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Commentary

Elites have power, wrong ideas

The elites in this country are surprisingly unified in accepting and promoting terrible ideas. The mystery is why this is so. The elites are the people who control the commanding heights of academia, business, and government. First, academia skews hard left. Faculty at 40 leading ...

Organization advocates for balance at Chautauqua

CHAUTAUQUA — Sometimes renewal movements start with what could seem like small gestures. Such as a longtime Chautauqua Institution visitor’s 2018 newspaper ad. Was it a lost-and-found ad? Sort of. Chautauqua Institution, a national treasure, can’t achieve its potential without ...

Country needs leader like Lincoln

While watching the evening news during the summer, I heard President Donald Trump refer to the outgoing head of the Secret Service, Randolph Alles, as “Dumbo” — mocking his oversized ears. I couldn’t help but think what he would have said about Abraham Lincoln, who, by his own ...

Schools need funds to be ready to open

New York’s Health Department has released an extensive list of guidelines that schools will need to follow before reopening for the fall semester, and now schools will be responsible for planning how to reopen online, in-person, or both. Schools across the country are grappling with the same ...

Beauty, joy fill Gowanda

Our area in Western New York state is a most beautiful and productive geographic location. Today in our column, we “highlight” in these verses, just one of the many most pleasant and scenic of communities in the area. GOWANDA ... THE VALLEY BETWEEN THE HILLSIDES By Robert L. ...

Local team identities are due for overhaul

In case you were wondering if they still exist, they do. There are still honest and caring people in the world. I just met two of them. Randy Penharlow and Doug Prince. If not for them, you may not be reading this prize-winning column today and what a loss that would be. Through a series of ...

Council’s spirit is sinking Dunkirk

For the last six months I have sat back, watched and listened to what has happened to the city of Dunkirk since the new regime has taken control of the Common Council. I can no longer bite my tongue and say nothing as I see how the new council has plunged Dunkirk into a state of mediocrity, ...

An amazing visit

Steady readers know I welcome the returning geese each spring, waiting – and documenting – how many hatch and when. Dates can vary from April 22 to as late as May 24 This spring seemed late but then the weather wasn’t cooperating with anyone. One family of seven appeared a bit later ...

Renewable energy is not all green

I had a discussion with a retired state official about the July 24 Editor’s corner “Lake turbines part of new power play” by John D’Agostino in The Post-Journal and the OBSERVER. My friend preferred not to have his name used, and realizing that the new standards in journalism allow for ...

A call to help fellow community members

Like all of us who live and work here, I am proud to be a Western New Yorker. Part of what makes Buffalo the City of Good Neighbors is the way we look after not only our community, but our friends and loved ones across the country. The ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis is a time to take ...

We must stay vigilant with virus

Over the past three months, our organizations have proudly come together in an unprecedented fashion to address the enormous challenges we have faced as a community due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This public health crisis is unlike anything most of us have ever ...

Circling back on the issues

While mostly confined to home due to the pandemic I have had time to do a lot of thinking which my wife thinks is dangerous. After reading about the drainage problem at the new Routes 20 and 60 roundabout several things came to mind. First there is the universally held law of nature that ...

Smiling behind the mask

One of the negatives that comes with wearing a mask during this COVID pandemic is that people can’t see your smile, and you can’t see theirs. This might not be a problem for some, but it is for me. Regardless of what some may believe, disgruntlement does not describe me; I am a happy ...

Positive steps with surgery

PINE GROVE, Pa. — Immediately after emerging from bunion surgery, meeting new people isn’t atop most patients’ list. And it wouldn’t seem like wearing a surgical boot, which one does continually for about six weeks and transitionally afterward, could be a good way to meet ...

Truth is never the same to everyone

I believe it was William Shakespeare who said; “There is nothing good nor bad, but thinking makes it so.” My wording of the quote may not be completely accurate, but I’m sure the meaning is. I’m also sure that the statement is not really correct. We humans have become geniuses at ...

Priorities of party are failing U.S.

Facts are facts and fiction is fiction. The facts are that President Donald Trump made a decision early to determine how dangerous the coronavirus is and will be without any help of the Democratic Congress. They stated the president is too cautious and have been proven wrong. Now all they ...

Commentary: Making room for the big questions

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of articles. In Part One of my series describing methods I’m employing to stay healthy in the age of COVID-19, I shared my reasons for why I decided to quit using Facebook and Twitter. It’s been nearly two months, and not only do I not regret ...

Our postal service is under attack

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” This is the traditional motto of the U.S. Postal Service, inscribed on the main postal building in New York City, an institution which is now being undermined by ...

A ‘broken system’ needs attention

This is an open letter to U.S. Rep. Tom Reed: I am very concerned about the issue of public safety. I have raised both white and black sons, and have had much greater fear for my black sons due to the risk of systemic violence against them simply because of their skin color. I have been ...

What do I know about Warblers?

A volume of The Peterson Field Guide has more than 650 pages devoted to Warblers. To the best of my knowledge, not a single one has made it into one of my Musings. A pity. I do have photographs of many – well, some – but suspect I’ve ignored them because they don’t pose at my ...