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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v11n8 (02/23/2012) » Section: Letters to Artvoice

Reflections on Three Buffalo News Stories on a Chill Sunday

Sunday the 19th was a gloomy day, so I pretty much read all of that day’s Buffalo News. The paper produced three stories relevant to the subject of economic development. Two were quite good. Tim Graham wrote an over-a-page-long cover story in the Spotlight section about the possible community impact were the Bills’ franchise to leave Orchard Park. In the Business section, Stephen T. Watson profiled Sherex Fastening Solutions, a small, profitable company in the Town of Tonawanda that custom-makes the gizmos that hold metal sheets together. One was accurate, but deeply mistaken. Also in the Business section, David Robinson offered a piece denouncing IDA tax reduction support for the reuse of vacant commercial sites. Taken together, these stories provide useful illustrations of the state of development thinking in this region.

On the Murder of Jasmine Armour

Last Wednesday, a man was sentenced to 25 years to life for fatally shooting Jasmine Armour in the back just over a year ago. Her mother wept as she told the judge, “Jasmine wasn’t a saint, she was a human being, an extraordinary human being.” As if the events of her murder weren’t brutal enough, it has been disturbing to see the ways in which the intimate, activist scene has condoned this violence.

On the Niagara County GOP and John Gross

I am dismayed and in disbelief that the Republican Party continues to defend its decision to sponsor an event honoring John Gross, an unrepentant criminal who has been convicted of not just one but multiple felonies over the course of three prosecutions.

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