Tonawanda News


October 17, 2012

DUVALL: The art of compromising


Tonawanda News — That news came down Tuesday, as well. I was encouraged that the owners have reached a more reasonable offer of an even split of league revenue with players. There are other issues left to sort through and who knows how the players will respond. 

The two sides are talking, which is good. But why did they waste months posturing and trying to get the upper hand in a PR war? With billions at stake does anyone really think fans’ opinions are going to make a difference? Of course not. It was a vanity exercise and an insult to people who passionately care about the game.

Then there are the local disputes — the not-in-my-backyard types who bicker about the closing time of a basketball court, their neighbor’s too-long grass, barking dogs and the like.

No doubt these things are a nuisance but I’ve never understood someone who shows up to a council meeting asking someone to make a law so they’re not annoyed. No amount of laws will ever stop the occasional irritation. It’s the price we pay for all of the joy that living in a nice neighborhood can provide.

That’s really what I’m talking about. When the focus is always on our differences we lose sight of what we have in common.

As the old saying goes, there’s far more that unites us than divides us. We’d all be better served to remember that maxim once in a while.

Eric DuVall is the managing editor of the Tonawanda News. His column appears Wednesdays and Sundays. Contact him at

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