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Commentary

Celebrating a month of significance

We have seen many dark days since our United States of America became a nation in 1776; and we are still living in times of discord and uncertainty when it comes to our political arenas. But living through these times and preserving our freedoms has not been done out of laziness and apathy. ...

Left-reaching Albany sets wrong tone

The insanity in Albany, our state capital, continues. Now the governor has signed a new law prohibiting any firearms in our schools. Throughout the state of New York, teachers cannot bear arms to protect their students from another massacre that could occur again in our school systems. In ...

Finding life’s lessons in failure

Editor’s note: This is the second of two parts. I’ll give you a case of a young man with dating anxiety, who after some prepping, was instructed to make three social contacts in the next week. If he is successful, he may miss an important lesson, since the probability is that he will not ...

Hospital managers forget goal of caring

This is an open letter to the administration of the Brooks-TLC Hospital System: Congratulations. You did it. You are now free to move on to the better job you were offered, and never have to think of this place again. I truly hope it finds you well, and fulfills whatever needs Lakeshore ...

A PAROLE CAROUSEL

By RONALD FRASER State-run parole and probation programs are designed to keep persons convicted of crimes — including a very large number of non-violent crimes — out of prison. But in New York, according to a recent Council of State Governments study, Confined and Costly: How Supervision ...

New law puts our safety at risk

In the OBSERVER on Jan. 24, there is a write-up about Mayville man jailed after pair of home invasions. In the Jan. 23 edition there was an article about a Gowanda man charged after a city vehicle pursuit. This guy had a gun in his possession plus many charges besides the gun, and he was ...

Trump’s tantrum tactics sway followers

The maturity growth of individuals progresses to different levels. Some are stunted. Our president never matured past the stage of disrespectful, self-centered adolescence. I won’t be needing as many of my own words to make my point. I will let others speak for themselves. In the ...

A piece of the pie

According to my go-to for useless information, there are just five days in the United States that account for the majority of pizza sales. Care to hazard a guess? For many families I suspect pizza is as much a staple as bread and milk. I do understand the reasoning. It can be picked up by ...

Hospital leadership ‘cannot be trusted’

Last week, the state Office of Mental Hygiene stood with Lakeshore Hospital in agreement that our patients must have access to mental health and chemical dependency programs at an inpatient level. Kaleida chief financial officer Richard Braun stated at that meeting that our closure is ...

Preparing to meet with Morty

In the first session, we met Karl and Lucy. Their great Uncle Morty, who resides in the Buffalo region, woke up one night screaming. His aide, Sara, a registered nurse, was tested mightily to calm him. A call to Karl and Lucy, who reside in Maryland, followed with a directive to call ...

Some starting to return home

It has been engrained in us that once our kids go away to college, they probably aren’t coming back. There is more glitz and glitter in other places … New York, Chicago and LA come to mind. There are jobs in other places. It is a big country and young people want to see it. There are a lot ...

Our winters of yesteryear

Resourcefulness appears to be one of the common threads that run through the tapestry of life. I remember well the frigid, blustery and wind driven snows during the winters of my youth back in the Depression days of the mid 1930s. Our family farm home was located in the Boston Hills of ...

Sense of shame adds to personal setbacks

Editor’s note: This is the first of two parts. There have been thousands of self-help books dealing with shame. In our field of chemical dependency, this is a key thinking or feeling pattern that can hold clients back in recovery. The simple definition of guilt or shame is “guilt is I ...

Senate needs urgency from GOP

The State Senate Republicans are suffering from a serious brain drain. The recent announcements that State Sens. Joe Robach and Richard Funke will join half a dozen other Republicans in retirement are a challenge to the powers of the upstate delegation. However, new faces that reflect the ...

Brooks-TLC turned backs on area

On Friday, the state Office of Mental Health Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council decided to keep the Irving facility open for the time being. While the facility’s census has remained high despite misinformation in the community regarding a closure date, the Brooks-TLC ...

Something missing with customer service

We have gotten into a rut at restaurants. At one, we order breakfast, no matter the time of day; and we always order the same things. At another, we have our favorite things. When visiting certain franchises, it doesn’t matter; we have particular dishes at each place. Hubby and I recently ...

Poor communication, an internal disaster

Where to start on the theatrical display presented by those involved in leadership at Brooks-TLC and Kaleida? Administration, in their attempt to close a much needed facility with essential services, has created quite a problem. It started with the closure of the nursing home and the situation ...

My little secret

Shhhh. Please don’t tell them. It’s a secret. You know as well as I what happens when you start thinking of a replacement. Perfectly dependable day after day, the minute it suspects, it goes haywire. My home was built in 1996. (How strange it feels now to write a date that doesn’t ...

Drinking, royalty and religion

Several news stories caught my attention in the last few weeks. First, recently much has been made of the fact that 100 years ago last Friday, Jan. 17 Prohibition became the law of the land. This followed the ratification of the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution in 1918 followed in ...

Politics is a dirty business

Every political entity, whether on a national or local level, has its movers and shakers as well as its detractors and destroyers — our city on the shores of Lake Erie is no different. As I have watched much of what is happening in Washington this past week, I have found many similarities ...