Commentary

We get smart too late

I once knew a farmer’s wife who had never had a music lesson, and never learned to read music. Yet, if you sang a song for her, she could sit down at the piano, and without concern, play the song with both hands. She obviously had a talent, but I’d call it more of an insight for music, ...

Law gets lax on real drug dealers

Law enforcement is working hard to get the drug dealers off of our streets. Long hours of investigation involving numerous departments: state, local and federal departments, only to lose that battle in our court systems. A Dunkirk drug dealer was recently arrested for selling cocaine. The ...

Darling, you are growing older

I dare say it’s a fate I share with every living thing on this planet. Oldest joke in the world: “There’s only one alternative to getting older,” says Whoopi Goldberg at 58, “so suck it up.” “Spry,” a man whose opinion I value, called me that. Spry? I’m still thinking ...

Dealing with a family boss

In the last article, we met a sister, Tara, and brother, Ivan, from New York City who spent several weeks in our region at their summer home. They traveled a week or so prior to their respective families, including their spouse and children. They reached me after calling other local providers. ...

It’s just another day

As you read this today there may be many things on your mind other than the fact that another election season is over — at least until next year. It seems that we are always in a position of having either just voted or getting ready to vote. Here in America voting is not only one’s right ...

Confusion, emotion part of the teen path

Among the numerous challenges facing high school teachers, especially inexperienced ones, is resisting the urge to “stoop” — to get down on the same mental level as their students socially, especially with regard to humor and gossip. Beneath that urge is often a hidden agenda wherein the ...

Defending our country in service

November is a time to remember our military, our veterans, and the birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps. Nov. 11 is Veterans Day and we remember all our veterans and those currently serving in the US Military. And Nov. 10 is the 243rd birthday of the US Marine Corps. It was November 10, 1775 ...

Don’t vote for the incumbent

Dwight David Eisenhower, probably the only really good president I have experienced in my 78-plus years, or, at least the best president, warned us about the “Industrial - Military Build-up.” This past spring, I read an article that went one step further. It warned of the ...

Caucus, Reed have brought few results

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed likes to tout his membership in the Problem Solvers Caucus. Reed’s ads — on television, radio, and Facebook — frequently mention that he is the co-chair of this apparently exemplary group. Reed’s status as a leader of the Problem Solvers is, in other words, put ...

People’s column: Thoughts on Tuesday’s vote

Einach is voice of courage Editor, OBSERVER: I am a member of NYSUT and on Tuesday, I will be voting for Judy Einach for the state Assembly. Incumbents always have an advantage in that they can use their voting record to solicit endorsements from special interest groups and those groups ...

Save your future, vote for Mitrano

As a retired senior, I am very concerned about the threat to Medicare and Social Security that is looming just as predictably as the thunder clap follows the lightning and the storm ensues. According to a recent article in the AARP Bulletin, a Republican plan to change the Social Security ...

‘Magical money’ costing us down road

Over many years and many instances, Congress has stolen Social Security funds to use for other purposes. The way they do it revolves around government bonds being issued from Social Security funds, with proceeds being used to fund other government expenses. This allows politicians to fund ...

Taking on a tough opponent

Editor’s note: This is the second of two parts. Part one was published Oct. 27. In 1991, I was working as a chemical dependency counselor at “Friends of Cazenovia Manor” on Legion Drive in South Buffalo. We had 18 males in the house that stayed with us for a year. It was amazing that ...

Where does our country go from here?

The “mid-year” elections are upon us where the entire House of Representatives is up for election along with thirty-five seats in the Senate. Will it be a red wave, a blue wave or a shade in between that sweeps the nation? At the state level there are races for governor, attorney general, ...

Deer tracks

RANCOR: Resentment, ill will, malice, spite, venom, malevolence, malignity, vindictiveness; hatred, abhorrence, distaste, abominable; antagonism, fury, anger, pique; bitterness. As you might well imagine, the list goes on. And on. The word “rancor” isn’t even in my old (1940) ...

Mitrano is best voice for our region

Our tax dollars have been wasted in the 50-plus times the Republicans have gone after to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, a reform which by definition is the improvement of what is wrong, corrupt or unsatisfactory. Therefore, it was a beginning of helping ...

Road trip filled with present, past

Traveling through any significant chunk of this country gives you a chance to encounter the unique complexities of American life. A recent visit to Winchester, Va., took me down highways and byways of this nuanced America. There are several ways to get to Virginia. The “quick” way ...

For cooperation, elect Quattrone

I am a retired Chautauqua County sheriff’s lieutenant and former head of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force. As such, I have participated in and supervised over literally hundreds of successful narcotics investigations here in Chautauqua County and throughout Western New York. These ...

We know what we’re getting from Reed

I first met Tracy Mitrano at a local fund-raiser. I found her to be intelligent, knowledgeable and passionate, a breath of fresh air in the political arena today. While listening to her many accomplishments and ideas for our future, I felt she was what we have been sorely missing in congress, a ...

Left goes to the extremes

The American left have clear goals. However, their unprincipled pursuit of them is a troubling indication of what can be expected of them when they next regain power. Democrats have three central goals. First, they want to socialize as much of the economy as they can. In particular, many ...