Buffalo News Editorial Board Waffles?
by Buck Quigley - posted 1:25 pm, December 21, 2010
Today, the Buffalo News runs this editorial acknowledging the failure of UB2020/PHEEIA legislation, tossing out another swipe at Sheldon Silver and Debra Glick in the process.
“For the past three years, the University at Buffalo did such a good job of enlisting the power structure of Western New York behind its UB 2020 program that every other Buffalo initiative was virtually forgotten…It was a losing strategy. You don’t find other areas of the state betting on one item and then going home empty-handed when the plan fails,” quoth the News.
Of course, the News was one of the loudest cheerleaders for the plan. Here’s a big list of other supporters, according to UB press services: “More than 30 business, labor, community and university groups have expressed their public support of PHEEIA and UB 2020. They include the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Amherst Chamber of Commerce and the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo; the City of Buffalo, Erie County, Niagara County and Town of Amherst; Building Trades and United Autoworkers; Kaleida Health, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Greatbatch Inc., the Buffalo News editorial board, Business First editorial board, the Board of Block Clubs, the Jeremiah Partnership and the Oishei Foundation; the UB Undergraduate Student Association, UB Faculty Senate, UB Alumni Association, UB Council, UB Parent Council and others.”
The Board of Block Clubs? What, they couldn’t get the Girl Scouts to support UB2020/PHEEIA? Maybe that’s because in a few years a lot of those Girl Scouts would benefit from an affordable college education—which was why SUNY was created in the first place.
Click here to read the one voice the News published that actually questioned the plan.
Click here to read why United University Professions opposed it.