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Local Commentaries

The Ice Fishermen Have Returned

Last Saturday morning, just before 7 a.m., I drove into the parking lot at Hogan’s Hut. I could hardly find a place to park. There were wall-to-wall pick-up trucks everywhere, including four filling up at the fuel pumps. Inside it was “mask-heaven” with a line properly distanced in ...

Dealing With Climate May Not Be What You Think It May Be

The discussions of climate change are shifting from denial to what to do about it. The National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration reports that there were 22 natural disasters each costing more than $1 billion in 2020. Costing the US in total $95 billion and taking 262 lives. Climate ...

Communities Don’t Run Well When Regs Aren’t Enforced

When people drive down a beautiful street or walk into a gorgeous new building the last thing most think about is code enforcement. That’s likely because a lot of us have no idea what code enforcement entails or how it makes our lives better. If it weren’t for code enforcement officers ...

Bills Have Turned A Corner

ORCHARD PARK — As the 2020 National Football League season began, this column observed that maybe, just maybe, after 25 years without a Buffalo Bills playoff victory, playoff success was in the offing. At long last, we recalled, there was a sense in Western New York that — after several ...

Andre’s Parents Reach Out Seeking Guidance

Let me introduce you to Andre. He’s a 12-year-old boy whose parents called me one memorable evening. They left a curious message on my voice mail. I noticed the call after charging up my old stand-by flip phone. Clear as could be, their message was heard. I returned the call and a male voice ...

Facebook, Twitter And Almighty God

How should we respond to Facebook and Twitter banning political speakers who knowingly repeat factual falsehoods? I have some experience with deciding what to publish, but no good ideas about what to do with these two Internet age companies. For a half-century at newspapers, my job included ...

COVID Deaths Exceed Those Of Vietnam

On January 14, the Chautauqua County Health Department announced the 47th death from COVID-19 in the county. In the entire Vietnam War, there were 46 from our county who died. COVID-19 has now claimed more lives here in less than a year than did the Vietnam War. There are, of course, ...

The Crises From Within; America’s Democracy At Stake

To Democrats, Republicans, Independents—the citizens of the United States, the left, right, and everyone in between, please push the pause button and think!! These past few years—particularly this past year—our way of life, which is governed by the Constitution of the United States is ...

It Was A Great Inaugural, But Did Biden Wade In Too Far, Too Fast?

It was a good day. Warm in its content. Soft in its delivery. Kindly in its message. Generous in its intentions. Healing in its purpose. Implementing the soaring hopes of President Joe Biden’s inauguration began immediately. Maybe too immediately, too fast, and with actions that were too ...

We Are Not Camelot

Joe Biden’s inauguration falls on the 60th anniversary of perhaps the most famous presidential inauguration, that of John F. Kennedy on January 20, 1961. With political and cultural divisions roiling the nation, one can be forgiven for nostalgically looking back at the former event. ...

Do You See How Simple This Is?

Let’s pick up where we left off last week. Looking ahead — beyond the 2020 presidential election — includes fully reviewing illegalities in the 2020 election, regardless of whether they changed the result, plus carefully and fairly restoring the rule of law to American elections, all ...

What Does ‘Republican’ Really Mean?

President Trump’s attempt to thwart the election by denying the validity of the vote in the electoral college and then inciting a mob to attack the Capitol, has split the Republican Party. In a vote this week in the House of Representatives ten Republicans joined Democrats to impeach Donald ...

The Button

Does it make sense to give any one man the power to blow up the world? Seventy-five years ago, science created the most terrible weapon in human history — the atom bomb. As most of us know, World War II ended when the United States dropped two atomic bombs on Japan in August, 1945, one on ...

Silencing Of Voices

In nearly nine years of writing this column, I have given my thoughts on dogs, chocolate chip cookies, Christmastime, baking bread, growing older and the wonders and disappointments of life. It’s my belief that life happens in the little moments and I like to remind people of that by ...

To Heal, We Must Stop Hating

It is both too soon and too late to pile onto Donald Trump. It is too soon to revisit every warning sign, to dissect every falsehood. Right now our country needs healing more than recrimination. We cannot heal wounds by ripping off scabs with critiques, especially self-righteous ones. It is ...

Restore Rule Of Law To Elections

The 2020 presidential election is over, and it’s time to look ahead. Looking ahead includes fully reviewing illegalities in the 2020 election, regardless of whether they changed the result, plus carefully and fairly restoring the rule of law to American elections, all with an eye toward ...

America’s Saddest Day Has Come To Pass

I have been around this country now for many decades. Yet, I have never witnessed a sadder day in our history than this past Wednesday when a mob took control of the Unites States Capitol building. It was made especially sad because it was incited and supported by the President of the United ...

We Must Develop Renewable Energy Now

To tell you the truth, my first thought on reading Mark Twichell’s commentary on wind turbines in Lake Erie was, huh? Climate change won’t be mitigated by renewable wind power? Turbines are a bigger pollution threat than fossil fuels? Are we living in the same world? Some of Mr. ...

The Day I Heard My Heart Sob

It was just six days after the symbolic celebration of the end of 2020, and the positivity of looking forward to a new year with the arrival of our new granddaughter, the hopeful success of the pandemic vaccine, the hope of baseball returning with fans in the stands, The NFL Draft in ...

We Have To Make Wise Choices When It Comes To Energy, Let The Sun Shine In

Many believe solar power is better than using fossil fuels for energy. They argue solar technology has the potential to help the environment and make communities more energy independent. Federal and state incentives have also made renewable energy very attractive to developers. As with any ...