Commentary

Getting along at the holidays

First of all, I want to thank those men and women who came forward to share their stories and thoughts about the “Me Too” movement. To one particular lady from Cassadaga, your letter touched me greatly. Thank you for writing. Now then … ’Tis the Season — which some of us dread and ...

On the outdoor menu

My first Musing on this subject dealt with the disappearing outdoor food. To date, my cupboards have remained safe and untampered with. But, let me hasten to add, it’s not for a lack of trying. I look at the damage done and feel some sort of admiration for the persistence of these little ...

Minding your manners, past and present

Editor’s note: This column was originally published in 2004. Harry Sanford Queener Sr., 94, died on March 22, 2011. My husband’s grandfather, Grandpa Queener, never misses a chance to educate me. During our visits to Geneva, he always tucks a few books in my arms just as we are leaving on ...

When the family pitches in

In the last article, the second of three parts, it provided some important insight into Jasper’s life. He worked a third-shift job and then arrived home to see his children and wife, Jill, off to their days. He performed domestic caretaking duties for a cat and dog, then the home itself. He ...

Doctor’s wisdom to a justice

Robert H. Jackson lived actively, vigorously, despite knowing of his family’s history of heart disease. His father, Will Jackson, died in 1915 at age 52, apparently of heart trouble. Other members of the Jackson clan had heart problems too. One of his sisters, having “had three quite bad ...

Counting our blessings

This time of the year seems to come around faster than it did when I was young. The wind feels a little brisker and the air itself is colder and unsettled. But, as time passes so do the things that are less important. With the turning of the pages of the calendar life seems to take on new ...

Gratitude for our tight-knit area

Thanksgiving is a time “we gather together” and recount our many blessings. There is much for which all of us can be thankful, including the spirit of giftedness all around us. Look around in your surroundings, you will discover a treasure of giftedness. Recently, I was privileged to ...

Making a connection with voters

In his Publisher’s notebook “We want change ... until it’s time to vote” (Nov. 10), John D’Agostino writes: “Michael C. Barris did no campaigning (for a Fredonia trustee’s slot), turned down a spot on the ballot for the Concord line, had no signs or literature and was victorious ...

Good sports in the high court

The Supreme Court approves of bended knee. The protests of some professional football players during the display of the American flag and the National Anthem has pointed a finger at self-proclaimed “patriots,” including the President, who neither understand nor accept the First Amendment ...

That Thanksgiving the Harlem Globetrotters came to town

Back when I was a boy, on a long-ago Thanksgiving Eve a rumor began circulating in the small town our family called home that the Harlem Globetrotters would be playing a game in the school gym on Thanksgiving night. Why the Harlem Globetrotters would come to a small town in eastern New York, a ...

Making one’s wishes

According to all I’ve been reading, the tradition of the wishbone began with the Etruscans. But who, exactly, were the Etruscans? Was there once an Etruscia? and if so, where? Actually it was Etruria and an ancient country located between the Arno and Tiber Rivers on the western side of ...

Why we cherish Thanksgiving

It’s time to write your Thanksgiving primer. Even if it isn’t your favorite holiday — a favorite many people do claim — the day offers a unique opportunity unmet by any other holiday. It’s not attached to any particular religion, so there are no sacred obligations or conflicts over ...

Keeping a microscope on Trump

The ruling class has gone to war against Donald Trump. The Bush presidents, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, establishment media, Wall Street, deep state, and leading Hollywood lights have denounced him in hysterical terms. He’s driven members of the Republican establishment (consider, for ...

We don’t even have to think about it

I am not educated in the functions of anatomy. I write here what appears to me as self-evident. I realize that for years people thought it self-evident that the earth was flat, and if one sailed too far he risked going over the edge. So much for what may seem self-evident. So write me off as ...

Our elites need to look in the mirror

I am fed up with the bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. Let’s take a hard look at these so-called lawmakers. Consider a proposed 28th amendment to the Constitution that states: “Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the ...

Veterans promise transcends generations

Today, we will once again commemorate the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 marking the formal end of World War I. This day observed annually, once known as “Armistice Day,” was renamed in 1954 and is now known to all as Veterans Day. There will be ceremonies and ...

Reed, Collins fail constituents

Washington’s “tax reform” proposal is being rushed through Congress with little discussion and transparency. Why? Because if Americans knew the facts, it would be dead on arrival. The plan is a death blow to New York State. This federal scheme proposes to cut taxes for the richest ...

Second impressions also matter

In the last article, we met Jasper, a 40-ish, employed, married man. Jasper’s telephone introduction was high-pitched. His initial session, too, was at a high, feverish pitch. I had to interrupt him in order to clarify what he shared in mass doses. Much of the information he provided was ...

To every veteran, thank you

Did you vote Tuesday? If you did you can thank a veteran for fighting for your freedom to do so. Freedoms, do we take them for granted? It’s hard to believe that we are already past the first week of November, another election year has come and gone, and while many are thinking of the ...

Make state, Buffalo pay for J.N. Adam site

After reading the front page article in the OBSERVER (Oct. 29 and 30) on the J.N. Adam property, I felt compelled to respond to the situation. Having served the town for 22 years in various positions including 12 years as the town supervisor, I witnessed a lot of effort put forth in trying to ...