Commentary

Consider character when voting this year

Character counts in all aspects of one’s life. At home, work, school, or wherever and whenever, one’s character is central to one’s life. And the character of the individual is the virtuous cornerstone of one’s life. We are now in the throes of a national and local election season. ...

Are you prepared for emergency?

Today marks the beginning of Fire Prevention Week. The city of Dunkirk Fire Department, along with members of the Fire Service across the nation promote the importance of fire prevention and fire safety. During this past week, we have educated all elementary students in the Dunkirk School ...

No longer innocent until proven guilty

The morning of the Judge Brett Kavanaugh-Professor Christine Blasey Ford face-off before the Senate Judiciary Committee, I decided to watch something else while reading the morning papers and having a third cup of coffee. Looking through the television listings I came across a movie on Turner ...

Bewitched, battered and bewildered

I’m being stalked! And my stalker has a weapon. We’ve entered the “lampshade” days once again. The last time Minor had surgery I swore up and down and all around that I would never subject my aging dog to that again. It’s been a couple of years (I would think) and, now that ...

Without words, we’re left with empty symbols

Recently, a young person asked me if I like to read. “Are you kidding?” I answered. “I live to read. When I read, I go on vacation.” The youngster raised his brow and scrunched up his face in confusion, so I clarified. “Reading is like going to a different place, even a different ...

Why do we subsidize weaker majors?

There is an interesting issue as to whether it is wise to heavily subsidize weaker college majors. College is a risky investment. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, roughly 59 percent of students who enrolled in colleges (and universities) in 2009 graduated in six ...

Life in the U.S. comes with a price

What is the promise of America? It is not the promise of riches, or even a good life. It is only the promise of the freedom and opportunity to create riches, and a good life, if you have the gumption, energy, and ambition to carve it out for yourself. That is more than any country in the world ...

Doesn’t anyone take responsibility nowadays

The bleeding hearts are at it again. This time an advertisement shows a grandfather being deported back to where he lived. It showed the relatives crying and being very critical against President Donald Trump. But what it also showed was this grandfather was living in this country illegally ...

Marijuana legalization will add to problems

A letter Sept. 16, 2018 from Assembly candidate Judy Einach suggests that the question to legitimize recreational marijuana has been decided. I disagree. New York state has medical usage that should be sufficient to meet most all medical needs. Legislation of recreational usage opens the ...

Mitrano backers sound off

I am writing to you from Ithaca to talk about our shared Congressman, Tom Reed. In one of his recent fundraising letters, he repeatedly refers to protecting us from the Extreme Ithaca Liberals (yes capitalized) as the vital reason he needs to get re-elected. This theme is echoed in special ...

Region still has need for power

NRG’s decision to leave the Dunkirk plant mothballed rather than transition to natural gas is unfortunate for Western New York. Fortunately, County Executive George Borrello realizes that with Dunkirk out of the picture, the need for natural gas remains a top priority. Natural gas is the ...

Arkwright deserves lower taxes

This letter is in response to the coverage that appeared in the OBSERVER on the front page (Sept. 12) on wind turbines noise. It concerns the answer given by Arkwright officials Larry Ball and Frederic Norton. In regard to the noise and interference on cell phones and possibly TV signals, ...

Enablers allow problems to continue

As was stated in the last article, chemically dependent people almost always have families – wives, husbands, mother, father, son, daughter and the addiction does touch all of their lives. Unfortunately, many times these people are part of the problem, not the solution. Anyone out there ...

It’s not just for the birds

I stopped feeding my beloved birds. Squirrels. Chipmunks. I’m being eaten out of house and garage one filled feeder at a time. I’ve gotten so flustered I even find myself hollering at the long-tailed varmints. Of course that does no good. If they do skedaddle, they’re back the minute I ...

A parent’s struggle with his son

Last article, we met Bill, married to Margaret and father to Bo. A late call delayed my drive home. The combination, a fairly normal voice of Bill and a loud, expletive-rung voice of Bo brought my attention to the immediacy of the call. A return call found Bill ready to reach out for help. I ...

New media is very unsocial

Social Media has taken over our world. Our younger generation is no longer taught to make eye contact when speaking to others, and asking them to put their smart-phone down or in their pocket during a family gathering is akin to starting World War III. From hash-tag this to hash-tag that, ...

Science is no laughing matter

I’m no scientist. But I do know a few (including some friends and family members who may disown me after reading this). Based on much empirical evidence, I set out here to characterize the scientific community at large in an effort to educate the general public. First of all, we should ...

Take time to appreciate wonders

Remembering and treasuring those remembrances is special indeed. This is a time when I often remember and treasure many of the amazing persons and events which have been and are so much a part of my life. I recount here only several of the many such persons and events that are so meaningful to ...

Destroying pieces of our history

In our American Civil War, more than 600,000 fatalities occurred through combat, disease and Prisoner of War mistreatment. The cases were varied and complex. It was a problematic issue that had been simmering for many years ending with the gloves off from both sides by the firing upon the ...

Blurring the lines in politics

I just returned from a Cape Cod vacation and I have some things on my mind. Recently the legislature, in a classic case of the pot, or in this case the pots, calling the kettle black, passed and Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill establishing a commission on prosecutorial misconduct to ...