Commentary

Trump’s latest effort for universal appeal

Scientists are planning on sending a message into space to any aliens that maybe out there hoping to receive a message from us, the cool occupants of the earth. Not to be outdone by any nerdy scientist, President Trump has prepared the following message from him and the “great again ...

Legislature needs to keep cutting

County Executive Vince Horrigan recently presented the proposed 2018 county budget. While both he and County Department heads did an admirable job, this proposed budget calls for raising the tax rate from $8.48 to $8.58 per thousand dollars of full valuation. For this reason the budget concerns ...

Nothing fake about divisive views

There has been so much happening in the last two weeks it’s hard to know where to put the focus. The United States has borne the brunt of three major hurricanes this summer; first, Texas was devastated by Hurricane Harvey; then Florida by Hurricane Irma, and then Maria hit Puerto Rico. Maria ...

Adversity creates character

Here is another classic Margaret Valone column. The other night I was reminiscing about my childhood. In those days, we went to work on the farm. We usually were picked up in a pickup truck. I guess if we had been born in the south, we would have been cotton pickers, but in western New York, ...

Adversity creates character

Here is another classic Margaret Valone column. The other night I was reminiscing about my childhood. In those days, we went to work on the farm. We usually were picked up in a pickup truck. I guess if we had been born in the south, we would have been cotton pickers, but in western New York, ...

Football’s not bigger than our freedoms

I’m not sure if it’s a wise thing to add my two cents to the controversy over whether NFL players should stand as they have in the past for the national anthem, stand with arms linked as a sign of unity or get down on one knee as a sign of protest against perceived inequality in the United ...

Going with the flow

There’s a big black thing in my kitchen. It’s new — and I don’t like it. In all fairness, it was desperately needed and I was happy when my new side-by-side freezer-refrigerator finally arrived. My old one (I didn’t think it was that old; I clearly recall the day I bought it) died ...

‘Good life’ fun slowly disappearing

You’ve seen the documentary evidence of Dunkirk in its glory days — the photographs, the retrospective newspaper articles. Many readers of this paper lived through the glory days, having grown up here. They remember an abundance of manufacturers that employed people to make everything from ...

NFL protests are one hot potato

There are good and bad reasons for allowing kneeling during the national anthem. The NFL players gave bad ones and are embarrassing themselves. In 2009, the NFL required players to be on the field for the anthem. The justification for playing it and requiring players to be on the field is ...

Constitution, not politics, is priority

Everyone has their trench dug to religiously defend the party they favor. I always vote, but I’ve never been party faithful. It seems to me that in a country such as ours, where we consist of a wide variety of people from all over the world, that if all you care about is your own skin, ...

How about standing for your freedoms?

This article is written for the men and women who served in the military. Some lost their lives while others lost limbs or suffered lifelong injuries and ailments. Because of their efforts, this country is still free. There are instances when things go terribly wrong in our society, but ...

Region’s future depends on reliable delivery

We are fortunate that we live adjacent to one of the five Great Lakes which provide the United States and Canada access to over 25 percent of the fresh water in the world! Yes, that is the world! So the establishment of the North Chautauqua County Water District is an action that should ...

Progress continues to be made

This past Wednesday, I delivered my 2018 tentative budget for Chautauqua County. When I first began my term as county executive in 2014, we were faced with uncertainty. We had job losses from businesses owned by corporations outside of the county and like most of the nation, we were ...

Trump made sense at United Nations

Whether you like him or not, Donald Trump’s speech before the United Nations was perfectly in line with what people have come to expect from him, of the image he has fostered, and of the rhetoric he uses. In many important ways, it is a different kind of speech to the organization than ...

Good thoughts collected

Here is another classic Margaret Valone column. With all the new technology (more production, whether on the farms or in plants, etc.), taking place, we need new ideas for new jobs. Americans aren’t stupid. We’re probably the most creative and innovative people in the world but we need the ...

Awareness, funds raised in Brocton event

We would like to thank everyone for remembering Darren and are pleased to announce the Fourth Annual Darren Manzella-Lapeira Memorial Run 2017 was another success. We are so grateful to the volunteers, sponsors, friends, runners and walkers and community whose continuing support make this Run ...

Too bee or not

Twenty years in this house and I’ve never before seen a bee. Inside, that is. But now the basement floor is scattered with them. Conveniently dead of course, but more than I could possibly count. Before continuing with the bees, I should make one thing clear. I have lived in homes — ...

Falling into a trap in life

The last article introduced the reader to Hal, a trucker by profession. We learned that Hal’s lengthy work career has been financially successful. However, Hal is arguably in denial about other important elements in his life that include health, family and possibly a gambling ...

Let us kneel, and pray

To kneel or not to kneel, that is the question! Of all the problems that exist in our country and beyond our borders it is more than disheartening for our president, supposedly the most powerful man in the United States if not the world, to detract from serious issues by calling out players of ...