Commentary

Reflecting on our nation’s leaders

On this recently past Presidents’ Day, I took the time to remember. Until 1971, both Feb. 12 and 22 were observed as federal public holidays to honor the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. In 1971, President Richard Nixon proclaimed one single federal public holiday, ...

Area woman tells of fears, power of D.C. March

In 1980, as an 18-year-old on summer break after my first year of college, I found myself pregnant. The man I was involved with wanted me to have an abortion, but I chose to bear and raise my child alone. A few years later, after I struggled through college as a single parent, I met and ...

Football memories endure for lifetime

I would like to extend my congratulations to the Dunkirk High School championship football team of this past fall. As a former DHS football player (Class of ’71), I remember the feelings of joy and achievement of playing high school sports, especially when you have the opportunity to play ...

At dark time, an open house

On several occasions Kevin Guest House in Buffalo has been my home away from home since early December. Kevin Guest House was “home” to my aunt and family members while my cousin, “Sam,” (from a previous column) who was actually Scott Bennett, fought for his life against inoperable ...

Being positive helps with daily living

I’m trying to work on my income tax. My table is covered with bills. Most are not deductible. My payment for the house is income. I wish next year I won’t have to file. I can’t understand how rich people don’t pay taxes. I heard that our president went bankrupt four times. I hope he has ...

Area’s youth take aim at tobacco

On Tuesday, Feb. 7, we joined 100-plus youth advocates from around the state at the Capitol building in Albany. We came together to show — and tell — elected officials the valuable work we do to prevent tobacco use. We talked about the events, trainings and street marketing we do to ...

Major issues of tiny ants

What? and why now? Agreed, it is definitely an ant. The enlargement of my photograph revealed a normal-looking ant with all the right anty parts and pieces. Only this one (and its buddies) is such a miniature version that I needed the pictures to be sure. (Note: these do not care at all to ...

Small talk, big rewards

Once upon a time, I was calling a business and a receptionist answered. I told her the reason for my call and spontaneously asked, “How are you?” I sensed a hesitation in her voice. She then said, “I’m fine and how are you?” I replied and asked her if callers ever ask her how ...

Big future choices face SUNY Fredonia

The State University of New York at Fredonia has declining enrollment and it faces a decision. It can emphasize student quality or quantity and shape its identity in so doing. Fredonia has had at least 5,000 students per year and usually more than 5,300 students from 2000-2013 (roughly, ...

Getting past the distractions

I don’t know where the expression referring to the “mind’s eye” came from, but I’m sure we all have it. I assume it refers to believing in, or becoming aware of something that we didn’t know we knew. There are people who make a good case for the fact that we know more than we ...

Society’s slant is quite evident

Our colleges are a breeding place for dissension and the brain-washing of our vulnerable young adults by those so-called education people who are not dedicated to the interest of this country. This is a dangerous atmosphere for this generation, who can very easily adapted to the teachings of ...

Former Dunkirk Mayor Richard Frey, who faces jail time for wire fraud, served the United States in the Korean War.

EX-CITY MAYOR ALSO A WAR HERO

I have known ex-mayor Dick Frey since seventh grade – DHS class of 1949. As mayor, he did a super great job and with little to work with. Dunkirk certainly is not the rich city of when we were young. So he supposedly transferred some campaign money to a personal account – so big deal ...

An important renaissance for our country

Every Black History Month, I’m reminded how fortunate I was to have had an American history professor at SUNY Fredonia, Dr. Bill Chazanof, who took time to teach us about one of the most significant yet little known periods in our cultural history, the Harlem Renaissance. While we were ...

Ruling likely to affect future candidates

Except for the grace of God or luck, there goes a lot of elected officials in our county. Every single countywide official, county legislator, city elected, Fredonia elected, and Pomfret Town elected are absolutely required to make full financial filings with the state board of elections ...

U.S. must put families first

When I gave birth, I needed time. Time to recover. Time to learn how to nurse and care for my baby. But if you’re a working mom, then odds are you didn’t have that time. Instead, after a very short stay at home with your new baby, you probably had to make this choice: You either ...

‘Ban’ on immigrants is un-American

Stephen Kershnar (Feb. 8) has a lot of nerve to call critics of his right-wing nationalist agenda “unbelievably ignorant”; hardly a professorial or philosophical argument, I think. And a lot of local conservatives and populists wrongly seem to assume that a professor must have his ...

Political involvement can be dangerous

Did you have a nice Valentine’s Day? I did, although there’s no one left of my generation to send me valentines. I’m so glad I’m on my way out! I had a friend come to visit me and he was telling me about all the gloom and doom that awaits us in the near future. Government is all about ...

Is there democracy in small towns?

Every high school student learns that in America the powers exercised by federal, state and local officials are to be limited by a system of checks and balances among the branches of government. Here is a passage from a typical high school textbook, “Government Alive: Power, Politics and ...

Everything free comes with price

It was a typical government response. During a meeting of the Chautauqua County Legislature in Dunkirk at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in 2008, a resolution came up to authorize the Sheriff’s Department to have a boat — for free — to patrol the Lake Erie waters for Homeland ...

And the beep goes on

Tinkerbell lives! Only please ... could this not wait until I’ve at least had a cup of coffee? “Beep. Beep. Beep,” it replies. Gently. Quite quietly and, annoyingly, only about once every five minutes which makes locating the source a real puzzle. Breakfast first though my ...