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Commentary

‘Proudest moments’ in trying times

This week provided a natural opportunity to pause and reflect on what a full year in the presence of COVID-19 has meant. Some of us stopped to remember a loved one who lost their battle with this challenging foe. Many of us said a prayer of thanks that a loved one survived the unthinkable. ...

Wind firm tries to change rules again

I am writing in response to a recent Post-Journal and OBSERVER article regarding the Cassadaga Wind Project. Owner RWE claims, “Local support for the project remains strong.” I do not believe our local bats, eagles, raptors, songbirds, most living creatures or most turbine neighbors agree ...

Our climate needs improving

The Texas freeze of February is a wake-up call. Forest fires, fed by drought, are another wake up call. Increasing numbers of hurricanes are yet another wake up call The melting ice is a wake up call. Fresh water wells in Florida are turning to salt as the water rises. Dust storms are also a ...

Meeting Mr. Donleavy

I am very glad I read “The Singular Man” and “The Ginger (which I want to term “tangerine” for some reason) Man..” Author J. P. Donleavy refers to the character by that name only once in the novel and gives no explanation why he chose that adjective. A bar in Greenwich Village was ...

Space is next key battleground

As we enter the third decade of the 21st century, change is accelerating. Human beings will become morally and physically better, and more beautiful, as eugenic technologies improve. Consider, for example, gene editing and screening. Companies and governments will increasingly track us. We ...

Individuals halt progress for many

Human life has come a long way over hundreds of generations. We’ve come all the way from very crude homes, possibly even caves, to penthouses atop skyscrapers in the city. I believe we have not evolved much since the very beginning. It’s just that when we first got started we didn’t ...

‘Amazing’ events in everyday life

Recalling and treasuring past remembrances is so special indeed. I remember and treasure the amazing persons and events which are and have been so much a part of my life. It has been said, “One may not always remember what others have said or the details of past events, but you surely ...

Facing the facts of our world: it’s still a fairly bumpy lifestyle

Whew, I barely made it in time. I completed this article after experiencing quite an event on East Main Street, Fredonia, which used to be a state highway. Considering the size of the potholes this year, our award winning Gov. Andrew Cuomo apparently has sold it. Obviously, it’s a new bombing ...

‘Double standard’ hurts music

Recently, restrictions were relaxed to allow organized extra-curricular high risk sports to resume practices with the goal of participating in games and contests. It is also now permissible to have two spectators per player at home games. I am an instrumental music teacher, and I am writing ...

Community must embrace our diversity

The city of Dunkirk is incredibly diverse compared to many places in Chautauqua County and this is well known. Many of the city’s citizens are minorities and people of color, while the towns surrounding, are much less diverse. Due to this, Dunkirk is often viewed in a way that is inferior ...

County cannot win when it comes to vaccinations

Despite having one of the lowest median household incomes in the state, an aging population, and scoring high on the Center of Disease Control’s social vulnerability index, the Gov. Andrew Cuomo administration apparently chose to remove Chautauqua County from contention for a federally ...

Never mind the why or wherefore

Jan. 27-28, 2021. Will the snow ever stop? Will it warm up again? The radio says it won’t rise out of the teens tomorrow. I’m used to it by now. Molly never minded – as long as I continued to towel off the snow or occasional rain. I know it isn’t all gloom for I distinctly recall ...

Lots to take in from Texas turmoil

Recently, we saw in Texas what happens when the electric grid breaks down — chaos, confusion and human suffering. There is a lot of “finger-pointing” going on right now, but I think that a lot of the lessons learned from this will be based primarily upon common sense. The most obvious ...

There’s reasons to not by ID argument

What is identification? It is an act of identifying — a means of identifying any individual. This term is used in our everyday life for various reasons such as applying for a driver’s license, for a passport, for bank business, for purchasing a car, for applying for a mortgage to ...

Making it tough to pass on solar

Utility scale solar installations make no sense in Western New York. The energy industry standard of energy efficiency is called “Energy Returned on Energy Invested “ (ERoEI). Consider the energy expended to manufacture, transport, install and decommission utility scale solar compared to ...

It’s always the hot seat for Cuomo

Life is a bipolar experience filled with highs and lows — especially in this era of extremes. Our governor is not exempt from life’s extremes and like Morton salt, when it rains it pours, even in the middle of a COVID pandemic. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s detractors are hot on his heels. New ...

New American ‘mess’ is just beginning

On his first day in office President Biden signed 17 executive orders. The Democrats just kept handing him documents to sign. I don’t think he even knows what he was signing. For the first time ever, our country was energy independent. Joe Biden shut down the Keystone pipeline, which was ...

Those teeny ants have returned

I was agreeable to letting them visit as long as they cooperated so I could take pictures. That required time because most of those I took were so close up they came out blurred. “Delete” is a marvelous invention. As for the ants, I was patient. VERY patient. Even when they weren’t. But ...

We’re all feeding into big-tech control

Big Tech is waging a disgraceful war on the political right. Big Tech includes Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Leading up to the election, Big Tech colluded with the Deep State and the Democratic Party to censor stories reporting that the Biden family, ...

We cannot control all in this world

Every living thing — both animal and vegetable — has been created to fulfill a given purpose. A cow is a cow, and a lizard is a lizard. We humans are adaptable for many functions. We range from garbage collector, to carpenters, to brain surgeons. Some of us have great ability with hand ...