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Dark side exists in online talks

October 4, 2015 Hold on to your hats for this shocker: excessive social media users may be narcissists. more »»


October 4, 2015 It was dark, and we were sitting at the end of a dock on Lake George, our feet dangling in the water, looking at stars. “What if there’s a bear?” I said. more »»

Let’s think of all the joys in our lives

October 3, 2015 Have any of you gotten a call from an energy company saying they can save 30 percent on your electric bill? If you do, don’t give them any information. more »»

Take a shot for flu prevention

October 3, 2015 It’s almost flu season again and as a recent OBSERVER editorial told us its time to get our flu shots. This is excellent advice because the flu can be a very nasty disease. more »»

‘Positive’ attitude fueled Bonnie’s success

October 3, 2015 It is with a considerable degree of sadness that I was informed of the health problem of Bonnie Saletta. Bonnie and I had a very satisfactory business relationship for year. more »»

‘Problems’ evident at building

October 2, 2015 It was a cold Saturday February afternoon in 2014 when smoke began showing from the third floor of the Coburn Block at Central Avenue and Second Street in Dunkirk, which houses some 35 residents who... more »»

Gift from nature

October 2, 2015 Those who are familiar with my writings (or, for that matter, with me) know I spend many of my happiest hours outside. more »»

Opportunity for region exists

October 1, 2015 Everybody wants to revitalize Dunkirk. This claim, of course, makes the assumption that there really is a pervasive unhappiness about the city and a demonstrable need to revitalize it. more »»

Carson’s take on Muslims no quip

September 30, 2015 Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson asserted that he would not support a religious Muslim for president and all hell broke loose. more »»

Pope Francis ushers in new era

September 29, 2015 “Leave behind the self-interest that hardens your heart, overcome the indifference that makes your heart insensitive toward others, conquer your deadly reasoning, and open yourself to dialogue and... more »»

Honest campaign observations

September 28, 2015 It appears that we are already in the 2016 Presidential election campaign mode. What role does the candidates’ likeability, competence, and honesty play in this election dynamic? Time will tell. more »»

Keeping faith at parish

September 27, 2015 This is in response to the commentary "Rosary on a rosebush (Sept. 13). more »»

Mistakes of World War II were fatal to some

September 27, 2015 During World War II, many errors were made. Some were intentional, but some were unavoidable. Such was the case during an incident which began in the South Pacific Ocean on Jan. more »»

Unintended consequences of bans

September 27, 2015 The rules for cooperation in society have developed over thousands of years. They include what may, in a very loose sense, be called a ban on murder, theft, coercion, fraud, and so on. more »»

Tour raises funds, awareness

September 27, 2015 The organizers and volunteers of the first Chautauqua Gran Fondo worked very hard to make the bicycle tour a success. more »»

Trying to find answers to the why of existence

September 26, 2015 Do you ever try to find answers to why you exist? I did, especially after I turned 90. Then Sunday, I went to Bible Study and I may have the answer. more »»

Westfield’s closed-door process

September 26, 2015 I am writing in response to the letter to the editor by Barry Underwood last month in which he questioned what is going on in the Democratic Party here in Westfield. Can he really be surprised? If Mr. more »»

By any other name

September 25, 2015 Perhaps you were not as uninitiated as I for I thought those fields of tall yellow flowers were full of sunflowers. Actually, they are. more »»

Playing second fiddle in Dunkirk

September 25, 2015 In the OBSERVER (Sept. 22), an article headlined “Possibilities” pertaining to the harborfront project said it could be started in two years. more »»

Adding discomfort to district

September 25, 2015 Erie County has begun to circle the waters. more »»



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