Two years ago I had back surgery at a Buffalo hospital to repair three vertebrae which had separated and were causing pain.
The doctor woke me up one morning and said he was going to operate then. No second opinion, did not tell me it might make me an invalid.
Here I sit ...
Chautauqua hopes high for 2020
Now that the 2019 season is in the record books, this letter expresses my opinion of the Chautauqua Institution programming. Much progress has been made in having presentations that present another side of the issue. Many people attend ...
Big surprise on birthday
Thank you to everyone who came to my 80th surprise birthday party at the Legion Hall and for all the cards and gifts.
CHARLES “CHUCK” SKELLY,
$1.2M seems a bit steep
I have been in real estate and finance ...
‘Political’ attack is unfounded
As councilmen for the city of Dunkirk, we must respond to the false accusation made by Councilman Shaun Heenan at a recent Council meeting regarding the recent Grand Prix Offshore Boat Race.
The council was informed and had numerous ...
Donors, events keep Camp Gross going
A big thank you to the city of Dunkirk Recreation Department, Ryan Hall and his staff for another spectacular year of Day Camp in Cassadaga at Camp Gross. This is a great help to our financial security and it helps us to maintain a ...
Prayers, support help family
Many people have asked “How can I help?” when it comes to our beautiful mother, wife, friend MaryLou Dykas’ double lung transplant care and recovery.
A Go Fund Me page has been established to assist in deferring the growing medical ...
Minor details go missing
The parks look beautiful — the dock refurbished. Little parks throughout the city are cut and trimmed. Plenty of help.
The streets are deplorable. Sunken manholes, potholes, patches and bumps. Not enough help! Shortage of workers. Try going up ...
Finding a ‘spark’ in assisted living
Learning that a loved one needs long term care is difficult. We wish they could live at home forever, but for some, moving to an assisted living community may be the best option to ensure their safety and wellbeing. That doesn’t ...
Reed inconsistent with bullies
Congressman Reed’s criticism of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision not to repair the Thruway is well-warranted.
On the other hand, it leads one to question where the congressman has been the last few years, given the sycophantic nature of his ...
One more item needed at pier
I made my first stop to the new Dunkirk Pier on Monday. Despite all the improvements, there was still something missing: a throwable life ring.
These are needed in case someone is to take a misstep and go into the water. I’m not picking on ...
Penalize poor city properties
I feel the city of Dunkirk needs to crack down on slum homeowners who live in their homes and don’t take care of them.
You can walk and drive through the city, and you can see with your own two eyes where you see some houses have broken ...
‘Un-American’ act a cruel message
I am an American citizen by birth.
I am a great-great-grandson of immigrants to the United States.
I’m married to a naturalized American citizen.
One of my daughters-in-law is a Chinese national.
My family knows about ...
in race turnout
I am writing to express my thanks to the community of Westfield for their support of the third annual Bereda Memorial Run/Walk. This event is held in memory of my two grandchildren, Brennen and Finley Bereda. Proceeds from the race are ...
Young couples quick to help
There is so much bad news about young people that I wanted to share my good news.
On July 2, my daughter and I were returning home from Buffalo. We heard a loud noise and then the car veered to the left by an underpass near Hamburg. We got ...
Officer assists with trapped fawn
Last Sunday night when I went to bed, I heard a loud cry in my back yard. I couldn’t see any animal because it was so dark. Then I heard the cry again. The animal did not cry again.
The animal did not cry again until the next morning at ...
A message for our country
“Prayer for America”
“I beseech thee, O Lord God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments: let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer ...
Rules made without common sense
I wish someone would explain the following to me. How can New York state pass a law allowing illegal immigrants to be issued driver’s licenses to be able “to drive to and from work?” The Federal Department of Homeland Security requires ...
Food trucks have no appetite for taxes
This Village Board and mayor of Fredonia are very wrong in approving a short term $50 food truck license. Fifty bucks is quite a deal for out-of-towners who pay no taxes, no insurance, no health permits (of $250), no property ...
Borrello is proven leader
Over the past several years, I have gotten to know a little of George Borrello. At a charity auction I was doing for the Association for the Blind, he proved to be a valuable contributor, not just in purchases but in his vocal support. He has ...
Councilman: ‘I’m sad, I’m angry’
As Fourth Ward Councilman, I was, and am, appalled at the actions of the individuals that resulted in the death of a 15-year-old a block from my home last month.
I’m sad, I’m angry and I’d love to be able to do something to ...