Commentary

Green energy goals unreasonable

Governor Cuomo’s idealistic and unrealistic 50 percent renewable energy by 2030 plan would only leave New York state in greater debt, with sky-high electric rates, and little, IF ANY, reduction in CO2 levels, due to faulty cap and trade policies and the intermittent nature of renewables, ...

Constitution guides our jurists

We hear much about the U.S. Supreme Court these days. The undergirding purpose of the American judiciary is to interpret the laws of the land in light of their constitutionality. This underlying function is vital to the maintenance of our Republic and to sustain the blessings of liberty to ...

Reed’s ways harm health of others

This is an open letter to our U.S. Congressman: Dear Congressman Reed, It’s been an education for me and my neighbors to hear about your efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. While you provided your “positive” reasoning, there has been nothing in your response indicating that ...

Putting our best face on pets, potatoes

Are you looking for a pet to snuggle with on a cold winter night? Well how about considering adopting a 2,500-pound buffalo? Sounds ridiculous? You can probably get one at Northern Chautauqua Huge Monstrous Bovine Rescue Mission. Well, there really ain’t such a place here in God’s Garden ...

Turbines won’t turn area around

This letter is in response to a commentary “Arkwright’s wind plans in making for 13 years” (March 19). It’s a well-written letter, which brings out his personal point of view. So let’s take his point of view apart step by step. First calling the article and views of those opposed ...

Nationalism can be a danger zone

Nationalism is sweeping our country, spurred on by the rhetoric of our new president. There is nothing wrong with being proud of the country where you live, but there is fine line between nationalism and patriotism. Nationalism tends to divide people, drawing perceived differences between ...

Words can make a big difference in life

What a difference a word makes. I’ll give you some examples. These errors were taken from a church bulletin. 1. At the National Prayer and Fasting convention, they wrote, “The cost for attending the Fasting and Prayer Conference includes meals.” 2. Miss Charlene Mason sang, “I will ...

No ‘Russian’ to conclusions

Lately, the media has been filled with stories about the Russians interfering in our 2016 election. No matter where you turn we are confronted by Democratic operatives, like our own Senator Chuck, “If Trump’s for it, I’m against it.” Schumer, Congressman Adam Schiff of California, or ...

No housework day

Dave Barry, reporting from whatever Powers-That-Be, declared April 7 to be “No Homework Day.” I thought of this one recent morning when I was debating what direction my day should take. Plans were to attend two activities, basically back-to-back that, while entertaining, would keep me ...

Look globally for health-care solutions

The health care debate just might be the Social Security of our time. At this juncture between Obama’s Affordable Care Act and the Republican ascension, Americans have a golden opportunity to get this right. The million-dollar question, though, is what exactly is right? Few would argue that ...

Legalizing all drugs is freedom

It’s clear that marijuana should be legalized. The more interesting issue is whether other drugs such as ecstasy, LSD, cocaine, and heroin should be legalized. Consider the following background. The U.S. locks up an incredibly large number of people. It has 5 percent of the world’s ...

What is still to come

As life progresses, many things necessarily should, and will change, just as they always have throughout history. With the advent of gasoline engines, horses on our streets and farms have practically disappeared. Change will affect everything. Change makes things change. Growth in ...

Two sides of American life

The ultra-liberals have infiltrated a major political party in this country. Their ideals and beliefs have been absorbed into our way of life and it is threatening the future of this country. It has to be stopped by all those in responsible positions in our government. There seems to be a ...

Mayor Athanasia Landis says she “will not apologize for using common sense.”

Landis defends water rate hike, police facility

After seeing my picture next to the word “jail” on the March 24 edition of the OBSERVER, and a subsequent editorial in the March 27 edition, I feel it’s my responsibility to set the record straight. Here are the facts as supported by evidence. Let’s start with the water. I did ...

Community’s voice in comments

I found some of the comments to the article “Numbers still show exodus” (March 26) quite interesting and informative about your community. The article addressed the shrinking population of the county and the need to “draw people back.” One commented: “Now if we could just get ...

Silicon Valley’s similarities with Soviets

It may seem strange, but there are people in Silicon Valley who have significant characteristics in common with Soviet dictators of the last century. Of course they don’t seem to have the tendency toward brutal repression and violence, but what they do have is the mindset that things are ...

Temptation an issue in everyone’s life

This morning we’re going to deal with our temptations. Everybody has them. We’ll look at the most common. Be honest – don’t blame others for your weaknesses. It’s normal to look for a scapegoat. It all goes back to the Bible and the Garden of Eden. Adam said to God, “The woman you ...

Volunteer firefighters have role in area

Just the other day I was sitting at a local restaurant with my family when I overheard a conversation. There was some talk about the Dunkirk firefighters. There’s been word going around that the department is going to be letting go our local volunteer firefighters. While I’m not a volunteer ...

Forgetting to remember

Writing about how some perceive the Virginia Stickseed as improving memory, my eyes fell on an article from an old “New Yorker” magazine. Daniel Zalewski wrote in “Life Line” about the stranger effects of memory on all of us. I’ll quote extensively from the portion of one paragraph ...

SUNY has potential to grow again

I read with great interest Stephen Kershnar’s column (Feb. 23) in the OBSERVER concerning SUNY Fredonia’s future options. I grew up in Western New York, am a graduate of the SUNY system and my brother is a SUNY Fredonia graduate. I also have worked closely with several SUNY schools over the ...