Commentary

Rape numbers are exaggerated

As of late, campus rape has been all over the news. The media discredited an article by Sabrina Erdely of Rolling Stone on a gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity. This followed up a national furor over an alleged gang rape by Duke lacrosse players in 2006. This allegation was proven ...

A time for great leadership

If ever there was a critical time for great leadership to emerge, that time is now! Within the hearts and minds of the people in these United States and communities therein, there is a longing desire for courageous, passionate, and visionary transformational leadership.In a report by Real Clear ...

Governor puts health, safety as priority

The Chautauqua County League of Women Voters strongly commends Gov. Andrew Cuomo for banning high-volume horizontal hydrofracking in New York state. States that allow hydrofracking have already experienced incessant trucking and noise, damaged roads, influxes of workers from other places with ...

Geysers are high point at national park

Editor's note: This is the sixth in a series of articles.By MAC NELSONFast forward to 1984. As usual, I checked the park's schedule of evening talks, a practice I heartily recommend.Ranger Ted was to talk about bears! (Bear poop, too, I was pretty sure.) This, we heard, was his last summer as a ...

Over long distance, pretzels are a bond

Editor's note: This column was first published in February 2014.I sent a box full of pretzels to South Korea today; they're my friend Christina's favorite comfort food.Christina and I met while getting our master's at SUNY Fredonia. A mutual friend put us in touch after her father passed away ...

Another state head-scratcher

It was a sad day recently when Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued his decision not to allow shale gas drilling in New York. In a way, it was a self-fulfilling prophecy. By stalling for four years, he allowed the political opposition in his own party galvanize around the issue.An "anti-fracker" got 30 ...

A retrospective eye

For better and worse, 2014 is over. As one year turns to another, it's natural to look backward with a retrospective eye and forward with sentiments of hope. The act of mounting a new calendar on the wall is an invitation to such mindfulness. The juncture where the road backward meets the road ...

Off the beaten path

Before we go inside, let me show you something special, a bonus I hadn't known existed. You'll enjoy the house, though you must realize it hasn't been that long since the movers left and I'm hardly settled. I know you'll understand. In fact, I'm still exploring. So much to discover.I gently ...

Resolving to have ‘the talk’

Thursday is the first day of a new year; 2014 will have given way to 2015. There will be many firsts and lasts to welcome and to bid farewell, but none more important than taking time to spend a few minutes remembering those we have lost, family members, military men and women, and two very ...

Three strikes on different topics

Here are three unrelated observations for today: Being politically correct is indoctrination to regulated speech. It's one thing to be polite, and an entirely different thing to be politically correct. The big difference is that politeness is something one does on his/her own, out of a respect ...

Chaplain plan creates battleground

Get ready for this one America - an atheist group is pushing for humanist military chaplains.If you didn't understand this, I will repeat it. The atheists want to be chaplains in the military. They want to expand the chaplain corps to include clergy who don't believe in a God.Can you see this ...

Yellowstone Rangers bear educational responsibility

Editor's note: This is the fifth in a series of articles.The Rangers, of course, also monitor traffic and construction, do valuable science projects, lead hikes, mind counters, answer questions, give evening programs. When you can get them to talk, Rangers often have an ambivalent attitude ...

Gift tolls for Dunkirk

One of the familiar sights and sounds of the season is the Salvation Army bell ringer and the red collection kettles, which remind us to be generous to those more in need.I am writing today about a very special bell ringer with unique ties to Dunkirk and she turns out to be a Christmas treat ...

It’s the politics, not immigration

President Obama has proclaimed that he has lost patience with a congress that has done nothing to help him pay back his political favors to the Hispanic population after lending their support. Of course he didn't use quite those same words. The fact that Congress had not passed comprehensive ...

Golden years worth the wait

Recently bioethicist Ezekiel Emanuel sparked controversy with his article in The Atlantic, "Why I hope to die at 75." He argued that it would be best for him to die at 75 because his contribution to society and creativity will have significantly declined and because he will become an increasing ...

Turning over a new leaf

A while ago there was a cartoon in the paper showing a child on his knees staring at a spider: "For all those legs, you'd think he'd move faster."I've returned to the drawing again and again.How often I've recognized that feeling! So much to do, even the vigor to get moving and yet, for reasons ...

A quiet exit by Ebola

How is it that some of the pending catastrophes we read or hear about in the media simply fade away? What seems so cataclysmic today barely gets a mention next week.If only irresponsible reporting was declared an actual crime, even just a misdemeanor, there might be less of it. And a lot more ...

No matter how long we live, let’s continue to live

Did you have a Merry Christmas? I'm writing this before Christmas. I have to hand in my copy by Tuesday, but that's OK because I want to write about the true spirit of Christmas.Have you ever noticed that God always gives us choices? Jesus chose to accept being our sacrifice. That always blew ...

1954: A village Christmas greeting

Editor's note: This was submitted by Sam Drayo of Fredonia and was published in the Fredonia Censor in 1954 at the holidays. He included this note - "I'm sure you will recognize some of the old Fredonia names. In the poem at the end of the second column there is mention of "Goggins Alley." ...

Peace be with us all

How hard is it to have peace? "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God" (Matthew 5:10); the promise of an excellent position in life would have seemed to be an encouragement for people.But, alas, that is not the case with so much of history studded with wars, ...