Commentary

Unruly protesters need consequences

In recent years, out-of-control protests have rocked college campuses. At the University of California at Berkeley in 2017, masked and black-clad Antifa and other black bloc members protested a planned speech by libertarian Milo Yiannopoulos. They set fires, destroyed property, violent ...

We can only control so much

Watching the Fourth of July fireworks can be fascinating. A rocket is launched into the air and explodes above our heads into a burst of fire, which flies in every direction, cascading like a giant spray from a spewing waterfall and lighting up the heavens. As it burns out, it and falls as ...

State way too caring toward criminals

The insanity in Albany continues. Let’s take a look at some of the insane programs that were placed on the New York state taxpayer. ¯ Twenty-four felons released into society, the attack on gun owners. ¯ Cuomo wants New York state to become a sanctuary state. ¯ The age of ...

Has society become more accepting?

I’m not much of a movie goer. I catch a few on television from time to time and one I watched recently made me think. “Remember the Titans” was made almost 20 years ago, but it was new to me. It’s about a black coach in 1971 Virginia and the struggles he encountered in a white ...

Media magnifies U.S. divide

The evening of the Justice Brett Kavanaugh hearing, I “surfed” the channels to get the news. All I could find was the hearing or commentary on it. I finally turned off the TV. It made me sick. The hearing confirmed to me that America is more divided than ever. It was not just his word ...

More than just a change of clothes

According to a scientist at the University of Toronto, brain power varies throughout the year. He says our brain peaks at early fall. So the sad news is that this column is as good as it’s going to get. Sorry folks, but the train wrecks that are coming are due to the seasonal cycle. ¯ The ...

Additional wind farms do not benefit region

This is an open letter to the Public Service Commission. The PSC decision on the expedited application of Cassadaga Wind LLC will determine whether clear cutting of forests in Cassadaga and Cherry Creek will begin Nov. 1 for the proposed 48 turbine wind project. Dear members of the NY Public ...

What we believe — God himself

Last month we began a series of “What We Believe” articles beginning with the Bible itself. We believe the Bible’s truth and integrity as the inerrant Word of God. This month we look at God Himself as the Bible reveals Him. We get to know God by knowing the Scriptures He authored. Yet ...

Uncovering Reed’s ‘special interests’

Concerned citizens throughout the 23rd Congressional District invite local residents to join them in seeking a representative in Washington responsive to the needs of our region. Our political action committee (PAC) , Your NY 23rd, was created by concerned citizens from Dunkirk to Owego and ...

Another impact from drugs

The second session included Bill and his wife, Margaret. She offered her take on the concerns expressed by Bill. Much of her description of Bo, their son, matched Bill’s interpretation heard at the first session. One startling difference was her straightforward, professional air. Unlike Bill, ...

We’re still in overboard mode

Opposition, Indifference, Hostility! #Me Too! Innocent until proven guilty! Left-wing liberals and right-wing radicals! I was sexually assaulted 36 years ago, it was him! No, I wasn’t even there, it wasn’t me! Teenagers drinking at a party at the ages of 14 and 16, maybe some younger ...

Are there any healthy conclusions

Here is an unfortunate scenario, one that is highly unlikely in the real world yet might serve to illustrate the some of the complexities surrounding the health care debate and American values. There was a bad car wreck in a rural area. Each car contained one middle-aged driver and no ...

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 ...