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Commentary

Engaging others in our small world

I am a social butterfly, and I have the t-shirt to prove it. I am a gregarious, outgoing person, although this is an acquired state; I wasn’t always this way. At times my old shyness and insecurities come back and I retreat into myself. A friend once told me she could tell when we were ...

Our everyday community heroes

Over the past week fire departments, cities, villages and schools across the country are celebrating Fire Prevention Week. This year’s slogan is “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape, Plan and Practice Your Escape.” This slogan is meant to encourage the importance of preparedness in case of a ...

Sportsmanship prevails after dramatic ending

By MICHELLE HELMER I have known for a long time that football has a special place in organized sports. This sport fosters a level of camaraderie that is hard to match. If you’ve never played, I’m sure it’s difficult to truly understand this brotherhood. I was blessed to witness this ...

City officials made debate a mockery

I am writing to express my disgust and appall at the conduct of several of our elected officials and their paid appointed employees at the League of Women Voters “Meet the Candidates Night” in City Hall on Tuesday. At this event, Dunkirk Councilman Michael Civiletto, County Legislator ...

Full plate of faux pas and a side of vegetables

I’ve got it figured out. According to recent audit records, Fredonia State was undercharged about $300,000 for water provided by the village of Fredonia. No one seems to have a good answer for what exactly happened. Has anybody considered that the Russians and Vladimir Putin interfered ...

The fruits of a ‘Staycation’

Long before I had ever heard of the word “Staycation,” I had set aside the third week of each month to be my vacation time. A most enticing idea, I planned to cut back to a minimum of housework and devote those extra hours to reading. I figured I could appreciate that one time a month ...

Losing the farm takes large toll

Last article we met Alice and her friend, Irene, while enjoying breakfast at a local restaurant. I wore outdoor work clothes readying up to tune-up my mowers. Irene, Alice, and Irene’s husband and son shared a table. Irene recognized my face from a newspaper article that I composed. Even ...

When is death the right answer?

The right-to-die movement argues that terminally ill people have a right to die via physician-assisted suicide, refusing life-saving medical treatment, or voluntary euthanasia. Their argument is sound. There is a moral right to die in these ways and should be a legal right to it. ...

Are we making it tougher on the birds?

There was an article in the newspaper last month headlined, “Where have the wild birds gone? 3 billion fewer than 1970.” The article questioned if perhaps the effect was caused by cats, and birds hitting windows, but we have had cats and windows for generations. How could that be suddenly ...

Crisp recollections of autumns past

The calendar indicates that fall is here. My wife, Elaine, and I so cherish the autumn season. It is the season that we each of us have always enjoyed from the time of our youth and that joy continues today in the life of each of us. For “yours truly” during my youth, the setting ...

Small acts of kindness can change lives

Editor’s note: This is the second of two parts. So it went down like this. When Caz opened in 1991, rocks were thrown at our house, garbage dumped on our front lawn, a drive by firing two shots into the porch. But more than that was how eight African Americans, four Puerto Ricans, two native ...

Time has come for accountability

Give me an I ... give me an M ... we can cheer on our government when it functions as the founders of our country intended. Ethics and morals are what seperate us from the barbarians of old. When there exist no morals or ethics in an individual to guide them to appropriate behavior, there ...

There’s benefits to going green

Let us go through a journey from the past to the present, and then to the future. Remember the booming economy due to steel production? While foreign countries needed to rebuild after World War II, we grew rapidly, such as the demand for new cars. We produced more than half of the ...

Ailments in Arkwright circle back to turbines

It often takes medical science a long time to recognize a fully documented problem. For example, as early as 1954, x-rays were known to produce cancer in newborns whose mothers were x-rayed. Research scientist Alice Stewart’s extensive documentation of the correlation between X-rays and ...

Loving Molly

I don’t understand. I keep hearing I’m praiseworthy for rescuing Molly. Nonsense. In a way, she probably rescued me. Henry’s death was hardly sudden or unexpected. My golden retriever had been ailing . . . but then he always had. So many surgeries, so many medicines — trips to ...

Alarmists turn up heat on climate

After reading stories last week about school children being encouraged to skip school or rather go on strike to attend climate change rallies, I have been compelled to speak out on climate change. The strike was more evidence that our public schools are more about filling students’ heads ...

Roger C. Levandoske

Roger C. Levandoske, 86, died, Wednesday morning, Oct. 2, 2019, at the Chautauqua Nursing and Rehab. Relatives and friends are welcome to call Sunday from 4-8 p.m. at the R. Mackowiak Funeral Home Inc., 56 E Doughty St. in Dunkirk. Funeral services will be held Monday morning at 10 a.m. in ...

Racism alive and well in America

When it is time for me to sit quietly with my thoughts, research, and opinions of those whose views I value, I open my laptop and I’m ready to begin; but this week is different. This week I feel conflicted, and the opinions, research texts and the voice of my father are all swirling into a ...

Injustices cannot be ignored

By MARIE TOMLINSON People are on the move. Deserts are growing. Coastlines are sinking. It doesn’t matter what you think about global warming. The satellites that make weather forecasts possible also show that tides are getting higher and once fertile land is being swallowed by dust and ...

Did benefits assist in heinous crimes?

This is in response to the OBSERVER article headlined “Mexican living in Dunkirk sentenced on child pornography charge.” The U.S. attorney James Kennedy Jr. announced that David Flores Torres, 26, a citizen of Mexico, was living in Dunkirk. Let’s take a closer look at this pervert. How ...