Commentary

Taking on the Donald

WASHINGTON - The Trump riddle continues to compel: How has he managed to successfully execute such a mass deception?He's by no definition a conservative, and yet he continues to plow ahead of all but the other least likely presidential nominee, Ben Carson, who has tied Trump in Iowa. Straight ...

Equal rights and protection

A couple of weeks ago, the first two women ever graduated from Ranger School. Ranger school is part of the Army's special operations unit and an extraordinarily demanding program. Some consider it the most physically and mentally demanding course in the U.S. Army. Predictably, the Obama ...

Backlash remains for lifestyle

"By practicing what we advocate and with any kind of acceptance that we expect from others, let's stop being so damn judgmental and crucifying everyone who doesn't fit in to our boxed-in perception of what is right." - Kemmy NolaSociety as a whole has become more accepting of gays and lesbians ...

Education offers challenge, adventure

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 three million fresh new faces in the United States arriving at the schoolhouse ...

Accountability in development office lacking

I'm writing in response to the article written by Dunkirk Mayor Anthony J. Dolce headlined "City on right path with development," which was in the Sunday OBSERVER (Aug. 16).Dolce starts out by stating that for three and a half years he's been urged to respond to the negative commentary ...

United Way golfing gives back to area

On June 29, the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County held its second annual United Way Golf Classic at Tri-County Country Club in Forestville. The event was yet again a success, raising more than $7,000 for the local community. Aside from our major sponsors, we also owe a great deal of that ...

Hounds about town

We are owned by two Irish wolfhounds - Isaiah and The O'Malley.My husband takes them out at least once or twice a week for a stroll and they are quickly becoming the Hounds about Town.Whether it's Fredonia or Silver Creek for their jaunts, people gawk, stop their cars to stare, or simply walk ...

July event helps to fight rare syndrome

Thank you so much for your support of our One Small KICK fundraising event held on July 19 in Silver Creek. Words cannot adequately express our gratitude.This event was a great success! Kickball united families whose children are affected by this rare syndrome from all across Western New York. ...

Putting proper face on effort

When does a deficit become a profit? Only in government - and more specifically in the village of Fredonia.At least that is what Trustee Joseph Cerrie tells us.Cerrie, who failed to receive an automatic endorsement from the Democrats for the next election, seems bent on being bitter in his ...

Thoughts about summer safety

Last week was a good week. I had a lot of company. I guess 90 isn't so old. I was thinking of the woman who was 104 and complained none of her friends came to see her anymore.You know it's nice to have church family. John Yager had both his knees done and he usually takes me shopping on ...

Lakefront lands get the shaft

Reading the title on the front page (Aug. 21) of our OBSERVER! Thank God for our OBSERVER!"Can't see the walk for the weeds!" How embarrassing for our city of Dunkirk, and especially our Public Works Department! Thank you, Jim Nichols of the Harbor Commission in your statement!It's a mess! The ...

Learning the ropes

It was on one of those too-frequent occasions when, walking out of my cabin - most likely on my way to be fed again - the seas were so wild that "walking" was essentially a struggle to fall between the inward paneling and the ship's railing. Grasping long enough to catch my breath, if not ...

Who else matters in primary?

Political signs littering the city landscape in the upcoming Dunkirk mayoral Democratic primary come down to two individuals - incumbent Mayor Anthony J. Dolce against Councilman at-large Willie Rosas. But those in the background who could play the largest role in the Sept. 10 vote are not even ...

Republicans wrongly dismiss Trump

Why Donald Trump is the front runner at this point? Of course, I am not saying he will get the nomination, however, he has rattled the Republican party and their long-term wisdom. He may crash and burn between now and the election, but the political climate that exists is the matter at hand.The ...

Change can come in primary

The residents of Dunkirk are in a position to decide the path the city will take over the next four years.On Sept. 10, there will be an opportunity to vote for the status quo, or move forward with a plan for growth through economic development, job creation, innovative recreational venues, ...

Life is more than collections

It sounds like good advice to be true to yourself, but what does it mean? Just how do you do it? I don't recall who the genius was who originated that advice, but I wish he had been a bit more explanatory in his counsel.I'm sure that many people would give us many examples of what it means. I'm ...

Fight a black eye — to city, parents

A parent is a father, or mother, a progenitor, a cause source. This was not shown at the Chautauqua County Fair in the city of Dunkirk. What are 12-year-olds doing at the fair without any parents that time of the day?They are unchaperoned kids who were neglected by their so-called parents. A ...

Board needs to be open with our community

Brooks Memorial Hospital celebrated "The First 100 Years" in 1998! The introduction to an 81-page history of the institution, that was published that year, began as follows:"This is the story of an institution founded one hundred years ago to serve a small Western New York Community. The story ...

Westfield politics look shady

In the upcoming November election for Westfield Town Board, the incumbent candidates for the councilman and town supervisor positions are running unopposed again, and the incumbent town supervisor has been cross endorsed by both major parties.According to the Chautauqua County election results ...

Another protection of freedoms

Freedom of association is a bedrock principle of a free society. It means that people can form relationships with whomever they want, under any circumstances that they want.It is the underlying basis for the recent Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage. The state should not interfere with the ...