Un-BEER-able NFTA Train Ad — Todd’s Commentary
Erie County Legislators Betty Jean Grant and Tim Hogue don't see the barrage of liquor stores and corner stores with liquor ads throughout the Black community -- but they DO SEE the Coors Light ads on the sides of NFTA trains of late!
What's wrong with this picture?
I'll tell you what's wrong....POLITICS is what's wrong. Is POLITICS about searching for straws to find something controversial enough such that it will garner you TV TIME AND ATTENTION...or is it about really doing something that will positively impact the community????
Okay...let's say the NFTA officials agree to remove the ads. What is Betty Jean Grant and Tim Hogue's next agenda? Where have they been and what have they been doing prior to their newest TV COVERAGE PLOY? Are there other issues WE KNOW ABOUT that they're trying to tackle?
Maybe they'll target Rich Stadium next, or Coca-Cola Field, or maybe the First Niagara Center and squabble about their REVENUE-GENERATING ADS that promote the millions of dollars of beer they sell right alongside the hot dogs, nachos, soda and candy that kids can buy at the concession stands within arms reach.
Even better yet, their next stop on the POLITICAL CAMPAIGN TRAIL should be a "ANTI-ALCOHOL ADS DURING THE SUPER BOWL CAMPAIGN" or a "COVER UP THE BAR WHEN KIDS WALK INTO RED LOBSTER CAMPAIGN"!
I would be willing to bet that the students who Betty Jean Grant and Tim Hogue claim are negatively influenced by the Coors Ads on NFTA trains, are the same students who pass by corner stores and liquor stores on predominately African-American-populated community streets like Bailey Avenue, and those ads are seen 100 times more often than the ones seen by students on the sides of NFTA trains.
Are POLITICIANS voted into office based on how much FRIVOLOUS ATTENTION they can get for themselves on TV based on meaningless issues they microscopically conjure up in their sleep...or for the REAL STRIDES they're making and REAL DIFFERENCES they're making to impact the communities and people they serve.
I don't want my hard-earned tax dollars going to pay for Betty Jean Grant and Tim Houge's pretenses that they really care, exemplified by their time spent writing proposals and creating campaigns to remove Coors train ads. What a waste of TIME AND MONEY on something that WILL NOT impact or change ANYTHING in our communities.
The previous is just my opinion. What do you think? (Legislator Grant and Legislator Hogue, YOU are welcome to comment here as well.)