I Blame the Comintern and the Common Tern

5 Jun

Now that public meeting attendees have selected the three-arch Peace Bridge expansion span as their favorite, we can no doubt eagerly await the angry press conferences and lawsuits from proponents of either one of the other two proposed spans.

Meanwhile, traffic along the most direct WNY highway-to-highway border crossing – the one that doesn’t end at a 90 degree angle on the US side – has routine multiple-hour delays on a weekly basis.

Blame the common tern.

8 Responses to “I Blame the Comintern and the Common Tern”

  1. Jay June 5, 2010 at 6:28 pm #

    Why can I go to Europe and check in at one border? Why haven’t the Europeans re-instituted all the border check points that were there 20-25 years ago? Rather than blame the bridge for the border delays coming from and going into Canada you would be more honest in blaming the politics of fear mongering.

    • Alan Bedenko June 5, 2010 at 7:01 pm #

      You can do that in PARTS of Europe that are signatories to the Schengen Agreement. You still go through exit and entry checks (at least here it’s almost always entry only) at a great many border crossings in Europe.

      Assuming your comment was directed at me, a quick search would reveal that I’ve advocated many times for harmonized customs and immigration between the US and CDN, thus freeing movement of people and goods across that border.

      So, I agree with you, but with 80% less dickishness.

  2. Jay June 5, 2010 at 9:00 pm #

    Unless you make policy the comment wasn’t directed toward you.

  3. Triumph the Insult Common Tern June 5, 2010 at 10:31 pm #

    How arch!!

  4. hank June 7, 2010 at 3:49 am #

    who cares what the design shape is, BUILD IT!!!!

  5. Good Grief June 7, 2010 at 11:29 am #

    Interesting how the PBA tilted the vote on alternatives by providing several options for the cable-stayed bridge that all were essentially the same so as to dilute the support for a cable stayed bridge, to ensure that the Arch bridge was selected by offering it as the only alternative for those who did not want the tower designs. 65% may have wanted a cable-stay bridge, but divide those up between three options and the 35% who want an arch bridge become the clear winner.

    Its just too bad we don’t have politicians who would hold an agency like the PBA to ethics standards, so they answer to essentially nobody.

    • Good Grief June 7, 2010 at 11:35 am #

      Just took the time to actually read the article – so I suppose my point is moot. I still question their methods.

  6. Good Grief June 7, 2010 at 11:33 am #

    In regards to the Lewiston Bridge being the busiest – I’m not sure it has as much to do with the alignment as it does with its direct connection with the NF Outlet Mall. Canadians are overwhelming the outlets on a daily basis.

    Regardless – I would like to see the primary crossing relocated to grand island (which would have a straight alignment as well) but thats a giant argument for another day.

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