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Commentary

‘Bitterness’ brings trouble for city

With every skirmish, battle and war there is collateral damage. Today in the city of Dunkirk it is innocent family members, an honorable man with 35 years of human resource experience, the taxpayers, residents — and yes, even me — who have and will continue to suffer the consequences of ...

Take a breath and plan in business

This is certainly a challenging moment for the business community. As the people in our business community make effort to protect the health of their families, neighbors, customers and employees they are also aware of the economic impact COVID-19 will likely have on the bottom line. With a ...

Why the compassion for law breakers?

The bleeding hearts in Albany are at it again. You know who I am referring to – the political party that cares more for prisoners, illegals and free loaders. This time they are involved in our prison system. They have legislation that would limit solitary confinement time for those ...

Dream helps spark reunion

Author’s note: This is part two of the story of how George Sebouhian became re-acquainted with his birth mother. Unfortunately, he had ended the chronological narrative of his life at the point where his new bride, Rose (Colopy) Sebouhian had discovered George’s mother’s whereabouts. In ...

Farms shortchanged in Trump deals

Farmers, often supporters of Mr. Trump, are relying more and more on government subsidies — otherwise known as “welfare.” Trump Tweeted (on 2/22/20): “IF OUR FORMALLY TARGETED FARMERS NEED ADDITIONAL AID UNTIL SUCH TIME AS THE TRADE DEALS WITH CHINA, MEXICO, CANADA AND OTHERS FULLY KICK ...

You can’t have it both ways

This is an open letter to John D’Agostino, OBSERVER publisher. In an article earlier this year, you wrote: “Kaleida Health, it must be noted, also has a role in the continued decline of Brooks and TLC. Western New York’s major health-care player appears to be calling a lot of the shots ...

Members are halting progress in Dunkirk

The city of Dunkirk council wishes to have people recommended for positions with the city, by current city employees; and then, have union members as well as the council members be involved in the interviewing and hiring process. This self-righteous act is a direct contrast to a democracy! I ...

Terminations came without explanation

Editor, OBSERVER: This is an open letter to the Common Council. I am writing this because you never have answered some of the questions that have been asked about the termination of two city employees who were key members on the mayor’s staff. Please answer the question of why were they ...

Houghton fought for ‘middle of the road’

I first got to know Amo Houghton in the mid 1970s when I represented Chautauqua County in the New York State Assembly. He was chairman of Corning, Inc. and would periodically call together all of the state elected officials representing the Southern Tier to discuss common problems and issues ...

Welcome, sweet springtime

“Why does anyone go on spring vacation? It seems odd to fly to a tropical destination at the very moment one of the greatest astonishments of life on Earth is taking place right at home.” I’m quoting now in the Wall Street Journal from George Ball, chairman and CEO of Burpee. “When ...

A wife’s sudden realization

Last article we met Janet who called with a powerful declaration. She thinks her husband, Jarrett, is having an affair. A once conventional type family, they raised two children now living independently. Jarrett came home from work to join the family for evening and weekend functions. ...

Subscribing for health care

Over 10 million people have signed up for Disney Plus since it launched last year. It’s easy to understand why. The service gives subscribers access to hundreds of movies and television shows for just $7 a month — no cable plan required. Imagine if we applied that model to health care. ...

Time marches on

Few people today realize how much progress has been made just in my lifetime. When I was a child, people didn’t have refrigerators. They had iceboxes. A man would come everyday to deliver a block of ice to put in your ice box to keep things fresh. I remember a farmer who had a square, silo ...

Economic freedom drives our country

Free markets and the individual go hand in hand. Economic freedom and free markets cannot exist without political freedom. It is difficult to have the one without the other. The proof of this is current and is seen in the ever growing size and scope of government. The individual is the ...

A special bond with a junk-yard dog

My Dad was a tough man to live with. He was volatile and unpredictable. He wasn’t a big man, but he could intimidate men twice his size. His soft spot, however, was animals. We had a pet parakeet when I was little, and the bird would ride around on Dad’s shoulder, chirping sweet nothings ...

Making plans for a sustainable future

How will the diocesan bankruptcy impact the Catholic schools, in particular Northern Chautauqua Catholic School? How will NCCS approach the future? The enthusiasm, tenacity and financial support of the current parent trustees at NCCS are an example of what happens when schools repeatedly ...

Diverse, caring groups part of important March for Life

I witnessed the heart and soul of the pro-life movement marvelously on display with President Trump in the center of it. Trump was the first president ever to personally address the massive annual March for Life in Washington in late January. Dignifying the occasion, the president energized, ...

Hospital’s past, future brings lots of questions

A few years ago, the OBSERVER published a letter from a retired nurse who was worried that Lakeshore and Brooks would be reduced to the status of feeders for the large hospitals in Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Erie, and Cleveland. The events of the last several years have made me wonder if there might ...

New face, ideas at Barker

The Darwin Barker Museum has basically been quiet for about 10 years. The good news for the area is that life has returned to its historic galleries because we have a new curator. In bringing this young man to Fredonia, it has spurred an interest in museums that has been long dormant on my ...

Welcoming Daylight Savings Time

From Dave Barry, March 11, 2018, quoting a letter to the editor in The Des Moines (Iowa) Register: “The snow is melting faster because of daylight savings time. There is the same amount of sunlight, but the extra hour of afternoon sun is warmer than the hour of morning sun. Go back to ...