Wal-Mart continues to be a lightning rod for controversy. The retail giant is fighting opposition to building & expansion plans in both Lockport and North Tonawanda. As is usually the case, a very vocal minority is attempting to sabotage the the projects. If you don't like Wal-Mart, don't shop there.
Wegman's Supermarkets has made the decision to stop selling tobacco products because they care about their employees. They will also offer smoking cessation programs to employees. Danny Wegman said the company respects a person's right to smoke, but they understand the destructive role smoking plays in health. Major kudos to Wegmans in initiating what will hopefully be a trend in retail. Of course, since we have one huge tobacco outlet in Niagara County, the Tuscarora Reservation, smoking won't be on the decline around here anytime soon.
The stress of the Presidential campaign has gotten to Hillary Clinton. While addressing some folks in New Hampshire, Clinton was asked how does she keep up and who does her hair? The question was apparently an emotional trigger for Clinton as her eyes welled up with tears as she answered the question. If that's all it takes, how is she going to handle it when someone asks here whether of not we should drop a bomb on North Korea?
Within the past few years, there was talk of creating a public benefit corporation for the Mt. View Health Facility. Fortunately, the county did not finalize any plans for such action. In light of the scathing audit of the Erie County Medical Center by the Erie County Comptroller, we see know public benefit corporations are short-term solutions and long-term nightmares.
I had to laugh when 97Rock's number one clown, Larry Norton, stated that the Bills need to stay in-house for the new GM to maintain consistency for the franchise. Oh, by the way, the Bills haven't made the playoffs since 1999, the longest current streak in the NFL. Not sure that's the consistency we're looking for. Stick to your bad jokes, Larry.
Best wishes to Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster who was hospitalized Sunday with sharp pains in his side.