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Edtiorial: It seems to us ... on mustard wars, Wilmers' legacy and BMHA travel

Western New Yorkers used social media – and good old-fashioned letters and phone calls – to support a local business. And won.
Weber’s Mustard has been around for 96 years. Folks around here are loyal to the South Buffalo company’s product. They love it. That’s why they started writing BJ’s Wholesale Club when they noticed it had gone missing from store shelves.

The case of the missing mustard went viral on Weber’s Mustard owner Steven Desmond’s Facebook page following a story on Weber’s fans threatened to cancel their memberships. BJ’s contacted the company to reinstate its orders.

The lesson: Never underestimate the power of social media. Or the loyalty of Western New Yorkers.

Robert G. Wilmers will be sorely missed but it is heartening that the spirit of giving to his adopted hometown is being carried on by the bank he shepherded into the nation’s top 20.

M&T Bank contributed $44 million to the M&T Bank Charitable Foundation in the fourth quarter in honor of the bank’s late chairman and CEO. Wilmers died in December.

“M&T contributed a total of $50 million to the foundation in 2017, the highest annual amount in the bank’s history,” Darren J. King, M&T’s chief financial officer was quoted in The News. He added that the contributions would “carry on the legacy” of Wilmers.

It was a generous gift to a worthy foundation in memory of an invaluable man.

Some commissioners from the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority are planning a March trip to Las Vegas to attend a conference that will, theoretically, help them do their jobs better. Such business travel is common and, generally speaking, may help to improve performances.

But, here’s the thing: The BMHA has twin reputations for frequent travel and poor stewardship of its properties. Training doesn’t seem to help make life any better for the people who live in the authority’s buildings, and that, surely, has to be the test.

Maybe the problems are so great that costly training won’t make a difference. But, then, why go?

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