The First Amendment Club: A Warning Shot
by Artvoice Staff (@Artvoice) - posted 9:38 pm, March 15, 2012
This week, our friends at the First Amendment Club—a group of activists with a base in Black Rock whose political affinities are difficult to label—published something of a warning to local politicians in this week’s Riverside Review. The Club has published a column regularly in the Review and in the Buffalo Rocket. Here’s this week’s piece, signed by the First Amendment Club’s John Duke:
Honesty: Still in Style
For a number of years the Riverside Review has printed articles from various writers at The First Amendment Club. The articles were usually about Consumer or Political Affairs that affected the Black Rock / Riverside Community. The articles exposed many of the horrific actions of local governments that hurt the average homeowner and their families. Do you recall American Water Services? They were the mismanagement company that wreaked havoc with family life – especially with the elderly. They controlled the City of Buffalo’s water supply. We called them the “Steal All That You Can” water company, a phrase first used by Joe Bortz in the Buffalo Rocket. The First Amendment Club took the Steal All That You Can water company to court 10 times and along with local media and the Common Council, removed them from the harm they were doing to us and our neighbors.
It’s not an easy business. Remember the police detective, Dennis Delano, who proved innocent people were in jail and then helped catch the real killers. Buffalo fired him.
Now a new nuisance has emerged into Western New York life; the completely dishonest politician. In the upcoming weeks the First Amendment Club will attempt to point out which politicians are honest and which politicians are not. You may be surprised at the results. We will show you the who, what and where, and even more importantly the why and the how. You may look at things differently and hopefully your vote will reflect it. They should consider this a notice.
We believe honesty is still the best policy, it never goes out of style! We also believe you agree.
Who, among the numerous elected officials and potential challengers lining up for this year’s elections, might the Club be preparing to expose?