Commentary

Meeting Molly

I mourned losing Henry. Living happily with anything alive for 10 years is a feat for me. My beloved pet died April 26. Less than a week later I was in Florida thoroughly enjoying the three dogs who lived there. I knew I needed the companionship of another pet. (Cats don’t quite do it in ...

America’s sacrifice for freedom

Editor’s note: This editorial appeared in The Post-Journal of Jamestown on July 3, 1976. Two hundred years ago a group of Americans already branded as revolutionaries by their king made the final break with Great Britain and in an act of defiance aimed at polarizing the spirit of ...

Enjoy, and plan, for the Fourth

The first holiday of the summer is upon us and as Fourth of July is celebrated the Dunkirk Police Department has a few safety tips that could make your celebration safe and happy. Fireworks are a traditional part of celebrating the Fourth of July and can be a safe and enjoyable part of the ...

Forgotten siblings tied to freedom

Happy 243rd Birthday, America. July 4 reminds me of the good ole days. Firecrackers were apoppin, bottle rockets streaking across the darkened sky, picnic tables crowded with relatives wolfing down Granny’s tater salad and Uncle Clarence’s hot dogs smothered in his homemade barbecue sauce, ...

Connecting the dots to our past

There is an identity crisis facing Americans today. Apparently we have become a nation of faceless, empty-souled humanoids searching for the magic strand that might channel us back through our ancestry to some glowing moment in which we discover our true identities. There, smiling back at us ...

Living the American dream

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” This passage is from one of the greatest documents of all time in American history ... the Declaration of Independence. In our modern form of Republican Democracy we hold certain truths to guide the ship of state. ...

Cassadaga criticism is unfair

This letter is in response to the OBSERVER’s View on Cassadaga (June 11) headlined, “Several is likely one.” First, let’s straighten the record on the assumed conflict of interest concerning the mayor and clerk being married. The New York state Commission of Mayors stated that this is ...

It’s a heated climate for area energy debates

On June 12, I was in attendance for the town of Portland board meeting. I felt a sense of pride to think that this was the very foundation of our democratic government. A set of six people making rules for the majority by gathering information and making decisions. The sales representative ...

Education poll, results ‘reflect poorly’

I was deeply disturbed by your web poll posted at observertoday.com June 12 asking, “Should special education children be integrated into regular classrooms?” It is hard to fathom that such a discriminatory question would be posed in 2019. I have been a special education teacher for the ...

Fall in love with trains at event today

Get on a Train Day happens from 2 to 4 p.m. today with the ALCO-Brooks Engine 444 at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds. Admission and parking are free. Trains are a fun way to travel. They are also the best way to travel in bad weather. They can run when roads and airports are closed. They ...

What’s in your best interest?

Editor’s note: This is the first of two parts Self interest? That’s doing something for oneself. That’s selfish. Wrong! Self interest does not mean selfish; but for many people, these two attributes are lumped together, stirred around and come out selfish. Webster defines self interest ...

Time to get our house in order

These are heady times for Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his fellow downstate Democrats in the Legislature. They control Albany, they control the agenda and they control the state of New York. Their mood borders on the euphoric and they are not afraid to crow about it. For instance, Manhattan ...

A very feisty resident

They were here long before — these frightful beasts — and I trust they remain long after I’m gone. I am a curious person and don’t hesitate to approach closely — while using common sense — for I know from experience how rapidly one can attack. Those attacks draw blood. No. If ...

‘Jerk boyfriend’ and a rude text

I had just packed up to return home when my phone rang. Whoever was calling me didn’t know my schedule. How could he or she? I hoped it wasn’t a robo call. They seem to know when I’m most wary of answering the phone. I heard the voice of a distraught woman whose incomprehensible words ...

Tragedy has look of trend

Pearl Street in the hamlet of Forestville has become an unfortunate tragedy. In the last nine months, one person has died while others have been arrested due to the making of methamphetamine. The cause is something that you rarely expect from a place that has a population of about 650 ...

Inconsistencies in pro-life position

The pro-life position on abortion (abortion is morally wrong and should be illegal) contains a number of paradoxes that indicate that the pro-life side either doesn’t believe in or doesn’t understand its position. First, most pro-life advocates don’t support charging abortion-doctors ...

Open minds allow for knowledge

Epistemology: “How do we know that we know?” I looked it up, and my Webster said it was “A branch of philosophy that investigates the origin, nature, methods, and limits of human knowledge.” I think I like the first, off the cuff definition better. It gave simple me a quicker ...

Brooks: Mismanagement and insanity

A recent OBSERVER front page headlined “Approved” in large letters showed a drawing of the new Brooks Memorial Hospital that is destined for the village of Fredonia. What will happen to the current facility in Dunkirk? It seems no one knows. One thing we do know is there has been a ...

Fredonia performances worth a listen

Over the past several weeks, I have been in the presence of a group of gold medalists. But this group of people didn’t come from the track, gridiron, or diamond. No court could be found. They were from the stage. Many local residents may not be aware that the Fredonia High School Symphonic ...

Not ignoring the struggles of everyday life

It’s hard to be invisible. You have feelings, just like everyone else. You get tired, and hungry, and sad; but no one seems to notice, or care. Life on the streets is a dangerous and harsh existence. While on a recent trip to Niagara Falls, Ontario, I met a man begging for a hand out. He ...