Shorter Esmonde

1. Sergio Rodriguez is a swell guy, but he has no hope – a “sand castle has a better chance in a tsunami”. So, I will label his run for Mayor “quixotic” and otherwise dismiss him altogether, while doling out some faint praise. 

2. James Sampson is a wealthy and important person, and if there’s one thing I like, it’s wealthy and important people. He “aches” for the schools, and wants to change them. Don’t forget that my wife works for the school district, I sure didn’t bother to disclose it this week. Also remember that only the city schools matter, and suburban schools – and everyone in them – can go rot in hell

As always, Donn Esmonde is an Ass

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  • Now it seems that regardless of your belief system, Donn Esmonde being an Ass is one pure truth that everyone can cling to. And apparently he’s never going to let you forget it, as column after column spews forth.

  • Can’t wait to see what connection Donn has to Sampson that he forgot to mention. As he forgot to mention he and the Chameleon Charter CEO Polowitz own a house together in Florida http://tampa.blockshopper.com/cities/spring_hill/streets/monterey.st when he wrote this sappy hagiography http://www.buffalonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?aid=/20121120/cityandregion/121129893/1027 Dog park pals? Wednesday night Poker? The Rotary ? Even in retirement he’s bringing people together.

  • Cmon Alan…tell us what you really think of Donn (am I the only one who wonders why he uses the extra “n” in his name?????)

  • People would probably take Alan more seriously if he didn’t call people names, cuss like a drunken sailor, and obsess over certain people he loathes(Esmonde, Collins, etc.). Then again, why would we really want anyone to take Alan more seriously. His opinion is right, everyone else is dumb, and if you don’t agree you are a waste of his time. There is no question that he is exceptionally bright, passionate, and articulate, all things we want from anyone wishing to better his or her community, but his arrogance and condescension make his act far more entertaining and humorous than productive. The Republicans have a mini-version of Alan and his name is Matthew Ricchiazzi. The two of them should be the new hosts of WGRZ 2 Sides when it returns. We wouldn’t learn much, but it would be very entertaining.

    • Get back to me when a prominent Buffalo News columnist specifically backs the notion that your kid not be educated, or when your Congressman praises Vladimir Putin because it is an opportunity to spread more hatred about the President, or when your Congressman goes out of his way to deny people the right to access to quality, affordable health insurance. Then we can have a discussion about “certain people” and “loathing”. But thanks for reading!

    • I agree with Alan about 75% of the time and I have no problem with him calling assholes funny names. Is it cool for Esmonde to use his position in this one horse newspaper cithy to forward the policies of his rich buddies without adequately explaining his relationship with them? If I had a quarter for every time he proudly disclosed how many times his wife is a Buffalo teacher I’d have a shitload of quarters. See disclosing that factoid works to his advantage as he can bitch about BTF endlessly and say hey my wife is a member. It’s shitty journalism at the very least and in a real media outlet he’d be called out for the conflict of interest.

  • I have never read your blog before (or, honestly, even heard of it)…

    Not much of an art guy but I am a big sports fan…

    However, Donn Esmonde once wrote a big column about how he was happy that the Verizon Data Center project was scuttled in Niagara County because of one person (who lives in Williamsville) suing over something…

    http://www.wivb.com/news/niagara/lawsuit-spurs-verizon-to-drop-somerset

    Since the State was going to kick in a bunch of money to help build the data center in Somerset (a place where no one lives or does anything… basically just an empty field)… He was against it…

    However, most of those 200 people who got jobs there would have probably moved into Lockport (my small city) because that’s the closest grocery store, movie theatre, restaurant and other stuff to that empty field named Somerset.

    At that time, The Lockport School District had just laid of more than 40 teachers, cancelled all sorts of extra activities, clubs and sports for the kids, voted down a new athletic facility and closed 2 of our 8 elementary schools…

    Those 200 people, had they indeed gotten jobs in Somerset and moved to Lockport, might have helped with our School Budget problems and given our tax base a bit of a boost…

    I sent Donn an email saying just this and never even got an acknowledgement of my taking the time to write to him (which I did respectfully)…

    Donn Esmonde, is indeed, an ass… Now that I know he is an unethical, lying ass as well, I will make it a point to read your blog (DEIAA) every chance I get…

    I will also try and email links to it and post on Facebook until the Buffalo News does the right thing by firing Esmonde and cutting off his pension…

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