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Commentary

Flowers for springtime

​It’s mid-January as I put pen to paper, hardly the stuff of springtime yet, but fun to dream. In all fairness I must add, I have only had to be plowed twice (well, then came February) and have only been able to watch the snowmobiles one evening. That is not to say I imagine this will ...

Attempted impeachment jumps the shark

​The Democrats' latest attempt to impeach and convict Donald Trump will be a new low for Congress, no mean feat. ​The House impeached Trump on the following basis, "Donald John Trump engaged in high Crimes and Misdemeanors by inciting violence against the Government of the United States." ...

Rampant agendas are double-edge sword

Maybe I’m nuts or too uninformed, but it seems to me that people have agendas, and more agendas, but their various agendas sometimes contradict one another. We’ve seen so many times in the recent past where things were avoided, or even outlawed, because they were said to have too much of ...

Founders’ fears protected nation

Recently, I attended several community board meetings in a virtual manner. My objective was to view a republic in action. At each of these meetings, the public was invited to view their opinion on various subjects under discussion. The local press was in attendance and the newspaper reported on ...

How crime victims keep offenders behind bars

Victim’s testimony, a time-honored part of the American criminal prosecution process, has sent thousands of New York offenders to prison. But justice is not advanced when, years later, crime victims are called again to give emotionally-charged encores, moments before parole panel members ...

Trip as teen opened eyes to true U.S. divide

Although I was only 13, I guess you could say I had a pretty high opinion of myself when it came to being independent. My parents, whom were the greatest, worked in retailing and were seldom home during the day, leaving me pretty much to fend for myself. Given that we lived in a large city ...

County needs consistencies with code enforcement

When people drive down a beautiful street or walk into a gorgeous new building the last thing most think about is code enforcement. That’s likely because a lot of us have no idea what code enforcement entails or how it makes our lives better. If it weren’t for code enforcement officers ...

Whittle while you work

I love the beavers. I have fought Pomfret over their attempts to rid the area of them – particularly when they allowed – no! encouraged – trapping. Higher powers (and I do say thank you) must have intervened for a huge cast iron screen was installed at the edge of the road and has ...

Frustrations over being far away

The second installment ended in dramatic fashion. A call from Maria and Ramon sounded desperate. They were facing Cicily all ready to drive to Queens to see her twin sister, Nina, who was hospitalized. Rising from her languid state, Cicily, energized from her shocked grief condition, began ...

Horrific images must help us ‘heal’

"So many disgusting images, but one figure, the man in a shirt. Auschwitz on it. Auschwitz! To see this punk with that shirt on and his anti-Semitism that he has bragged about to be part of a white supremacist raid on the Capitol requires us to have an after-action review, to assign ...

A missing ‘higher principle’ on Jan. 6

Dr. Stephen Kershnar’s recent article (Jan. 13) describes the widespread reaction to the events of Jan. 6 as “overreaction” and “pure pretext.” He goes on to wonder whether protesting “... an election awash in fraud ...” is good reason for civil disobedience. He laments that ...

Cuomo’s unrelenting charge for green

An article in the OBSERVER was headlined, “Cuomo pushing for renewable energy to help economy and to fight global warming.” While Chautauqua County has been going green for the last few years with the installation of wind turbines and solar fields, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo is making ...

Going solo does not have to be lonely

In an age where there are all sorts of cure-alls on the Internet, Facebook, Twitter and other social media communications topics, one thought goes unaddressed: loneliness. During my 36 years in chemical dependency counseling and mental health work, loneliness goes unaddressed. There is no ...

Council did Dunkirk no favors

What positive achievements has the Dunkirk Common Council completed in the past year? I have asked myself, residents and other community members this question since November. I wanted to be sure I was not the only person who could not come up with a meaningful answer. One common answer I did ...

State taking proper actions to deal with major climate crisis

The power of the story of renewable energy is right there in the Dunkirk OBSERVER’s headline Jan. 14: “Cuomo pushing for more renewable energy to help economy, fight global warming.” Of course we must fight climate change, and yes, investment in renewable energy manufacturing and ...

Lemons don’t always produce lemonade

Suspecting its demise might be imminent, I feel it time to revisit my lemon plant. (Do I call it a tree? Or a bush? Or, simply, more accurately, a nuisance?) In spite of my usual superb record-keeping, I was unable to find anything on its origins. Oh, just looking in the wrong book: April 24, ...

Happiness not all about possessions

All the creatures on earth spend their lives foraging for food — unless they are domestically kept and fed — sleep, and breed in season. Only humans have the capacity to worry or plan for tomorrow, to understand their situation, and govern their activities beyond the few mentioned above. ...

King believed in ‘power of love’

Today is a day to celebrate a great man. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a man of vision and who lived each day knowing that in order to affect change, one must be willing to change as well. Dr. King said, “change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous ...

‘Sacred respect’ with court, Constitution

We hear much about the US Supreme Court these days. The under-girding purpose of the American judiciary is to interpret the laws of the land in light of their constitutionality. This underlying function is vital to the maintenance of our Republic and to sustain the blessings of liberty to ...

Green energy has risks for Lake Erie

Recent letters by those who promote offshore wind turbines in Lake Erie (Jan. 9) make assumptions and comparisons that deserve questions. Lake Erie wind may be abundant and free, but machinery needed to convert it to electricity is expensive, unreliable and environmentally disastrous. ...