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Commentary

Toll of 9/11 continues 20 years later

This past weekend our nation observed the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Like the weather this year the weather throughout the northeast that day was perfect with a golden late summer sun shinning down from a cloudless and vibrant blue sky. I was not working that day and was ...

A celebration of life

Every morning, as I pick up my newspaper, I always check the obituaries first. No, it’s not because of the old joke that I am checking to see if my name is there. Now that I am getting long in the tooth, I realize that my contemporaries are also aging. Like all of us, I check on my friends ...

Economist foresees deficits, inflation

CHAUTAUQUA – The American economy grew 3.4 percent annually from 1981 to 2000, 1.9 percent annually from 2001 to 2017, and then 2.5 percent annually from 2017 to 2019 pre-pandemic, when wages rose rapidly at the bottom, said Dr. Peter Morici. "The best antidote for most social problems is ...

Are we losing sight of what’s important?

Humanity has been in a struggle with themselves for untold generations to see who is best, and who can come out on top. Even in our entertainment, we strive to defeat out rivals, with whom we compete to see who will overcome the other. We have made our fellow travelers to be our enemies, to be ...

SUNY Fredonia brings special connections

My column this week looks a bit different. I have decided to put “My Perspective” in poetic form because of the nature of the subject. It was fifty-seven years ago that I interviewed for a the faculty position at SUNY Fredonia. I was offered and accepted the position. Also later on my ...

Butter-and-eggs

It was Emmy, the friend who led me into the waterless wilderness at Heart’s Content, who, on a very different occasion, spotted this intriguing plant. Butter-and-eggs (isn’t that a marvelous name for a flower?) popped up right in the middle of my garden proving I’m not as thorough a ...