Commentary

Venus and Mars: Two worlds…One home

Here is another classic Margaret Valone column. This column is going to be geared toward the male readers. I understand there are a lot of you and I thank you for it. I was thinking about how many times we are judged by ourselves and society by what we do for a living. This is especially ...

Weinstein and others need help

Here we are again, America, forced to face ourselves and wincing at our reflection. We now know, through reporting by The New York Times and The New Yorker, that Harvey Weinstein — one of the most powerful men in Hollywood and a big-time Democratic donor — bullied, demeaned and sexually ...

The very sociable Cedar Waxwing

The very sociable Cedar Waxwing It might seem strange to pick October to highlight a bird usually spotted around here (if at all) in July and August and, sometimes, September. And spot it you should for it’s certainly one of our most stunningly colored birds. The first Cedar Waxwing I ...

Photo by Gene Pauszek: The Lake Erie water level was visibly low at Chadwick Bay Marina on Wednesday afternoon.

More rain needed to attract trout

Locally we are going to need some more rainfall like we had on Wednesday evening, to attract a decent run of trout in the smaller local streams. This columnist did a little investigation on Wednesday and noticed that the water in Canadaway Creek up into Fredonia was gin-clear and at a low ...

What about the college non-athletes?

ESPN, the sports channel, a couple years ago paid homage to the multitude of high school seniors picking their colleges to play football. Time was spent beyond my imagination to determine the top 300 prospects. When some were identified, they donned the hats of their intended choices. Parents ...

We can draw the line on guns

On any given day one can open a conversation with, “how ya doin’?” and find that the next five to 10 minutes are spent listening to a diatribe of what is wrong with them, their world and everything under the sky. Isn’t it about time we begin to look on the brighter side of things? ...

Anti-Trump segment can’t let it go

It’ll be almost a year since Donald Trump ran and won the presidential office of our nation. But the bitterness felt by the losers has continued unabated. Disappointed writers fill the press and other media by slanderous, angry attacks, without regard for the office he represents. Their ...

Sentimentally speaking of SUNY

This month marks the 53rd year of my journey with the State University of New York at Fredonia. I have chosen to express my sentiments in the words of this poem which I have written. I hope our readers will enjoy this attempt to poetically express my sentiments. SUNY FREDONIA IS SO ...

Take part in citywide fire drill Tuesday

This past week, the city of Dunkirk Fire Department, along with many fire departments across the nation celebrated Fire Prevention Week by educating children of the dangers of fire and with many safety tips to protect themselves in the instance of a fire in their home. The key topics of home ...

Trump’s latest effort for universal appeal

Scientists are planning on sending a message into space to any aliens that maybe out there hoping to receive a message from us, the cool occupants of the earth. Not to be outdone by any nerdy scientist, President Trump has prepared the following message from him and the “great again ...

Legislature needs to keep cutting

County Executive Vince Horrigan recently presented the proposed 2018 county budget. While both he and County Department heads did an admirable job, this proposed budget calls for raising the tax rate from $8.48 to $8.58 per thousand dollars of full valuation. For this reason the budget concerns ...

Nothing fake about divisive views

There has been so much happening in the last two weeks it’s hard to know where to put the focus. The United States has borne the brunt of three major hurricanes this summer; first, Texas was devastated by Hurricane Harvey; then Florida by Hurricane Irma, and then Maria hit Puerto Rico. Maria ...

Adversity creates character

Here is another classic Margaret Valone column. The other night I was reminiscing about my childhood. In those days, we went to work on the farm. We usually were picked up in a pickup truck. I guess if we had been born in the south, we would have been cotton pickers, but in western New York, ...

Adversity creates character

Here is another classic Margaret Valone column. The other night I was reminiscing about my childhood. In those days, we went to work on the farm. We usually were picked up in a pickup truck. I guess if we had been born in the south, we would have been cotton pickers, but in western New York, ...

Football’s not bigger than our freedoms

I’m not sure if it’s a wise thing to add my two cents to the controversy over whether NFL players should stand as they have in the past for the national anthem, stand with arms linked as a sign of unity or get down on one knee as a sign of protest against perceived inequality in the United ...

Going with the flow

There’s a big black thing in my kitchen. It’s new — and I don’t like it. In all fairness, it was desperately needed and I was happy when my new side-by-side freezer-refrigerator finally arrived. My old one (I didn’t think it was that old; I clearly recall the day I bought it) died ...

‘Good life’ fun slowly disappearing

You’ve seen the documentary evidence of Dunkirk in its glory days — the photographs, the retrospective newspaper articles. Many readers of this paper lived through the glory days, having grown up here. They remember an abundance of manufacturers that employed people to make everything from ...

NFL protests are one hot potato

There are good and bad reasons for allowing kneeling during the national anthem. The NFL players gave bad ones and are embarrassing themselves. In 2009, the NFL required players to be on the field for the anthem. The justification for playing it and requiring players to be on the field is ...

Constitution, not politics, is priority

Everyone has their trench dug to religiously defend the party they favor. I always vote, but I’ve never been party faithful. It seems to me that in a country such as ours, where we consist of a wide variety of people from all over the world, that if all you care about is your own skin, ...