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Commentary

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 ...

Keep politics out of prevention efforts

The coronavirus, now known officially as the COVID-19 virus is no joke, but despite what we hear from the electronic media and from certain Trump-hating Democrats such as infectious disease “experts” Speaker Nancy Pelosi and our own Senate Minority Leader Chuck “where are the TV ...

Capitalism helps drive our country

There is an old adage that in a capitalistic society, “the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.” There is an often unspoken fact, however, that must be considered and that is that in a socialistic society it is the government who gets rich and the poor who pay for it. This whole idea ...

Routine gets day going on right foot

There is comfort in getting the day started with a morning routine. Since I am usually the first up at our house (and usually the first to get to sleep at night,) getting things started in the morning is my responsibility. My first task is to let the dog out, quickly followed by making a ...

Land of the free also needs protection

Our laws have been flawed by left-leaning politicians causing unrest in our cities. There have been deadly shootings with illegal guns, yes, illegal guns. Where are the advocates who want to control guns? We all know what political party I am referring to. The party for open borders, the ...

No cure for rural health woes

I note with interest the front page OBSERVER articles on health care. We can all read the handwriting on the wall that the days of rural hospitals are numbered. Efficiencies created by advances in technology now require that the miracles of modern medicine need to be practiced in large urban ...

It’s a little late to start asking for community support

Editor, OBSERVER: What a joke! But it is NOT funny. Mary LaRowe and Christopher Lanski from Brooks Memorial Hospital want the support of the community? Now!? Now they want to work with the state Health Department, elected and union officials after they so blatantly disregarded their advice ...

Turbines on lake are losing proposal

If you use National Grid, you may have gotten a recent flyer asking if you would like your electricity supplied by wind turbines. This is a survey looking for support for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to install 50 to 200 industrial wind turbines in Lake Erie from Lackawanna to Dunkirk. ...

Washington understood leadership

George Washington was born on Feb. 22 — 288 years ago. We just celebrated his birthday. He looms so large in the history of our nation that we call him the Father of our Country. He set the standard for the presidency for 42 men who followed in his footsteps. (Grover Cleveland served two ...

We must put our environment first

Of the dozens of proposals in my 2020 agenda, one issue in particular rises to the top in its urgency and scale: tackling the climate crisis. The threat posed by climate change to our state, and the entire planet, is all important. We only have one planet — and we only have one chance to ...

No open and shut case with doors

If there was a theme for these columns, it was based on my idea of promoting good resolutions which, as we all know, are what we should be promising to try ... again ... in the new year. Quoting my favorite, Dave Barry: “Don’t feel bad! Many people have trouble sticking to their ...

Going their separate ways

“I think my husband is having an affair.” Meet Janet. Her words spoken by the telephone brought attention to her plight. Before you say more, ma’am, may I interest you in a face-to-face session? “Oh, I’m sorry,” she replied. “Yeah, I guess so. I needed to hear myself say those ...

Lakeshore’s closing is a ‘disgrace’

This is an open letter to the state Office of Mental Health. As a member of this rural community and a former long term employee of Lakeshore Health Care Center, I am writing to ask you to reconsider the closure of the facility — particularly the Emergency Department, inpatient mental ...

There’s an equation for everything

I am not a mathematician. I note this here only as an observer. I expect, however, that mathematics is the basics of most science, because that seems to be what modern scientific accomplishment comes down to. Behind the mechanic, the architect and the designer of airplanes and skyscrapers, ...

Individual accountability makes US great

It is true, each of us stands on the shoulders of previous generations. However, in spite of what some in leadership have said, there comes that time ... within our own generation ... when each of us must do our own part. And that is exactly what hard working Americans have done. It is ...

Drills enforce fears, hopes for peace

“Active shooter drill.” Are we all familiar with that term? Our children and grandchildren now practice how to hide and barricade themselves in the event that some maniac enters their school and tries to kill them. Our children have many advantages that we didn’t have growing up, but I ...

Many remain in dark regarding major Ripley solar project

Attention Ripley residents. Are you aware of the enormous industrial solar project proposed for your town? This project will be one of the largest solar projects in the state and east of the Mississippi. Connect Gen, the Texas developer of the 270 MW South Ripley Solar Project, is currently ...

Catholic Charities touches 15,000 in county

While my 33-year banking career in Buffalo might paint a different picture to some, one of my passions is to serve people and my new role as president and chief executive officer of Catholic Charities feels like a great fit, almost an extension or merging of both my years in finance and my ...

Brooks-TLC sees need for support in new build

Efforts to preserve health care in the Chautauqua region by the Brooks-TLC Hospital System Board of Directors have come under fire. The board recognizes the loss of any health service wounds the community, and we understand the emotional reaction. On behalf of all our board members, however, ...

Positive vibes come for NCCS visit

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Andy Ludwig, principal of Northern Chautauqua Catholic School, and Vince Fogerty, teacher at NCCS of the sciences. The group of boys and girls I was to talk to were from fifth grade to eighth grade. When I arrived at the school, I was greeted warmly and ...