Commentary

A mob mentality in social media

Animal behavior for the most part is predictable, if not explainable. A flock of geese or sparrows redirects itself instantaneously by some collective awareness, as if the individual physical components were subordinate to a greater unifying volition. Wild buffalo were at one time so bound by ...

The genius of the Electoral College

During these past weeks, there has been much written and verbal loquaciousness over the Electoral College. In fact, there are those who are clamoring for its abolition ... state by state. What is the rationale for the Electoral College in the first place? It is written that “The Electors ...

Trump critics are divisive as well

I’m not one to write letters or get involved much in the current political debates, publicly. As a business owner that can be dangerous to me. However, after reading Pete Howard’s commentary in the OBSERVER (April 23), I felt I had to speak out. Mr. Howard wrote about the different kinds ...

Even small-town democracy relies on voters

Although being an elected official is not for everyone, politics in general these days have become very popular, except, for some people in the village of Westfield, so it appears this last election. Could it be true you are among the majority of residents in the village of Westfield unaware ...

Hate crimes are constant war zones

“This isn’t Nazi Germany,” a survivor of an attack last weekend on a synagogue in Poway, Calif., commented. The gunman was a 19-year-old college student motivated by the white nationalist hate propaganda that has been increasing in volume and venom at an alarming rate in this country and ...

Keep turbines out of Lake Erie

In May 2010, we thanked the town of Evans for passing a resolution taking a stance against wind turbines and NYPPA’s plan to install them in Lake Erie. I believe Chautauqua County also took a position against turbines in the lake. We were told then, that developers target small, rural towns ...

Going down the opinionated road

The late, legendary Sports Editor Larry Felser of The Buffalo News would often lead his column with the words “It’s one of those opinionated days,” and so it is for me today. ¯ I sometimes wonder about the New York state Department of Transportation. For several years now it has been ...

A new chapeau for dad

Oh, yes, I will admit there have been times when I’ve turned this column over to a household pet. Not the cat, I assure you, though she’d like more time at the keyboard if I’d relinquish it. Only who can interpret her writings? Frequently, just lines of one letter or symbol repeated ...

Find accomplishments, not fault, with Trump

The OBSERVER must be the first newspaper to tell a sitting president he should “shut his mouth.” One recent editorial claimed President Trump said Sen. John McCain leaked a document that was supposed to impact the election. He said that after the whole country knew about it. Yes, we ...

Heaven seems over-rated

Recent Easter services and gatherings celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. His resurrection led to his later ascension to heaven. Christians assume that heaven is good for him and, thus, worth celebrating. Jews and Christians view heaven as good for us as well. The question is whether ...

Trying to keep it simple

I realize that in this article, I may appear to have an exalted opinion of my own understanding. In my defense, I think that is probably more or less true of all of us. That’s why we have arguments. I’m just trying to be truthful, and not hide behind what I may think is likely to be ...

Scales of discipline are not equal

A recent article in the OBSERVER was headlined “Jamestown Public School teacher charged in classroom incident seeking compensation.” It was in reference to an unruly juvenile who, according to the article, was very disruptive in the classroom. Not only disruptive, but disrespectful to ...

Brighter days not far away for Dunkirk

This letter is in response to Richard Makuch’s commentary (April 15). Yes Mr. Makuch, there is praise and progress to the city of Dunkirk, Mayor Wilfred Rosas and his administration. It’s unfair for you to blame empty lots and the loss of all the stores that were “once upon a time” on ...

Alstar union chair details concerns in wage issue

Alstar EMS under the ownership of UPMC has refused to negotiate a competitive livable wage and is hurting Chautauqua County’s emergency medical services. March 6 was the last time they took part in a negotiation session. They have canceled four planned sessions since then. At issue is in ...

Some hidden gems from Iowa

Do you know how to tell a pearl button from a plastic one? One of the joys of travel by car is that I can visit small towns and obscure places. On a recent trip I went, among other places, to Muscatine, Iowa, self-proclaimed Pearl Button Capital of the World. The Pearl Button Museum was ...

Recovery is almost never perfect

In the field of chemical dependency, we counselors live with denial, lapses, relapses and thank God, sobriety. This article will not spread great information to counselors, because all counselors know what I’m about to talk about. For the reader, that is uninformed, this article could help ...

We live for Jesus lives

Rejoice! Jesus is alive! That is the greatest of news that is declared every Easter. Two weeks ago Pastor Novack, in his excellent column, explained for you the importance of the first Easter and Jesus' resurrection. For all of those reasons we truly celebrate this Holy Day, rejoicing in all ...

That merry month

I always felt very fortunate one of the homes I had in Warren came with a lovely neighbor. Whoops! Let me rephrase that. At every home — anywhere — I have found marvelous friends and neighbors. But Adele was one step up. Besides a personality that bubbled, she had a way with flowers ...

Silence is not always golden

I’d just finished fall leaf removal on a brisk day. The sun shone following a few consecutive rainy days. I felt my cell phone vibrate and I answered a call. A woman’s voice spoke softly, and, hesitantly she introduced herself. “My name is Anna. Do you do couple’s ...

Assange arrest a threat to free press

Don’t look now, but free speech and journalism is under attack like never before. No, not because our president put out another angry tweet expressing how the press is the “enemy of the people.” I’m talking about the April 11 arrest of Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks. Assange had ...