves from every other upstate county in New York that is struggling to survive.