Tonawanda News


October 11, 2013

ADAMCZYK: Packing a sunset into a mailing tube


Tonawanda News — If a society has the technological wherewithal to pull it off, a system such as this can be admirable, and perhaps better than that set-up we occasionally (and only momentarily) admire of societies allegedly less further advanced than ours (i.e., some Third World arrangement, or what we were like, four or more generations ago), of using it up, wearing it out, making it do or going without.

Are ideas like that, appropriate for places and situations but not exactly transferable in time? Of course they are. 

Chris Matthews, he of the “my questions are better than their answers” political talk show on television, has recently written a book about Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill, two master politicians of the 1980s with opposing views on pretty much everything but somehow assured that Washington got things done. The book is evidently an homage to the good old days when old coots in a closed room arranged to paper over a lot of political discontent, over drinks, and get legislation passed and signed. 

And boy, apparently, do we need that now, I guess.

The essayist Gerald Early has noted that, in 2,000 years, America will be remembered for three things: baseball, jazz and its Constitution. A clever line, to be sure, but all three manage to hang on without much direct interest from the public these days. The U.S. Constitution is not the first of its kind and won’t be the last, and it is even no longer the model for aspiring free societies these days, the aforementioned strivers typically preferring Canada’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a starting point.

As far as constitutions go (federal, municipal, that of the local garden club), they reach the end of their usable lives when all the loopholes have been found. 

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  • ADAMCZYK: The greatest luxury: peace, quiet It is not difficult, for anyone with the intent, to know more about you than you think they should. Every step of yours involving interactive technology can be molded into a picture of how you spend your time, money and thought.

    August 1, 2014

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: On lines blurred, crossed and nonexistent It strikes me more and more how blurry the lines have gotten in all facets of our world, large and small.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tucker, Barbara.jpg TUCKER: Oh, the joys of Sound Off Never thought the words "Thank goodness for Sound Off" would ever be printed here.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • adamczyk, ed.jpg ADAMCZYK: And now for something completely different... Last weekend I attended a local movie theater (a plushy, posh experience; they design these places now to get you out of your living room and away from your home electronics) to watch the sun set on the British Empire.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • OUR VIEW: Arson suspect never deserved bail Two of the 11 fires reported on Fifth Avenue could have been prevented with some jurisprudence in evaluating whether the suspect, Michelle Johnston, deserved to be offered bail. Given the obvious nature of a repeat offender who was charged with nine felony arson counts, bail never should have been offered in this case.

    July 25, 2014

  • wallace, amy.jpg WALLACE: Too much information? Is there such a thing as TMI or too much information anymore? Some might say yes.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: On reading and the lack thereof It was surprising to me a few weeks ago when a friend asked a group of us to estimate how many books we have each read over the last five years. The English teacher said 200 and he far and away led the pack. I was probably the median and my number was 20-25.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • confer, bob.jpg CONFER: A Con-Con would be a con game

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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