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Commentary

Giving with open hearts, minds

This is the season for giving and Jesus tells us in Matthew 25:35-46, “ ‘For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ ...

Global Fund saves lives across world

Did you know that 32 million unnecessary deaths have been prevented in over 120 countries thanks to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria? Our U.S. government provides life-saving investments in the Global Fund, an international organization which invests billions of ...

Those responsible are paying for others

By RICHARD MAKUCH I have noticed that more homes are being built in the city of Dunkirk. Are these also for a special group of people? My question is: could it be possible that they could be occupied by those hard-working families or for those disabled American veterans? So who are the ...

Finding common ground on waters

As a key economic driver for our county and one of our most valued natural resources, Chautauqua Lake boasts an array of engaged stakeholders ready to weigh in with opinions on how best to manage this most vital of shared resources. From the new Chautauqua Harbor Hotel and Webb’s Lodge at ...

No buy-in during the crowd crunch

By the time you read this, I will be in Minnesota, awaiting the birth of my third grandchild. My daughter and her husband chose to not learn the sex of the baby beforehand, so it will be a surprise for us all. My 3-year-old granddaughter cannot decide if she wants a baby sister or baby ...

Sierra Club spin is tough to stomach

I am compelled to respond to the commentary (Nov. 9) by a member of the Sierra Club headlined “Organization keeps high standards.” It was filled with many inaccuracies that need brought to light. ¯ First, the writer claims the Sierra Club is not aligned with money or politics. Oh really? ...

Losing sleep over nightmare pillows, holidays

I know its Christmastime and I should be extra kind to my fellow man but there’s one guy on TV that is starting to get on my nerves besides Adam Schiff. It’s Mike Lindell, the My Pillow guy. He who won’t go away. He’s become the human version of a creeping forest fungus overtaking the ...

You’d better not pout

Crying’s a no-no as well for it may not be who you expect. Santa, right? Well . . . not exactly. Would you welcome Saint Nicholas? Of course — who wouldn’t? Tradition has his birth occurring on March 15, 270, with death of natural causes on December 6, 342. He was 72 years ...

Democrats love the distractions

As an American and a Marine veteran, I am appalled and disgusted with the Democratic party. It’s no secret that the Democrats wanted Hillary Clinton elected as president. Two days after Donald Trump was elected, the Dems were calling for impeachment. They have accused Trump of collusion, ...

Figuring in faith for new client

Let’s meet Cliff. He contacted me by way of his priest. Yes ... his priest! The Father had a history with Cliff. Cliff, a devout Catholic, had gone to confession on several occasions. Additionally, at Cliff’s insistence, they met in a counseling environment. The religious faith-driven ...

State helped doom Lakeshore Hospital

I attended the first public organizational meeting of Lakeshore Hospital at the Silver Creek Central School auditorium where more than 150 people gathered to hear about the possibility of having a new hospital. Fran Striker, writer of the Lone Ranger, was the principal speaker for the ...

We can learn from prohibition

I recently rewatched Ken Burns’ fascinating documentary on prohibition. Prohibition was a 1920-1933 nationwide ban on production, importation, transportation, and sale of alcohol. The Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution and the Volstead Act that filled it out didn’t ban alcohol ...

When life gets in the way

We have many ideas of what life is or means, but at least in this life, we shall never really know what it is. To truly enjoy it we must learn to do so, rather than to try to master our fellow man. Mankind has had a long history on earth. We have been making progress very slowly over time. ...

Giving thanks for our surroundings

We have just given “thanks” on Thanksgiving Day. Thanksgiving is a time “we gather together” and recount our many blessings. There is much for which all of us can be thankful, including the spirit of giftedness all around us. Look around in your surroundings, you will discover a ...

State must reform confusing court system

For nearly 30 years, the more rural counties of the Eighth Judicial District have been denied a sitting state Supreme Court Justice because of the logistics, expenses and political realities of being part of a sprawling district. Although the district, where I serve as Administrative ...

Overcoming fear is easy as riding elevator

Editor’s note: This is the second of two articles. Here is a true life example from Friends of Cazenovia Halfway House. Herman, my client, was 5-foot-11, 360 pounds, an all-American football player at Michigan State. Herm was deathly afraid of riding elevators. Thus when he was in the ...

Has our nation become too trusting?

It’s all in the presentation. A week ago we were presented with hearings that were intended to be fact-finding and informative for the American public. Chairman Adam Schiff of the House of Representatives attempted to conduct a serious presentation of the actions by the president and his ...

High praise for Opera House

On the occasion of the recent 25th anniversary celebration of the newly renamed 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center, I’d like to congratulate and thank the staff and legion of faithful volunteers, all of whose talent, hard work and dedication over the past three and a half ...

They wait for no man

I’ll leave the tides and moon to work that out for themselves while asking if time is speeding up for you as well as I? I know there are times when we wish it could move faster, times of peril or pain or perhaps just interminable waiting for whatever comes next. For the most part, ...

Past leaders set country on right path

Today is Thanksgiving, a day when families and friends gather together to give thanks for the good things in life, for the things that didn’t turn out as bad as they might have and of course for each other. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It is also a day when I remember and give ...