Tonawanda News


November 2, 2012

Hustle, bustle and flow


Tonawanda News — Even the time-stands-still moments, the eagerly anticipated presidential debates, the night of New York City’s ruinous flood, the Saturday project actually completed before Sunday, can leave one with a been-there-done-that feeling. Put a checkmark next to it, then it’s off to the next thing on the list.

Compare those matters to the mercifully concluding political campaign season. It has been interminable, and reaches its presumed crescendo this weekend. Mr. Romney has been battling the Bachmanns and Gingriches since last year (anyone remember Herman Cain?); in some states, voting has been ongoing for weeks. If the electorate wants less of it, why do candidates provide more of it? Isn’t angering voters a bad thing to do?

I can chalk my time crunch off to an inexhaustible lust for life, a ravenous style that places me, informed, erudite and knowledgeable, in the center of everything I care about. By extension, it makes me a happening and fascinating guy.

Nah. Too many things these days are like the pop music charts or the Playmate of the Month. Wait a while and someone new takes the place of someone who’s, suddenly, so 20 minutes ago. Here today ... gone today.

Time stood still in one instance, earlier this week. Tuesday, the day after the hurricane hit the coast, I ventured onto the newspaper website of the Newark Star-Ledger, in the spirit of keeping up with current events.

The website told me what New Jersey could expect in the deluge. Tuesday evening, and I was reading Sunday’s news. Right, the website had not been updated; it’s likely the newspaper did not even print, so I went looking for news and found some eerie history, the Internet version of finding an old diary in the attic.

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  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: Conflict in Ukraine now a concern of global proportions It seems increasingly clear Ukrainian separatists, with the help from the Russian military, are responsible for the tragedy. They, of course, have denied it. They've also denied access to the crash site to international investigators seeking to recover the dead and determine what happened. That's not something the innocent party does.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADAMCZYK: Personal development, rendered in steel Accepting the premise that everyone needs to fill the same amount of time every day (24 hours, every day), some people use theirs rebuilding things, tangible things, and thus fulfill a few intangible goals.

    July 18, 2014

  • WALLACE: Festival season is underway Summer is the season of fairs and festivals. From Canal Fest in the Tonawandas to the Allentown Art Festival and Italian Heritage Festival in Buffalo to the Erie County Fair in Hamburg, the Western New York area has no shortage of things to do with the family over the summer.

    July 17, 2014

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: King George's abdication leaves many questions I've covered Niagara County politics for 10 years and it's been a fascinating -- and often infuriating -- experience. With the news the man known with equal parts respect and cynicism as "King George" is walking away it's about to get more interesting.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Canal Fest, here we come This column should be titled "Roads and Streets." First of all, Meadow Drive is finally open. Although it took very long to be completed, it's beautiful. Riding by the other day brought into focus how many people will use this to cut across town. One less thing for residents to complain about.

    July 12, 2014

  • ADAMCZYK: Homesick for someplace I've never been You stumble over things that make you wonder. I do, at least, and the latest is one of those advertising artifacts from yesteryear that encourage me to ponder what's changed and what never will.

    July 11, 2014

  • WALLACE: Playing politics as usual The immigration crisis is just the most recent example of how dysfunctional Washington, D.C. is right now.

    July 10, 2014

  • duvall, eric.jpg A stunning scandal in Mississippi-voting|DUVALL: A stunning scandal in Mississippi We don't tend to talk a whole lot about Mississippi on this paper's editorial page and for good reason. It's a long way away in both distance and temperament. But I swear this will be worth it.

    July 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • confer, bob.jpg CONFER: Employers don't need 24/7 access to workers

    July 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: Taste of Buffalo sneaks up again This time next week you can find me tromping somewhere up and down Delaware Avenue in Buffalo. I'll be there with tens of thousands of my closest friends.

    July 6, 2014 1 Photo