Commentary

Striking all the right notes

On behalf of the 1891 Fredonia Opera House, I want to extend our sincerest appreciation to all those who supported the Bach & Beyond Baroque Music Festival — our 24th — in June. Because of the support from organizations and individuals, our visiting musicians were well-housed and fed, ...

It’s tough being dealt Trump card

This is a sad story that is bound to be repeated many times before November 2020. No doubt you’ll be hearing the shrieks of horror all throughout your neighborhood. Unless you’ve been in a cave the past few months, you know that an election is coming next year. We still have 15 more ...

‘Offensive’ poll allows wrong message

The OBSERVER’s June 13 edition listed a web poll asking, “Should special education students be integrated into regular classrooms?” Of respondents, 55% answered no; 45% answered yes. I’ll address the poll itself first. The question was ill-conceived and offensive. First, obviously the ...

People’s Column

Marina safety efforts lauded Editor, OBSERVER: After reading the article on July 3, I felt compelled to respond. While I agree it should be the responsibility of the marina to repair and maintain the docks I applaud Mayor Wilfred Rosas for putting public safety first. On June 1, I took a ...

It’s been 50 years already!

This coming week my high school class reunion takes place. Fifty years ago I graduated, wide-eyed and idealistic, ready to change the world. Certainly a lot has changed; some for the good; some not so much. But there’s no denying that 1969 was a year for the history books. I decided to take a ...

A voice for pro-life support

A recent column appeared in the OBSERVER which caught my attention and compels me to respond. The column’s author, with whom I seldom agree, nonetheless always find interesting. His opinions are often provocative but sometimes I wonder if he is playing a joke on readers or as the English say, ...

What We Believe: Honoring God’s name

Our “What We Believe” series continues with a much ignored Commandment of God: “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.” Years ago, while coaching youth football, the other coaches and I enforced a team rule: No swearing. Working with eight to ten year-olds, this was not ...

And how does your garden grow?

And how does your garden grow? My gardening experience consists of digging holes in the same dirt I use year after year, inserting either seeds or little plants I’ve purchased and sitting back, waiting to see what happens. I do water — and weed. Last year, after an interminable period ...

The road to a break-up

We met Monica whose emotionally charged call arrived just as I readied to go home. Her sobs were spliced with incomprehensive words. A crisis-sounding call left me no choice: she needed help now. “Can you put your crisis on hold until tomorrow” wasn’t an option. I unpacked and soon ...

Former Dem wonders about state of party

Impeach, impeach, impeach. It seems that’s all they know. After two and a half years of investigation, they came up empty. Bob Mueller’s an idiot. The Democrats are now running scared. Attorney General Barr is following the trail of how the investigation started. It’s going to end up ...

Coming too far to fail

Before the discovery of America, the history of humanity was a long saga of domination by one tyrant or another. In much of history that has been true. One cannot work for one’s own success, or development, when subjected to the rule of a tyrant. Sadly, much of history has been a battle of ...

No voices for young victim in county

What is wrong with our judicial system in Chautauqua County? It appears a 13-year-old can get away with sexually assaulting a 4-year-old child? That’s right, a 4-year-old child. The front page of the OBSERVER says it all. Headlined “Mom finds no answers in possible sexual assault,” the ...

‘Inflammatory’ poll is lack of understanding

By JESSICA GUGINO, Ph.D., LAURA GERACI, Ph.D., MARYBETH MULDOWNEY, MS.Ed, CHRISTINE GIVNER, Ph.D., and KATHLEEN MAGIERA, Ph.D. We would like to take a moment to address a recent online poll question printed in the OBSERVER on June 13. The survey prompt asked readers: “Should Special ...

Fourth celebration turns to excess

“I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations, as the Great Anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemmnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shows, Games, Sports, Guns, ...

Preparing to turn back clock with classmates

It’s the last hurrah for the Dunkirk High School Class of 1969. Our 50-year reunion took a lifetime to get here, yet graduation seems like only yesterday. The event, which is being held Aug. 1 to 4, will also be the last formal reunion — so listen up, fellow classmates. This is your ...

Do we need self esteem?

Editor’s note: This is the second of two parts. I’ve always felt that self esteem in this field is overrated. Like Nike says, “Just Do It.” If a person spends most of their time contemplating their self worth, why can they not, through resolution and being industrious, eliminate all of ...

Meeting Molly

I mourned losing Henry. Living happily with anything alive for 10 years is a feat for me. My beloved pet died April 26. Less than a week later I was in Florida thoroughly enjoying the three dogs who lived there. I knew I needed the companionship of another pet. (Cats don’t quite do it in ...

America’s sacrifice for freedom

Editor’s note: This editorial appeared in The Post-Journal of Jamestown on July 3, 1976. Two hundred years ago a group of Americans already branded as revolutionaries by their king made the final break with Great Britain and in an act of defiance aimed at polarizing the spirit of ...

Enjoy, and plan, for the Fourth

The first holiday of the summer is upon us and as Fourth of July is celebrated the Dunkirk Police Department has a few safety tips that could make your celebration safe and happy. Fireworks are a traditional part of celebrating the Fourth of July and can be a safe and enjoyable part of the ...

Forgotten siblings tied to freedom

Happy 243rd Birthday, America. July 4 reminds me of the good ole days. Firecrackers were apoppin, bottle rockets streaking across the darkened sky, picnic tables crowded with relatives wolfing down Granny’s tater salad and Uncle Clarence’s hot dogs smothered in his homemade barbecue sauce, ...