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October 16, 2013

ROOT: W.N.Y. will get better, believe it!

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — No. 2  lamented the fact that there is an empty hospital facility downtown and suggested building more medical buildings is a waste of time and money.

Now, it seems to me that that UB is going to have to look outside of our area to recruit students and researchers to this new campus. I do not see the current citizenry taking up the medical profession anytime soon. Well, let me qualify that: I do not see any of the current citizenry that comment on Facebook taking up the medical profession anytime soon.

It is OK to be proud of our region once in a while, Western New Yorkers. I know that we sometimes make bad decisions (Niagara Falls), and we don’t always put ourselves in the best light when we’re on a national stage (Buffalo Bills), but it’s not all negative. Some things are actually worth getting excited about ...

Like the new sports and business complex that Sabres owner Terry Pegula is building down by the F’N Center. Pegula has no idea how to own a hockey team, but the guy is still a brilliant businessman. Building a sports complex that can host international hockey tournaments so close to the Canadian border is brilliant. There is much more to HarborCenter, so I encourage you to do some reading and see for yourself exactly what T-Pegs has up his sleeve.

Let’s stop identifying our area with our sports teams. Not just because they’re a laughing stock, but because there is so much going on here that people are missing while they’re complaining about the Bills and the Sabres. Our teams not having winning seasons does not mean that everything in this area is dismal.

Let’s celebrate HarborCenter and UB’s new medical campus and huge achievements for our area. Remember that Children’s Hospital does amazing work and that Roswell Park is an internationally recognized cancer research and treatment center.

Years from now, the Bills may be gone and the Sabres will probably still be terrible, but we will all still be here. Let’s latch onto the good things and trust that life in Western New York will get better.

George N. Root III is a Lockport resident and UB graduate. His column is published every Wednesday and is probably not read by Terry Pegula. Contact him at georgeroot@verizon.net.

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