Commentary

Road trip filled with present, past

Traveling through any significant chunk of this country gives you a chance to encounter the unique complexities of American life. A recent visit to Winchester, Va., took me down highways and byways of this nuanced America. There are several ways to get to Virginia. The “quick” way ...

For cooperation, elect Quattrone

I am a retired Chautauqua County sheriff’s lieutenant and former head of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force. As such, I have participated in and supervised over literally hundreds of successful narcotics investigations here in Chautauqua County and throughout Western New York. These ...

We know what we’re getting from Reed

I first met Tracy Mitrano at a local fund-raiser. I found her to be intelligent, knowledgeable and passionate, a breath of fresh air in the political arena today. While listening to her many accomplishments and ideas for our future, I felt she was what we have been sorely missing in congress, a ...

Left goes to the extremes

The American left have clear goals. However, their unprincipled pursuit of them is a troubling indication of what can be expected of them when they next regain power. Democrats have three central goals. First, they want to socialize as much of the economy as they can. In particular, many ...

Why I won’t be voting for Reed

Every two years, during the Congressional elections, I submit an article about my first meeting with Congressman Reed. I feel that what he told me at our meeting is being verified by a series of events. I met Congressman Tom Reed after I saw a small article in the OBSERVER that stated he ...

Some things will not change

George Washington, our first President, was born in 1732 and died in 1799. Just 10 years after his death in 1809, Abraham Lincoln, and Charles Darwin were both born. Darwin died in 1882. I cite these statistics only to remind us that Mr. Darwin lived in an age that never could have guessed ...

Sheriff has compassion for staff

Joe Gerace is more than a sheriff to the residents of Chautauqua County. He is a father, coach, and the most altruistic human being that I know in a professional setting. Joe treats his employees in a manner that is always fair and impartial; he truly cares about the human side of life. ...

Rough issues for state, city

State Gov. Andrew Cuomo has no sympathy or comments for those who live here in the United States, especially in the south. People there were flooded out from their homes and some died. Where’s the sympathy for them, Cuomo, and why are you in a war with the Native Americans in western New ...

Manufacturing remains strong

October is Manufacturing Month. I was proud to work with organizations like the Manufacturing Association of the Southern Tier (MAST) to engage in conversations on what is needed to support Manufacturing in Chautauqua County. I have been asked: What is the county doing to help support ...

Defeat Brocton capital project

The ink on my check for paying my outrageously high Brocton school taxes is hardly dry and the Board of Education and school superintendent are at it again. I received a flier from the school board. They want to spend more than $7.7 million on improvements to the buildings and grounds. Many ...

Left has caused enough woes in U.S., state

Let the games begin. George Soros and all of his money couldn’t smear Brett Kavanaugh badly enough to keep him off the Supreme Court bench so now he will pay folks to protest and start riots when ever and wherever they can. Instead of doing good for humanity with all of his wealth, George ...

A magical find in Fredonia

I happened to meet some friends for a bite to eat at A Sip and a Spell in Fredonia, none of us having any idea what was in store. Harry Potter fans, rejoice! Hogsmeade is alive and well and hiding in plain sight on Main Street, Fredonia. It’s Honeydukes Sweet Shop, Madam Puddifoot’s Tea ...

Coaching in sports, dependency

Editor’s note: This is the first of two parts. Part two will be published on Nov. 3. In a previous article, I thanked the people that helped me learn the fundamentals of chemical dependency. In this article, “coaching chemical dependency,” I would like to thank the people that taught me ...

A frightful story for Halloween

“Mom! You’ve got to write about this for Halloween!” My daughter, generations ahead of me on researching the internet, had found in minutes the mysterious bee-thing I had photographed. Certainly stunning enough to make me run for my camera. For my purposes I was happy it was in perfect ...

Planned visit brings anxiety

I had been on a roll. Robo calls came in daily. Answering my telephone, which signaled the telephone numbers to the probably robo call, was a drag. One day, a call came in from a New York City area code. My mindset was believing, “Oh, here’s another one. Now it’s even rooted in the ...

Vote for the candidate, not the party

Next week is Halloween, it doesn’t seem possible. Where does the time go? But next week won’t bring out the true ghouls and goblins — that comes a week later with the mid-term elections. It’s not too early to start thinking about November 6th. If one pays attention to the “Breaking ...

Days and evenings with Herbie

It was never made clear whether his condition was the result of trauma-induced brain damage or of a genetic defect. I wish I knew the answer, but I suppose it really doesn’t matter since he has been gone for many years now. He was a slow, heavy, dark skinned, hairy man who kept himself ...

Crisp October autumn memories

A dairy and vegetable farm in this rural region was the setting. A colorful autumn season was the time-frame back during the Depression years of the 1930s. The scene was a white farm house and dairy barn surrounded by cultivated farm acreage, tucked away in the picturesque rolling Boston hills ...

Top dog Trump’s visit to Erie one to relish

ERIE, Pa. — I gleefully placed a checkmark next to my bucket list entry which reads “Attend Trump Rally” while still feeling the love emanating throughout the Erie Insurance Arena for our 45th president, Donald J. Trump. As usual, the most difficult part of any Trump rally is getting ...

Conservatives are Republicans in name only

Partisan struggles have replaced constructive political dialogue about national interests. Past proposals have been made to convert Democrats and Republicans into liberal and conservative parties. These came to naught, however, because the parties historically encompassed ideological ...