Amanda and I both planned to take today off and turn this into a four day weekend for the sole purpose of going skiing. Planning ahead for a ski day is always tricky since you never know what the weather is going to be like, but today worked out perfectly. First, the weather was the best we’ve had in probably a month. Upper 30s, clear, solid base and good snow out at Kissing Bridge.
The second cool part was that while I was flipping through the Hamburg Sun yesterday, I saw that as part of Hamburg’s Winterfest, the town was offering $25 full day lift tickets for today through Thursday. Since the whole week is considered a holiday, that makes the cost almost half price. That worked out well for us because both of us were pretty much exhausted after half a day. This is the good part about winter in Buffalo.
We took a ride out to the Hamburg Recreation Center to get discount tickets for Kissing Bridge and decided to make an attempt for a geocache or two. We trudged through the snow, but determined the cache we were looking for was buried under the snow and/or frozen to the ground, so we skipped it. Amanda looked cozy, though.
On our way home, we stopped at the Hamburg Town Beach to see the lake. It’s quite frozen. Here’s a couple of shots:
And my favorite shot of the day…
Before we got home, we snagged two quick caches close to our house. One of which happened to be right next to Starbucks. My first time ever caching with a grande mocha!
This really doesn’t want to let up! I’m amazed at how bad the roads are around here, but that’s what happens when it’s too cold for salt to do any good. At least it looks like it’s going to hit 20 degrees tomorrow. Heat wave!
P.S. The skyway still hasn’t been closed this year. Just in case you haven’t been paying attention. 😉
Thursday night I was in bed, flipping through The Sun. I was astonished to see five pages of letters to the editor, most of which centered around the ongoing partisan problems in the Town of Hamburg. I was surprised to find a lengthy letter from Town Supervisor Steven Walters responding directly to all the criticism.
Continue reading Hamburg partisanship must end
I’m not one to blindly bash a particular party, as we all know they both have their faults, but today served up a double helping of that which makes partisan politics disgusting.
First up… Erie County Democratic Party Chairman Len Lenihan. Listen to this WBEN interview with the Dem chief doing everything he can to deflect well-deserved criticism of convicted tax fraud and County Legislator George Holt. It’s one of the lamest and most disgusting attempts to protect a fellow party politician that I think I’ve ever heard.
Let’s face it – maybe the law doesn’t require George Holt to step down, but that’s a flaw in the law. The fact that a person with direct influence on the tax rate of this area commits tax fraud by not paying his own taxes multiple times most certainly is related to his public duties. The fact that Lenihan and Holt can both figuratively look the public in the eye and say otherwise is representative of what disgusts the public with politics.
Number two on the shit list is the Hamburg Town Board’s vote to eliminate the Deputy Supervisor position after Republican Town Supervisor Stephen Walters decided to not reappoint one of the four sitting Democratic Town Board members to the job. Walters decided to appoint former town police captain Tom Best to the job. Best is a registered Conservative.
Of course, the four Democrats that make up the board claim that partisan politics was not the issue. They just feel strongly that the person in that position shouldn’t be someone who isn’t elected to it. Nevermind that the position has never been an elected position. I’m sure Len Lenihan would oppose his fellow Democrats in this debate, since he’s so adamant about only doing what the law states.
No, I’m sure it wasn’t a political decision at all. Just read this quote by Councilman Tom Quatrioche Jr.:
“In the future, if the supervisor would like to appoint a fellow board member, Republican or Democrat, I would reconsider reinstating the position.”
Easy to say when there are no Democrats on the board to appoint.