Dis­agree­ment over be­liefs does not jus­tify re­ac­tion

The Buffalo News - - OPINION - Whitey Ni­chols

The good news is I al­legedly live in the best place to live in New York state. The bad news is that I live in New York State. The state ar­guably the high­est taxed and most cor­rupt in the coun­try. The state that also tells me how to carry my gro­ceries home. The state that wants me to have mar­i­juana so I don’t care how my gro­ceries get home.

Even worse news is that I live out­side Buf­falo. The city where the mayor is ac­cused of pay-toplay, cleared by the court buy still chided for bad judg­ment. The city where a pub­lic board, sup­ported by $50 mil­lion in tax­payer money is seem­ingly con­trolled by the mayor’s lawyer who fires and hires board mem­bers and re­fuses to sub­mit to pub­lic scru­tiny.

The city where po­lice can’t find their hand­cuffs with both hands to solve a fourth of the mur­ders but are able to charge high fees in cer­tain city ar­eas for traf­fic vi­o­la­tions and will get huge fees if you are a few min­utes late park­ing down­town.

Now, for the un­kind­est cut of all. You can’t get a chicken sand­wich at the air­port be­cause the guy who founded the com­pany do­nated money to a group he be­lieved in. I thought you were able to do that in Amer­ica. Must we boy­cott Key­Bank be­cause the ter­ri­ble Sabres play in their arena?

Chick-fil-A is run by in­di­vid­ual own­ers. They have the best record in the in­dus­try for cus­tomer ser­vice and prod­uct qual­ity. The only thing the com­pany in­sists is that all stores close on Sun­day so their em­ploy­ees can go to church, play golf, go to the beach or just hang out with their fam­ily.

Can I no longer be sat­is­fied with a busi­ness that gives me prompt, cour­te­ous, af­ford­able ser­vice and a fine prod­uct? Must I now re­search the owner’s back­ground to see if he or she agrees with ev­ery­thing I be­lieve?

That is too much work for me.

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