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Commentary

Thought counts, but family has decided

The Village Board meeting that was reported in the OBSERVER (June 20) both surprised and disappointed us. It was stated that the Darren Manzella-Lapeira Memorial Run was unanimously approved by the board if approved by us. This was clearly done without any conversation with us and should ...

Area police also need prayers, support

I was very disappointed to see the divisive and demeaning language used by a member of Westfield’s clergy in articles submitted to the OBSERVER. In discussing her reasons for organizing a protest in Westfield to support the Black Lives Matter movement, Pastor Shannon Smythe of the First ...

Just room for one

One of my many birdie joys is welcoming the returnees back in the spring. I presume most (at least) are as happy to be welcomed back for I know they hurry to settle down, build a nest and get on with rearing a new family. Do you suppose they give any thought to the earlier nestees? If birds ...

Heroic actions live on forever

Doris “Dorie” Miller is an American hero. Born in 1919 in Waco, Texas, he was the son of Coney and Henrietta Miller who were African-American sharecroppers. Having grown to 6 feet, 3 inches tall and weighing over 200 pounds “Dorie” attended high school and played football at Waco’s A. ...

Divide keeps growing in city politics

What has happened to civility in Dunkirk? I am often reminded of the age-old adage of treating others the way we ourselves would like to be treated. Too often that is what we expect of others – not necessarily what we ourselves practice. Such is the case today throughout our city. Once ...

Divide keeps growing in city politics

What has happened to civility in Dunkirk? I am often reminded of the age-old adage of treating others the way we ourselves would like to be treated. Too often that is what we expect of others – not necessarily what we ourselves practice. Such is the case today throughout our city. Once ...

Opportunities to learn every day

A human child is born ignorant of the world. Its mind is like unformed clay, which like clay can be molded many ways, depending upon the circumstances of his or her birth, and upbringing. If they are accepted and carefully guided, they can grow into a responsible adult. If they are left to run, ...

An unfair assault on law enforcement

The degradation of law enforcement in our country is a disgrace. A terrible incident occurred in the state of Minnesota. It should have never happened. There is no reason to blame everyone who works in law enforcement for this incident. What we have now are some serious questions and ...

Country needs love, ‘acceptance’

Tonight I’m thankful for my long commute home from work. That way my tears could dry by the time I pulled in the driveway so that my son does not see them. I’m still sitting in the car though trying to collect myself. I always keep an open dialogue with him. But tonight, for one night, I ...

Ants are still marching in

Ants are doubly annoying because the minute I started checking, they taught me how dreadfully ignorant I am. Definitely on the subject of ants. Unless you too are in the habit of picking one up to squash it (there are spots shoes don’t reach), you might not know they bite — and sting. ...

Getting away and finding trouble

I had just finished lunch at my desk and had time for a short siesta. I leaned back in my chair and placed my feet on the desk. Yes, I put my feet up on the coffee table sans shoes at home. I closed my eyes and then I heard a voice yell out “Hello, anyone here? Hello!” So much for the ...

Another perspective on the protests

Two claims drive the recent protests, riots, looting, and white people prostrating themselves before black people. First, racism today is causing blacks to do poorly. Second, the criminal justice system is racist. Both are likely false. Consider the first claim. Racism today is causing blacks ...

An example of government working

The other day I drove down the road which runs parallel to the lake in the town of North Harmony and saw what looked like surveyor stakes with small red flags attached. It tweaked my interest enough to call the sewer district to see if they were related to extending the sewer up the lake and ...

Attitudes can be contagious

My wife Elaine taught school for 36 years. Over the years, She worked with young children at several different levels. Often, Elaine would speak about the critical importance of helping each child to develop a positive attitude toward self, and a constructive attitude toward work and ...

What We Believe: A literal six day creation

The Creation vs. Evolution debate is perhaps the oldest conflict in modern day religious thought, and the debate dates back centuries, to the time of the Reformation. Yet even within the belief of Creation by God as the source of all matter and all life, the theology is challenged: the idea of ...

Only path forward involves unity

Facilitating cooperation and compromise is critical to maximizing our success in addressing issues involving Chautauqua Lake management. While thoughtful people might disagree on the priorities facing Chautauqua Lake, a consensus strategy is much better than endless conflict and the threat of ...

Challenging times bring opportunity

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Chautauqua County residents have struggled with the uncertainty of when our region could reopen, dealing with record high unemployment numbers around 15.5%, a severe reduction in tourism dollars to the area, and housing instability due to people not being able ...

Unsettling times in nation, state

We are living in historic, crazy, often frightening times. The killing of George Floyd was a horrific act played out graphically on television for all to see. Having been caught on tape there was no doubt that the police were in the wrong. What was disturbing was not just the actions of the ...

City costs are nearing breaking point

“I want my street paved, cleaned, plowed and maintained on a regular basis. I want my trash picked up weekly and to have clean drinking water. I want clean beaches, parks and public places and I want all of these things now, tomorrow and the next day as well! I don’t want to pay one ...

‘Created Equal’ is worth seeing

You wouldn’t think a two-hour movie that is largely an interview with a husband and wife would be this engaging. But it is. The movie, called “Created Equal,” is largely a biography of him. In his life, she has played no small role. Her upbringing was far different from his. She tells ...