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January 20, 2013

Beware where you buy your beer at arena

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Tonawanda News — It’s a welcome relief, though in accordance with any decision in Washington, it’s only good for so long.

Obama has refused to negotiate over the debt ceiling issue. He is correct. The debt ceiling isn’t something that should be negotiated. It isn’t about increasing the amount of money we owe. It’s about paying the tab Congress has already ordered up. Yes, the same Congress that now refuses to pay the bill. 

It reminds me of the drunk who plops down on a barstool all day, then at last call looks at his tab and says to the bartender, “who the heck ordered all these drinks!?”

We ran up the bill so now we have to pay it. This is not negotiable. 

What is negotiable — and what I hope both sides do negotiate — is how to avoid running up these tabs in the future. 

But paying the bill you owe can’t be a precondition on what money we’re going to spend moving forward.

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Finally, a brief word on today’s Buffalo Sabres season opener, only three-and-a-half months late thanks to the lockout.

As I said, I’ll be in attendance. If you’re going as well, a simple request.

If you’re like me or most of the other 19,070 in attendance (they have revised the arena’s capacity to include the Harbor Club and some luxury box seats so it’s now more than the familiar 18,690 we’ve heard for years), at some point you’ll order a beer.

Lord knows there are plenty of places in First Niagara Center to do it.

The concession stands built into the arena are operated by Delaware North, a Buffalo-based stadium concessions firm owned by Jeremy Jacobs — who also owns the Boston Bruins.

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