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Priceless assistance bolsters Polka Fest

On Aug. 11, the sounds of happy people and happy music could be found in the Fourth Ward in Dunkirk as the happy sound of Polish music by Lenny Gomulka and the Chicago Push could be heard up and down the streets. Blessed Mary Angela Parish on Townsend Street sponsored its second annual Polka ...

Immigration and country clubs

The 2020 presidential election will likely be about immigration. It should be. A Yale-MIT research team estimates that there are 22 million illegal aliens in the country today. If large numbers are amnestied and chain-migration remains in place, tens of millions of these aliens and their ...

Community again steps up for Laurel Run

I want to extend a huge thank you to everyone who made our 23rd annual Laurel Memorial Run & Walk a success. It’s heartening to know that so many from our community care enough about the Hotelling family and people with disabilities, that they’re willing to support the event in a ...

An unforgettable Fredonia experience

My column this week looks a bit different. I have decided to put “My Perspective” in poetic form because of the nature of the subject. It was fifty-five years ago that I joined the faculty at SUNY Fredonia. Also, my wife, our daughter and son and his wife as well as several of our nieces ...

Information not easy to swallow

Poor Kool-Aid; it’s reputation forever tarnished by the phrase, “drinking the Kool-Aid,” when it may possibly have been grape flavored Flavor-Aid laced with cyanide that Jim Jones used to poison over 900 of his followers back in 1978 in Jonestown, Guyana. Drinking the Kool-Aid became ...

In politics and shopping, we get hosed

I recently bought a new garden hose. Big deal, right? I never said that I lead an exciting life so give me a break. I hooked it up and that’s it, at least that’s what I thought. You spray water on things with your hose and you’re done with it. At least, that’s what I have done in the ...

Post is vital to village

By SAM DRAYO Jr. The position of village administrator in Fredonia has been an important position in our Village for over 50 years. It is time tested and successful. However, the Village Board — three trustees out of five — have proposed repealing the position of administrator. A public ...

More puppy tails

As you may recall, I watched 13 puppies being born on the tenth of January in 1984. Two succumbed almost immediately. That still left me with eleven healthy golden retriever youngsters. Little did I quite understand that my tale was only to begin. What does one do with eleven puppies in ...

We must get tough with China

For several years the story of American and Chinese trade negotiations have been a story of great optimism followed by great pessimism. Matters became more confused this summer when China reneged on a 150-page trade agreement between the two nations that would have benefited both. A ...

Keeping perspective on the news

Summer is reaching its end, and now that we have managed to survive the last holiday of the season, that being Labor Day, it is time to look forward to the changing of the leaves, the fall harvests, pumpkin patches and the goblins that will surely howl on Halloween; but I’m not ready to think ...

Use caution with return of school

Summer vacation has ended and school will be starting this week students. Dunkirk’s first day of classes is Thursday. The city of Dunkirk Police Department is reminding everyone to pay close attention to children as they walk to and from school and to obey the laws regarding speed in school ...

The good in all of us

I assume there is no question in anyone’s mind that we humans are a unique species in the world. There is no other creature which comes close to our ability to understand, and cope with the wonders of life. One thing that has been a problem in human societies over many years, is the way ...

The state of our unions: A Labor Day 2019 message

Last year as we celebrated Labor Day, we were waiting for the fallout from a Supreme Court decision, pushed by powerful anti-worker interests, designed to “defund and defang” workers and our unions. People wondered whether the Labor Movement could survive. They were looking to get rid of us ...

If you’re working, keep paying

This article is a tribute to the American taxpayers and the trials and tribulations that those taxpayers have to experience on a daily basis. They have to pay their bills with no help from the government. They have to work, some have to work two jobs to survive. I have spoken to some of ...

Putting politics before people

Which came first — the chicken or the egg? Is politics inherently corrupt, or have we allowed it to become corrupt? The word politics comes from the work of Aristotle who gave the name “polity” to what he considered the highest form of government, constitutional government. The Greek ...

We all need a game plan for life

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series. In this article, I will describe the similarities between coaching basketball and coaching clients with chemical dependency — alcohol and other drugs. In my book “Coaching Chemical Dependency” there is a chapter that identifies similar ...

Charter could sway vote in village

The recent rancor afflicting the Fredonia Village Board and mayor offers a perspective on authority to govern. Much has been said about the purchase of a used truck for $9,000 appropriated from the approved village budget by the mayor and other village officials. But little is known about ...

Some smooth sailing?

With the closing of 2019 Off Shore Boat Races and Wing Walker Air Show we would like to recognize those who worked to provide the Public Safety Services for the events. We strive to provide a very safe environment for the Boat Racers, Race Team Personnel, The Wing Walker Air Show and all the ...

Change in dates can help city boat race flourish

It was a race in Dunkirk — and the comments from Speedonthewater.com were not correct. Those have been generated from our competitors. The Dunkirk event is coming off back-to-back races in St. Clair, Mich., and Michigan City, Ind., which cause difficulty moving equipment for the third week ...

Optical confusions

Things are not always what they seem where I live. I hear myself adding a resounding and quite enthusiastic “That’s for sure” to second that thought. Part of the fault rests squarely on my shoulders for I am always in such a rush (life is so short and I have so much yet to do) that I ...