Commentary

Government planning has drawbacks

A significant swath of people believe that central planning by a government body is necessary for at least some economic activity. They can point to the rapid, massive buildup of the American war machines for both world wars and their successful prosecution to the seemingly-successful ...

Officer Matthew Hazelton’s unfortunate passing brought out support from all over the area.

City department overwhelmed by support

On behalf of the city of Dunkirk Police Department and the Dunkirk Police Benevolent Association (PBA) we want to express our most sincere gratitude for the outpouring of support we received when our beloved K-9 Officer Matthew Hazelton passed away. We had two priorities during this very ...

What is happening to our country?

By BARBARA ALBERT How can it be that I, an American living in the northernmost reaches of Appalachia, feel unsafe in the governance of my country? There is an enormous failure in leadership, brought about by a confluence of the failure of confidence of voters in the system… and ...

A look at work and Labor Day

Here’s another classic column from Margaret. Labor Day is coming up this Monday. We in the Leone family talked about labor a lot! Did you notice I went from Leone to Valone? Going back to Labor Day, we were a very political family. That meant everybody had to stay in line! The poor had to ...

The learning curve

Any birthday cake large enough to hold all my candles would be far too heavy for me to lift. One could think that, with such age, might come wisdom. Sadly, it seems I never learn. Sometimes at least. I wrote mid-July of the “Y in the Road,” my debate on subjecting Minor, my beloved ...

‘Dream’ has been lived

I’m looking at a blog post while I write this. It’s a June 2013 post on the University of Rochester’s Career & Internship Digest. Who do you think the subject is? If you guessed me, you’re right. “Gregory Fox, Political Science Grad, Lands Full-Time Staff Writer Position.” ...

Optimism is not just for the turkeys

Did you ever have one of those days when everything goes wrong? Like I just opened a fortune cookie and found a summons. Not really — but that’s how I felt when I learned the turkey died. (No, I am not the one who hit him). The last time I saw Henry was on Wednesday, Aug. 2 when my ...

Party’s over for ex-Republican

As a young person growing up in the south, and after 12 years of being taught that being a Republican meant more than just taking a conservative position on issues such as government spending and less involvement in the lives of the people, I was convinced. I felt certain that being a ...

Celebrate, salute our local heroes

It is that time of year again for the OBSERVER’s free salute to OUR HEROES. I have already submitted my son’s photo, just as I have done each and every year since the newspaper has published these photos. My son was commissioned in the Air Force in December of 2001 just after the Sept. ...

Excitement, opportunity in new year

Education is an exciting adventure. Each school year, typically late August or early September, there arrives a new generation of young children entering school for the first time. In fact, there are approximately 3 million fresh new faces in the United States arriving at the schoolhouse ...

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Students came back to campus last weekend and began classes on Monday.

Embracing upbeat news at university

Monday was the start of another school year at College of Fredonia. You may have read that this year’s freshman class is the second largest in Fredonia’s history. The admissions department registered 1,164 incoming freshman, which is a 21.5 percent increase over 2016. This is a ...

Shining light on forgotten Iowa

Iowa is what is commonly known as a “fly-over” state. You fly over Iowa, and most of the mid-west on your way to somewhere else; like Vegas, LA, the Grand Canyon, etc. No one visits Iowa, or the Midwestern states. Mistake. Big mistake. The Midwestern states are filled with diversity, ...

We’ve lost our civility

Violence is never the answer. Recent events in Charlottesville, Berkeley and elsewhere have exposed a growing trend in America of using violence to silence people with whom we disagree. Freedom of speech — even hate speech — is a fundamental right of every American. We cannot silence ...

Another attack on life in Oregon

Recently the Oregon House passed House Bill 3391 which subsequently was signed by Democratic Gov. Kate Brown. Called the Reproductive Health Equity Act it requires health insurers in the state to provide birth control and abortions without any cost to the patient regardless of citizenship ...

Looking at life through a child’s eyes is eye opening

Aren’t children a wonderful source for laughter? I always looked forward to the Art Linkletter show. I found some things I had written about my oldest granddaughter, Charlene. Rusty and his family came to visit us from Florida when Charlene had first started walking. We had a step between ...

Little acrobats

People who know me at all know my fondness for resident wildlife does not particularly extend to chipmunks. Oh, sure. They are cute — and, as I’ve related before, Harrod’s in London sold them as pets. I’d be happy to donate a few. Or many. Little thieves, they can reach into any ...

Rewards in healing process

Kiss and make up. How many of us have heard that old saying? How many of us have had the experience? What has the experience taught us about ourselves relative to an intimate relationship? Some people will reference sex as glorious in a “kiss and make up” experience. What makes it ever more ...

Perspective of nine U.S. leaders

One reason I consider myself fortunate to have led a life in politics is that, over time, I’ve had a chance to work with nine presidents. From Lyndon Johnson through Barack Obama, I’ve talked policy, politics and, sometimes, the trivial details of daily life with them. I met JFK twice ...

Finding an exact science

When science explains the big bang as the beginning of the universe, you will notice they are not explaining how matter began, only how the universe came to be formed, from already existing matter. Science teaches us that energy can be converted to matter, and matter can be converted to energy, ...