Commentary

The Ides of March

March 15, 2018. Unlike Mr. Caesar, I shall survive the day. Considering myself (and hoping to be seen by others) as a jovial sort, I try to look on the bright side of every aspect. Besides, I feel I’ve already complained enough for one winter: its bleakness and even, more recently, my ...

There’s no need for Ball Hill turbines

Is there a reason for Ball Hill Wind to exist? That was the question asked by county residents last week at a state Public Service Commission hearing to approve or deny a “Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity” for the Villenova-Hanover project, which can be viewed at ...

Overturning landmark abortion cases

It is widely expected that the Supreme Court will revisit its landmark abortion cases: Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973) and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, 505 U.S. 833 (1992). In Planned Parenthood, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor put forth two Constitutional rules on abortion that focus on ...

All potential starts small

The acorn is evidence, and symbolic of potential? Somehow, it carries within itself the secret of the giant, oak tree. All life comes from preceding life, in the form of a seed. When the magic involved in a seed germinating, and begins its growth potential, it expresses a transformation which ...

Quiet majority stifles vocal protesters

On the front page of the Dunkirk OBSERVER dated Feb. 19, 2019, it shows a picture of protesters and above that picture, stated “Bridges, not walls.” Those in attendance were from Dunkirk, Fredonia, Ashville, Jamestown, Sheridan and Westfield. Protester Alexandra Holbrook referred to ...

Differing views don’t make us enemies

I must be a sore loser. I am a sore loser because the person I voted for did not win. I am a sore loser because I applied for a job I didn’t get, or ran for an office I didn’t get. I am a sore loser because I haven’t won the lottery, or traveled the globe, or become rich and famous. I ...

Money matters in Brooks’ deal

I write this letter as a concerned citizen. I have read article after article about the location for the new Brooks Hospital. Being that I am not privy to all the information and actual facts, I have drawn my own conclusion as to what I feel is happening. My father always said follow the ...

Treatment clinics are needed here

This is an open letter to Mayor Wilfred Rosas, Dunkirk city council members and fellow residents: There is an undeniable need for more substance abuse treatment options in the north county. Anyone who’s paying attention knows that opioid addiction, in particular, has reached epidemic ...

Snowman is welcome sight for resident

We all have stories to share and we want everyone who reads this to understand why I wanted to write about the blessings I’ve received. I have lived here, been educated here, taught in our Silver Creek Central School, have shared my Faith with everyone who I fellowship with and am so ...

Right on the nose

Editor’s note: This column was first published in March 2014. I suppose the first thought when considering this bird is WHY? Birds’ beaks come in many shapes and sizes, as I’m sure most of you know. To be honest, I’m still getting used to seeing this feature as a quick (and ...

Communication heals broken bond

We met Dakota the first time around. His anger outburst at a doctor’s office settled into a counseling referral. Referring to himself as “a dead man walking” introduced him to me. A man in physical pain, Dakota was dealing with some real live problems. He’d recently retired from a ...

Silence can’t stop climate change

In the recent State of the Union, one omission stood out, that of climate change. Instead, the president bragged about eliminating regulations and promoting fossil fuel development, both contribute to the crisis rather than addressing it. The Democratic party response was not much better ...

Following the money in education

Any English teacher with integrity who has taught “1984,” “Fahrenheit 451,” “The Giver,” “Hunger Games,” “Harrison Bergeron,” or any other book or film that explores the dangers of oppressive governments and de-humanization should feel very conflicted if not hypocritical for ...

Making your way in the world

Autumn follows summer and spring follows winter and with each, a brand new season emerges. Thunder follows lightning and a wet surface follows rain drops, and the earth is replenished with refreshing moisture. A new day follows nighttime and a brand new day emerges as fresh as the morning dew. ...

What makes our friends so special?

“You can choose your friends but you sho’ can’t choose your family ...” Harper Lee, “To Kill A Mockingbird” It’s friends I want to talk about. It depends on how you define “friend,” I guess. To my way of thinking, friends are a very special kind of relationship. A lot of ...

Government has role in assisting businesses

When people run for office, we often hear that their goal is to promote “jobs, jobs and more jobs!” In my own experience of having held public office, there is a limited impact that a single individual can make in government in terms of job creation no matter how good their ...

Disputing a pronoun, politics

During a December council meeting, I received a text from my wife telling me my 80-year-old father was being taken to the hospital with chest pains. Seconds later, Councilman Shaun Heenan asked about the council term change referendum. Distracted and worried about my father, I used the word ...

Come worship together

We Christians always seek to keep reforming our lives that we may better serve the Lord. Coming together with fellow Christians to worship God is a part of our lives that many need to reform. Many Christian denominations have been seeing continuous decline in worship attendance. Worship is ...

Big beef over ‘Green’ deal

A couple of weeks ago Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced in a non-binding House Resolution her “Green New Deal.” It should have been entitled “How to Destroy the American Economy and the American Way of Life in 10 Crazy Steps.” Ocasio-Cortez’s panic appears to stem for her ...

Getting help for heroin

This article on “heroin urge management” will deal with heroin treatment the REBT way. When I met with Publisher John D’Agostino more than a year ago, we both agreed that if the articles could help one person, then the column was worth writing. During the past 13 months, your telephone ...