Commentary

Commentary

A TV show that I always enjoyed watching was "Law and Order." My oldest daughter, who happens to be a lawyer in California, said one day that the show tends to run fairly true to actual court activities, at least more than many others.For those who may not be familiar with the show, it presents ...

Residents must reject library tax

The so-called Dunkirk Free Library has been a thorn in the side of Dunkirk city taxpayers for decades.The city taxpayers had to dish out more than $135,000 a year for this tax-eating monster. All the time, that money could have been used to rebuild our fire halls. But instead, the fire halls ...

Window for opportunity

By SKEETER TOWERBehold! Here is one of the more spectacular 19th century residential stained glass windows in Dunkirk. It is housed in its original Queen Ann style home at 418 Eagle St.The setting is spectacular, with the approximately 25-square-foot piece adorning the landing of the ...

Keep the fate of town posts in hands of voters

By RUSS PAGEThe towns of Villenova and Ripley are considering a change for the Highway Superintendent position to go from elected by the people to appointed by the Town Board. The New York State Association of Town Superintendents of Highways Inc. opposes this change.Voter accountability: ...

Life is a learning and changing process

Life is a learning and changing process. I've been home now for over a week. So far, I've done pretty well. On Tuesday, a nurse comes in and fills my pill boxes, and on Tuesdays and Fridays, a helper comes in and cleans and dusts. On Friday, she helps me with a shower, and she even puts up my ...

Time and money in Social Security

One of the things that annoys me about many of our congressional representatives, and they can be a particularly annoying breed, is their attitude about reforming the Social Security system so that it will remain a viable part of our social safety net.Let someone suggest changes to the system, ...

Less uniformity might be good

Perhaps uniformity isn't always desired.Obviously there are exceptions (aren't there always?) but I think it's fair to say nature prefers congruity.When one of something is formed, it's a reasonable bet the others will share similar appearances. I quickly pulled out three photographs to ...

Dems not jumping gun on dissolution

In a demonstration of Hegelian dialectic, Greg Fox's article "Dissolution on the table" (May 12) inspired large and enthusiastic attendance at the Democratic Mixer of the Fredonia-Pomfret Democratic Association that evening. Seventeen members and 13 guests attended. They ranged in age evenly ...

Our school spending spree

This past week New York voters approved of the budgets for 99 percent of the state's 669 school districts. This beat last year's 98 percent passage rate. This is a problem.A little context is in order. Writing on Syracuse.com, Sarah Moses reports that in 2015 the taxpayers in the school ...

This land is your land — and mine

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. - John F. KennedyIn honor of Memorial Day I wish to thank all servicemen and women in uniform; past, present, and future. I am forever in your debt for the freedom I ...

Message behind prom promise

Some of us need laws to keep our behavior in check. Others just know the right thing to do.I do an awful lot of writing about the laws of this land and people who break them. This time, I want to write about the lesson learned from an honorable 17-year-old who lives in Susquehanna Township, Pa. ...

Memorial Day in Silver Creek

Photo submitted by James LisaMemorial Day services were held Monday in Silver Creek by members of the Samuel Cimino VFW Post 6472 and its auxiliary, American Legion Post 148 and Amvets Post 6472 . Ed Fik was master of ceremonies and Collin Anderson was guest speaker. The Silver Creek band ...

Area police

State Police in Fredonia Angelo Spicola Jr., 53, of Cassadaga was charged Thursday with three counts of petit larceny after State Police responded to a report of a larceny of auto parts from Clemens Auto Sales on Route 60 in Pomfret.Investigation reportedly revealed auto parts had been ...

Fredonia agrees to have engineers review water system

The village of Fredonia's water system will be studied to determine ways of reducing the amount of byproducts created as a result of treating and disinfecting water.The village board, during a recent meeting, approved an agreement with O'Brien & Gere Engineer Inc. of Syracuse to provide ...

Theresa M. Ark

Theresa M. Ark, 87, of Silver Creek, N.Y., died Sunday morning, May 24, 2015 at the Chautauqua Nursing and Rehab Center in Dunkirk, N.Y., sur-rounded by her family.Theresa was born in Dunkirk, N.Y., on April 30, 1928, the daughter of the late Alexander and Frances (Feniello) Biscaro. She ...

David Franklin Hanson

ASHVILLE - David Franklin Hanson, died unexpectedly on Monday (February 2, 2015) while recovering from an ac-cident that occurred early in 2014.A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Satur-day (May 30, 2015) in the Open Meadows United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the Open Meadows ...

Marion L. Barnum

Marion L. Barnum of Tinney Street in Dunkirk, New York died late Saturday evening after a long illness.She was 79 years of age and passed away at Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dun-kirk, N.Y.Arrangements are currently incomplete. A date and time for the services will be announced at a later date ...

NY proposes changes in deer, turkey hunting seasons

ALBANY. (AP) - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is accepting public comments through June 29 on regulatory proposals for hunting and trapping of wild turkey, deer and fisher.The agency is proposing to adjust fall turkey hunting seasons by limiting the season to two ...

Pay tribute to noble service today

This is Memorial Day and we will not forget. Many of us recall the words of John F. Kennedy when he said, "Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the ...

Columnist confuses fanatics and religion

In his May 13 OBSERVER column, "A religion with deadly consequences," Stephen Kershnar has fallen into categorical mistakes that shame a philosopher.Instead of lamenting the actions of fanatics - a kind of person to be found professing almost any faith - he has called Islam a savage religion ...