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Local Commentaries

Standing In Support Of Employees

As the CEO of NFI Group, the parent company of New Flyer, my number one responsibility is to ensure the well-being of our employees and their families. So when The New York Post published an article that our employees were not abiding to our strict policies implemented during the COVID-19 ...

Students Can Still Acquire Needed Skills

Ever since the first humans walked this earth, it has been the family and community that have been at the core of educating children. In the beginning, education surely included the knowledge and skills required to survive and enjoy a certain quality of life. Today, while we do not have to ...

Using Apostrophes Is Simple

Mark Twain’s encounter with a particular foreign tongue inspired an essay called “The Awful German Language.” Welcome to a new feature of this column. We won’t call it “The Awful English Language.” Yet it will focus on challenges of English for all of us. Many aspects of ...

Say A Prayer, Give Thanks To The Frontline

Whenever I have met an Army veteran wearing a medal/badge with a rifle on a blue background resting on a laurel wreath, I take special notice. This is one of the highest honors, in my view, that can be attained in the U.S. Army—the Combat Infantryman Badge. It means, “yes,” I have been ...

In These Times, How Are We Helping?

Without truckers, UPS and Fed Ex, what would keep food on the shelves and other vital products delivered? They keep the lifelines of society from breaking down. You have to include the farmers on that one for sure. This is just the short list. It is helpful to thank them and especially the ...

During This Pandemic, It Wouldn’t Hurt To Have Affairs In Order

Every church youth group has a least one of them — an enthusiastic, extroverted teen who is the life of the party and always delighted to meet someone new. And when she does, she naturally begins with an icebreaker: “If you could have any superpower, what would it be?” Yes, in the midst ...

National Press Ignites Panic, Fans Flames

Sometimes errors by the press are small. When this columnist was a newspaper reporter, another reporter wrote in a hilarious April Fool’s Day story that a local library was imprisoning – in its dungeon – patrons with overdue books. The story understandably omitted mentioning what in ...

A Letter To Our Community

To our neighbors, colleagues, and friends: We are living in an unprecedented time where our world, our nation, and our community, is faced with the threat of an international pandemic known as COVID-19. This novel virus is unlike any flu or disease we have seen in modern times, and has the ...

What We Achieved This Week

Each day, COVID-19 appears in more counties, more communities across New York. It is inevitable that the virus will appear in Chautauqua County, although at this point, there are no confirmed cases. We are monitoring several individuals and waiting for test results. Because of community ...

How We Proceed Is Our Choice

When I lived in Potsdam as a student in 1998 we endured a spectacular ice storm that brought life in the North Country to a standstill for weeks. For seven days I lived with about 1500 others in the college’s fieldhouse, waiting for news from the state about when our power would return. On ...

Coping With Quarantine

When I was a kid, there was a TB (Tuberculosis) hospital on a hill near the Cassadaga Lakes. It was meant to be in a rather isolated, rural area because TB was known to be very contagious…it could spread easily. I remember being sad that people with this disease had to be “quarantined ...

Coming Together In Chaos

Wash your hands. Avoid large gatherings. Stay home if you’re sick. Cough into your elbow. We’ve heard these instructions constantly the last few weeks and will continue to as the COVID-19 pandemic response is still in the early stages. Our federal government was disastrously unprepared. ...

We Were Fortunate For 18 Years With Houghton

I first got to know Amo Houghton in the mid 1970s when I represented Chautauqua County in the New York State Assembly. He was chairman of Corning Inc. and would periodically call together all of the state elected officials representing the Southern Tier to discuss common problems and issues ...

Godspeed Jack, You Will Be Missed

On the evening of January 15, the Sinclairville area sustained a tragic loss with the passing of Jack Abbey, the result of a highway mishap. Mr. Abbey, 64, was a well known local character, greatly respected and well loved by most of those fortunate enough to have made his ...

Take Note, Be Cautious Not To Underestimate Bernie Sanders

What has been striking about the 2020 presidential election is the extent to which journalists’ opinions have driven press coverage. It has been especially noticeable on network-television news programs, both broadcast and cable. And it’s not just how they cover the campaign but what ...

Two Old Men Battling It Out

March is Women’s History Month. In this month we have seen the field of Presidential candidates narrow down to two old men battling it out to see who gets to take on the other old man in the general election. (Technically Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is still in the race but her ...

Rethink Our Carbon Footprint

“We cannot rule out catastrophic outcomes where human life as we know it is threatened.” Carbon emissions in the coming decades “will continue to affect the climate for centuries to come in a way that is likely to be irreversible.” These are not the words of Alexandria ...

Climate Change Politics

As I write this, palm trees and the blue Caribbean are in view. There is also a brand-new condo development being built which is about 20 yards from the crashing surf. Yes, we are in Mexico; but the same could be happening in Florida or the Carolinas. If you are on the beach, develop it! ...

Mucking Up America’s Competitive Electricity Markets

With or without Bernie Sanders, America’s market-based approach to electricity generation and distribution is taking a beating. Today, we are in danger of losing the system that has made electricity quite reliable and affordable. Sanders wants to bludgeon the market-based approach by ...

Is The Civility In American Politics Dead Or Alive?

As America heads full bore into one of the most significant (and possibly contentious) elections in several years, many Americans are worried about the lack of civility in the current political discourse. Although the current state of civility in U.S. politics leaves much to be desired, when ...