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Hats on for harmony

What’s up with all these pink hats. Where did they come from and why are so many people wearing them? The pink hat is a symbol of human decency. It is our response to Trump’s statement “Grab them by the ... .” This lack of respect and decency is echoed in every one of Trump’s ...

Perspectives cannot be simplified

While I am loathe to oversimplify nuanced positions held by citizens in the U.S. today, I would like to re-frame the comparative list provided in the commentary by Richard Makuch “Two sides of American life” (April 3): The ultra-conservatives have infiltrated a major political party in ...

Flying friendly, less expensive skies

I’ve been thinking about Canada lately. While world leaders act like orangutans flinging poo, Canada calmly goes about its business. I suppose if Canada were part of the animal kingdom, she would be a dairy cow, hanging out in the pasture, chewing her cud, ruminating about world affairs ...

Life is filled with many experiences

Let’s continue with short sentences that make us laugh or think. One day I counted the money in my wallet. It added up to $20. “This should hold me for awhile.” A voice came back and said, “Yeah, as long as you don’t leave the house!” Start out with the question, “What is ...

Milk decision by Cuomo a real spoiler

Was the governor’s incipient 2020 presidential campaign dealt a death blow when he failed to come up with all of a $90,000 subsidy in order to save a 25-cent glass of white or chocolate milk at the New York State Fair’s dairy bar? His failure has also left a bitter taste in the mouths of ...

The flowers that bloom in the spring

“Those flowers breathe promise of merry sunshine as we merrily dance and we sing. We welcome the hope that they bring of a summer of roses and wine.” I’m always grateful to Gilbert and Sullivan for providing extra inspiration. Let me add, as do they, “Tra la!” I welcome the ...

How on Earth are you helping our planet?

It’s time again for the annual irony of Earth Month. In our zeal for lumping worthwhile commemorations into discrete months, we will be on our best environmental behavior through April. Locally, the electronics deposit event at SUNY Fredonia invites us to safely discard most appliances. ...

Senator has nothing to hide in returns

Transparency is the cornerstone of open and honest government, and it is one of my top priorities. I fundamentally believe that it is part of the commitment I make every year to the people of New York state. Intending to lead by example, I became the first member of Congress to post my ...

Poor will suffer in state tuition plan

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Excelsior Scholarship makes college tuition free for the middle class. This is an embarrassingly stupid idea. Full disclosure: I am a professor at a state university. In the last election, presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton put forth plans to ...

The wisdom that comes with age

An open letter to area youth: Hi kids; I know as a general rule you don’t always have much concern for us old fogeys. We’re no longer active in anything. So who cares what we think? I’m one of those old fogeys. In October, I’ll chalk up my 90th birthday, but give me credit that ...

Liberal way of thinking is lunacy

Let’s continue discussing this Liberal way of thinking. I just hope that it isn’t too late to bring this country back to the way this country should be. Common sense: love this country, love this way of life, defend our way of life. Always remember what our forefathers had said when they ...

Water line is ‘win-win’ for Westfield

As the debate goes on about the desire to have municipal water lines run to West Main Road, I felt I had to reply to some of the “alternative facts.” First and foremost, the topic of a waterline was brought up by the Grape Discovery Center due to the fact that there is a plan to finish ...

World War I took toll on Wilson

Woodrow Wilson must have felt pretty good on the day of his second inauguration. The Virginia Democrat’s first term had been wildly successful with the implementation of several of his Progressive policies. The Federal Reserve Act, Federal Trade Commission Act, Clayton Anti-Trust Act ...

In war, peace is often irrelevant

There are 1.8 billion Muslim followers of Islam. We have 8-plus million Muslim Americans in this country Question: How can we fight an ideological war with weapons? How can we ever end this war? The Jihadist ideology that is talked about is an ideology. How can we ever win this thing if it ...

Once unwelcomed, again on the side of immigrants

The international press has news that the Catholic Church, led by Pope Francis and senior Bishops, is emerging as an influential opponent of right-wing immigration crackdowns in the U.S. and Europe. The Pope’s pro-immigrant judgment is seen in his speeches, sermons, and personal generosity. ...

Your story isn’t over yet

“If you know someone who’s depressed please resolve never to ask them why. Depression isn’t a straightforward response to a bad situation; depression just is, like the weather. Try to understand the blackness, lethargy, hopelessness and loneliness they’re going through. Be there for ...

The comfort of old

“As comfortable as an old shoe.” My toes will attest to the veracity of that adage. I imagine we all have our favorites. I’d always heard about the fellow who had a sweater — or maybe it was a jacket — he positively refused to let go. Perhaps even a dramatic rescue from the trash ...

Finding our calling in life

I was thinking about a first cousin who resides in Israel. He’s married, has children and lives his life. Now well into his 50s he left the love and safety of his family here in the United States. His father, my uncle and godfather, was killed in a hit-and-run accident close to their home. ...

It’s spring! Time to pay it forward

In America, we appear to be in the midst of a house divided, and a world that is in disarray. Our leaders can’t seem to agree, but are more than willing to fight the battle for the sake of getting their own way – regardless of what is right for the American people. I don’t like war, but ...

Green energy goals unreasonable

Governor Cuomo’s idealistic and unrealistic 50 percent renewable energy by 2030 plan would only leave New York state in greater debt, with sky-high electric rates, and little, IF ANY, reduction in CO2 levels, due to faulty cap and trade policies and the intermittent nature of renewables, ...