That chill sweeping down the halls of Paul Dyster's city hall isn't the winter wind, it's the icy fingers of the thought police.
Sources deep within the Dyster administration have told the Reporter that last week's edition of the paper struck multiple nerves within the Dyster bunker, causing some of the top government denizens to call for the mayor to ban the Reporter from the building.
In fact we are told that the paper was a hot topic from Tuesday's publishing date to late Friday afternoon as Dyster's top dogs weighed the wisdom, or lack thereof, in ordering future editions of the popular free tabloid out of the peoples' building.
During the Elia administration, Mayor Irene Elia tossed the Reporter into the trash on a number of occasions, but quickly changed her ways when she realized the tossing of the news made her appear thin-skinned and hostile to the First Amendment.
Last week's edition of the Reporter carried several Gerald Skrlin cartoons and from what we are told the artwork featuring Kristen Grandinetti and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter hit "too close to the bone" as the English are wont to say.
The fact that political cartoons that are equally offensive, if not more offensive, can be seen in any daily newspaper has gone un-remarked upon by the Dyster administration
What a strange and intellectually constricted cast of characters we have at city hall in that they are unable to see beyond the playful visual insult and over to the greater issue of free speech.
Feelings have been hurt, public "images" have been bruised we are told.
Does anyone think that these feelings have been so damaged that the endless race for larger salaries, stipends, overtime cash and contracts for Dyster's campaign supporters will end anytime soon?
Its business as usual at city hall as the drama of the 2015 budget process limps to the finish line. The 2015 budget isn't ending with the proverbial bang it's ending with a whimper.
It is the whimper of the taxpayers as they are hoodwinked by a cynical mayor who guides his top city officials from payday to payday at the cost of both good government and taxpayer dollars.
And as for denying the city employees (and visitors to city hall) the information and amusement found in the Niagara Falls Reporter the mayor should be smart enough to realize that if he trains his security cameras on the stack of Reporters in order to discourage their reading, the employees will simply read the paper online in their city hall offices.
In closing we wonder how the delicate sensibilities of the Dyster administration could have been so terribly insulted by the Reporter while the pages of sex-worker advertisements in Artvoice magazine (available in city hall) have failed to raise so much as an eyebrow in disgust.