Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

Editorials

April 21, 2011

CHEERS & JEERS: The US&J’s view on the best and worst of the week

CHEERS

• DOWNS AND UPS:
Before the new Walmart Supercenter goes up, the old Lockport Mall must come down. So the ceremonial start of demolition earlier this week in the Town of Lockport took on a hopeful note, with a tinge of nostalgia.

“This is definitely a bittersweet moment for us,” Supervisor Marc Smith said at the official gathering. “A lot of us enjoyed a lot of happy hours here at this facility, but we’re also very excited to see change coming to this community.

Town Councilman Mark C. Crocker had what might be considered the quote of the day, though. Paraphrasing President Ronald Reagan, Crocker said: “Mr. Supervisor, tear down this mall!”

We applaud the fact that at long last, progress is being made, and agree with Town of Lockport officials that this is a significant step forward in establishing the South Transit business corridor as a regional shopping destination.

SERVICE TO COUNTRY: A tip of the hat to U.S. Air Force Vietnam veteran Howard Bonkoske, whose story of serving our nation was told by reporter Bill Wolcott in Monday’s US&J as part of our ongoing series, “A Generation of Heroes.” Bonkoske’s tour in the Far East included assignments at Clark Air Base in the Philippines and Da Nang Air Base in Vietnam. After the war escalated in 1965, Bonkoske was in a crew that flew on daily missions and saw heavy fighting. “You’re an American, you should be proud of your country and serve,” Bonkoske said. We’re proud of Bonkoske, too.

LET’S GO SABRES: For the second straight year, the Buffalo Sabres have made it into the Stanley Cup playoffs and raised the spirits of an entire community. They enter their first-round showdown against the Philadelphia Flyers with momentum on their side and the opportunity and ability to shock a lot of people. Add that to renewed hope under owner Terry Pegula and you have a team and community that’s already scored a victory.

Text Only
Editorials
Featured Ads
Community Events
Photos


Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Front page
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Seasonal Content
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Seasonal Content
Helium debate
Helium
Section Teases

Seasonal Content
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.