Tonawanda News


April 4, 2013

No one said it would be easy


Tonawanda News — On the other hand, a coffee shop isn’t an airplane. One’s a closed environment with a captive audience and a bunch of people who just want to get from one place to another in relative peace. You can’t just march the kid out to the car if he gets restless. If a few of their favorite videos or songs keeps them occupied for that time, then you’re darned right I’m going to make use of it. You’re welcome. (We also have a backpack full of books, crayons and paper, too. How is that different?)

Ultimately, though, parenthood is messy. It’s frustrating. Oh yeah, it’s time-consuming. And it sure as heck isn’t easy.

And if you’re buying into the idea that a cellphone can make it all go away ... you’re doing it wrong.


After about 10 years working at the Tonawanda News — albeit not all of it in the newsroom — and nearly about the same amount of time living in the Town of Tonawanda, I kept a fairly pessimistic eye on the Tonawanda Coke trial.

Quotes about “a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens” aside, I didn’t hold much hope that the verdict would mean anything. Surely, the corporate entity with all the money would win to one extent or another. Isn’t that how the system works?

I was wrong.

So, congratulations to the little guys, to all the men and women who worked so hard to hold a corporate polluter responsible for its actions. You won. You changed things. You set a precedent that will echo down through the years for all of those who’ve been watching your battle.

You give all of us hope.

Jill Keppeler is a writer for the Tonawanda News. She can be reached at

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