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2007-10-17 / Editorial

Which news will happen first? Skyway, Peace Bridge, Bass Pro

DAN MEYER Political Columnist

I've been writing this weekly column for six months now, and up until this week, I had yet to formally give you a homework assignment.

Don't worry, it's not difficult, and it will hurt just a bit.

With all of the discussion last week about Bass Pro's latest verbal commitment (memo to Gov. Eliot Spitzer, it's a spoken promise, still nothing official on paper) and Spitzer's grand plans for the most recent scheme to rebuild and expand the Peace Bridge, it got me to thinking about the many major projects in this region that are oft-talked about but have yet to come to fruition.

Then I tuned in one evening to a local talk show where the host was carrying on a discussion that carried with it a theme of "what will happen first" when it comes to a dream list of sorts involving the Peace Bridge project, construction of the Bass Pro store, and our beloved Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres and which professional sports team was going to win a world championship first.

Using that concept, I'd like to gauge what you, the reading public, thinks when it comes to three of those "are they ever going to happen in my lifetime?" projects that should have a major impact in terms of economic development and also throw in a little twist when it comes to our pro football team.

Everyone following me?

In case you're confused, I'll simplify it and ask those with Internet access to send me an e-mail to meyersmusings@gmail.com and provide your prediction based on the following question:

What will happen first: the Peace Bridge will be rebuilt and expanded, a Bass Pro store will be built somewhere in downtown Buffalo, the Skyway will be torn down, or the Buffalo Bills will move out of Western New York?

Those who don't have the ability to e-mail me their responses can write to me at The Sun, Attn: Meyer's Musings, P.O. Box 590, Hamburg, NY 14075.

All responses will be fodder for a future column on this topic and will be fair game for a critical commentary on the future of the economy of Western New York.

Speaking of the Skyway, I'm sure I'm not the only member of the local media who got a chuckle from last week's press conference that provided the details of the revised plans for Buffalo's Bass Pro Outdoor World store.

As the scale model for what is being termed "Canal Side" was unveiled, how fitting was it that the miniature Skyway completely fell over as the presentation of the mixed-use development for the Erie Canal Harbor site was made public for the first time?

If that wasn't a sign that it's time to raze that aging eyesore, I don't know what is.

Since the Major League Baseball playoffs are in full swing and the Boston Red Sox are still alive this postseason, I thought this little news nugget from the campaign trail would interest many of you, whether you are a fan of the Red Sox or a fan of politicians looking for any possible way to warm up to their constituents.

Turns out that if you're a supporter of Senator Chris Dodd of Connecticut and happen to also be a Boston baseball fanatic, you now have a chance for you and a friend to join Mr. Dodd at a Red Sox playoff game this month.

Dodd supporters can now enter a raffle for a pair of tickets to Game 6 of the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park by simply giving a campaign donation of $20.04, a figure which honors the year the Sox last won the World Series.

And get this. If the Sox happen to be eliminated by the Cleveland Indians before Game 6 of the ALCS, the raffle winner will instead spend a day with Dodd campaigning in Iowa. Yet another reason to root for the Sox.

(Daniel Meyer is a columnist for the Weekly Independent Newspapers of Western New York. WIN is a consortium of 19 community-based weekly newspapers in Erie and Niagara counties. For more information on WIN or to provide feedback on this column, visit our Web site at www.wnynewspapers.com. Comments can also be sent directly to Meyer by sending an e-mail to: meyersmusings@gmail.com. Opinions expressed here are those of the author.)

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