Rounding Third: Hot, hot, hot in the new local tropics


Well, the dog days of summer have arrived and it is still spring – until Friday. Oy! Since when did the twin tiers of Pennsylvania and New York state become southern Mississippi? I’m usually griping about the intense heat and humidity in mid-August, not mid-June. I’ve just finished ...



Thirty years ago — 1994 The Rev. Timothy Peter Kesicki, S.J., was ordained a priest on June 11 at Gesu Church in Cleveland, Ohio. He will celebrate his first Mass at Holy Trinity Church on June 18. Father Kesicki is the son of Bob and Carmella Kesicki of Dunkirk. On Sunday, June 26, he will ...

NEW YORK STATE: Red flag notices need equality


We can’t disagree with the need for extreme risk protection orders. Otherwise known as red flag orders, an extreme risk protection order allows a court to seize a person’s firearms if a judge agrees with a request by police or family members that a person is a danger to themselves or ...

People’s column

Peoples column

Keep Dunkirk parishes open Editor, OBSERVER: The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo should not close Blessed Mary Angela Parish in Dunkirk For many years this predominantly Polish-American parish has served the community, providing the seven sacraments: baptism, penance communion, confirmation, ...

The weakness of 401(k) plans


Since my essay two weeks ago on “Retirement Security a Silent Disaster” two developments lead me to write this follow-up essay. First, a week ago “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” had a lengthy report on the subject of the future of retirement in America. NBC News reported that 46% ...

There’s lots of shoes to fill


There is a wonderful country song sung by George Jones which is about great country singers who have now passed or someday will. To give you a taste of it, here are four lines: “Who’s gonna fill their shoes? Who’s gonna stand that tall? Who’s gonna play the Opry And the Wabash ...