SpeakUpWNY always has interesting discussion threads. It also has commentary that spans the spectrum, from intellectual to just plain stupid.
If you scroll down to the “Local Town and City Politics” threads, you can see dramatic changes in the important issues as you radiate away from Buffalo.
- Buffalo discussions are about trying to deal with urban blight, fires, vacant land, police and non-accountable city inspectors.
- Just east of the city, Cheektowaga’s issues are about Cheektowaga Democrats and solar street lights.
- Further east, Elma and Marilla are worried about the closing of a local restaurant, Motorola and the Ford dealership.
- And at the county’s fringes, Holland and Wales are abuzz about the rabid raccoons.
If it were not for the fact that I grew up in the country, I would be mocking the Holland folks for their hick town sensibilities. Yet I find a certain serenity when the most serious read in Holland is about how to handle a possibly rabid animal (you don’t!).
Sometimes, the smallest towns are the most interesting.