Commentary

Fighting, with words, to the finish

How stupid has the American public become? Apparently, it has reached levels of idiocy never before. Of course, it may be the elite officials who govern the airwaves who are the stupid ones. That’s probably the truth of the matter; after all, the cultural elites believe they have a superior ...

Volunteer offers ‘huge’ thanks

A huge thank you to all the wonderful friends, supporters, and kindred spirits who turned out to thank me for my years of volunteerism in Dunkirk and to send me off to new beginnings in Florida. I am headed to the retirement community of Penney Farms where everyone volunteers to help each ...

Steel quotas are worse than tariffs

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue recently endorsed a quota system to limit imports of foreign steel. Such a system would replace current American tariffs on Canadian and Mexican steel. Agriculture companies appear to be overjoyed at his proposal, since the gesture could persuade Mexico to ...

The adoption process

As is my wont, when I am home in May (and I usually am and always certainly try to be), I keep a close eye on the goslings, before and after hatching. I enjoy their newness when they are first brought over to feed on cracked corn and laugh at their silly (to me) early awkwardnesses. I also ...

After opening up, session turns emotional

We met Anna and Pedro in the first of three articles. Anna has called for an appointment. She said that they had relationship problems, specifically communication. She doubted — or more likely believed — Pedro may not join her. He, in fact, did come. Anna reiterated her sentiments shared ...

Nurses are changing lives every day

We all know a nurse, whether someone in our family, a friend or a friend’s friend. As we celebrate Nurse’s Week, this year’s theme, “Four million reasons to celebrate,” represents our numbers. Four million strong, but still not enough to take care of our aging population. It is ...

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 ...