Since the inception of Niagara Times in June of 2007, we've covered many topics, although the focus has been local politics. From the outset, we stated that this blog tends to lean Republican. It's not that we agree with everything the party does, just as we do not disagree with everything the Democratic Party does. But, your political philosophies are your political philosophies.
While we have tried to refrain from being overtly political, there are those who contribute to this blog, and whether we agree or disagree, we greatly appreciate your participation, who believe we tend to lean too far one way or another on certain issues. This seems to be the case on one topic that often draws more comments from participants than other, the County Legislature. Many of the blog posts cover county politics, with post comments often firing at one another.
So we got to thinking: What if the party in control was different, meaning, what if the Dems held a 14-5 majority and the Reps were in the minority? Remember, it was the November 2003 elections that brought about the shift in control. Going into those elections, the Dems held a slim 10-9 majority. After the elections, the Reps enjoyed, I believe, a 13-6 majority.
So my question is, if the roles were reversed, and that scenario played out opposite, would the county be in a better position than it is now?
Personally, I believe that this imaginary scenario would be comparable to the Upstate/Downstate disconnect that we've addressed prior, with Niagara Falls playing the role of Downstate. My concern would be that too many county resources would be funneled to the Falls. Of course, I could be wrong.
But if you believe the county would be a better place with the Dems holding a 14-5 majority, or if you believe that things are better with the Reps in the majority, please share that as well.