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Cherish your loved ones every day

This week’s classic column recalls Margaret’s days of speaking engagements several years ago. She had received a call with an invitation and agreed, noting she had done mother-daughter brunches and banquets before. She wrote “It is a wonderful opportunity to have a positive impact on ...

City problems not getting better

Reading the OBSERVER (Aug. 1), I was upset of what our Dunkirk administration has accomplished since taking office. Nothing. It’s true. We almost lost the Athenex plant. Finally, we got the county and state to step in and get us back on track. Dunkirk was working with Fredonia, and ...

Oh say, do you sneeze?

Returning from a trip to Portland, OR, where my one family is now settling, I brought back little but the beginnings of a juicy head cold. Those who have observed my plight all tend to blame it on the airlines. Sorry, not this time, for I started cold pills the morning before my flight — ...

Coming clean on house visit

As a relative newcomer to this area, I see its treasures with heightened enthusiasm. In the meeting place between thwarted architecture and the local history of soap, even longtime residents will find a lustrous new treasure nearby. The Darwin D. Martin house has been in the public realm ...

Trumps’s ‘frustrating’ early tenure

It is always interesting to me when a politician expounds upon their desire to be known as “not political.” Or when promises are made that everyone, including the “politician” know cannot be kept. These were some of the very things that our current president said and did when he was ...

Another Trump sneak attack

It all started with a Tweet that was heard around the world which was followed by a flurry of whispers and the dominoes began to topple. The poorly timed Tweet is just another attempt by our #DistractorInChief to get our energies and thoughts toward anything but the Russian investigation, which ...

Health repeal efforts are an insult to Americans

The American Health Care Act passed by the House and the Better Care Reconciliation Act released by the Senate would continue with most of the Affordable Care Act changes to Medicare, including no-cost preventive services and closing of the Part D coverage gap, reductions of payments to ...

Being well-versed on our region

Our region, Western New York, is a very special place! This is an exceptional area, because of the people here and with the region’s magnificent rolling hills, small cities, expansive beautiful valleys, productive farm lands, and majestic lake plains. This area stands out as a wonderland ...

Broken system keeps flourishing

With the recent federal appeals court decision to overturn former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s corruption conviction, I would like to address the tragedy of the system of New York state government that fails to work. The crisis facing our state isn’t just the fact that the courts ...

Johannes Gutenberg provided another face of the Reformation

Could Johannes Gutenberg have known when he first conceived the idea of moveable type that it would contribute to the spread of the Reformation and the Renaissance and lead to the education of all levels of society? His presses printed not only Luther’s 95 Theses but also the papal ...

A life well lived

Do you believe in destiny? Because you tell me you like my stories, I’m going to tell you about my brother, Tony. His destiny was water. Both my brothers were excellent divers. They used to dive off the lighthouse and swim for miles, but Tony had close calls with water. During WWII, Tony ...

Lessons of the past getting lost

Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence and our third president once wrote, “If a nation expects to be both ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” In the same vain, our fourth president and “father” of the ...

Flying lessons

A perfect summer day for mid-July: sunny, mid-80s and a heavenly breeze blowing in from the south. Days of heavy rains have contributed to the level of the lake so it remains relatively full. And deep. Certainly deep enough. It’s almost time for the geese to fly. The two (or are there ...

After divorce, a long healing

Remember our young adolescent girl? She has relocated from the family house. She and her mom have a small apartment that contrasts greatly with the nice home they once shared with her dad. She doesn’t see him. She doesn’t have any communication with him. She knows that she misses her ...

Media is no enemy of the people

In the past few months we have heard raging insults against journalists, media, and what is now being called “fake news,” many coming directly from the White House, and all seemingly forgetting our First Amendment and its vital importance to our democracy. That Amendment reads in part: ...

A universe of confusion

I guess I get confused too easily, but I’m sure I’m not alone. It’s not a rare condition among we the people. I take my consolation in the idea that we all have our areas of confusion. I was watching a TV show titled “How the Universe Works.” They expounded many intelligent ...

County takes opioid crisis seriously

As the opioid crisis continues to take more lives here in Chautauqua County, I commend both The Post-Journal and OBSERVER for reporting on efforts to combat this expanding scourge. It is important to educate the community as to the extent of the problem, as well as inform them of measures ...

People, not computers, know patients best

The Petya cyber attack that infected Nuance has brought to light the plight of the medical transcription profession in this country, which has been hollowed out by medical transcription companies that touted the virtues of voice recognition technology and convinced well-meaning hospital ...

Closer officials not always better

“The government closest to the people serves the people best.” So goes a popular myth. With their drinking water supply at risk from construction of National Fuel’s proposed Northern Access natural gas pipeline, how well have southtown governments served their residents? In 1987 the ...

Years add up when you’re young at heart

“Getting old ain’t for sissies,” or so Bette Davis said. I think she may be right. At 66, I don’t consider myself old, but my body is telling a different story. I seem to be falling apart one piece at a time. You’ve seen the joke, inside every old person is a young person saying, ...