Commentary

Christmas basket program delivers again for the needy

On behalf of the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Christmas Basket Project, I would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the local community for your generous donations toward our Christmas Basket Project which took place from Dec. 18 to 20.This year, the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Christmas Basket ...

Great gifts found in written word

The snow has been pounding down all day and it looks like a calendar shot. The wind creates little tornadoes of glitter across my yard.Silence blankets nature's beautiful noises, until a plow eventually scrapes through the quiet, a path to ensure that life can go on. White deserts and mirages ...

An important election year

For the 14 families who lost their loved ones in the San Bernardino, Calif., murders at the hands of two terrorists, there were no holiday celebrations this year.Due to the failed immigration policies of President Obama, one of the terrorists, Tashfeen Malik, was permitted to enter the United ...

Taking notice of arrests, scams and students

Have you noticed that when they show pictures in the paper of people who are wanted, they are usually males? Sometimes there is one female. Rarely there are two females. I find myself asking myself, "How come?" Are women more law-abiding or don't they get caught as often? Maybe men want more ...

No resolutions, just hopes, for 2016

We have just rung in 2016 with ball drops, fireworks and champagne toasts along with a skyscraper fire in Dubai and several terrorist scares in Germany. The new year seems very much like old times.This is the point where many people are prone to make new year's resolutions. Usually most ...

Sylvester and his crackers

In my cupboard there are four packages of cookies (good cookies) and five bars of imported chocolate. All are unopened.Since my enthusiastic purchases (all on sale, I should hasten to add), something very strange (for me) has occurred: I seem to have lost my sweet tooth.For a woman who ...

Many step up at holiday season

This was a season of blessings for the Westfield Food Pantry. The Food Pantry would like to say thank you so much for your help in providing much-needed food and other means of giving to us so we could help the families in need in our community.We were blessed with all the help of food, ...

No magic bullet with guns

How many innocents have been killed with a gun? How often do we hear an individual claiming the Government is taking away their Second Amendment rights?Has it come to the point that the citizens of this country are living in fear of losing their lives, their property or freedoms because of gun ...

A fine balance in our lives

What makes for a successful life? Is it to make a lot of money; to be the best at something; to have authority over others? Or is it to reach the fulfillment of what your life is supposed to be? A woodchuck doesn't have that problem. Its instincts govern its life. It never contemplates the ...

Too many weapons in wrong hands

Sometimes in this day and age, it is very hard to ignore some people who have no common sense whatsoever.Take, for instance, those who are critical of state Senator Catharine Young. Professional politicians of the caliber of this lawmaker are few and far between in Albany. Senator Young is for ...

No profanity, just holiday parking perils with added shock

Of course, the true meaning for many at this time of the year had nothing to do with a birth in Bethlehem that changed the world. The main concern 2,000 years later is being first in line to bust through the doors to get that Black Friday flatscreen TV for $4.95 and screw the world.Once again, ...

Reed’s vote disappoints Republicans

Congressmen Tom Reed and Chris Collins have now joined the Republican In Name Only "RINO" hall of shame club. Both voted for the president's most recent act of fiscal insanity, the 1.12 trillion budget that runs to September. This is a total Republican capitulation to every one of Obama's ...

U.S. has drinking problem

New data from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that in 2014, nearly 31,000 Americans died from alcohol-induced causes, including alcohol poisoning and cirrhosis of the liver. That's more than the number of Americans who died that year from overdoses of heroin and ...

The formula for education

Over the past several years, it has been reported that the greatest deterrent to students pursuing a New York state High School Diploma has been mathematics.Whether the introduction of the Common Core is responsible for this dilemma is a controversy that is going to continue ad nauseum. So, we ...

An affluenza epidemic

Affluent Having a generously sufficient and typically increasing supply of material possessions and wealth.Affluenza possession of so much wealth that moral values and accountability are no longer considerations.I love that the English language allows for new words to be added to the lexicon. ...

Gloria is the cat’s meow

Obviously, I do not know cats.I have had one cat or another most of my life. I remember Annabelle, who seemed to happily tolerate my dressing her in doll clothes and pushing her around the neighborhood in my doll buggy. Was it she or another who carried each of her newborn kittens up the ...

Thoughts for ringing in the old

Christmas is over, along with two months of holiday classics, fantastical lawn decorations, and gingerbread goodness. So too the revelry of New Year's Eve. Hot on the heels of the new year, thoughts of the passage of time are natural. Rituals, traditions, even the very rate of change parade ...

For better or worse: Faculty, student trysts

Among the sharpest disagreements faculty have with one another is on whether it is wrong for professors to date or have sex with their students. The professors are invariably male, the students usually, but not always, female.The discussion sometimes gets heated because some professors, often ...

War only one battle for veterans

We are in the clutches of a deep freeze as winter finally arrives in Western New York. Break out your shovels, sidewalk salt and tune up that snow blower; a basket sits by our door filled with scarves, hats and gloves to help stave off that "old man winter" we've heard about all of our ...

Another year, more amazement

A new year 2016 is upon us. This is a time when we often remember and treasure many of the amazing persons and events which are so fulfilling of what each of us is today. I recount here only several of such persons and events that are so meaningful to me.It was in 1937 and I was 7 years of age. ...