Finally, some political leaders in Niagara Falls, namely Councilmembers Fruschione and Anderson, have spoke out against spending $435,000 for a piece of art for a Rainbow Boulevard traffic circle to honor the centennial of the Border Waters Treaty.
Contrary to what some might think, I am not a heathen and can actually appreciate the need to beautify public gateways to cities and mark historic occasions. Such beautification is certainly needed in Niagara Falls.
Here's my rub: you don't go buy a fancy piece of art to hang on your living room wall when the washing machine is shot, the lawn mower is broken and the kids needs new shoes. I don't know why that is so hard for Mayor Dyster to understand.
Dyster seems generally perplexed that people would be against this. Maybe blowing out their tires on Buffalo Avenue has dampened their appreciation for fine art in the public square. Or maybe as they see taxes going up on everything and anything, the timing is just not appropriate.
While we have always thought that Dyster is an honest man with good intentions, the fact is he seems to be in over his head and has a tin ear to what people are thinking.
At least Fruschione and Anderson get it.