Commentary

There’s everyday truth and fiction

Just as the world is full of a great variety of people, it is full of a great variety of opinions. While we may all appear to be seeking the same goals, we sure have a multitude of ways and means to achieve them. I may have been guilty of seeming critical of science in past articles, but that ...

City needs to somehow be recharged

I look around Third Street, Central Avenue and Main Street in Dunkirk and what I see is desolation. A city once thriving is now a barren area where stores once thrived. I look at Third Street and there is nothing there. I look at Central Avenue and all I see is freebie establishments. They ...

Tourney a ‘huge undertaking’

The Dunkirk Little League has just completed its three year run of hosting the Girls 8-10 state Softball Tournament. This tournament brought in teams from all over New York state. This is a huge undertaking in which just a handful of volunteers helped out. These people put in anywhere from ...

With control freak, freedoms at risk

On July 25, as the White House reporter for CNN, Kaitlan Collins had been doing her job of posing questions to Donald Trump in the oval office regarding his reaction to his former lawyer Michael Cohen’s tapes, relevant to the news of the day. She was told afterward that her questions were ...

Immigration mess tied to Trump

I have promised myself to speak out at every opportunity against our inhumane treatment of refugees at our southern border. The letter “Immigrants still welcome” (July 15) opened the door to a comment. Before making a statement, it is important that I divulge that I am the chairman of ...

Watching the blue jays

Thursday, just after noon (June 7), her nest is empty. I figured she’d stepped out to take care of ... well, you know. Expectant mother and all that. But, while I was watching, Dad flew in, probably ready to share lunch. Between the way he quizzically turned his head from side to side ...

We are what we consume

Theoretical speculation: what would Shakespeare think of life under a digital Cloud? Writing at the advent of mechanization, the Bard incorporated the idea of machinery into some of his plots and characterizations, raising the idea of man as machine or as subject to the force and power of ...

Lots of talk doesn’t produce savings

I’m just curious, with the constant talk about Fredonia dissolving and merging into the town of Pomfret in the OBSERVER pages, and the money savings touted, exactly where will all this savings come from? Yes, you’d lose the mayor and Village Board, a drop in the bucket money-wise, spread ...

Speak up for freedom, civility

When one talks about “freedom of speech” or “free press” I often wonder if they really mean what the Constitution says. For instance, one cannot yell fire in a crowded movie theatre, but there is the question of whether or not they can legally post vulgar or obscene signage in their ...

America’s divisive drama

In the after-glow of a wonderful Dunkirk Lighthouse presentation of “Romeo and Juliet,” along with a recent airing on television of “West Side Story,” I’m putting a new spin on the ancient theme of “Forbidden Love.” ACT I. Hector is 16, olive skinned, with wavy black hair and ...

Region full of resources, treasures

How fortunate we are! Our three Western New York counties of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Erie are the counties my wife Elaine and I refer to as “home.” They are a virtual treasure of productive, bountiful, and a beautiful residential, recreational and travel wonderland of hills, lakes, ...

Our area’s double jeopardy

Since retiring from the Dunkirk Steam Station and working with local leaders to secure a contract with New York state to repower with natural gas, several details raise important questions about how energy policy decisions are made. The Dunkirk power plant began struggling prior to 2012 due ...

We all like change that is convenient

I stopped to gas up the car today at a “full service” station. “Full Service at Self-Serve Prices” the sign proclaimed. My how times have changed. Full service used to mean gas in the tank, fluids checked under the hood, windshield and back window washed, headlights too, and maybe ...

Erie County Water Authority is a swamp

For what it’s worth, here is my advice to area leaders should the Erie County Water Authority come calling with an offer to supply water to the North County Water District: Run and never look back. Making a deal with the Erie County Water Authority would be like making a deal with organized ...

Defense mechanisms of addiction

OK, so for the last five months, you, the readers who have followed this column have been introduced to the basic principles of Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy. Now the total application of these principles will begin to be put into use. The ideas that set REBT apart from other therapies, ...

Just a tree

Drawing my attention to it each time I passed the window, I still couldn’t figure out what I was seeing. Even when it wasn’t snowing, the scene blended into its gray and white background. On the foreground was an island — at a distance. On that island there seemed to be a large ...

It’s not all about appearances

Years ago I met an unforgettable gentleman named Madison. His initial reason for seeking therapy was depression. He had set a late afternoon appointment to satisfy his schedule due to sleep disturbance. He arrived promptly for his appointment at 4 p.m. Physically, he was an imposing specimen of ...

States driving legalization of marijuana

It might appear that sooner or later states legalizing the use of marijuana, contrary to federal law, will be crushed in federal courts. After all, federal laws, according to Article IV of the U.S. Constitution, are the supreme laws of the land and pre-empt state laws. But wait. States, not ...

Salvation through science

There are perhaps three determining studies we pursue in our lives, politics, philosophy and science. (I am including religion as a philosophy). Politicians, as a general rule look to control the populace, and in their efforts they must do what they can to maintain power. They are not as ...

‘Bleeding hearts’ should protest windmills

Chautauqua County is a beautiful county. All of the trees in bloom. It’s not like other states where it is barren wasteland. But when you drive around Chautauqua County admiring the countryside, then you look up into the distance and you see ugly-looking giants taking up the countryside. ...