Commentary

It’s OK to ask questions

Some of the responses I get from this column are priceless. I received a letter from a young man (they are all young to me). They probably refer to me as "the old lady." How true! But that title isn't all bad. Somewhere along the way, we learn a few things and I try to pass them on.In the ...

Enjoy America’s pastime

Baseball is back. After a cold, dark winter playing fields are green again, glowing in the bright spring sun.Under a warm sun on ball diamonds in Florida and Arizona players have been sharpening their skills in preparation for a new season. Opening day came and went. I have my ticket behind the ...

If only world leaders could be 4

In the past week or so people have been coming out of the woodwork to show their interest in running in the 2016 presidential election. The news channels are tossing their questions and opinions around in each station.Conversations of who is endorsing who, or what each of their "real" agendas ...

To roll with — or against — the moss

If this year's growing season is as rainy as the past two, I will again be faced with the conundrum of moss. Two or three kinds grow prolifically through my gardens, certainly with more vigor than any of things I plant or would prefer to see there.What, I keep wondering, can I do to rid my ...

History must include ‘rest of story’

The study of United States history is becoming more inclusive. That development should be mirrored in contemporary American life.The present is the stuff of future history. The past offers lessons for living that can be gleaned from the treatment of historical topics in scholarly work. One can ...

Policing our law enforcement

The recent spate of videotaped incidents highlights intertwined problems: out-of-control police violence and constant government overreach.By now everyone has seen the recent video of the shooting of Walter Scott in South Carolina. Scott was stopped for a broken taillight. After he fled from ...

Ignore GOP banter on Clinton

"Everyday Americans need a champion. I want to be that champion. So I'm hitting the road to earn your vote. Because it's your time. And I hope you'll join me on this journey."- Hillary Rodham Clinton 4/12/2015This is how Hillary Clinton announced her campaign in the bid to run for President ...

No quick fix for school reform

Editor's note: This is the second of two parts.On Sunday, I wrote about what makes a successful student and what does not. In addition, I offered suggestions to improve attendance and parental involvement. Today, I offer additional proposals to "reform education" to counter the state proposals ...

An assault on prosperity

The federal government is spending money we don't have and borrowing money we can't pay back. The scenario of spending and borrowing goes on while the advantage of the free market system is frowned upon by some.In the face of all of this, there are calls for more government, more taxing, more ...

Throwing in towel with email, Barbie

It's that golden time of the month again when we review the important news stories that are shaking the world. So strap yourself in. Here we go.Story 1 - Hillary Clinton has caused quite a stir recently. We now know that she was using a private server and private email account during the four ...

Teachers a part of learning process

Editor's note: This is the first of two parts.By TIMOTHY MAJKALet's start off with an icebreaker. I am proposing a new political reform. A "Legislator Evaluation process."Every six months constituents would fill out an evaluation on their respective representatives (oh, and another legislator, ...

Water woes have plagued village

By AGNES "PAT" PFLEUGERThe village of Silver Creek, situated on the flat shore of Lake Erie and surrounded by higher elevations, has down through history often been subjected to disaster floods.One in the spring of 2009 destroyed homes, an entire trailer park and the Village Public Works ...

The culture of a new health kick

We all know people who have had heart attacks. Every 34 seconds someone in the United States has a heart attack. Many heart attacks are brought about by our diet: high in fats, high in sodium, high in calories.My particular family does not have a history of heart disease, but we do have a ...

Celebrating Easter and family

Did you have a Happy Easter? I did. We are blessed in my church to have Marc Guy as the music director. He is also a music professor at the college. He plays piano, organ and trombone in church. Besides all that, he has a beautiful voice. He sang some solos. We also sang many songs together as ...

Public schools are losing power

The Education, Labor, and Family Assistance bill passed April 1 by the state Legislature is an unjustly harmful and injurious piece of legislation that negatively impacts both the providers and recipients of public education in New York state.Introduced near the end of a hurried late-night ...

Musings from the Hill

April! Spring! I heard somewhere that this season (when it does finally appear) is God's way of showing He hasn't forgotten us.I tend to see that reminder everywhere I look. New season. New birth.Of course "bill" can have many meanings as April approaches its Ides (and, yes, other months ...

Most shootings have big downside

The gun industry faces a dilemma. Unlike other consumer items that need to be purchased regularly, a gun can last forever.Yet to stay in business, they have to make and sell more guns, which brings us to handguns sold for self-defense.Most states have concealed-carry licensing. Unfortunately, ...

Change may be in the wind

Renewable energy is a popular concern of consumers, business leaders, developers and all who are proponents of clean energy and moving us from the perils of fossil fuel. However, if we're to have renewable clean energy, we must move beyond the discussion stage and the inherent struggles between ...

Who controls you?

I am ignorant in many areas, but one that is especially elusive, is the control of our minds and bodies. I sing in a quartet of four-part harmony. Note accuracy is very important. If I want a certain tone, my brain produces it. I have no idea what my vocal chords do to produce one note as ...

Land purchase will increase parking for fishermen

Editor, OBSERVER:Recently the Westfield Town Board completed the purchase of a piece of land at the entry by Chautauqua Creek and Route 5. Due to limited safe parking we believed this acquisition was critical to the many fishermen and recreational visitors who frequent the location. Through the ...