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Commentary

Making it tough to pass on solar

Utility scale solar installations make no sense in Western New York. The energy industry standard of energy efficiency is called “Energy Returned on Energy Invested “ (ERoEI). Consider the energy expended to manufacture, transport, install and decommission utility scale solar compared to ...

It’s always the hot seat for Cuomo

Life is a bipolar experience filled with highs and lows — especially in this era of extremes. Our governor is not exempt from life’s extremes and like Morton salt, when it rains it pours, even in the middle of a COVID pandemic. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s detractors are hot on his heels. New ...

New American ‘mess’ is just beginning

On his first day in office President Biden signed 17 executive orders. The Democrats just kept handing him documents to sign. I don’t think he even knows what he was signing. For the first time ever, our country was energy independent. Joe Biden shut down the Keystone pipeline, which was ...

Those teeny ants have returned

I was agreeable to letting them visit as long as they cooperated so I could take pictures. That required time because most of those I took were so close up they came out blurred. “Delete” is a marvelous invention. As for the ants, I was patient. VERY patient. Even when they weren’t. But ...

We’re all feeding into big-tech control

Big Tech is waging a disgraceful war on the political right. Big Tech includes Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Leading up to the election, Big Tech colluded with the Deep State and the Democratic Party to censor stories reporting that the Biden family, ...

We cannot control all in this world

Every living thing — both animal and vegetable — has been created to fulfill a given purpose. A cow is a cow, and a lizard is a lizard. We humans are adaptable for many functions. We range from garbage collector, to carpenters, to brain surgeons. Some of us have great ability with hand ...

Embracing the dawn of a new day

Autumn follows summer and spring follows winter and with each, a brand new season emerges. Thunder follows lightning and a wet surface follows rain drops, and the earth is replenished with refreshing moisture. A new day follows nighttime and a brand new day emerges as fresh as the morning dew. ...

Keeping humanity in the criminal process

This is in response to the opinion piece “Should victim testimony count in parole hearings?” (Feb. 1). The starting premise — that victims are “testifying” at post-conviction release hearings — is but one of many aspects that contributes to a misunderstanding of victims’ ...

Seeking compassion in trying times

It is obvious that we are living in unprecedented times. None of us in this country ever expected a year like 2020 and a pandemic that has killed a half a million people in our country. Looking at the country we live in, I have seen people “rise” to the occasion of compassion for their ...

Don’t blame Ripley for mistakes by state

A recent Editor’s corner (Feb. 12) by John D’Agostino offered his view on the public sector’s perception regarding the $16 billion deficit facing New York state. Quoting from his opening paragraph, “It can be summed up in three words: Ripley Central Schools.” He went on to reference ...

Singular take on part of small universe

My column on Singularity brought two recommendations of books I might like to read. Surprising myself, I happily succumbed to both suggestions. Saving dessert for last, I turned first to “The Singularity is Near” by Ray Kurzweil. The author defines his term as “a future period during ...

Capitol event was not ‘civil disobedience’

This is in response to Stephen Kershnar’s commentary (Jan. 13) in which he mocks the seriousness of the Jan. 6 riot and attack on the Capitol and members of Congress by a mob whose angry and violent actions were fueled by President Trump’s repeated but unsubstantiated claims that the ...

A comfort zone in heart of winter

It was cold last week, and it reminded me of the poem by Robert Service about the prospector in the Yukon who “hated the cold, but the land of gold seemed to hold him like a spell.” It is true that I don’t like the cold anymore. Yet, I am also gripped like a “spell” when it ...

Our evolving lives, power supply

In the outfall of the Texas electrical power outage, an article (Feb. 17) updates the status of New York state’s power grid. I have lived at least four years in each of four states. I experienced at least one power outage lasting a day or more in each state except Michigan. The reasons have ...

Are we doing everything to prevent COVID deaths?

Many people continue to die from COVID-19. Some will die because despite all that is done; their innate human condition causes the treatments we currently have to be ineffective. Others will die because they have an inadequate or significant delay in treatment early in the disease process. ...

Once past the big bucks, real need emerges

Tom Reed claims the Democratic stimulus plan is completely partisan. What is partisan about town and county governments? What is partisan about schools and hospitals? What is partisan about the water treatment plant or the road crew? All of these public services are hurting for money. ...

Goodbye, old girl

I have always liked to write about Molly. She has fans who only contact me when a column about her appears. Besides that, it’s she who fills my days with joy and causes unexpected outbursts of laughter. Writing about her is obviously overdue but, come on, she and I are just like the rest ...

An unending cycle for humanity

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 ...

Assembly proposal full of ill will

To all New York state residents: you must read this piece of legislation proposed by the New York Assembly. A new bill has been introduced. It is bill number A 416. This bill will allow the governor and any public health official in the state to round up and detain you in a detention ...

SUNY Fredonia runs in the family

My column this week looks a bit different. I have decided to put “this perspective” in poetic form because of the nature of the subject. It was 57 years ago that I interviewed for a faculty position at SUNY Fredonia. I was offered and accepted the position. Also later on my wife, our ...