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Opinion

A Thank You To Congressman Reed For His Support, Efforts

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: As the 19th anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks on America passes, it is with a somber heart I remember that day and the days and months following. As a member of the New York State Police, like so many of my brothers and sisters, I was detailed as first ...

Where Have Normalcy And Decency Gone?

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Where have normalcy and decency gone? Obviously, healthwise, Coronavirus/COVID-19 has significantly interrupted normalcy. It has been over 100 years since the last pandemic hit America. Fighting a “novel” disease should bring Americans together inasmuch as it’s ...

County Should Follow State’s Lead, Disclose COVID Information

In Our Opinion

We have disagreed early and often with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s handling of COVID-19 in New York state, but we have to give the governor credit for making the State University of New York system participate in the SUNY COVID-19 Tracker. SUNY campuses are required to submit data every 24 hours, ...

Maybe The Light Isn’t A Train

Local Commentaries

ORCHARD PARK — Buffalo Bills’ fans, listed as the “12th Man” on the team’s wall of fame, as a whole are among the National Football League’s most enthusiastic. Lots of other words describe them. “Loyal” is at or near the top of the list. Bills’ fans face all sorts of ...

Unprecedented Times And David Moments

Local Commentaries

Today, I sent my eldest kiddo off to school, sanitizer in her backpack and a handmade mask from Grandma on her face. Normally, we’re worried about getting to school on time, whether she’s brushed her hair or if she has forgotten her lunch. However, this school year, we have a few other ...

Chancellor On Mission To Corral Cases

COVID-19 Coverage

Entering the State University of New York at Fredonia from Central Avenue in the village during the recent holiday weekend brought a sense of serenity. It was a low-key day and few students could be seen out and about. But those who were appeared to be doing all the right things. Gatherings ...

Lockdown Robs Kids Too

Local Commentaries

As our children return to school, in person or virtually, teachers, parents and the children themselves are noticing that the COVID-caused early end to last season’s school year has caused this year’s returnees to lose more than some knowledge of geography or algebra. School-age children ...

Readers’ Forum

Letters To The Editor

The Hard Work Of County Staff, Nurses Has Gone Unappreciated To The Reader’s Forum: A few weeks ago as the story about Fieldbrook Foods was breaking, a rather negative article appeared blasting the local health department and county government “handling” of the news. The story line ...

Republicans Have Become The Anti-Democracy Party

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Over the past 28 years the only Republican presidential candidate to win a majority of the American public’s vote was George W. Bush in 2004. Seven presidential elections and only once did the people of our country choose a Republican. 2020 will be the eighth as ...

It Is Wrong To Place Fighting The Virus Over Other Health Needs

In Our Opinion

It’s important to deal aggressively with COVID-19 both to tamp down outbreaks of the virus and to restore some semblence of normalcy to society. For those who point to the wonderful utopia that could be created by a “new normal” we point to a story we ran last week. After a few years of ...

Be Safe, Now That Children Are – Finally – Back In School

In Our Opinion

It seems every year we write reminding readers of the importance of being aware and driving carefully as school starts up again. Though there is nothing normal about this year’s return to school, one thing remains the same: It is, as ever, important to remember there are kids headed back to ...

It Is Working People Who Will Help Our Economy Rebound

COVID-19 Coverage

Too many of our family members, friends, neighbors and in some cases, former co-workers are in trouble this Labor Day for the holiday to be a time of carefree celebration. Plenty of room remains for pride in what working men and women accomplish, however. Reflecting upon it gives us reason ...

Invitation Springs From Liberty

Local Commentaries

Dierdra McCloskey, professor of economics and history, has offered powerful insights for several decades, culminating in her multi-volume work with the theme of “bourgeois dignity.” She explains why, for most of history, poverty was so pervasive, and why the standards of living in western ...

The Humility Factor

Local Commentaries

When I was growing up, my dad would sometimes caution me with the words “don’t get a big head over it.” It was advice which usually came when I was bragging about some great accomplishment I thought I had achieved. My father was a proponent of the biblical admonition: “Humble yourselves ...

Time For A Bipartisan Convention To Cut Spending

Local Commentaries

Party time is over. Republicans have just ended their national nominating convention, while Democrats capped theirs off last week. Throughout both conventions, speakers directed their firepower at the “enemy,” the opposing political party incapable of doing anything well. But what ...