Your Blog Post. Your Ideas.

17 Jun

Over the last several weeks, I’ve had more than my share of run-ins with elements and agents of terrific negativity and ignorance.

I want to move my mind and this blog away from repetitive, consequential negativity and general pissed-offedness. You see, in the last month or so, I’ve been happier than I’ve been in years. That hasn’t been reflected here.

So, for the foreseeable future, I want to do one blog post per day (maybe I’ll skip some here and there, but you get the gist) where I post your ideas. Your ideas for how WNY, Buffalo, New York State can improve and make our lives better. I don’t want to get into national issues, because that’s only occasionally my focus. This is about Albany dysfunction, Buffalo dysfunction, Rath Building / County Hall dysfunction.

Can you provide me with a paragraph or two that represents one salient, positive change you’d like to see happen? Anything at all. I will reprint your idea without editorial commentary or snark, and let people comment on it. I’d like to give you credit and a link back to whatever you’d like, but if you’d prefer to remain anonymous, that’s fine too. If you’re running for office, I’ll link to your campaign site.

Shoot your ideas to my Buffalopundit Facebook page, or email it to the address that pops up when you click here.

11 Responses to “Your Blog Post. Your Ideas.”

  1. Chris Smith June 17, 2010 at 9:53 am #

    Fuck you.

  2. Kevin J. June 17, 2010 at 11:51 am #

    I’d add and the horse you rode in on, but I think Carl Paladino has that covered.

  3. Jonathan June 17, 2010 at 12:34 pm #

    Act like the rest of the state and ignore Paladino

    Consolidation of Govt Services.

    Downtown have a giant Duty Free area. There is a ton of money north of the border, BRING IT IN.
    Screw Manufacturing jobs, bring in science and tech jobs.

    Elect people with a clue, and a plan.

  4. Ethan June 17, 2010 at 1:24 pm #

    It’s good to feel good!  And I know exactly how you feel.  I am amazingly less bitter since I decided to move on along from D’Youville and start a brewery.  I am just as cynical, mind you… but less bitter.  It feels wonderful!

  5. Christopher Smith June 18, 2010 at 12:59 am #

    On a serious note, here’s my thoughts on some suggested new (positive) features:

    – A weekly podcast
    – A weekly interview with a business person, perhaps work with Jim Allen at the Amherst IDA or Jeff Ross at InfoTech Niagara to identify cool new businesses
    – Go test drive some cars and review them
    – Don’t write about arts, architecture, restaurants or interview any of the same 25 activists that have been repeatedly interviewed by the various print publications in town over the past 6 years.

    Also, at least one guest post per week from political candidates or government reform activists. Perhaps outreach to someone from the Brennan Center, CGR in Rochester, Kevin Gaughan, etc.

    I know you wanted ideas from other people to post, but I already have my own blog and my audience is cooler and smarter than yours. 🙂

  6. Ward June 18, 2010 at 5:16 pm #

    We hereby declare a brief hiatus to all the positive suggestions, to inquire whether WNY Media will give mention to the fact that Sen. John Sampson is in the middle of an investigation of the bidding process for a downstate casino–during the course of which he divulged information to a politically “connected” group which ended up getting the contract. Of course the deal was subsequently voided and the bid process is being investigated by the State Inspector General.

    To quote Carl Paladino, “Hello?! Anybody out there?!”
    Nope–they’d rather make horse jokes. Sampson is, after all, a Democratic. (Did I get that right, Splett–or is it Democrat Party?)

    • Jon Splett June 19, 2010 at 12:13 am #


      Why the hell would I care if you say Democratic or Democrat when I’ve never been a member of the party?

      I’m a Green. I’ve been a Green since the day I registered to vote. Shit like that is exactly why I’ll never be a Democrat. They’re just a slightly less douchey, equally hypocritical version of the side you root for.

      Just because I wanted the Yankees to lose the World Series doesn’t make me a Phillies fan…

    • Chris Smith June 19, 2010 at 12:46 am #

      No, I doubt we’ll mention it, Alan might, but he’s been busy this week. I didn’t know about it until reading it, because I don’t care. Also, stories about Carl > stories about random corrupt downstate people. Especially as it pertains to our traffic numbers.

      • Ward June 19, 2010 at 9:51 am #

        Thanks. That’s what I thought.

      • bill June 19, 2010 at 12:45 pm #

        The Leader of the Senate Democrats is a “random” legislator?

  7. Becky June 18, 2010 at 11:13 pm #

    Manufacturing is important if for no other reason than goods made here aren’t being imported from China or elsewhere.  There’s also the people, many people, who perhaps barely survived high school who deserve a shot at some dignity and pay for work that many would not want that’s higher than enhanced minimum wage.  Just because some aren’t highly educated doesn’t make them stupid or lazy, but someone whose life circumstances turned out different than they had hoped.

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