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Great gifts found in written word

January 24, 2016 Diana is 38 years old. She is the divorced mother of two young children and she is in full renal (kidney) failure. If she does not get a new kidney soon, she will not live to see her children grow up. more »»

History matters

January 23, 2016 Did you get a letter recently from “Hometown Memories” trying to make a book out of people’s memories? I thought that was a good idea for two reasons. more »»

Growing pride in hanging baskets

January 23, 2016 Regarding the donation of more hanging baskets this year to the city of Dunkirk mentioned in Saturday’s “Best, worst” editorial (Jan. more »»

Name that tune

January 22, 2016 Do you remember “On Moonlight Bay?” Or, perhaps, “The Moonlight Serenade?” “Fly Me to the Moon?” “Moonglow?” “By the Light of the Silvery Moon?” And let’s not forget “Shine on, Harvest Moon. more »»

On-time grads are a bright spot

January 22, 2016 Enrollment declines in area school districts have been making headlines for more than a decade in our newspaper. more »»

Full plate on dietary guidelines

January 21, 2016 In this modern era of cynicism, faith in the claims and counter-claims of experts is not a given. more »»

Bringing change to nation’s capital

January 19, 2016 Since my last article I have been reaching out to our young voter base and have found quite a few young adults that have a point of view about the current state of the 23rd Congressional district of... more »»

Our longing for leadership

January 18, 2016 There are many in America who feel unsafe during these uncertain times. Terrorism is real and Americans know it. Little has been done to assuage their fears. more »»

Gun laws can’t stop criminals

January 17, 2016 This is reply to the two liberal politically correct writers who wrote columns in the OBSERVER (Jan. 9). more »»

Missing dog article fails sniff test

January 17, 2016 I’m writing in regard to the front-page story “A Christmas miracle” (Dec. 20). more »»

Great gifts found in written word

January 17, 2016 The snow has been pounding down all day and it looks like a calendar shot. The wind creates little tornadoes of glitter across my yard. more »»

An important election year

January 17, 2016 For the 14 families who lost their loved ones in the San Bernardino, Calif., murders at the hands of two terrorists, there were no holiday celebrations this year. more »»

Taking notice of arrests, scams and students

January 16, 2016 Have you noticed that when they show pictures in the paper of people who are wanted, they are usually males? Sometimes there is one female. Rarely there are two female. more »»

No resolutions, just hopes, for 2016

January 16, 2016 We have just rung in 2016 with ball drops, fireworks and champagne toasts along with a skyscraper fire in Dubai and several terrorist scares in Germany. The new year seems very much like old times. more »»

Sylvester and his crackers

January 15, 2016 In my cupboard there are four packages of cookies (good cookies) and five bars of imported chocolate. All are unopened. more »»

Many step up at holiday season

January 14, 2016 This was a season of blessings for the Westfield Food Pantry. more »»

No magic bullet with guns

January 13, 2016 How many innocents have been killed with a gun? How often do we hear an individual claiming the Government is taking away their Second Amendment rights? Has it come to the point that the citizens... more »»

A fine balance in our lives

January 12, 2016 What makes for a successful life? Is it to make a lot of money; to be the best at something; to have authority over others? Or is it to reach the fulfillment of what your life is supposed to be? A... more »»

Too many weapons in wrong hands

January 11, 2016 Sometimes in this day and age, it is very hard to ignore some people who have no common sense whatsoever. Take, for instance, those who are critical of state Senator Catharine Young. more »»



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