Commentary

Reminders of everyday fortunes

Years ago I was lost. I wasn’t sure where I was. My car was crashed against the concrete abutment of a railroad bridge that crossed over the road at the bottom of the hill. It seemed that there was someone in it that needed an ambulance, but I couldn’t recall who, or why, or whether there ...

State in losing battle with Cuomo

What has happened to sanity in our state capital of Albany? Some 24,000 parolees were pardoned by state Gov. Andrew Cuomo to restore their right to vote. I always thought as in the past that when a person violates our laws they no longer have that right. But Cuomo thinks in his own mind that ...

Leader was part of a war that left many veterans bitter

As a combat veteran of the Vietnam War, I’ve been through many changes in attitude toward Vietnam veterans in particular, and veterans in general. At first, one had to be careful even admitting Vietnam service, as it might cause a negative reaction from many people, and on a few occasions, ...

Senator had respect Trump is missing

This week is completely about Sen. John McCain. Agree with his politics or not, it is undisputable that this man lived and died with service to his country being his most important goal as he traveled his path on earth. He was the first to admit his imperfections and often used them as ...

Division makes country weaker

I’d like to broach a subject with you today that is not discussed nearly as much as it needs to be. I wish to talk about Sept. 11, 2001 and it’s lasting impact on us as a nation, as a collective population. This is a topic that is either avoided or given superficial acknowledgement draped ...

Plenty of choices for Democrats

Though the general election actually decides who will represent us, Democrats have never been shy about having a free-for-all in the primary elections. It is part of the “fun” of being a Democrat. In the federal Democratic Primary Election for Congress held in June here in the Southern ...

What’s all the buzz?

Editor’s note: This column was first printed in August 2015. He saw it before I did. Well, it was under the lip of the carport and that isn’t a place I go very regularly. Firewood in the winter and some storage there but, for the most part, it isn’t a spot I pay much heed to. Till, ...

Finding role model in woman’s journey

Over the years during conversations with friends, family and colleagues, the topic of children’s role models was a popular one. Spirited debates often resulted as suggestions ranged from athletes to celebrities to educators to politicians to family members and neighbors. Heck, I can ...

And another Giant is gone

This past week, and certainly the past few days, has brought with it a plethora of news bulletins and stories that have managed to rattle even the most calm among us. From the recent indictments, flipping and tweets that have been showered upon us by the investigators, attorneys and the White ...

Menu of area concerns impact all ages

A note to any reader who is looking to pluck some political bias out this essay: I swear there isn’t any. So, my dear comrade, you might as well stop reading now. There might be for others, however, an opportunity to consider the greater world significance regarding four local issues I ...

Bells are ringing: school’s back

A new school year is about to begin and a fresh start is about unfold. President John F. Kennedy said, “The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.” And to millions, an education and schooling leads to knowledge and truth and is an opportunity for ...

Abusing executive sessions

Fredonia’s Maureen Blackburn and Michelene Comerford are two residents who have one thing in common: they do not appreciate — or accept — executive sessions. Both, at school and village meetings, have spoken out about the happenings. Blackburn has been more vocal recently, especially ...

Weddings can be wild rides

Summer is the season of weddings. My eldest granddaughter is getting married this weekend in Minnesota. Unfortunately, I will not be able to afford the trip and an appropriate wedding gift, so I’ve opted for a nice gift. But all this got me to thinking about weddings I have attended. My ...

In the Trump White House, it’s confusion and volatility

The writer of “Trump trying to clean up inherited mess” (Aug. 20) is clearly confused — still. He blames the Obama administration for wanting open borders. A lie. The writer provides no quote, no reference to legislation, from anyone in his administration that will prove he wanted open ...

Disease concept and self worth

People addicted to alcohol and other drugs almost always have families – wives, husbands, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters — and addiction touches all their lives. I stated alcohol and other drugs because alcohol can be as devastating as cocaine or heroin. I once asked my group if they ...

Towers may be our latest ‘mistake’

I read James Lisa’s commentary on the current wind farm controversy with interest and understand his concerns that often too much power is placed in the hands of too few officials. However, that is our system and if we cannot fully trust elected officials to make good decisions it means that ...

A frustrating exercise

I wrote in an earlier June about the persistent male cardinal who kept pounding away on the bedroom windows. It was easy to place the date for that column appeared just the day before my granddaughter’s visit. Disconcertingly, she was given that room for her stay. I wrote with ...

Working it out in marriage

We’ve now met Mabel, Madison’s wife. She provided an overview of a marriage with some contrasting styles. She described herself as a health-conscious woman and Madison as an “eat-anything and no exercise” kind of man. His habits eventually led to an increasingly debilitating medical ...

Lend a hand to a treasured institution

When it was called St. Mary’s School, Mary Jane Michalak, was a devoted cafeteria worker for many years. Her fondest memories were of the wonderful children, staff and teachers there. Among her boxes of memorabilia found after her death in January at the age of 96, were the school ...

We do not know too much

If I were going to start this article by saying what I actually knew, I’d have to say, very little. I take my consolation in the fact that I am not alone. I remember a teen-aged friend of mine who when criticized about any opinion would usually respond; “I don’t feel so bad when I ...