ANOTHER DATE WITH FATE: Just a few days ago, Buffalo Police Officer Carl Andolina told tablemates at The Buffalo News Outstanding Citizens luncheon that he was uneasy in the limelight but soldiered on to help raise funds for Officer Patricia Parete, wounded with him in a December shooting. He's in the limelight again -- unfortunately.
Andolina, who has had earlier brushes with death, was seriously injured in a traffic accident. His doctors say he will recover and his chaplain says he must have a direct line to God, but here's hoping he and his family, which also saw his firefighter brother injured on duty, have run out this string of misfortune. Get well soon, Carl.
MOUSE TRAP: Well, Hamas finally found a way to get its hate-fomenting Mickey Mouse look-alike costumed character off a Hamas-run children's show for good. The militants had the mouse beaten to death by an actor costumed as an Israeli official. Is it any wonder good solutions are elusive in the Middle East?
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DOCK: It's nice to know talks to improve the Erie Canal Harbor project still are under way, but it's curious that they're focusing on only one side of the wharf -- the land side.
The harbor was nothing without the vessels it was built for. A replica canal boat has been mentioned, but so far nobody has been pushing for a tall ship for Buffalo -- the kind of sailing goodwill ambassador that can visit other ports as well as add color and heritage here. Other port cities, or sail-training groups in them, have built tall ships. Why not here?