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Free speech reduced to selective

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter was recently blocked from speaking at UC Berkley by the university administration. At institutions of higher learning across this nation, Conservative and Republican speakers are being disinvited, harassed and shouted down. These occurrences are a sign that ...

What should one call the Cowbird?

Suggested alternate names include Lazy Bird, Cuckold, Cow-pen Bird, Buffalo Bird or the Brown-headed Oriole. I know of no one else able to make reading long articles on birds such a fascinating pastime so permit me on this occasion to jump right into the article in “Birds of America ...

Tough to cut Facebook cord

I want to be post-Facebook. But for all the usual reasons, I still want ready connections to the people and ideas that matter. A couple of years ago, I suspended my Facebook account. I even switched to a social media platform that was free of the usual bogeymen: marketing, tracking, and ...

Inequity of the paying of taxes

Donald Trump has unveiled a new tax plan. It cuts the number of personal income brackets from seven to three: 10 percent, 25 percent, and 35 percent. The plan lowers the top rate from 40 percent to 35 percent. It also reduces business taxes from 35 percent — the highest in the Western world ...

Old ideas nix business for city

I am the president and chief executive officer of Great Lakes Cold Storage. My business operates a number of cold storage warehouses in Ohio and Pennsylvania. I am looking to build another facility to service Fieldbrook Foods, Inc. This new business will employ 25 to 30 people in normal ...

You don’t even have to think about it

Our life is maintained by a system that we largely ignore, which never stops throughout our lives. Our brain never stops thinking. It controls every function of our bodies without our interference. We get into so many mixes of confusion in our conscious world. If we meddled with our ...

Immigrants benefit as residents pay

Let’s take a hard look at the illegal aliens who are still in this country without any citizenship. How did they get here and why are they still here without any citizenship? Why are most politicians in Washington, D.C., protecting these illegals? The New York Assembly backs bills boosting ...

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Doug Essek’s questions and “no” vote led to a savings on the recently approved grant for Barker Common.

Why the quick decision?

People often say the reason they want to be involved with politics is because they want to make a difference in their community. This is one of the reasons that I was interested in becoming a village of Fredonia trustee. In the four months that I have been in office, there has been much to ...

Visitor from past a wonderful surprise

I have to tell you my schedule. I have to hand in my column by Tuesday at 2 p.m. That means I’m early for some things and late for other things. I had to wait for Easter. My column came out Saturday and Easter was Sunday. My friend David (from my Bible class) was alone, too, so we went to my ...

Faces of the Reformation

As an Augustinian monk, Luther fasted, prayed, attended and led Mass. Despite this holy life, he was in constant doubt of his salvation. Luther began concentrating his studies on the Bible rather than the Church Fathers. In 1514, while studying Paul’s letter to the Romans in his tower room ...

That lofty grackle

I suppose I’m supposed to find something to admire in each of God’s creatures. I know snakes can be striking — even when they aren’t. Once I’ve stopped bolting and return for a second look, I can appreciate the colors and patterns they display. And a lot of “garbage eaters” — ...

In a hectic life, peace of mind

My last column provided a profile of a family and the start of their day. You may know some family who closely resembles the profile. You may even realize “Oh, my God, that’s us.” That since more women are in the formal workplace complementing their spouse’s or partner’s employment, ...

Meet the candidate for county executive

It is not uncommon for the grandson of a mayor to follow in the family footsteps, but what is uncommon is to find a politician with true blue collar roots, and a desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others. That’s George Borrello. And it is that desire that has motivated ...

A better chemistry for our planet

The Science March on Earth Day provided us with an actual picture of the participating masses filled with an untiring enthusiasm in unity for the need to save our planet, for there is no planet B; we only have one chance and that time is now because time will run out for we are very close to ...

The many, gifted who teach

Tuesday, May 2 is National Teachers Day. There is an earmark of genuine quality in our American educational system. And that earmark rests solidly with teachers who possess subject mastery and who are thoughtfully creative, and most importantly, are genuinely caring for each student as a ...

Hats on for harmony

What’s up with all these pink hats. Where did they come from and why are so many people wearing them? The pink hat is a symbol of human decency. It is our response to Trump’s statement “Grab them by the ... .” This lack of respect and decency is echoed in every one of Trump’s ...

Perspectives cannot be simplified

While I am loathe to oversimplify nuanced positions held by citizens in the U.S. today, I would like to re-frame the comparative list provided in the commentary by Richard Makuch “Two sides of American life” (April 3): The ultra-conservatives have infiltrated a major political party in ...

Flying friendly, less expensive skies

I’ve been thinking about Canada lately. While world leaders act like orangutans flinging poo, Canada calmly goes about its business. I suppose if Canada were part of the animal kingdom, she would be a dairy cow, hanging out in the pasture, chewing her cud, ruminating about world affairs ...

Life is filled with many experiences

Let’s continue with short sentences that make us laugh or think. One day I counted the money in my wallet. It added up to $20. “This should hold me for awhile.” A voice came back and said, “Yeah, as long as you don’t leave the house!” Start out with the question, “What is ...

Milk decision by Cuomo a real spoiler

Was the governor’s incipient 2020 presidential campaign dealt a death blow when he failed to come up with all of a $90,000 subsidy in order to save a 25-cent glass of white or chocolate milk at the New York State Fair’s dairy bar? His failure has also left a bitter taste in the mouths of ...