Tonawanda News


November 17, 2013

DUVALL: NYC makes for an active week

Tonawanda News — Some thoughts while on vacation for a week in the Big Apple:

• New York City is a lovely place to visit but I could never live there. So much of life in New York is about the city. Negotiating traffic and public transportation is a Herculean effort. Hours per day are given over to riding trains, walking streets and hailing taxis. Sure, you can read while sitting on a train but I wouldn’t want to lose that much time in my day.

Buffalo is more my speed. 

• Best New York City advice I got: Ride the Staten Island Ferry. It’s free and it gives you a spectacular view of the Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan. 

• After watching the Bills get thumped by Pittsburgh it was clear to me rookie quarterback EJ Manuel has regressed. The time he’s lost to injury have taken a toll in his development. Against a tricky Steelers defense he looked like a deer in the headlights. 

It doesn’t get any easier this week, with a Jets team that has always given the Buffalo offense fits.

It’s unfortunate to say the least Bills fans and the team won’t get a complete body of work to judge whether Manuel is the franchise quarterback we’ve been searching for.

• So let’s get this straight: Our government can tap any phone, email or Facebook account in the world but it can’t get a health insurance website to work?

• While we’re talking about health care, President Obama deserves the hit he’s taken in the polls for the botched health care rollout. He and congressional Democrats spent months promising Americans if they liked their health insurance they would be allowed to keep it only to pull a bait-and-switch when millions of people got letters saying their plans were being canceled because they didn’t meet minimum coverage standards.

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