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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v12n49 (12/05/2013) » Section: Letters to Artvoice

Delaware North's ECIDA Request Tarnishes Jacobs Family's Image

Delaware North Companies recently won approval for $807,000 in sales tax relief from the Erie County Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA) to build-out and furnish its proposed new headquarters in downtown Buffalo. In exchange, its principals, the Jacobs family, may have lost something of far greater value, their reputation as respected citizens and philanthropists.

Who Really Needs Government Help?

Let us compare and contrast two groups who depend upon help from the government. Both have been featured in local news articles in recent weeks. The first group is made up of corporate entities which depend upon tax breaks to improve or even to relocate their businesses locally, and the other group is made up of food stamp recipients who need help to buy food in order to stay alive—one in five families, most of whom are working at low paying jobs.

Memorial: Saying Farewell to Dan McParlane

Some people said that Dan McParlane and I had a bro-mance. Our mutual friend Greg Olma said that it was as if he had introduced his girlfriend to his best friend and that they had started going out behind his back. That’s a weird way of putting it, but it is true that we became fast friends.

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