So, let’s get this straight: The Occupy Buffalo crowd took over Niagara Square and set up an eyesore encampment for four and a half months. Members were treated with respect by city officials, who negotiated with the group about the length of its stay on public property. When it came time to move, and the group didn’t, the city arrived with bulldozers and other heavy equipment to do the job.
And now, the organization, which was never really organized, is suing the city for violating its members’ civil right to camp out permanently?
We’re all for the First Amendment and the right to peaceably gather, but that right doesn’t extend to an open-ended occupation of a public square. Occupy Buffalo should drop this turn-off and look for ways that might actually rally the public to its side.
Wanna know how a certain jail is rated before visiting for, er, for whatever reason? Then check out Yelp for helpful, handy reviews.
According to the Washington Post, lawyers and inmates are posting their opinions on everything from abuse to whether juice boxes are given out as rewards.
Anyone who has ever scoured the Internet for the trendiest restaurant, club or hotel has probably run across the popular site. Keep in mind that jailhouse reviews may not reach the benchmark for accuracy, though.
Yelp’s prison posts are probably not a bad idea. Anything that brings transparency should be encouraged, even on prison grub – “Jail food may get a bad rap … but jail EMPLOYEE food is off the chain,” according to one woman quoted in the article.
Food for thought, so to speak.
It was a low blow for Niagara County, delivered by officials in Elma.
During a discussion of where earthen fill for construction projects in the town was coming from, Water Superintendent Gene Stevenson reassured the Town Board of the high standards of contractors: “Anything from Niagara County, no one will touch it.”