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I need more Canal Side!!

   The editorial mavens in The Buffalo News Opinion section want more cow bell Canal Side:

- Old treasures, new uses - Buffalo News Editorial
   Two things are true about the historic DL&W train shed at the foot of Main Street. One, this unique and cavernous riverfront structure needs to play a prominent role in planning for the Canal Side projects. It is too well-located, too useful and too distinctive a building to ignore. Two, while it is premature to eliminate other options, the idea of devoting the shed to museum space is both intriguing and attractive.
   [Terminal trains keen eye on future - Buffalo News, 8/10/10] 
   The possibility should be carefully investigated, both for existing museums and also for the proposed Great Lakes museum that was once to be part of a Bass Pro development. The goal should be to ensure that the site will incorporate a visitor attraction worthy of the building, and not just provide random cultural institutions with a home.

- What you can do to get in the debate . . . 
   Visit the Canal Side Web site, , to view documents, drawings and maps. Search The Buffalo News online at for Canal Side stories, commentary and coverage, or to view a computer-generated “Buffalo’s Waterfront Reimagined” video by UB’s Center for Computational Research. Buffalo Harbor Bridge studies are online at .
   Voice your opinion:
Comment via the newest channel, Mayor Byron W. Brown’s Citizen Waterfront Forum. Click on the forum’s Canal Side button on the city’s Web site, or , or call the city’s 311 information center. Comments will be included in the mayor’s report to Canal Side leaders in mid-September.
   Join the issues discussion by posting a comment on this topic in our Matters of Opinion blog at or at the end of the Web version of this editorial, or write a letter of up to 300 words to the editor for possible publication on our op-ed page (e-mail to or mail to Everybody’s Column, The Buffalo News, P. O. Box 100, Buffalo, NY, 14240).

    About that cow bell:

-- George Pyle/The Buffalo News

Other bridges, other problems

   As a brief aside, here's a bit about how other folks are fighting about U.S.-Canada bridges, too.

   If you can get past the distressing description of someone else's pride and joy that leads this editorial.

- Bridge too far - The Toledo Blade
   If it seems bizarre that the most economically important border crossing between the United States and Canada is privately owned by a reclusive 82-year-old billionaire, that's because it is bizarre.
   What's even stranger is that
Matthew J. Moroun, usually known as Matty, wants to build a second bridge next to his Ambassador Bridge, won't take an emphatic no from the Canadian government for an answer, and is resorting to increasingly desperate behavior in an attempt to sabotage efforts to build a new, internationally owned and regulated bridge a mile south.
   More background from The Detroit Free Press.
   And I loved this headline from Sunday's P.1: Canadian airports stand on guard [Why this is witty.]

   For The World's Longest Unguarded Border, this frontier sure engenders a lot of fussing.

-- George Pyle/The Buffalo News
Rousing finish:

Turkeys in Albany. Stars in Buffalo.

   The lead editorial in today's Buffalo News Opinion section is something we have written about before. And will write about again. Soon. The Legislature's holiday gift to the state's editorial writers, I guess.
- Face the pain
    The turkeys -- uh, lawmakers -- went home for Thanksgiving without having done a thing about a $3.2 billion budget deficit that threatens the state's ability to pay its bills in just a couple of weeks.
   The views of Gov. David Paterson, which put the matter in suitably stark terms, are here.
   The most recent statement on the state budget on the Web site of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is dated March 31. Though if you scroll down his main page a bit you can find some sizzling news on his free cooking oil recovery program.
  The Web page of Senate President Malcolm A. Smith shows him giving away big checks and urging you to find out What My Senator Can Do For Me. [No John F. Kennedy moments here. To bad we don't have any stories like this one, from the L.A. Times: Retired Los Angeles teacher keeps at it, for free.]
- The Albany Times Union: A state lives hand to mouth
- The New York Post: Let Dave Do It
- Newsday: Don't leave cuts up to Paterson
- Glens Falls Post Star: Governor gets it, Legislators don't
- Rochester Democrat & Chronicle: It's not enough for legislators to say 'no'

   But here's something to feel good about, even if it does involve spending public money.
- Playing a cheerful tuneColoredmusicians
    Buffalo’s secret history may not be a secret for much longer thanks to the city’s decision to provide $300,000 toward a museum in the Colored Musicians Club....
   The city made a smart and appropriate decision to provide $300,000 toward the museum. With the city’s long-dormant waterfront finally awakening, and access to the outer harbor improving, more visitors can be expected in the downtown area. It will be a fine thing to finally be able to show off to those people the fascinating, if no longer secret, history of Buffalo’s African-American population.

-- George Pyle/The Buffalo News
[Photo: Members of The Joe Baudo Big Band rehearse at the Colored Musicians Club, by Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News.]