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Commentary

Mayors urge ‘proactive stand’

The holiday season is just around the corner. Unfortunately, however, the coronavirus is here in our area now. We have seen a spike over the last month in the number of reported positive cases and hospitalizations. As your mayors of Dunkirk and Fredonia, we are urging each of you to take a ...

Stream of benefits becoming waterfall

An article recently in the OBSERVER was headlined, “More benefits for low income families on the way from SNAP.” The article stated: The State of New York and the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance is making more than $ 100 million in additional emergency food assistance to ...

With COVID, quit picking, choosing who to name

This is my first article I have ever written to the OBSERVER. I believe this is necessary as the front-page article (Nov. 10) does not have the facts stated correctly about the spread of COVID-19 happening at some of the clubs. The spread of COVID is everywhere and it seems there were ...

Flawed fight with COVID-19 began with testing

Almost every person in America is tired of hearing about ‘the virus’ and the increasing tolls from COVID-19. Nearly all of us want the kids back in school where teachers teach face to face, little girls dance and sing, little guys play, and parents joy as they see their children learn and ...

The old debate begins again

I had the same argument last year, resolved it then, but it’s back again now. It’s all about a Christmas tree: do I want one – or not? If my answer is affirmative, then I must continue: real or phony? Tall or short? So many questions. So much to think about. My mind still entertains ...

Too many never gave Trump a chance

As I write this the other guy, Joe Biden, has been declared “President Elect.” It seems that the President’s opponents who have been out to get him since November 2016 have attained their goal — even if doing that deed was left to Democratic political hacks who applied the fix in ...

Old soldiers never die …

Seventy-five years ago, the world’s most calamitous war mercifully ended. One of my earliest memories was standing hand-in-hand with my mother on West Main St. in Little Falls watching the Veterans Day parade pass by. It was 1947 or 48. I remember the marching bands, floats, firetrucks, ...

It’s our duty to appreciate all who have served

Editor’s note: This column was first published on Nov. 11, 2010, in the OBSERVER. It’s easy to get caught up in the daily demands of life — errands, appointments, meetings, shopping — each day throughout each week lasting each month all the year through. But there are two times each ...

Veterans have earned this day, recognition

Editor, OBSERVER: Through all this political turmoil of this election let us not forget why we even have this thing called democracy. It is because of men and women who stepped up when America needed it the most they are called veterans. They put their lives on hold some were children out of ...

Wind companies put their interests first

As reported in the OBSERVER article headlined “Tensions evident at Portland wind hearing,” (Oct. 1) Eric Holton from Emergya Wind Technologies stated: “Those who opposed, that if they do not allow the smaller project in, he and his company will have to move in via the state, which means a ...

A tribute to the many

Wednesday, Nov. 11 is Veterans Day ... and my column today is in the form of a poem. In this poem, I wish to pay tribute to the men and women who have served, as well as those who are currently serving in the Armed Forces of our great Nation. I am a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, and the ...

Keep up fight on lake turbines

Editor, OBSERVER: Anyone who walks the beach, boats, swims, sails or drinks water from Lake Erie should be very concerned about Governor Cuomo’s plan for 50-plus industrial wind turbines in our Great Lake stretching from Hamburg to Dunkirk. These 450 feet monstrosities will circumvent ...

Our body of work keeps changing

This is apparently is a big deal. According to the journal Anatomy, human beings are still evolving. What is even more surprising is that it’s happening at a rapid rate. These scientists have measured arteries in the human arm and have detected a noticeable change. Instead of two arteries ...

‘Horrific statement’ is not accurate

Editor, OBSERVER: A recent letter published by the OBSERVER (Oct. 31) was truly scary. But even more scary was the newspaper’s decision to print it. I’ll focus on the worst line in it: “A baby born full term can be aborted if the mother wishes. The doctor has a right to make a death ...

After death, family in need of help

Editor, OBSERVER: My husband, Ken, and I were so deeply saddened to hear of the death of Steven Yunghans of Fredonia. Although the obituary mentioned several destinations for memorial donations, there is also a GoFundMe account set up to help his family. His wife, Erica, is former ...

Turning older … yet again

Yet another year has passed and I’m still here. Happily so, though I can’t claim it’s a hop, skip and jump. Good grief! Did we ever really do all those things? I definitely do my best with walking and exercising. Molly, bless that sweet dog, does her part for we walk together each ...

Cherishing the beauty of America

I had an article all ready to send in for today when I realized that if they stayed with the current schedule, it would be printed on Election Day. Therefore I thought I should write something about America. Katherine Bates was inspired atop Pikes Peak to write the song “America the ...

People voting must drive policy

Political correctness is a doctrine recently fostered by a delusional illogical minority and promoted by a sick mainstream media which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a piece of garbage by the clean end. It is also something to ponder that the United ...

It’s time to bring a balance

Dichotomy: A division or contrast between two things that are or are represented as being opposed or entirely different. Repeated branching into two equal parts. “Society’s natural gravitation towards in-group/out-group dichotomies poses a serious threat to humankind as it facilitates the ...

School choice offers benefits to our youth

As a public school teacher and principal for 33 years, I was admittedly uneducated and somewhat brainwashed by a teachers’ union and an administrators’ union when it came to school choice and school vouchers. As a well-trained and extremely hard working educator, I couldn’t see how any ...