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Green energy has environmental toll

Giant wind turbines and vast fields of solar panels are not made of fairy dust brought by unicorns. Do “greens” think we can’t see that huge quantities of raw materials and fossil fuels are used to mine, manufacture, transport and construct these intermittent, unreliable, grid crashing ...

A new attitude for Legislature

Susan Parker is running to represent District 4 in the Chautauqua County Legislature in a June 22 Democratic Primary. She is the kind of candidate we need. I spoke with her recently, and asked her what she would bring to the job? The job of a county legislator is to adopt resolutions and ...

Sweet and sour of honeysuckle

I’m so happy I write these columns for it seems I’m learning new things every time. Winter now past (or close to it), I was eager to get back to what’s outside at this time of year. I’m set to write about a prime nuisance in many parts of my yard. Yet when I go to the internet ...

Minds and matters: it’s all up to the individual

We humans, around the world, are born into families that run the gamut from, love your enemies, to kill them. It is actually true however, that “as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Those words can be found in the Bible’s book of Proverbs, 23:7, and for better or worse are true. To ...

Life’s not always an easy ride

It does not seem that long ago, but it happened when I was 6 years old. It was a beautiful spring day in early April. The sun rose that morning with a warm beaming brilliance that only a day in spring could bring. The birds were chirping their springlike calls as they were staking out ...

Seeking a better shot at normalcy after vaccine

I nearly missed my submission date on this article. My vast research staff and I were probing the depths of the image that was presented to America on the evening of April 28. It was the night of President Biden’s speech to Congress. During his speech he told America, looking us right in ...

We keep losing common sense, ground

The axiom “the more we know, the more we know we don’t know” is the premise for my following comments. Also, less universally applicable but significantly personal, is the axiom that I have forgotten more than I know. Even though I wish this were not to be proven true, I am very glad that ...

In search of a used dog

I borrowed – all right, stole – the term from Tony. It’s too perfect not to use. I have indeed been searching for a used dog ever since Molly died. She was so perfect for me – why can’t I simply find another Molly? Oh, yes, don’t bother telling me. I know it can’t be and, ...

Vaccination is best defense for U.S.

There have been some polls taken recently which indicate that up to 25% of Americans surveyed were not planning on being vaccinated. That is hard for me to understand. When I was a kid, getting vaccinated was an automatic thing in our family. Whether it was for measles, small pox or polio ...

Prioritizing wellness, resilience in youth

By CHRISTINA BREEN As parents, guardians, and as a community, we know that it takes a village to build healthy and resilient people. Teachers, coaches, pastors, neighbors, family, and friends can influence and shape us in many ways. As we close this new academic year, we remember that ...

Energy ideas don’t consider cost

By RICHARD MAKUCH In a letter to the editor headlined, “We must act for our world,” the writer tries to explain why we must change to electric vehicles and be very concerned for our climate and elminate fossil fuel use. The writer makes the case that we should switch to renewable energy. ...

There’s support for those fighting cruel disease

May is ALS Awareness Month. ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig disease, affects about 30,000 Americans at any given time, and approximately 5,600 people in the U.S. are diagnosed every year. ALS Awareness month is a campaign to draw attention to, bring awareness of ...

A day for trees

Arbor Day — today here though already celebrated last Sunday in Australia and New Zealand — seems like the perfect time to talk about trees. That’s one thing we can probably always enjoy in common. When I lived in Warren I had a normal-sized house on a normal-sized lot (except the lot ...

Making a call for collaboration in city

The several conveyances of unopened Perry Street involved no wrong doing by city officials and city workers. I fully stand by the officials and by the highly skilled city workers, and I fully stand by Department of Public Works analysis of three critical omissions in the special counsel ...

We could all use a little more faith

I do a lot of reading in my old age. I guess it may be because my eyeballs are more acceptable to movement than my legs. My lounge chair is very comfortable. I read a lot of what I would call Christian philosophy. That is about Christianity in general, more than any particular church. There are ...

Reaching the COVID finish line

COVID-19 has been ever present in our lives for well over a year now. It has changed how we live, work, learn and play. Fortunately, COVID-19 is now a vaccine preventable disease. The finish line for us is not the total elimination of COVID-19. The finish line will be crossed when the vast ...

Reason for pride in region

Our region ... Western New York... is a very special place! This is an exceptional area because of the people and with the region’s magnificent rolling hills, expansive beautiful valleys, productive farm lands, and majestic lake plains. This area stands out as a wonderland of nature and ...

Finding support in lonely times

“Just because you are alone, doesn’t mean that you have to be lonely.” Over the past 13 years in the REBT program at Holy Trinity Parish Center, I must have repeated this hundreds of times to the people that took part in the program every week. The fact that people in treatment in ...

Having a brighter outlook on solar

Having read the opinion on the evils of solar energy, I have a few quibbles and a suggestion. Looking at the “facts,” New York’s largest energy sources are one half natural gas, one third nuclear, and one fifth hydro. This is according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. As ...

Climate is right to begin change

Sometimes it seems like hell — or Texas — has to freeze over before climate action comes to the forefront of many politicians’ minds. Well, after recent severe weather events, the climate threat is clear as can be, and it’s time for Congress to act. On Feb. 13, a winter storm began ...