We at Niagara Times have had enough of the Niagara County Legislature's inaction on several issues. First and foremost, global warming. The situation has gotten so bad that the Interior Department declared the polar bear a threatened species Wednesday, saying it must be protected because of the decline in Arctic sea ice from global warming. What has the NC Leg done about it? Not a damn thing.
Secondly, the earthquake in China. Chinese rescuers are taking relief supplies to the area of the epicenter. Meanwhile, flattened mountain villages are being searched for tens of thousands of missing and buried victims amid fears the death toll of nearly 15,000 would soar far higher. Not a single Legislator has offered to help out.
Lastly, the world crisis related to the price of gasoline. While Venezuela President Hugo Chavez continues to wreak havoc on the world oil markets, the Leg has done nothing to address this. Sure, they talked about eliminating the sales tax for a few months, but we're talking substantive, permanent change.
While I may be in the minority in believing that the Leg should act on the first two, it's good to know that I am not alone on the last one. You see, the Union Sun & Journal in Wednesday's editorial stated "the true assessment of how the county is doing is around us. It’s in the windows of shuddered businesses and even at the gas pumps". Finally, we agree with the paper.
The NC Leg's failure to enact substantive legislation to influence the world oil markets is inexcusable. Why they have not interjected themselves into this crisis is incomprehensible. Where is the resolution calling for the resignation of dictator Chavez? Better yet, why not send a dignitary from NC to Venezuela to negotiate a settlement?
Okay, enough tongue-in-cheek, let's get to the idiocy and hypocrisy of this editorial. To say that "the true assessment of how the county is doing is reflected in the gas pumps" has got to be one of the most heinous injustices of journalism ever printed. It shows that Tim Marren, the editor at the US&J, is so blinded for his disdain for the Leg that he is willing to blame a world crisis on the body.
Secondly, Marren stated that "Niagara County Legislators are bringing up the Business Council’s giving them a failing grade in economics. It’s only a year later, guys. Get over it and move on". Marren then goes on to congratulate wannabe legislator Richard Marasco for once again talking about the HSBC deal. So the Leg is bad because they are talking about positive developments in reaction to a year old story, but Marasco is good because he keeps repeating a year old story?
The fact of the matter is that the US&J is a "news source". To insinuate that the NC Leg is in a position to influence world oil markets, and thus the price we pay at the pumps, is irresponsible at best. We realize that this is an editorial, but people may believe what they've read. Is a purpose served by misleading the public?
It's one thing to be political and not shy away from the fact that you're political. It's another to hide behind a shroud of journalism while pushing your political views. Unfortunately, this has become the M.O. for the Union Sun & Journal.