Commentary

Opposition pours in for line proposal

Editor, OBSERVER: We are writing to make you aware of the opposition of the vast majority of the residents to the proposed water line extension of approximately 8-10ths of a mile (Munson Road to Walker Road) being considered for funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural ...

Legislators have no right to refuse revenue

The obstructionist county lawmakers have spoken. Legislators George Borrello, Bob Scudder, Chuck Nazarro and Ron Lemon voted to refuse rents in the amount of $60,000 from a logistics support group associated with a multi-million dollar construction project in the county. There were 15 ...

Troublemaker at home, hero overseas

Memorial Day weekend is upon us; a time to remember those who fought and sacrificed for our country. Tom Brokaw made the phrase “the greatest generation” a part of our national lexicon. These were the men and women who lived through the Great Depression and then served during World War II. ...

Fire-dept.-and-tree

Councilman too far out on a limb

If an accident happens and medical attention is needed, it is an emergency — no matter what the language. On April 12, a man who was attempting to cut down a limb became pinned between a tree and the ladder he was using on King Street in Dunkirk. City firefighters responded to the scene and ...

Making every day a good one

I had a wonderful Sunday! I was invited to a celebration of the life of Virginia DeJonghe. I met her at the home on Temple Street. We sat at the same table. We had a ball! Dorothy Rocker and another Virginia from Buffalo sat at our table. We were so compatible! We got along so well! We were ...

Still time to assist Catholic Charities

For 93 years, the services provided though Catholic Charities have been a mainstay of family services in this region and throughout the eight counties of Western New York. These services are provided without cost to those who need them without regard for race, faith or walk of life. It is worth ...

Chipmunks and associated playmates

I was asked recently if I had any irrational fears and what I had done to overcome them. Snakes. I was still in grade school when I borrowed “The Boys Book of Snakes” from the public library. If I knew more, I figured, curiosity would overcome any fear. My father teased that I’d ...

What’s the uncomfortability factor?

My previous column left off at the moment our described new student enters her homeroom. She’s offered a seat in the early morning din of the classroom. Besides the teacher, no one had yet acknowledged her. No eye contact had yet occurred. The homeroom teacher welcomes her and briefs her on ...

Spring’s sun and a cloudy capital

As we dust off the patio furniture, mow the lawn and trim the hedges, many of us are also looking forward to what has become known as the real beginning of summer – Memorial Day. A time when we watch the young people receive their diplomas, and vacations are drawing near. Yes, this is a time ...

Lively spring strikes right note

Our region in western New York is a very special place! With its magnificent rolling hills, expansive beautiful valleys, and majestic lake plains, our region stands out as a wonderland of nature. With our four seasons of the year, there is something very special about our region, be it ...

Nature lovers lose with turbines

Many people and groups have enjoyed the pristine public campsite in the forested state land in Arkwright. This site, consisting of two lean-tos on a hillside overlooking a pond, is well developed with a toilet and hand pump for fresh water. Chautauqua County owns the site and promotes it as ...

Public opinion holds back schools

Recent interest in the Fredonia Normal School suggests reviewing the origins of “common schools” and teacher-training. In early U.S. history, teachers were typically men hired by local communities and churches to teach reading, writing, and basic arithmetic. The Bible was sometimes the only ...

MILK CRISIS SPILLS OVER

In recent weeks, on the U.S. side of the border with Canada, much noise has been made about a festering dispute with our Canadian neighbors over ultra-filtered milk in U.S.-Canadian dairy trade. Ultra-filtered milk is condensed skim milk; a high protein, fat adjusted, reduced cost ...

Russia’s ties to vote are a threat

I am writing in support of an independent investigation into the Russian interference into our elections, disrupting and undermining our system of democracy. The intelligence community had clearly and specifically concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin himself ordered the cyber ...

How was your Mother’s Day?

Did you have a nice Mothers Day? I did. I don’t know where my son and daughter-in-law find those beautiful cards! I hope I live up to all those praises! Russ and I tried to be good parents. I know he was great! Then David Kaus, a friend from my Bible class, took me out for lunch after ...

A ‘Generation’ worth saluting

A while back, I watched the William Wellman movie “The Story of GI Joe,” which is the story of war correspondent Ernie Pyle who won the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting from North Africa and Italy during World War II. But it is also the story of the GI’s who carried the war to the enemy ...

Expecting mother goose

The original photograph has been enlarged and framed and hangs in my hall. I took a number of pictures when she originally caught my eye — one goose sitting in the yard, not terribly far from water’s edge. Her mate stands alert and on guard perhaps six feet away. He also faces the water ...

Tensions too high at the movies

There’s a lot to ponder in any given day’s headlines. Oddly, a day at the movies yields much the same. Aren’t theaters supposed to be venues of escape from the harsh circumstances of life? Movies like “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” provide that needed sojourn in the ...

Is race a choice today?

Recently, in the feminist journal Hypatia, philosopher Rebecca Tuvel argued that what allows people to change their gender (transgenderism) also allows them to change their race (transracialism). More specifically, she argued, the same reason that society has to recognize that people can change ...

Problems persist in politics

I don’t like to be negative; that’s why I shun writing about politics, but sometimes I lose my cool, and froth at the mouth. Most people have their trenches dug anyway, and I don’t expect to change anyone’s mind. Furthermore, to me the future of mankind doesn’t depend on our ...