Commentary

Country can overcome problems

Listening to the radio, television, reading the newspapers about school shootings that go on and on, trying to find the right answer to stop all of this. We keep blaming assault guns, more mental placement, but what is the real culprit here? It’s drugs! You seldom hear this. We have ...

‘Old school’ ways prevent relapses with dependency

In January, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) was starting its 10th year at the Holy Trinity Parish Center on Thursday night from 7 to 8 p.m. During this period of time, 6,500 people from drug court, AA, NA, ALANON and other organizations have participated in REBT. The main goal of ...

Bikes and their cycle in our lives

Recently on the Internet I came across a picture of a bike that looked exactly like the bike I rode when I was a boy in the 1950s. It was a picture that evoked memories of youthful summer days and of occasional winter days for that matter. My first bike was a small one, with 10-inch hard ...

Season of renewal

Eastertime. I do not believe an acceptance of Christianity is necessary for one to accept the resurrection which occurs each spring. One only needs eyes open to the miracles of the season. It was so long ago that I have completely forgotten the occasion when I was surprised with a lovely ...

Streep delivers in ‘The Post’

Not five minutes into watching “The Post” at the Fredonia Opera House Tuesday, two questions swirled in my head: Should I tell my father-in-law to see this film? Can Tom Hanks pull off being Bill Bradlee? The film’s powerful opening on front lines of Vietnam made me wonder if it would ...

What if we didn’t have guns?

The danger to our country is an uninformed voting citizenry who believe the same liberal stations and pay no attention to the facts even from their own sources. If they would even watch or listen to their own liberal news sources such as PBS, CNN, CBS, ABC and the others they would know that ...

This year’s Easter prayer: ‘Not one more’

This is the time of the year when most think of celebrating the resurrection of Jesus, hiding Easter eggs, going on vacation for “Spring Break” and awaiting the blossoming of daffodils and tulips. It is not a time when we think of the mass murder of our young people. However, that is what ...

Tattoos definitely leaving a mark

“… the man was a walking treasure gallery. This wasn’t the work of a cheap carnival tattoo man with three colors and whiskey on his breath. This was the accomplishment of a living genius, vibrant, clear, and beautiful.” — Ray Bradbury “… the powerful play goes on, and you may ...

Small-town life, big benefits

Some call it “Living at the time of the Walton’s.” I call it “Living now in our small town”; Gowanda is its name. And this is the way it is. Our local first responders, such as Gowanda Police Officer Randall and the entire Gowanda Police Force are to be highly commended. Point ...

It’s time for early voting in our state

Earlier this year, the Democratic Caucus of the New York State Election Commissioners Association formally endorsed Early Voting in New York state. The support for this voting reform was nearly unanimous within our caucus. The time is now for New York state to enact this vital reform. ...

Today’s youth needs harsh lessons on life’s realities

This is a response to the article about a reproductive health clinic in the works in Dunkirk (Feb. 19). This article states that with the high rate of pregnancies and sexually transmitted disease, a clinic is being put in Dunkirk High School. Part of their overwhelming stats is that they ...

Tariffs not enough to fix troubled steel industry

Our daycare center at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. is demonstrating a complete failure to understand how the world’s economy works. By proposing to levy 25 percent tariffs on steel and 10 percent on aluminum imports from other countries, we will protect about 25,000 jobs at several woefully run ...

Violence has been entertaining for years

Do you remember Popeye the Sailor Man, and Bluto the bully? “I’m strong to the finich cuz I eats me spinach…” How about Tom and Jerry; or Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner? Punches, running into doors, falling rocks and other mishaps befell most of our early cartoons. Believe it or not, ...

No empty promises, just lots

Give an inch, they want a mile. For years, the Revere Inn was an eyesore in Silver Creek. In December, thanks to the Chautauqua County Land Bank, the building was demolished. But village officials still were not happy. In February, village Mayor Jeffrey Hornburg voiced his displeasure on ...

Where the wild things are

And, no, I really wasn’t thinking about those Little Black Ants. They have returned and, while I do all I can to eradicate them (lots of smashing tiny bodies going on), let me say I find I harbor a certain amount of fascination with one so tiny. They seem intelligent enough to flee — and ...

Trip to movies changes everything

The last article introduced us to Clint. I received a telephone call from Clint’s best friend and law partner, Jerome. We learned that Clint hadn’t been to work in several weeks. Jerome and Anna, Clint’s wife, were worried about him. Jerome persuaded Clint to seek help and talk to ...

There’s Western NY magic in Madness

Regardless of your interest and dedication to the college basketball season from November through February, the annual March Madness Tournament is arguably the most anticipated, watched, and talked about sporting event in the United States. It presents a dramatic structure like no other and ...

Memories get the day going

These are early memories for two reasons. First they are memories of my early childhood; second I decided to write this at about 6 o’clock in the morning. I recall learning to begin to spell. I think it was in first grade. We were just learning to spell short words like the, she, boy. etc. ...

Legislators looking at wrong budget lines

The front page of the OBSERVER had an article stating legislators are continuing to review the budget of the sheriff. Legislators reviewed amendments needed for the 2017 budget while looking out for the 2018 budget at the same time. What I don’t see is a review of the nonresident welfare ...

Marriage: A pathway through life

A marriage, as life does, comes and goes in stages. At first, at least back in the day, it was really getting to know your spouse. And finding out — sometimes pretty quickly — what they do that drives you crazy. Or worse, what you do that makes them hit a blood pressure high for the ...