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Moving day is here again

Things are happening at my house! Tuesday morning I’m going to see Dr. Alam. Then I’m going to have lunch. I’ve made up my mind to go back to the WCA Home. I was there before. I wanted to see if I could take care of myself. I stayed home for two years. I’ll be so glad when I’m ...

Morning mysteries

Could it be? What do they do — take turns? Or is perhaps my little yellow-bellied sapsucker simply tired today? Nursing a splitting beak of a headache perhaps? Or tired of the clouds, cold and rain? I know I am. His song, for whatever reason, was slower this morning and — worse! — ...

Is there a healthy choice for plans?

American healthcare is in crisis mode. At times of crisis, adversaries are surprised to learn that “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.” Unlikely allies are rallying around an increasingly obvious truth: The Democrats’ Affordable Care Act, the Republican rallying cry of “Repeal and ...

Racism in relationships prominent

Recently, students forcibly took over Evergreen State College claiming that it was awash in racism. Students at University of California at Berkeley, Middlebury College, and Claremont McKenna College prevented public intellectuals Milo Yiannopoulis, Charles Murray, and Heather Mac Donald from ...

Human ethic and the cat’s meow

Some thoughts on two unrelated topics: ¯ I was talking to a friend the other day, and his complaint was, “What has happened to the work ethic in the country today?” Well, I retired at the age of 62 back in 1989. That was almost 30 years ago, so I don’t know much about people’s ...

Voting with no skin in the outcome

As we all know that our schools and gathering places such as churches are targets for those who want to do harm to this country. Security is the first line of defense. Security needs to be on the minds of all those who are responsible such as our schools. Our children are cherished parts ...

Humor: Dear Diary, on my Mideast visit …Trump has a way with words

Donald Trump kept a diary/journal on his recent trip to the Middle East and Europe. My outstanding research staff got a copy of his recollections that were found in Making America Great Again. Enjoy. Dear Diary/Journal. What a relief to get out of Washington where the witch hunt goes on. The ...

City vote preserves proud past

As historian for the city of Dunkirk, I would like to extend my congratulations to the board of the Historical Society and to city officials for their cooperative effort in saving the roof of the Dunkirk Historical Museum. I would especially like to thank Historical Society President James ...

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Park improvements are slam dunk

When residents step up and do what needs to be done without being asked, it is refreshing. When people care enough to give of themselves without regard to time, money, effort or personal gain, it is awesome. That is what a group of our citizens were all about this past week. After seeing ...

Neighborly effort gains steam in Ripley

The world is a scary place these days, with bombings and senseless attacks of “others.” There is a disconnect between people who are different from “us.” Me versus you. Us versus Them. Countries, religions, sects, race, governments — each different from the other. We need to work ...

Humor makes things easier

I titled this “The Fast Thinker in Miami.” My niece and nephew had a neighbor who kept them laughing. Either funny things happened to him or he made whatever happened funny. I’ll give you an example. One day his infant son flushed his undershirt down the toilet. As soon as he realized ...

‘42 movie song rings true today

Patriots, if you ever heard a liberal complain about our country, then just sing them a song. “Don’t Bite the Hand That’s Feeding You.” Words by Thomas Hoiser, music by Jimmy Morgan. It was performed by Gene Autry in the film “Bells of Capistrano,” 1942. Song lyrics: Last ...

20 questions, more-or-less

I was about to begin the article I have wanted to write when I realized Jonathan Townsend, CWC Lands manager, had already published more than I could possibly dig up about “Shrewd Shrews.” I knew little about these critters beyond the photographs in my hand. The animal was very dead (not ...

Among the bad, good news for young

I heard an interview from an African-American woman, age 19. She was running for the office of City Council in her city in Georgia. She is a full-time college student. She has been involved in civil rights since, amazingly, age 11. She was polite, gave excellent eye contact to the interviewer ...

Some true signs of change

Change is in the air. There is a sign showing the future site for the long awaited Athenex oncology company on Route 5, a new car wash and detail shop is coming to the Plaza 59, the “old” Kettle and Keg has been refurbished and is once again serving some of the best fish fries around, and ...

Availability depends on demographics

In a time where Rep. Tom Reed touts himself as a “man for the people” he is available to his constituents he is far from that as I can attest upon my latest trip to Washington, D.C., as part of a contingency of medical professionals who spent two days meeting with our local representatives ...

Locke’s lessons still resonate

A cursory glance at recent headlines carry words such as: “The Economy in Stress,” “Where Are the Jobs?” “Scandal after Scandal In Our Times,” “Threats of Terror,” “Military Preparedness,” Excessive Intrusiveness.” Unfortunately, we are in the midst of disturbing events ...

Rescue workers deserving of praise

First and foremost, I’d like to extend my sincere apologies to all the emergency service personnel in the city of Dunkirk that uphold the oath of Emergency Service, providing a sacrificial service to this community, oftentimes putting their lives in dangers way and going above and beyond ...

Being invested in planning process

My daughter got married last month. Everything seemed to be falling into place after more than a year of planning, with lots of thought, effort, and logistical juggling. After being involved in weddings through the years, they had a pretty good idea of what they wanted. They took the necessary ...

Genes make the difference

Today as I write this, it is Monday, Memorial Day. I write my column Mondays or Tuesdays. I have to hand it in on Tuesday to be ready for Saturday’s paper. I’ll write about wars anytime. My father was in WWI and was all shot up. They wanted to cut off his arm and leg, but he wouldn’t ...