Commentary

Finding silver lining to gray days

I don’t think there is such a thing as a typical winter around here. We might generalize that, compared to most other places, ours are harsh and unpredictable. Certainly they are the subject of great public interest, and local TV meteorologists enjoy a higher-than-normal level of celebrity ...

Making dreams a reality

“When you have a dream, keep walking in that direction.” When I was a boy, that was the advice I would be given by some of the “old timers.” I have never forgotten those words. I believe the source of that advice came from conviction based upon experience. You know, the “old ...

Ripley, restaurant part of a revival

As Mark Twain once said, “Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated,” or something similar to that. That quote is often misquoted. Likewise reports of Meeder’s Restaurant in Ripley closing are also untrue. In fact, Meeder’s, along with Sheila and Bob Bentley and crew, is alive and ...

Cuomo puts politics ahead of health

How’s this for an incredibly stomach-turning irony? Governor Cuomo wants more people to move into our state. For the past four years, New York has been in the top 10 states that lost the most citizens-along with all their economic output and growth. Yet the governor fast-tracked the ...

‘Nuisance sound’ takes toll on lifestyle

I am writing in response to the front-page story on delivery-truck noise in The Post-Journal on Jan. 19. Having written or co-authored several pieces during the past two years about the management of Chautauqua Lake, I see a similarity between lake weeds and noise. If weeds can be defined ...

Who’s calling the shots on Brooks?

Several months ago, the OBSERVER published a letter from a retired nurse that raised some questions about the impending move of Brooks Hospital. To my knowledge, no one in a decision-making capacity at Brooks ever answered her questions or responded to her concerns. In the meantime, a lot more ...

Perfection not always what it looks

Editor’s note: This is the first of two parts. “Notice how close perfectionism is to despair.” As you, the reader, read this article on student athletes, refer back to the above quote and that will explain some frame of reference, Maddy Holleran’s story and thinking patterns. I have ...

Government interference still growing

Perhaps you remember the words of President Ronald Reagan who said that the nine most terrifying words in the English language are “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” The federal government performs many worthwhile functions including representing the nation abroad, ...

The ‘It’ mystery continues

Whether it was nature taking its course or all the handling, IT began to open. Oh, not a lot. Or anything to be alarmed about. The holes were too dark to peer far inside but seemed to show, in both cases, what I have described as a red leaf when I’d written earlier. Disregard this. I ...

We need to believe in Dunkirk

In our Sunday OBSERVER (Jan. 20), is the miracle we have been praying for! It states, “Petition circulating to keep Brooks in Dunkirk.” Our great hospital, was given to us by Mr. Horatio Brooks, a great person. He was the first mayor in Dunkirk. You may see many portraits of him if you ...

Problems in retirement

“Marshall, I’m a dead man walking.” Meet Dakota. He’s a 66-year-old gentleman who was referred by his physician for counseling. “Did your doctor clearly explain the rationale for concern?” I said. “Yes, she did. Since retiring last year, I’ve been blessed with medical ...

Young’s new tone is disappointing

As a constituent of state Senate District 57, I’ve seen Sen. Cathy Young in action many times over the years. Her dedication toward veterans is unparalleled and commendable. As a member of a public employees’ union, I’ve watched her vote many times to protect the interests of our ...

Finding order in the long term

I believe there aren’t actually many atheists; it’s just that they are busy enough in their lives, that they haven’t had the time to give the question ample consideration. It is also confounded by the wide range of theological dictates, which when taken as a group tend to confuse the ...

With Dems in control, state has the blues

I would like to take this opportunity to commend the Dunkirk OBSERVER for the reporting of the results of the Democrat-controlled New York State Legislature for the 2019 session. Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins stated that we are going to tell the rest of the country that New York is about ...

State cannot afford publicly financed campaigns

It’s a new day in New York. On Jan. 1, the Senate Republican Conference, our state’s last line of defense against tax-and-spend, downstate-centric policies, assumed its new role as the minority party in the New York State Senate. While many in New York are cheering this change, many ...

Another side to town’s meeting

I’m writing to take issue with the article in the paper today titled, “Wind turbines continue to cause tension at Arkwright Town Board meeting” (Jan. 17). I’m afraid objective reporting went out the window and was replaced by hyperbole and sensationalism. I was in attendance at the ...

Social democracies and liberal welfare states

“Social” and “liberal” democracies share important traits. First, liberal democracies foster freedom and equality, free elections, and independent judiciaries. Social democracies are equally liberal, but their “social assistance” provisions often lead them to be recklessly denounced ...

Wall brings ‘false sense of security’

It wasn’t too long ago that President Reagan in a speech in Berlin exhorted the leader of the Soviet Union to “tear down this Wall!” Now we are talking about building one of our own along the entire Mexican border. I must admit early on that I am not much of a fancier for walls ...

Dunkirk couple had great respect for life

Robert and Hannelore Russell were members of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Dunkirk. They were so very special to many in our community. They were not only pro-life but they respected all life, every day of their lives. As individuals and as a couple they actively supported the Pro Life ...

Minor problem, daily dilemma

I have talked before about Minor’s accompanying me when I walked down for the morning papers. It’s a long trek — I believe I’ve counted 130-some steps on a lovely spring day. It takes longer of course when my route is icy and/or snowy. The paper tubes are too high for a golden ...