Commentary

There’s always more to the story

The saying “That’s just the tip of the iceberg” contains a useful metaphor. Everyday life is full of “tip of the iceberg” scenarios. They’re couched in many of our assumptions about the people and situations around us. What lies beneath the surface is usually the real ...

Leadership and sticking to the facts

“Oh, what tangled webs we weave when first we practice to deceive.” Today, we have learned that one can say an “untruth” and simply refer to their “misstatement” as an “alternative fact.” Or so the president’s counselor, Kelly Anne Conway believes.  But what does her denial ...

Standing, walking proud at March

“We recognize that we are collective agents of history and that history cannot be deleted like web pages. … This women’s march represents the promise of feminism as against pernicious powers of state violence. An inclusive and intersectional feminism that calls upon all of us to join the ...

Treasures come with friendships

This time of the year, particularly … December, January, and February ...  we remember with special fondness our friends, and “auld acquaintance” is not forgotten. Friendships are a treasure of unsurpassed value. It has been said that “A friend in need is a friend indeed.” This was ...

From then until now went quickly

In 1948, Israel became a state. I was elated! For one thing, it was meant to be! Palestine has never accepted this. They don’t want this separation. In the Bible it says, “I will bless those who bless them and curse those who curse them.” Evidently the U.S. doesn’t believe God! ...

City gets value in collection of garbage

After reading the Publisher’s notebook headlined “Cost is more than just a new truck” (Jan. 6), I felt it necessary to respond. Publisher John D’Agostino made some good points, but there is always “the rest of the story.” I will admit, the thought of the possibility of contracting ...

Errors and an imperfect road

The fatal accident on Monday on New York Route 60 in the town of Gerry, south of Sinclairville, was an appalling and horrific event. When these tragedies occur, immediately the design and construction of Route 60 is seen by many as the culprit. I have lived and farmed along this road for ...

No ‘trivialities’ in worker costs

On Tuesday morning, Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis took to her Facebook page to try and explain why things got a little heated after requests by three village trustees to be part of the interview process. “Although I apologize for the high volume entertainment I still feel that it’s my ...

‘Greatest Show’ folds its tent

Lost in the post-election furor and the inauguration of President Donald Trump was another story signaling a profound change in our nation: the shuttering of Ringling Brother & Barnum and Bailey combined shows this coming May. In the 1950s, when I was a young boy, I was fortunate ...

A waiting goose

Sadly, seeing one goose at the end of the season occurs more frequently than I’d like. Honestly, it’s an hapenstance I’d prefer to never see played out. As a column the subject would be more appropriate for December — even November, once in a while — but I prefer to see the year ...

If planet suffers, we will too

I was recently visiting with a friend who is outspoken on the topics of social, economic and political current events. He is well-read on these and other matters in the news. When we visit, inevitably the discussion will turn to a controversial issue. That day, we talked about Mother ...

Keeping up with our small worlds

We are all more ignorant than any of us realize. Yet, we all have a potential for more understanding and intelligence than we realize, or believe. The legitimate pursuits of civilization will eventually reveal the destiny of mankind. Whether this is all there is, “here today, gone ...

Nothing elementary about school costs

New Yorkers who just paid their taxes have got to be wondering why they let their schools spend beyond any sense of decency. Consider the spending orgy. Emma Brown writing in The Washington Post report that in 2013, the U.S. states’ education spending averaged $10,700. This is generous. ...

Democratic party in a sad state

Whatever happened to the real Democratic party and common sense in Washington, D.C.? Fifty years ago, the Democratic Party represented the working class. Somewhere during that period of time, something went wrong with the party. It was infiltrated by radical and liberal ways of thinking. The ...

Trump’s win maintains pattern since ’76

Funny, isn’t it? Some of those who never foresaw the election of Donald Trump continue to try to explain why he won. Yet many of them don’t grasp that this first-time candidate uniquely had his finger on the electorate’s pulse. Nor do they grasp what has been on this page over the ...

City retiree calls out comments as garbage

I read the Publisher’s notebook by John D’Agostino in the Jan. 6 edition of the Dunkirk OBSERVER referring to the garbage collection staff. I am a 15-year retiree from the Dunkirk Public Works Department, in which I was hired and immediately put on the garbage and rubbish collection ...

A rendering of the proposed roundabout at Routes 20 and 60.

Another go-around

I wish a Silver Creek resident who wrote a letter to the OBSERVER had done a study of the intersection at Routes 20 and 60 before writing his recent comments. He would have seen we need the traffic signals. It lets vehicles exit the many businesses on such busy highways. You cannot compare ...

Short winter trip took only six hours

It always amazes me that people who live and drive in snowy latitudes have such short memories. From one season to the next, the ability to slow down, brake gently and leave enough room between vehicles seems to elude drivers. There are times I must go out in the worst of conditions, and ...

Too many stand to lose in repeal

When folks do not have jobs that support families and offer benefits, their access to health care becomes especially critical to their own and their family’s financial well-being, as well as to their physical and mental health. The single most critical factor between bankruptcy and ...

A lesson learned from son’s death

In Bible class Sunday I said something and my teacher, Rick, said I should write a column about it. We were talking about death and how people say, “I know just how you feel,” and they never had a death experience. I found this out when my son Rusty died. After that when I heard about a ...