The Greater Utica Blog
We sad sacks elect our leaders. The ranking says something about our population, not the leaders they produce. Elected leaders reflect those who elect them. That is very sad indeed.
Well, on a happy note, at least we are not the number 1 saddest city............:)Hey, politics makes EVERYONE sad.....(except for the politicialns......)
I'm actually surprised we're ranked this high on the list. Maybe because all the people with logical though processes (and thus depressed about living in Utica/Rome) have already left the area... so the people left behind (with their illusions of happiness) are keeping the mood average higher than reality.Just a thought.
The saddest thing are the choices we have for elected officials and our habit of "recycling" them.
This ranking offers an opportunity that we again are failing to grasp. The area, defined in the broadest sense of its representatives including the political, media and social should carefully examine the whys of the survey results. That may result in a realistic grasp of the area;s prioblems and shortcomings. Until the "real" problems are acknowleged, discussed and disected, solutions cannot be found. Instead we get pathetic reactions from the County Executive and UItica Mayor and a very superficial account of the survey itself from the media, particularly the Observer Dispatch. This head in the sand reaction is sadly not new here. It is the basic reason why nothing seems to change in a positive, productive fashion. We keep experiencing the same people, approaching needs and [problems the same way, spending tons of tax dollars while preserving the status quo. And, one wonders why soem are "sad". The area is to weep over, unless you are very well off.
Well, both Picente & Roefaro are both wealthy as is the publisher of the OD & the 3 of them all have their collective heads so far up their own arses it isn't even funny. They don't have a clue what the average person around here is doing.
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