Commentary

‘Silly’ commentary filled with attacks

This is a response to the May 14 commentary headlined, “Hard work to help someone else.” What a silly piece based on ignorance, a piece not worthy of our democracy. Anyone who reads it should know this is not about money. It’s not about “decent” people who work and others who ...

Is society responsible for shootings?

Unfortunately, school shootings are becoming part of the fabric of our lives. For me the issue isn’t that so many of these crimes involve the use of guns because they could just as well involve the use of knives, high explosives or baseball bats. The real cause for concern is that violence in ...

Irrational thinking in people and at home

Last week, we listed the first seven irrational beliefs of 13. Here are the remainder: 8. I should be comfortable and without pain at all times: Client self-talk usually is “It’s just too hard, or “I don’t need this aggravation” or addicts cry “I hate pain.” In REBT terms, ...

Weak logic, ideas on college majors

On May 2, Stephen Kershnar, a philosophy professor from SUNY Fredonia, submitted an opinion piece to the OBSERVER regarding what he deems to be “weaker” college majors. So I will be rebutting his piece point by point. Kershnar prefaces his article by asserting that weaker majors should be ...

Men behaving badly

Following the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, the Me Too movement burst forth. The movement was designed to publicize and reduce sexual violence and sexual harassment. It is associated with a hashtag (#MeToo) that in October 2017 exploded onto social media. The movement highlighted ...

Still searching for truth

When one considers the intelligent potential of just about any normal person in this world, it is amazing how so many of us get lost in fantastic productions of our imaginations. They have no basis in reality and detour our efforts into forests of ambiguity, from which we sometimes never ...

Remember our vets and values

Memorial Day 2018 has arrived and how many people who reside in this county really know what it stands for? If you have a DD 214 you will know because those papers prove to anyone who lives in this country that you served your nation in the military no matter what branch. Some served in two ...

After 7 years, dog gets new lease on life

Every dog or cat I have owned as an adult either came from a shelter, a rescue organization, or turned up on my doorstep as a stray. I have never purchased a purebred; never wanted a purebred. After doing a little research, I found out some facts that make me wonder why anyone buys a purebred ...

One unfortunate voice led to minor dispute

There was no “Ark‘fight’” at this month’s Town Board meeting between myself and Jake Szumigala. The article did not include what caused all of it. To start, everything was OK until I asked Roger Cardot if he is such an advocate for the wind farm, why does he want to stop it because ...

Irrational beliefs of addiction

Editor’s note: This is the first of a two parts. This is the third article on Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy and Addiction. I would like to publicly thank the following people who helped me learn addiction and recovery over the past 38 years. First, Glen Hooted, who was in charge of ...

Orchids at your fingertips

A friend at my dinner table recently questioned in admiration the bowl I had set of pink orchids. Stunning indeed, but orchids? Guess again. I had him stymied and almost regretted having to tell the truth. All I had done was float one rhododendron blossom in a silver bowl. I somehow totally ...

Beliefs and politics create a rift

The second of three articles focused attention on Mark and his wife, Lucy. She wasn’t able to join us for the first therapy session. At that session, Mark provided a brief overview of what he labeled as depression. Symptoms remarkable to include irritability, anger and quiet were noted. ...

Another chapter in ‘Ramblings’

Many of you will read this commentary and say such things as “shameful” “self-aggrandizing” and maybe even “boastful” and to those, I say, not really. As a writer of a novel, “Thunder of Silence,” seven children’s books under the sub-title of “Sam and Friends,” and now ...

Great sacrifices made for our country

Memorial Day is almost on our doorstep — and we will not forget. Many of us recall the words of John F. Kennedy when he said “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to ...

Beautiful area still quite peaceful

This is in reference to the article “Arkwright work creates war zone” (April 22). I personally don’t blame Town Supervisor Nick Norton for being upset about a previous articles calling our town a landfill or a war zone. My home in Arkwright is where I helped in the bringing up my ...

Now, a word from long-ago sponsors

Like most people I don’t particularly care for television commercials, even though I know they pay for what we see on “free” television. Television commercials have changed a lot in the last 70 years. When I was boy commercials where pretty simple and direct. There was nothing subtle ...

Snow birds

I know “April surprises” are hardly unusual. This year one wondered only when that surprise would end. Ten inches I measured in April, adding that to the earlier 204-plus of the season. The snowmobile trails were empty and I imagine the ski resorts were preparing for summer. And yet the ...

Major issues with a minor opinion

I don’t know how many readers follow your university professor’s column or how many find his reasoning persuasive, but in case many have been impressed by his recent argument about college majors (May 2), I think it useful to present another view of the matter. Your columnist claimed ...

Have we lost reason in emotional era?

Modern America is populated by boggarts. This folkloric creature of undefined form is a shapeshifter, assuming at will the appearance of whatever is feared by anyone who encounters it. In real life, as measured by cultural propaganda and social media memes and narratives, people are divided ...