ON A SATURDAY IN MAY

I was a shy nine year old rural boy from the farm country. Rarely, did we have the opportunity to visit the “big city”. Whenever we did, it was ... [read more]



THERE IS REASON FOR PRIDE IN OUR REGION

Our region... western New York... is a very special place! This is an exceptional area, because of the people here and with the region's magnificent rolling hills, small cites, expansive beautiful valleys, productive farm lands, and majestic lake ... [read more]



A GLIMPSE OF "SMALL TOWN" USA

Some call it "Living at the time of the Walton's". I call it "Living NOW in our small town". And this is the way it ... [read more]



THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE

We are on the doorstep. The Fourth of July and the celebration of Independence Day is almost here. And America remembers! This is the land of the free and the home of the brave. Truly, we have much for which to be thankful. One of the few ... [read more]



GRADUATION TIME: PRIDE IN OUR YOUTH

What a momentous occasion is about to unfold! In many of our public and private schools, graduation is just around the corner. We can almost hear the downbeat of the familiar strains of Pomp and Circumstance. What a joy-filled occasion for the ... [read more]



JOHN LOCKE...
A BRILLAINT SCHOLAR, EVEN FOR OUR TIMES

A cursory glance at recent headlines carry words such as: "The Economy in Stress", "Where Are the Jobs?", "Scandal after Scandal In Our Times", " Threats of Terror", "Military Preparedness", Excessive Intrusiveness". Unfortunately, we are in the ... [read more]



THE HARMONY OF THE SPRING SYMPHONY
Robert L. Heichberger, Contributing Columnist

Our region in western New York is a very special place! With its magnificent rolling hills, expansive beautiful valleys, and majestic lake plains....our region stands out as a wonderland of nature. With our four seasons of the year, there is ... [read more]



THE GENIUS OF AMERICAN EDUCATION

Tuesday, May 2 was National Teachers Day. There is an earmark of genuine quality in our American educational system. And that earmark rests solidly with teachers who possess subject mastery and who are thoughtfully creative, and most importantly, ... [read more]



WHAT KEEPS AMERICA GOING?

April...We are now in the fourth month of the year 2017. Each one of us has never, ever experienced this precise moment in time before. We can learn from the past, and hopefully, grow wiser in the future. And that is how we keep going and change ... [read more]



THE US CONSTITUTION IS THE CLIENT OF THE
US SUPREME COURT

We hear much about the US Supreme Court these days. The undergirding purpose of the American judiciary is to interpret the laws of the land in light of their constitutionality. This underlying function is vital to the maintenance of our Republic ... [read more]



THE ECONOMY AND FRIEDERICH HAYEK

If any twentieth-century economist was an up-to-date person, it was Friedrich Hayek. Clearly, he made fundamental contributions to the field of economics. His powerful contributions are most relevant in our economy of ... [read more]



THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AT FREDONIA
PARADIGM OF EXCELLENCE

What busy and productive learning, teaching, and research activity is located at The State University of New York at Fredonia. Indeed, the University is a cultural and economic powerhouse: exemplar in teaching, creative in research, and dedicated ... [read more]



THE US PRESIDENCY...A REFLECTION

On this recently past Presidents Day, I took the time to remember. Until 1971, both February 12 and February 22 were observed as federal public holidays to honor the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and George Washington (February 22). ... [read more]



ON BECOMING A TEACHER

In the early years of my youth, I had always dreamed of becoming a teacher. But I thought… being a poor farm boy… that was a "way-out" thought, if not an almost impossibility. I knew that in order to become a teacher, I would need to go to ... [read more]



FRIENDSHIPS: A GILT-EDGED TREASURE TROVE

This time of the year, particularly … December, January, and February...we remember with special fondness our friends, and "auld acquaintance" is not forgotten. Friendships are a treasure of unsurpassed value. It has been said that "A friend in ... [read more]



CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN
WITH YOUR HEART AS THE COMPASS

Most steep hills, tops of cliffs, and even mountain tops are within reach, but you need to keep climbing, step by step. I learned this early in my youth, having spent my childhood in the highest location in the Boston Hills. I also learned not to ... [read more]



THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE...
A STATES' RIGHTS ISSUE

During these past weeks, there has been much written and verbal loquaciousness over the Electoral College. In fact, there are those who are clamoring for its abolition. What is the rationale for the Electoral College in the first place? It is ... [read more]



'TIS THE SEASON

... [read more]



DECEMBER 7, 1941
"A DATE THAT WILL LIVE IN INFAMY"

It was an early Sunday afternoon. The date was December 7 1941, when from the small table radio in our farm family kitchen came these shocking and devastating words "we interrupt this program to bring you a special news bulletin from Washington, ... [read more]



TIME SEEMED TO STOP AND
A NATION MOURNED

Fifty-three years have passed. It was a clear, brisk day in November 1963. The eastern horizon was lit with silvery rays of sunlight on this bright Friday morning. As usual, teachers and students greeted each other at the Main Street School in ... [read more]



VETERANS DAY REMEMBRANCE
NOBLE IN SERVICE

... [read more]



Character Counts in our American Electoral System

Character counts in all aspects of one's life. At home, work, school, or wherever and whenever, one's character is central to one's life. And the character of the individual is the virtuous cornerstone of one's ... [read more]



THE US CONSITUTION IS THE CLIENT OF THE
US SUPREME COURT

The future of the United States Supreme Court and other Federal courts lie in the hands of the next President of the United States. There is much at stake in this next Presidential ... [read more]



THE AUTUMN SEASON...A TIME TO REMEMBER

The calendar indicates that fall has now began. I so cherish the autumn season. It is the season that I reminisce about this time of the ... [read more]



THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE...
CONSTITUTIONALLY GROUNDED IN STATES' RIGHTS

"The Electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President..." Amendment XII, ratified June 15, ... [read more]



SCHOOL BELLS SOON TO RING OUT
A CLARION CALL OF OPPORTUNITY

A new school year is about to begin and a fresh start is about unfold. President John F. Kennedy said "The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth." And to millions, an education and schooling leads to ... [read more]



ENCOURAGEMENT IS A GIFT TO BE TREASURED

I learned early in my youth, and then as a parent and as a teacher, that encouragement is indeed a treasure. For encouragement acts as a key that unlocks one's potential. Encouragement is as a ladder on which one can mount the various anxieties ... [read more]



THE CLINTON AND BAILEY FARMERS MARKET...
AN EVENT

The number of requests have been most numerous! I refer to requests to repeat one of my past columns. It is heartening to receive such requests. The column, to which I refer, first appeared in print three years ago. Because of the content of that ... [read more]



THE JUBLIANCE OF SUMMER-TIME

Our region in western New York is a very special place! With its magnificent rolling hills, expansive beautiful valleys, and majestic lake plains....our area stands out as a wonderland of nature. With our four seasons of the year, there is ... [read more]



THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE

The Fourth of July and the celebration of Independence Day is on our doorstep. And America remembers! This is the land of the free and the home of the brave. And this freedom has been achieved because of the virtues of many. It was Franklin D. ... [read more]



WE TAKE PRIDE IN OUR YOUTH

What a momentous occasion is about to unfold! In many of our public and private schools, graduation is just around the corner. We can almost hear the downbeat of the familiar strains of Pomp and Circumstance. What a joy-filled occasion for the ... [read more]



THERE IS REASON FOR COMMUNITY PRIDE

Our region...the counties of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Erie ... is a very special place! This is an exceptional area, because of the people here and with the region's magnificent rolling hills, expansive beautiful valleys, elegant lake plains, ... [read more]



VIRTUOUS AMERICAN HEROES
AND WE WILL NOT FORGET

Armed Forces Day was May 21, 2016, and we will not forget. We remember the words of General George S. Patton: "It is foolish and wrong to mourn those who died; rather, we should thank God such individuals lived." Also his words... "By ... [read more]



A TREASURY OF EXCEPTIONALISM

President Abraham Lincoln stated it so well in his 1863 Gettysburg Address "...that government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not vanish from this earth." And we say, may that always be true for this generation and for the ... [read more]



A FARM BOY'S TREASURY OF MEMORIES

It has been said "Bloom where you are planted". There is much to be cherished from this saying as are the memories of experiences. Memories serve as a treasury on which to build hopeful possibilities. I believe we are forever being molded by ... [read more]



THE SYMPHONY OF SPRING

Our region in western New York is a very special place! With its magnificent rolling hills, expansive beautiful valleys, and majestic lake plains....our region stands out as a wonderland of nature. With our four seasons of the year, there is ... [read more]



EMERGENCY ROOM FACILITY... A PRIORITY

The concern is real, people are disquieted and a bit apprehensive, and some action is needed. A major concern of Gowanda area residents, employers and employees, students, visitors and others in this region is the lack of a readily accessible ... [read more]



Character Counts in our American Electoral System

Character counts in all aspects of one's life. At home, work, school, or wherever and whenever, one’s character is central to one’s life. And the character of an individual is a virtue that really counts when we take stock of what we are, what ... [read more]



OUR AMERICAN WAY

Politics, policy, and personality...These three themes seem to occupy today's stage in our current political atmosphere. It seems that wherever we go these days, politics tends to enter the conversation. We are proud of our democracy and in our ... [read more]



PRESIDENTS DAY

This is Presidents Day. Until 1971, both February 12 and February 22 were observed as federal public holidays to honor the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and George Washington (February 22). In 1971 President Nixon proclaimed one ... [read more]



THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AT FREDONIA
PARADIGM OF EXCELLENCE

A new spring semester is well underway at The State University of New York at Fredonia. Indeed, the university is a cultural and economic powerhouse: exemplar in teaching, creative in research, and dedicated to service with a creative cultural and ... [read more]



IS THERE A DEFICIT IN LEADERSHIP?

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. Indeed, there are many in America who are fearful for themselves and for their ... [read more]



AMAZING? YOU BET IT IS!

A new year 2016 is upon us. This is a time when we often remember and treasure many of the amazing persons and events which are so fulfilling of what each of us is today. I recount here only several of such persons and events that are so ... [read more]



Our Anticipation Grows.
It is the Holiday Season!

This column will appears in print at a time when the day light hours are the shortest and the nighttime hours seem endless; and, the cold wintry season may be acomin' after all. It is a season, when by the calendar, it always arrives on time. For ... [read more]



DECEMBER 7, 1941
"A DATE THAT WILL LIVE IN INFAMY"

It was an early Sunday afternoon. The date was December 7 1941, when from the small table radio in our farm family kitchen came these shocking and devastating words "we interrupt this program to bring you a special news bulletin from Washington, ... [read more]



REMEMBERING ON THANKSGIVING ...
OUR TOWN, USA

Thanksgiving is a time "we gather together" and recount our many blessings. There is much for which all of us can be thankful, including the spirit of giftedness all around ... [read more]



TAKING TIME TO REMEMBER

Wednesday, November 11 is Veterans Day... and my column today is in the form of a poem. In this poem, I wish to pay tribute to the men and women who have served, as well as those who are now serving in the Armed Forces of our Nation. I am a ... [read more]



THE MOOD OF THE PEOPLE AND THE AMERICAN WAY

Election slogans, debates, road-side posters, town meetings, media adds...these are all part of an election campaign scenario. During a campaign, the voters are encouraged to vote for particular candidates and to support particular issues. Morning ... [read more]



COMPETENCE AND ELECTED OFFICIALS

It appears that we are already in the 2016 Presidential election campaign mode. What role does the candidates' competence and likeability play in this election dynamic? Time will tell. But, in my view, they are key. Likeability is a treasure and ... [read more]



THERE IS VIRTUE IN LIKEABILITY AND HONESTY

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. But, in my view, they are ... [read more]



ARE WE SEEING AN ASSAULT ON FREE MARKETS?

Collectivism is in opposition to individual prosperity and profits. It gradually snuffs out free markets and gradually depletes the private sector. A collectivist society, with an authoritarian collectivist government engaged in so called "central ... [read more]



AN EXCITING ADVENTURE... A NEW SCHOOL YEAR IS ABOUT TO BEGIN

Education is an exciting adventure. Each school year, typically late August or early September, there arrives a new generation of young children entering school for the first time. In fact, there are approximately 3 million fresh new faces in the ... [read more]



FARM BOY'S GLIMPSE OF MEMORIES

A dairy and vegetable farm in this rural region was the setting. The four seasons of the year determined the course of daily events during those Depression years of the 1930's. The scene was a white farm house and dairy barn surrounded by ... [read more]



PUBLIC DETERMINATION IS THE AMERICAN WAY

Historically, the American public is a determined people. That is the American way. Today, it seems that politics trumps the opinion of the people; and, the voters want to be heard. To be a successful political candidate in this day and age, ... [read more]



A GLIMPSE OF SMALL TOWN AMERICA

Some call it "Living at the time of the Walton's". I call it "Living NOW in our small town". And this is the way it ... [read more]



THOUGHTS ON INDEPENDENCE DAY WEEKEND

This has been Independence Day weekend and we shall not forget. It was George Washington who said on January 8, 1790 "Among the many interesting objects which will engage your attention, that of providing for the common defense." We believe today ... [read more]



PRIDE IN OUR YOUTH

In many of our public and private schools, graduation is just around the corner. We can almost hear the tuning- up of the familiar strains of Pomp and Circumstance. What a momentous occasion for the graduates and for their ... [read more]



THANK YOU LOCAL BUSINESSES

Within the past two days, I went to our local grocery, the local pharmacy and hardware store. I stopped by at the local shoe store to buy a pair of outdoor work shoes. I went to the local clothing store to buy an outdoor work jacket, and on my ... [read more]



WE WILL NOT FORGET

This is Memorial Day and we will not forget. Many of us recall the words of John F. Kennedy when he said "Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, ... [read more]



PRIDE IN "OUR" FREDONIA

Saturday, May 16 is the Commencement ceremony at Fredonia State University of New York. We, collectively, take great pride in our University and in our graduates, past and ... [read more]



CLIMB EVERY PINNACLE
WITH YOUR CONSCIENCE AS A GUIDE

Most steep hills, tops of cliffs, and even mountain tops are within reach, but you need to climb each pinnacle, step by step. I learned this early in my youth, having spent my childhood in the highest location in the Boston Hills. I also learned ... [read more]



THE ASSAULT ON FREE MARKETS
IS AN ASSAULT ON PROSPERITY

The federal government is spending money we don't have and borrowing money we can't pay back. The scenario of spending and borrowing goes on while the advantage of the free market system is frowned upon by ... [read more]



PEOPLE WANT TO TRUST THEIR LEADERS

Americans so want to believe their leaders. They want leadership that is conscientious, dependable, trustworthy, and honest. Americans desperately want leaders in whom they can have a believing trust. And trust is a verb, not a noun. It is active; ... [read more]



THE GENIUS OF AMERICAN EDUCATION

If one were to ask you the names of your favorite teachers from kindergarten and throughout your schooling, it may be not too difficult to answer. Without doubt, there is one specific teacher or more perhaps, who stands out in your mind. Also, ... [read more]



THE GIFT OF HOPE IS A TREASURE

Stephen John, a ninth grade student at Gowanda Central said it well when he said "Never give up and keep working hard" ( recent issue of the Dunkirk OBSERVER). Stephen was one among several other distinguished students who were recently recognized ... [read more]



LEADERSHIP:
POSITIONAL POWER AND PERSONAL POWER

A GOOD leader inspires others to have the confidence in the leader. But, a GREAT leader inspires others to have the confidence in themselves. This is the true essence of leadership.The title one has may place that person in a position of ... [read more]



YOU DECIDE FOR YOURSELF

This is an event I shall never forget. Some have called it a miracle. But then ...you decide for ... [read more]



ENTRAPRENEURIAL EXCEPTIONALISM

Back in the so called "olden" days of my youth, I never knew or used the term "entrepreneur." Within the past several years the word is now becoming far more common and it often appears in print. However, entrepreneurs were most prominent in years ... [read more]



THE COURAGE TO LEAD
AND THE WISDOM TO LISTEN

... [read more]



'TIS THE SEASON

Ah yes, the joy of the Christmas season in rural and small town America...there is just nothing like it! In our lake plains, rolling hills, cities and valleys of the counties of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and southern Erie, most everyone knows their ... [read more]



RESILENCY AT ITS BEST

Recently, we have seen locally in western New York a spirit of tremendous resilience and determined perseverance at its best! And with that resilience, we have seen neighborly helpfulness at the very height of a giving generosity. Indeed, that ... [read more]



REMEMBERING ON THANKSGIVING ...
OUR TOWN, USA

Thanksgiving is a time "we gather together" and recount our many blessings. There is much for which all of us can be thankful, including the spirit of giftedness all around ... [read more]



NOBLE IN SERVICE

Many of us recall the words of John Fitzgerald Kennedy: "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." Veterans Day... we pay tribute to our American veterans and to ... [read more]



AMERICANS WANT TO BELIEVE AGAIN

Election Day is only a matter of days away. A candidate for public office may be able to be elected on charm the first time around but, to be reelected? Charm runs thin. Truthfulness, trustworthiness, competence... that is what ... [read more]



MEMORIES OF OCTOBER AUTUMN

A dairy and vegetable farm in this rural region was the setting. A colorful autumn season was the timeframe back during the Depression years of the 1930's. The scene was a white farm house and dairy barn surrounded by cultivated farm acreage, ... [read more]



WE ARE A REPUBLIC
AND THE PEOPLE MATTER

Recently, I attended a pubic school board meeting, a village board meeting and a town board meeting. My objective was to view a republic in action. At each of these meetings, the public was invited to view their opinion on various subjects under ... [read more]



ASSIGN A SOLUTION; NOT BLAME

These are recent headlines in the news:
"U.S. Military on 'High Terrorist Alert' "
"U.S. Families Feel Considerable Economic Stress"
"Benghazi Attack Under the ... [read more]



A NEW SCHOOL YEAR IS ABOUT TO UNFOLD

Friedrich August von Hayek set a tone for today's schools. Hayek, a well known economist and philosopher of the 1900's said so brilliantly "The mind cannot foresee its own advance." What a powerful statement. One of the goals of a good education ... [read more]



LIKEABILITY AND HONESTY GO HAND IN HAND

Likeability is a treasure. And honesty is a component of likeability. Caring, engaging, speaking little about self, and showing much greater interest in others...these are all characteristics of people who are likeable. Have you ever noticed that ... [read more]



A FLOOD, THE HOSPITAL, AND .....?

It was just five years ago when the Gowanda area experienced a damaging flood. Tri-County Hospital was one of the casualties. Because of the nature of this topic, I decided to put this week's column in an eleven verse poetic ... [read more]



WE NEED LEADERS WITH THE COURAGE TO LEAD
AND THE WISDOM TO LISTEN

If ever there was a critical time for great leadership to emerge, that time is now! Within the hearts and minds of the people in these United States and communities therein, there is a longing desire for courageous, passionate, and visionary ... [read more]



THE LAND OF THE FREE

We have just celebrated a great National Holiday, the Fourth of July and the celebration of Independence Day. And America remembers! This is the land of the free and the home of the brave. Truly, we have much for which to be thankful. One of the ... [read more]



PRIDE IN THE YOUTH OF OUR COMMUNITY

Indeed, we are proud of our western New York high school graduating seniors of 2014 in our public and private schools. Our youths are so richly a part of the pride of our ... [read more]



WHAT IT WILL TAKE TO WIN
AS A POLITICAL CANDIDATE IN 2014

A recent Rasmussen Poll found that an astounding seventy percent of US voters now say the country is heading down the wrong track. What will it take to be a successful candidate for pubic office in 2014 and 2016? As I see it, the simple truth is: ... [read more]



Memorializing America's Core Values

Why is America the greatest country in the world? Just ask those who risk slavery, poverty, imprisonment and even death to reach the shores and borders of the United States. No country in history gives more opportunities or has been more ... [read more]



REMEBERING ARMED FORCES DAY

Many Americans celebrate Armed Forces Day annually on the third Saturday of May. This year that date is Saturday, May 17. It is a day we pay tribute to men and women who serve in the various branches the United States’ armed forces. Armed Forces ... [read more]



THANK YOU LOCAL BUSINESSES

Within the past twenty-four hours, I went to our local grocery, the local pharmacy and hardware store. I stopped by at the local shoe store to buy a pair of outdoor work shores. I went to the local clothing store to buy an outdoor work jacket, and ... [read more]



CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN
WITH YOUR HEART AS THE COMPASS

Most steep hills, tops of cliffs, and even mountain tops are within reach, but you need to keep climbing, step by step. I learned this early in my youth, having spent my childhood in the highest location in the Boston Hills. I also learned not to ... [read more]



SUNY FREDONIA

My column this week looks a bit different. I have decided to put "My Perspective" in poetic form because of the nature of the subject. It was fifty years ago that I joined the faculty at SUNY Fredonia. The following is a brief poetic expression of ... [read more]



STUDENT READINESS AND THE COMMON CORE

We hear much these days about Common Core educational standards. However, what begins with national standards must breed the pressure to standardize curricular models and induce national conformity in instructional ... [read more]



TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP AT ITS BEST

A GOOD leader inspires others to have confidence in the leader. But, a GREAT leader inspires others to have confidence in themselves. This is the true essence of transformational ... [read more]



TREASURED MEMORIES OF A ONE-ROOM SCHOOLHOUSE

During an earlier time in our history, there were hundreds of one-room rural school houses dotted across the landscape. This is the recollection of one person who attended a one-room ... [read more]



PRESIDENTS' DAY
AND WE WILL NOT FORGET

... [read more]



ASSAULTING FREE MARKETS
IS ASSAULTING PROSPERITY

The federal government is spending money we don't have and borrowing money we can't pay back. The scenario of spending and borrowing goes on while the advantage of the free market system is frowned upon by ... [read more]



WHAT KEEPS AMERICA GOING?

January....We are now in the first month of a new year. Each one of us has never, ever experienced this precise moment in time before. We can learn from the past, and hopefully, grow wiser in the future. And that is how we keep going and change ... [read more]



THE GENIUS OF AMERICAN EDUCATION ...
COMMON CORE STANDARDS NOTWITHSTANDING

If one were to ask you the names of your favorite teachers from kindergarten and throughout your schooling, it may be not too difficult to answer. Without doubt, there is one specific teacher or more perhaps, who stands out in your mind. Also, ... [read more]



'TIS THE SEASON

Ah yes, the joy of the Christmas season in our area of rural America, with several small cites, hills, valleys, and lake plains. In our southwestern region of New York state, most everyone knows their neighbors, and neighborly they are! There is a ... [read more]



LAKE SHORE HOSPITAL ESSENTIAL TO THIS AREA

"There may still be opportunities to provide local access to quality health care services in this area"... that was a statement by Interim CEO of TLC Network John Galati as reported in the OBSERVER on November 26. These are indeed "encouraging" ... [read more]



TIME SEEMED TO STOP
AND A NATION MOURNED

Fifty years have passed. It was a clear, brisk day in November 1963. The eastern horizon was lit with silvery rays of sunlight on this bright Friday morning. As usual, teachers and students greeted each other at the Main Street School in East ... [read more]



WE PAY HUMBLE TRIBUTE

Many of us recall the words of John Fitzgerald Kennedy: "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." Today we pay tribute to our American veterans and to all of our ... [read more]



My COLUMN TODAY IS AN OPEN LETTER TO: OUR SIX GRANDCHILDREN, AND TO GRANDCHILDREN EVERYWHERE, AND TO FOLKS OF ALL AGES

FOLLOW THE VIRTUES OF YOUR HEART

A short time ago, I started to write a letter to my six grandchildren. However, before I finished my letter, I was invited to speak to a local group of junior and senior high school students. I was happy to do so. So, I took the beginning of my ... [read more]



A REPUBLIC... NATIONALLY, AND LOCALLY

The public media stated "Residents packed the Gowanda Fire Hall to voice their opinions on a potential new use of a vacant building in the downtown area." The reference is to a public hearing regarding the former Burger King building on Jamestown ... [read more]



THE CLINTON AND BAILEY FARMERS MARKET

The free enterprise system at work and an economic engine of activity... that was and still is the powerhouse of the popular Clinton and Bailey Farmers Market and the Niagara Frontier Food ... [read more]



EXEMPLAR OF EXCELLENCE
THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK FREDONIA

A new academic year is well underway. SUNY Fredonia is a cultural and economic powerhouse: exemplar in teaching, creative in research, and unique in development with a powerful economic impact on the county, state, and ... [read more]



SCHOOL BELLS A' RINGING...
OPENING DOORS TO OPPORTUNITY

School Bells are about to ring again, and a new school year is soon to get underway. School days can be an exciting adventure. And education can be an opener to exciting opportunities for the present, as well as, for many years to ... [read more]



FRIEDRICH HAYEK AND THE ECONOMY

Recently, we have written about John Locke, then Adam Smith. Today, we focus on Friedrich ... [read more]



HOSPITAL CARE IS ESSENTIAL TO THE AREA

NOTE: What a shocker! I had just finished drafting the following column. Then, within hours, I heard the devastating news report that "plans to replace Tri-County Hospital have been canceled." LERHSNY made the announcement official. Many folks in ... [read more]



ADAM SMITH, ECONOMICS, AND TODAY

Adam Smith is a name possibly familiar to most of us. Back in my earlier school days, we were required to read selected readings from the writings of Adam Smith. Work ethic, competition, growth and development, profit motive, free market ... [read more]



JOHN LOCKE...
A BRILLAINT SCHOLAR, EVEN FOR OUR TIMES

A cursory glance at recent headlines carry words such as: "The Economy in Stress", "Where Are the Jobs?", "Scandal after Scandal Seems to be Emerging", " Threats of Terror", "Freedoms Eroded, Excessive Intrusiveness". We are in the midst of most ... [read more]



COMMUNITY PRIDE IN OUR YOUTH

We are proud of our western New York high school gradating seniors of 2013! Our youths are richly a part of the pride of any ... [read more]



IT HAS BEEN A GREAT JOURNEY

It is nearing the end of another school year. I never fail to become a bit nostalgic at this time of the year, even though I retired from teaching several years ... [read more]



WE WILL NOT FORGET

This is Memorial Day and we will not forget. Many of us recall the words of John F. Kennedy when he said "Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, ... [read more]



A Poem for Armed Forces Day--May 18, 2013

Saturday, May 18th is Armed Forces Day. In this poem, we remember and honor the men and women who have served and are serving in the Armed Forces of our Nation. I am a Veteran, and in light of recent events, I am also including to remember all ... [read more]



TOUCHSTONES FOR LEADERSHIP IN OUR SCHOOLS

Schools should be centers for learning par excellence. Most school budget votes and board elections are to be held this year on May 21. This is a time when the voters can and should take an active role in voting on school budgets and the selection ... [read more]



IT CAN ALL BE EXPRESSED IN ONE WORD

From the time that I was growing up, and thereafter, I particularly admired my parents and grandparents for something "very special." And then, while attending school, I saw that something "very special" again in my instructors, and in others. ... [read more]



AN ANTIDOTE FOR SHYNESS

Between winter and spring...Easter week... a time one often reminisces. Such, is that time now for "yours ... [read more]



WHAT KEEPS AMERICA GOING?

They are the folks all across America, including our own Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Erie counties, they are what keeps America going. They are creative, hard working men and women of integrity; and, they are dedicated senior citizens of passion; ... [read more]



READ ACROSS AMERICA

Some of you may have heard this quotation: "If you can read this, thank a teacher." And Dr. Seuss is quoted as saying "The more you read, the more things you will know. And the more that you learn, the more places you'll go." How true that is! ... [read more]



THANKS TO THE AMERICAN FARMER

We are blessed with fertile farm lands in our Chautauqua/Cattaraugus/Erie County area. Many of our citizens are directly involved in agriculture. What a contribution they are making to the local economy and to the health and well being of all or ... [read more]



THE GENIUS OF AMERCIAN EDUCATION

If one were to ask you the names of your favorite teachers from kindergarten and throughout your schooling , it may be not too difficult to answer. Without doubt, there is one specific teacher or more perhaps, who stands out in your mind. Also, ... [read more]



THAT WAS THE SNOW STORM I WILL NOT FORGET

Resilience appears to be one of the common themes that run through the story of one's life. Back home on the farm, I remember well the blustery, frigid, wind- driven snow storms during the winters of my youth. I did not fully realize then, ... [read more]



YOU CANNOT FIX THE PROBLEM...
WHILE YOU ARE FIXING THE BLAME

Pointing a finger and assigning blame to a problem, accomplishes very little and may even hinder advancement. You know, a little common sense goes a long way. We can accomplish much more, when we focus on fixing the problems that we encounter, ... [read more]



'TIS THE SEASON

At this time of the year, our early ancestors may have greeted you with..."Feliz Navidad," "fröhliche Weihnachten," "Wesolych Swiat," "Buon Natale", but we want to wish you a "Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year." We thank our many readers ... [read more]



ELIZABETH "KRIS" BEAL
WE WILL NOT FORGET

We are deeply saddened with the passing of Elizabeth "Kris" Beal....truly, a remarkable former "first lady" of the State University of Fredonia. Mrs. Beal was deeply devoted to her husband, the late Dallas K. Beal, who served as the 10th President ... [read more]



CONSTITUTIONALLY GROUNDED IN STATES' RIGHTST
THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE

"The Electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President..." Amendment XII, ratified June 15, ... [read more]



TIME SEEMED TO STOP
AND A NATION MOURNED

It was a clear, brisk day in November 1963. The eastern horizon was lit with silvery rays of sunlight on this bright Friday morning. As usual, teachers and students greeted each other at the Main Street School in East Aurora. I was the school ... [read more]



REMEMBERING OUR VETERANS

Many of us recall the words of John Fitzgerald Kennedy: "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." At this time, we pay special tribute to our American veterans and ... [read more]



FRUSTRATRION WITH THE ANEMIC ECONOMY

People are tired of economic uncertainty. The lingering and anemic U.S. economy is putting an extraordinarily heavy burden of financial stress on individuals and the American family. We are told that 88.4 millions Americans are out of work. For ... [read more]



UNSUNG HEROES

There are those in leadership who say, "They didn't build that" or, "they didn't do that." But this columnist says, ... [read more]



STATE UNIVERSITY OF FREDONIA
EXAMPLAR OF EXCELLENCE

The STATE UNIVERSITY OF FREDONIA is a cultural and economic powerhouse: exemplar in teaching, creative in research, and unique in development with a powerful economic impact on the State and beyond. The University is particularly noted for its ... [read more]



INDIVIDUALISM...
A KEY TO AMERICAN ECONOMIC GROWTH

It is true, each of us stands on the shoulders of previous generations. However, in spite of what some in leadership have said, there comes that time...within our own generation... when EACH of us must do OUR part. And that is exactly what hard ... [read more]



BACK TO SCHOOL
A CLARION CALL OF OPPORTUNITY

A new school year is about to begin and a fresh start is about to unfold. My friends, opportunity is ... [read more]



THE SUM OF CHARACTER, COMPETENCE, LIKEABILITY, IS ....

Credibility is the word. Most successful candidates and indeed successful individuals, in whatever capacity, seem to possess a high level of credibility. And the nomenclature of credibility consists of Character, Competence, Likeability. These ... [read more]



AN ENHANCMENT OF LIFE'S JOURNEY

You can take the boy out of the country, but you cannot take the country out of the boy. That was true back in the days of my youth in the '30 and '40, and I believe it is still true today. One thing I learned back then, and it is still relevant, ... [read more]



THE LEGACY OF TRI-COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPTIAL LIVES ON

In Gowanda, back in 1950, it was a new day recorded in the annals of time! Tri-County Memorial Hospital on Memorial Drive in Gowanda officially opened its doors for the first time. It was Saturday, November 25, 1950. Through the untiring efforts ... [read more]



THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE

We are on the doorstep. The Fourth of July and the celebration of Independence Day is almost here. And America remembers! This is the land of the free and the home of the brave. Truly, we have much for which to be thankful. One of the few ... [read more]



COMMUNITY PRIDE WITH "POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE"

This has been an opportunity one will not forget. Our students are richly a part of the pride of our community. Recently I, along with others, were invited to interview a number of our high school graduating seniors at Gowanda Central. It was a ... [read more]



A DAY WORTH REMEMBERING EVERYDAY

Actually, I am writing this column on Memorial Day. I realize that many of our readers will not be reading this piece until after the holiday has passed. But then, Memorial Day can be in our thoughts nearly everyday. We remember the valiant and ... [read more]



THANK YOU PRESIDENT AND MRS. HEFNER
WE WILL NOT FORGET

It has been said "Success was his tradition" and what a story of success he has been! Shortly, the State University of New York Fredonia will bid farewell to Dr. Dennis Hefner, our President. He gave us everything that a University President has ... [read more]



SCHOOLS, THE BUDGET, AND THE BOARD

Schools should be centers for learning par excellence. Most school budget votes and board elections are to be held this year on May 15. This is a time when the voters can and should take an active role in voting on school budgets and the selection ... [read more]



NARCISSISM AND LEADERSHIP IN TODAY'S ARENA

For the most part, the American political system is alive and well. We applaud those individuals who are moved by a sincere desire to serve, lead, and govern. And then, there are those who are motivated by personal self-interests, and a need for ... [read more]



THE US CONSTITUTION IS THE CLIENT OF THE US SUPREME COURT

We hear much about the US Supreme Court these days. The undergirding purpose of the American judiciary is to interpret the laws of the land in light of their constitutionality. This underlying function is vital to the maintenance of our Republic ... [read more]



EDUCATION TODAY...
SOMETHING IS DISTURBINGLY TRUE

The New York State Education Department and the teachers' unions reached an agreement, more or less. This agreement allows the state to use student test scores to evaluate teacher performance. That agreement was brought to a conclusion after the ... [read more]



FEDERAL DEFICIT SPENDING...
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

March 12, ... [read more]



AND WE WILL NOT FORGET

The brilliant morning sun began to crest over the eastern horizon as the rural farm "kids" trudged their way to the one room country school house District Number 7, town of Boston, New York. That was my school. And I will not ... [read more]



READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY

Some of you may have heard this quotation: "If you can read this, thank a teacher." And Dr. Seuss is quoted as saying "The more you read, the more things you will know. And the more that you learn, the more places you'll go." How true that is! ... [read more]



Three Western New York Counties
A VIRTUAL TREASURE WITHIN OUR FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM

How fortunate we are! Our three western New York Counties of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and southern Erie is a virtual treasure of productive, bountiful, and beautiful recreational and travel wonderland of hills, lakes, valleys, and plains. In many ... [read more]



IN EDUCAITON, OVER SIXTY YEARS AND COUNTING...
(Part THREE...OF A THREE-PART SERIES)

Schools at ALL levels of the educational spectrum are operating in a "full throttle" mode. And daily, educators artfully apply the scientific principles of teaching and learning while literally making hundreds of significant professional ... [read more]



AN EDUCATIONAL JOURNEY

Through the years, our schools are often impacted by cultural changes and current events. Clearly, this has been the case during the past sixty-one years...the time frame in which this columnist has been an educational practitioner on the ... [read more]



IN EDUCATION, OVER SIXTY YEARS AND COUNTING...
(Part One... of a three-part series)

It has been a great "trip," so to speak, and it isn't over yet. It was sixty-one years ago when I stepped into my first classroom as the teacher. During these past sixty-one years, I have thoroughly enjoyed my work at an educator, every ... [read more]



SEASON'S GREETINGS

At this time of the year, our early ancestors may have greeted you with..."Feliz Navidad", " frhliche Weihnachten", "Wesolych Swiat" , "Buon Natale", but we want to wish you a "Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays". We thank our many readers for ... [read more]



KEEP WALKING TOWARD YOUR DREAM

"When you have a dream for the future, keep walking in that direction" ...when I was a boy, that was the advice I would be given by some of the "old timers" in our area. I have never forgotten those ... [read more]



REMEMBERING ON THANKSGIVING ...
OUR TOWN, USA

Thanksgiving is a time "we gather together" and recount our many blessings. There is much for which all of us can be thankful, including the spirit of giftedness all around ... [read more]



NOBLE IN SERVICE

Many of us recall the words of John Fitzgerald Kennedy: "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." Soon, we pay tribute to our American veterans and to all of our ... [read more]



GAUGE ELECTION-TIME RECTORIC WITH CORE VALUES

It is that time again. Political campaigns, signs, slogans, and talk show appearances... they are all a part of the scene. A day will not go by we do not hear from some candidates, the banter of promises or the semantics of slogans and the ... [read more]



LOCAL ELECTION CAMPAIGNS ARE UNDERWAY
A CALL FOR CERTAINTY

Uncertainty is dragging our economy down. In fact, uncertainty has a way of draining incentive from one's daily tasks and long range hopes. Straightway, we need to find a way to restore certainty and pro growth in our way of life. And, we need ... [read more]



CONSTRUCTIVE TRANSFORMATION IN GOWANDA

The page is turning. Some time ago, a column of mine in the OBSERVER began with the words "With respect to health care in the Gowanda area, the time has come to begin to turn the page from remedial restoration to constructive transformation." And ... [read more]



THE AMERICAN LEGACY

America became great because its citizens possessed vigorous virtues: self-reliance, personal responsibility, industriousness, and a passion for freedom. Uncompromising integrity seemed to have been the hallmark. We are a society who thrive on a ... [read more]



A NEW SCHOOL YEAR
A CLARION CALL OF OPPORTUNITY

There seemed to be an overwhelming number of local folks...parents, educators, students, and others....who requested that I write something on this topic. So, here ... [read more]



LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND THE 2009 STIMULUS

The well known and renowned 18th century Scottish philosopher and economist Adam Smith said it so brilliantly "This is one of those cases in which the imagination is baffled by the facts." Indeed, we are baffled by the facts which we have ... [read more]



August 9, 2009...Two Years Ago
THE FLOOD WE WILL NOT FORGET

A community that creatively plans together, jointly works together, joyously celebrates together, and even sadly mourns together... when times are hard... will untiringly stand together. Such is the case of a small valiantly vibrant community in ... [read more]



STRATEGIC INITIATIVES
For Our Three Western New York Counties

We are reminded that it was the renowned English philosopher John Locke who said so eloquently "where there is no desire, there will be no industry." Truly, there is an abundance of industry and energy all around us. In fact, there are many ... [read more]



THE BIRTHDAY OF A NATION

On the Fourth of July we celebrate the birthday of ourexceptional nation. It was in June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle, weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from the ... [read more]



"POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE" FOR ALL SEASONS

What an eventful occasion is about to occur: Graduation day in our area schools. It is now that memorable season of the year. Cap and gown, graduation speeches, friendly greetings along with "let's keep in touch" goodbyes. There are family get- ... [read more]



WHAT IT WILL TAKE TO BE A WINNING CNADIDATE

A recent Rasmussen Poll found that an astounding seventy percent of US voters now say the country is heading down the wrong track. What will it take to be a successful candidate for pubic office in 2011 and 2012? As we see it, the simple truth is: ... [read more]



MEMORIAL DAY VALOR

Memorial Day will soon be here. Many of us recall the words of John F. Kennedy when he said "Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any ... [read more]



SCHOOL BUDGETS AND BOARD ELECTIONS
IMPACT THE FUTURE

Without Leadership and character no amount of money can help a school succeed. We are on the very threshold and many school districts are facing an important vote. The results of that vote will impact the future for students, you, parents, the ... [read more]



THE LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL WITHIN YOU

Someone has said: "Behind every success is effort...behind every effort is passion...behind every passion is someone with the courage to try." And leadership is a matter of ... [read more]



Dunkirk and Fredonia and the Dynamisism of Small Business

Dunkirk and Fredonia and other places on this fruited plain are noted for the excellence of small business establishments. Small business entrepreneurs in our area and in all of America "believe in better!" We have energetic, creative, first class ... [read more]



THE ANATOMY OF LEADERSHIP

(Along with this columnist, Kevin Wysocki, from Washington, D.C. and former resident of Cherry Creek, contributed to this ... [read more]



SUNY: A RATIONAL TUITION PLAN IS PIVOTAL

The fiscal crisis at SUNY is real! Over the past three years, SUNY has seen a reduction of $1.1 billion in state support, or roughly, one-third of the Universitys operating budget. The Governor plans to decrease the SUNY budget by 10 percent on ... [read more]



READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY

There are many memorable, inspiring, and moving events that I experience as a parent, grandparent and teacher. But one event that is priceless is when a young child, with sparkling glint in their eyes and exuding excited enthusiasm on their face, ... [read more]



PRESIDENTS DAY... A TIME TO RMEMBER

Presidents Day is almost here. Until 1971, both February 12 and February 22 were observed as federal public holidays to honor the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and George Washington (February 22). In 1971 President Richard Nixon ... [read more]



A FARM BOY'S REMEMBRANCES OF WINTER DAYS

Resourcefulness appears to be one of the common threads that run through the tapestry of life. I remember well the frigid, blustery and wind driven snows during the winters of my youth back in the Depression days of the mid ... [read more]



GOWANDA AREA HEALTH CARE
A COMMUNMITY AWAITS "A CALL FOR ACTION"

The time has come to begin to turn the page from remedial restoration to constructive transformation. And thus, health care is the focus of our ... [read more]



A LEADERSHIP DEFICIT?

In the minds of many of our neighbors, the number one concern in America is jobs and a pay check. Secondly, Americans are increasingly restive over the deficit. People are deeply concerned when we are borrowing forty cents on a dollar and ... [read more]



TO OUR READERS
HOLIDAY GOOD WISHES

Dear friends...many of us treasure holiday traditions. It seems to have become a tradition that this columnist wishes to share Christmas gift wishes and hopes to our many readers. Each year I receive a substantial number of requests for extra ... [read more]



DECEMBER 7, 1941 WE WILL NOT FORGET

Due to popular requests, I am repeating a segment of my article which appeared last year at this time along with additional recollections of this most memorable ... [read more]



THANKSGIVING... WE GATHER TOGETHER

The Season of Thanksgiving lives on in light of the past and the reassuring hope for the future as we gather together in unity. Well over three and a half centuries ago, strengthened by faith and bound by a common desire for liberty, a small band ... [read more]



ACADEMY PLACE...A VISION HAS BECOME A REALITY

Academy Place in Gowanda is open and is thriving. Thousands of hours and an untold number of folks have turned a vision into a reality. People working and planning together can build a possibility into a certainty. Indeed, the American Dream is ... [read more]



AMERICANS WANT TO BELIEVE AGAIN

Election Day is only a matter of days away. A candidate for public office may be able to be elected on charm the first time around but, to be reelected? Charm runs thin; trustworthiness, competence, and one who will listen to the public... that is ... [read more]



A FARM BOY'S REMEMBERANCE OF OCTOBER AUTUMN

This was my childhood homestead. In the hills south of Buffalo, a diary and vegetable farm in this rustic rural agricultural region was the setting. A brisk, brilliantly colorful autumn season was the time frame back during the Depression years of ... [read more]



THREE POWERFUL WORDS: "WE THE PEOPLE"

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently stated "I think that our rising debt level poses a national security threat and it poses a national security threat in two ways: it undermines our capacity to act in our own interests and it does ... [read more]



THE GENIUS OF AMERICAN EDUCATION
TEACHERS ARE DECISION MAKERS

Schools at ALL levels of the educational spectrum are now in a new academic year and are operating in a "full throttle" mode. And daily, educators artfully apply the scientific principles of teaching and learning while literally making hundreds of ... [read more]



A NEW SCHOOL YEAR IS ABOUT TO UNFOLD

Friedrich August von Hayek set a tone for today's schools. Hayek, a well known economist and philosopher of the 1900's said so brilliantly "The mind cannot foresee its own advance." What a powerful statement. One of the goals of a good education ... [read more]



ELECTION-TIME ORATORY... SIFT IT WITH CORE VALUES

We are heading into that season again. Political campaigns, candidates, signs, slogans, and talk show appearances...soon they will all be a part of the scene. A day will not go by that we do not hear from some candidates, the banter of promises or ... [read more]



NO WONDER THERE IS SOME UNUSUAL UNCERTAINTY

Our children and grandchildren are being crushed with future indebtedness. This is disturbing. Unfortunately, we seem to be seeing what was once usual exuberance in the economy to what is now, in the words of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke ... [read more]



THE AMERICAN DREAM LIVES ON

The center of gravity in a republic, such as the United States, is the people and not the unit of government per se. All of us recall the words of Thomas Carlyle "Let each become all that he was created capable of being." We cannot say it any ... [read more]



FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND
WE CELEBRATE THE BIRTHDAY OF A NATION

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal." This passage is from one of the greatest documents of all time in American history...the Declaration of Independence. In our modern form of Republican Democracy we hold ... [read more]



A MESSAGE TO THE GRADUATES OF 2010

We hear much about the possibility of societal doom and gloom in the days ahead. Recently, I was invited to interview a number of graduating high school seniors . What a great experience that was for me! Any thought of doom and gloom prior to ... [read more]



THE US CONSITUTION IS THE CLIENT OF THE US SUPREME COURT

President Barack Obama nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the United States Supreme Court calling her a legal trailblazer who would embody "that same excellence, independence, integrity and passion for the law" as the man she would ... [read more]



A TIME TO REFLECT
MEMORIAL DAY IS ALMOST HERE

Memorial Day will soon be here. In fact, for most of us, Memorial Day is everyday. We remember the valiant and noble sacrifices that have been made on our behalf. We remember the words of Ronald Reagan when he said "Freedom is never more than one ... [read more]



A RESILIENT PEOPLE
PUTTING THEIR SHOULDER TO THE WHEEL

A community spoke, a response has been heard, and FEMA funding for Tri-County Hospital appears to be for forthcoming. This is a good day and good news for hundreds of people in this entire regional area. Clearly, there were many champions who ... [read more]



EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP INSPIRES
HOPEFUL LEARNING SPACES

Most school board elections and voting on school budgets are less than a month away. Critical decisions are about to be made and the results of these decisions will impact the lives of many. The public is encouraged to get informed, the voice of ... [read more]



ISRAEL--A GENUINE FRIEND OF THE U.S.

What is Israel to do? There are those in Washington who insist that Israel must seek negotiations with their neighbors. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has been quoted as saying that he would be happy to negotiate a peace accord but said "I just ... [read more]



"...AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS"

By a slim vote majority, the House circumvented the apparent will of the majority of American voters. An extremely costly and what has been called "financially unsustainable" healthcare plan was approved in spite of a very skeptical American ... [read more]



COLLECTIVIZATION OF POWER ...
DIMISHING OF FREEDOM

The Federal government is spending money we do not have and borrowing money we can never pay back. In fact, we are borrowing from future generations, mortgaging their future, and spending it into the present. That is pure and simple, spending ... [read more]



SMALL BUSINESSES ARE VITAL TO THE ECONOMY

Small businesses in America are vital to the US economy. They employ half of all private sector employees, pay 45 percent of total U.S. private payroll and employ half of all private sector employees. They are crucial to the solvency of our ... [read more]



THE MANTLE OF LEADERSHIP COMES FROM THE PEOPLE

There are several major national issues on the minds of citizens today. These issues include the state of the economy and the jobs situation. The economy this past year alone shed nearly 4 million jobs and unemployment is at 9.7 percent with a ... [read more]



AN AMERICAN SUCCESS STORY OF FAITH AND EXCEPTIONALISM
"A HAPPY 93rd BIRTHDAY"

Truly, a success story of American Exceptionalism! He is one of our own and we are deeply and justly proud of him. Daniel R. Gernatt Sr., a resident of Collins, New York will mark his 93rd birthday on February 7. What a significant milestone in ... [read more]



ASSULT ON FREE MARKETS
IS AN ASSULT ON PROSPERITY

The federal government is spending money we don't have and borrowing money we can't pay back. Plans are now underway for a trillion-dollar government takeover of our health care system which , by the way, seems to be more about government than ... [read more]



THE UNITED STATES IS A A REPUBLIC

On occasion, our readers have asked why in our writings we refer to the United States as a Republic. Our answer is always the same, "because that is what it is...a ... [read more]



AVAILABLE HOSPITAL CARE IS ESSENTIAL TO THE REGION

"Gateway to the Southern Tier" is a classic statement. This is a wise and illustrative statement of fact! Indeed, much of our geographical region serves as that gateway. What magnificent regions in which to live, work, be educated, and enjoy. An ... [read more]



CHRISTMAS GIFT WISHES

At this time of the year, our early ancestors may have greeted you with...Happy Cristes maesse" and "Frohe Weihnachten." But for us, we want to wish you a "Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays". We thank our many readers for their holiday greetings ... [read more]



A DAY WHICH LIVES IN INFAMY
DECEMBER 7, 1941

Today, we address this column to our Distinguished WW II Veterans and to ALL ... [read more]



THANKSGIVING NEIGHBORLINESS

How very precious is the Native American saying: "Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture your heart. Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way". The joy of Thanksgiving neighborliness lives on in light of ... [read more]



NOBLE IN SERVICE...
NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN

Many of us recall the words of John Fitzgerald Kennedy: "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." On Wednesday of this week, we pay tribute to our American ... [read more]



THE ASSAULT ON INDIVIDUALISM, PROSPERITY, AND FREE MARKETS

Collectivism is in opposition to individual prosperity and profits. It gradually snuffs out free markets and gradually depletes the private sector. A collectivist society, with an authoritarian collectivist government engaged in so called "central ... [read more]



... AND WE WILL NOT FORGET

August 10, 2009...and we will not ... [read more]



AMERICANS HOPE FOR AUTHENTIC LEADERSHIP

When we think of great leadership, two names come to mind immediately: Winston Churchill and Ronald Reagan. Each motivated others with their vigilant zeal, authentic credibility, and virtuous courage. And that is what leadership is all ... [read more]



SUNY
A POWERHOUSE... INTELLECTURALLY, CULTURALLY, ECONOMICALLY

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher positively and enthusiastically stated "By working in an inclusive and collaborative way, we can succeed in making SUNY the finest system of higher education in the nation and a model for the world." And Chancellor ... [read more]



SCHOOL BELLS SOON TO RING OUT
A CLARION CALL OF OPPORTUNITY

A new school year is about to begin and a fresh start is about unfold. President John F. Kennedy said "The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth." And to millions, an education and schooling leads to ... [read more]



THE AMERICAN DREAM
MAGNIFIED

We live in America where there is liberty, freedom, and hope. Every person, regardless of birth, social, or financial standing, should have the shinning opportunity for success and happiness and, to feel safe and secure from enemies both foreign ... [read more]



ISRAEL
AND WE TREAT A FRIEND THIS WAY?

The current Middle East foreign policy in Washington is turning our national priorities into a tail spin. It is troubling to see how President Obama is determined to end sixty-one years of support for our good friend and ally... Israel. And ... [read more]



DISMANTLING A WORLD CLASS HEALTH CARE SYSTEM

Everyone agrees that the healthcare system needs to be fixed. But patients must be the top priority in the process. The cost of healthcare rising at double digit rates is unsustainable and a threat to our economic competitiveness. However a ... [read more]



BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE

The Administration has it their way, there "is no war against terror" but the administration appears to have a war against a strong national defense. It has been proposed to cut the defense budget, dismantle a number of missile defense mechanisms ... [read more]



AN OPEN LETTER TO 2009 GRADUATES

It seems it has become a tradition. Each year about this time, we feature in our column FROM OUR PERSPECTIVE a letter to the graduates. Because of an unusually high number of requests from all age groups for copies of the column entitled "To the ... [read more]



EMPATHY VERSUS THE LAW

Justice David Shouter's retirement from the US Supreme Court presented President Obama with his first opportunity to appoint someone to the High Court. And he did just that... Judge Sonia Sotomayor, a federal appeals court judge for New York's ... [read more]



MEMORIAL DAY
AND WE WILL NOT FORGET

We remember the words of Ronald Reagan when he said "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or ... [read more]



THE FIRST 110 DAYS OF THIS ADMINISTATION

The last 110 days have been the most revealing in the history ofour Country. We have seen the growth of government and its intrusiveness in the lives of Americans like no other time in our history. The stage has been set for nationalized ... [read more]



SCHOOL BOARD LEADERSHIP
FOUNDATION FOR HOPEFUL LEARNING CENTERS

Schools should be centers for learning par excellence. Most school board elections are to be held this year on May 19. This is a time when the voters can and should take an active role in the selection of leadership policy makers for their local ... [read more]



THE INDIVIDUAL AND FREE MARKETS
KEY TO OUR ECONOMY

Free markets and the individual go hand in hand. Economic freedom and free markets cannot exist without political freedom. It is difficult to have the one without the other. The proof of this is current and is seen in the ever growing size and ... [read more]



A NATION OF INDIVIDUALS
BUT INDIVIDUALITY IS BEING COLLECTIVIZED

Most Americans are aghast at the huge spending going on in Washington and the $1.75 trillion deficit ... 13 percent of our gross domestic product. This amount is unheard of in the history of America. And yet, the call is out for more "trillions" ... [read more]



LOCAL ELECTIONS:
AUTHENTISITY FOSTERS AUTHENTIC LEADERSHIP

This is the season when many village elections take place in New York State municipalities. And elected officials and candidates of sound character are on the minds of the voters. It was Booker T. Washington who said "Character, not circumstance, ... [read more]



SUNY FREDONIA TECHNOLOGY INCUBATOR
ON THE CUTTING EDGE

Your columnists see the development of the emerging University Incubator as a stimulating long term business potential for the entire region. The growing of successful businesses are their primary focus. Business incubation and assisting ... [read more]



STIMULUS
"SPEND NOW, WORRY ABOUT THE DEFICIT LATER"

Currently, the mood by the leadership in Washington is to spend well over a trillion dollars on stimulus and bailouts NOW and worry about the deficit LATER. It is sheer madness to spend this staggering amount of money when there is no proof it ... [read more]



JOHN LOCKE
A BRILLAINT SCHOLAR FOR THESE CRUCIAL TIMES

We have a new Administration at the helm in Washington and the new Congress, the 111th, is now legislatively in charge. These are critical times. The Administration and the Congress would do well to follow the prescription as provided us by that ... [read more]



ECONOMIC RENEWAL
WE HAVE THE MODEL BUT WHAT ABOUT THE COURAGE?

It is widely judge by many that under President George Bush, the tax policy was correct. The problem was however, there was just for too much spending. And that excessive spending unfortunately will be a part of the Bush ... [read more]



THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE
CONSTITUTIONALLY GROUNDED IN STATES' RIGHTS
"The Electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President..." Amendment XII, ratified June 15, 1804

On January 8, 2009 the Congress will meet in joint session to count the electoral votes of the Electoral College. There have been calls for the reform or even the abolition of the Electoral College. Such calls are not new; there have been more ... [read more]



A GREETING TO OUR READERS
HOLIDAY GOOD WISHES AND HOPES

Dear friends...many of us treasure holiday traditions. And It seems to have become a tradition for us in this column to share our Christmas gift wishes and hopes with our readers. In fact, each year we receive a number of requests for extra copies ... [read more]



DECEMBER 7, 1941
"A DATE THAT WILL LIVE IN INFAMY"

One-half of this writing team was in his pre-teen years on December 7, 1941. It was early Sunday afternoon when from the small table radio in the farm family kitchen came these shocking words "we interrupt this program to bring you a special news ... [read more]



SUNY
AN ENGINE OF CULTUAL AND ECONOMIC VIBRANCE
PAR EXCELLENCE

There is no question, our schools and institutions of higher learning play a most dynamic role in the vitality of every community. And the State University of New York, one of the largest public universities in the world, is one such ... [read more]



"WE GATHER TOGETHER"

The Season of Thanksgiving lives on in light of the past and the reassuring hope for the future. Well over three and a half centuries ago, strengthened by faith and bound by a common desire for liberty, a small band of Pilgrims sought out a place ... [read more]



THE CONCENTRATION OF POWER

It seems to us, that almost everyone is in agreement that government spends too much, too often, too recklessly, and at too many levels. The issue which we can't understand is why the electorate consents to this through the ballot box. It is just ... [read more]



McCAIN: CREATE AND GROW THE WEALTH
OBAMA: "SPREAD THE WEALTH AROUND"
A SHARP DISTINCTION

"It is the economy" and the government which typically affects the economy by three avenues: spending, taxing and regulating. Presidential candidate Barack Obama has proposed massive tax increases. Given the state of the current economy, this is ... [read more]



A NEW ORGANIZATION
LIFELINE FOR HOSPITAL HEATLH CARE

A desperately essential lifeline of health care has been preserved and a creative strategic initiative has become a reality. The Lake Erie Regional Health System of New York stands firm and bold. LERHSNY is the newly formed parent corporation of ... [read more]



"WE THE PEOPLE"

The first three words of the United States Construction are "We the People". Our Country was the first in the history of the world to reverse the course of government with these three cutting edge words. It is "we the people" who determines the ... [read more]



Mc CAIN AND OBAMA
GREATER FREEDOM OR BIGGER GOVERNMENT

The Presidential election is moving swiftly toward that first Tuesday in November. Momentum for the Obama/Biden ticket appears to be erratic, fumbling and tumbling. On the other hand, enthusiasm for the McCain/Palin ticket is in a buoyant, dynamic ... [read more]



WE ARE KNOWN BY OUR BODY OF WORK

It has been said that we are "known by our body of work." This seems to be true if one is young or old, male or female, rich or poor, urban or rural dweller. Such is the legacy of those of past generations as well as those of us today. And no ... [read more]



SCHOOL DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN
And FOR TEACHERS ALSO

A new school year is about to begin and a new school term is about to unfold. For both students and teachers, this is a time of exploratory excitement and anticipatory exuberance. Your columnists hold the greatest respect for teachers who ... [read more]



BEACON FOR THE STANDARD BEARER OF 2008
A LEGACY

The 2008 national political conventions are in the news today. The beginning of the Democratic Convention is only days away, and the Republican convention follows soon thereafter. It was twenty-four years ago, on August 19, 1984, in Houston, ... [read more]



THE PRICE OF OIL
REGULATED BY SUPPLY AND DEMAND

Three in four likely voters 74 percent support offshore drilling for oil in U.S. coastal waters and more than half (59 percent) also favor drilling for oil in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, a new Zogby International poll reveals. The ... [read more]



MAINSTREAM AMERICA WILL DECIDE

Most Americans are in the mainstream culturally and politically. John McCain and Barack Obama are on center stage in the American political scene. Some say McCain is a "centrist who crosses over the aisle too often" and some say that Obama is "an ... [read more]



LEADERSHIP
FROM THE CLASSROOM TO THE BOARD ROOM

Excellence in education begins with leadership... from the school classroom, to the front office, to the school board room. District Superintendent of Schools Guiffreda and Superintendent of Schools DiFonzo, along with any number of other fine ... [read more]



A MESSAGE TO THE GRADUATES OF 2008

Dear Graduates and significant others in your ... [read more]



THE UNITED STATES
A REPUBLIC NOT A DEMOCRACY

On occasion, your columnists have been asked why in our writings we refer to the United States as a Republic. Our answer is always the same, "because that is what we are...a ... [read more]



VIRTUOUS AMERICAN HEROES
AND WE WILL NOT FORGET

We remember the words of General George S. Patton: "It is foolish and wrong to mourn those who died; rather, we should thank God such individuals lived." Also the words of Patton... "By perseverance, study, and eternal desire, any person can ... [read more]



It May be a Surprise to Some
BUT SCHOOLS ARE FOR LEARNING

American exceptionalism can be, in part, tied directly to the genius of American education. And the American Constitution, without doubt one of the finest documents in the world, provided the freedom for the institutions of education to emerge. It ... [read more]



Enough Waffling
AMERICANS DEMAND TRUTHFULNESS AND DECISIVNESS

Politicians' pathological need to embellish the truth, is that what it is? Think of it: Cattle futures, billing records, travel gate, trooper gate, sniper fire in Bosnia... hmm really?, two hundred-thousand new jobs for WNY, and NAFTA "I was for ... [read more]



SCHOOL BUDGETS, BOARDS, AND BONDS
BUT WHAT ABOUT EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE?

It is doubtful that more money can solve the problem. "High School graduation rates plummet below 50 percent in some U.S. cities" that is the headline as reported by America's Promise Alliance. That is abysmal. Nationally, only 70 percent of US ... [read more]



LIBERALS AND "HOPE"
CONSERVATIVES AND "PRINCIPLE"

And the Presidential election campaign moves on. We continue to hear doctrinaire liberals call for hope and change. They mix it up with comments such as "you will get thirty-five years of experience" and the retort "it is not the past that counts ... [read more]



HOPE AND CHANGE?
BUT FIRST, THERE MUST BE MORAL COURAGE

The Presidential election campaign is driving forward in full throttle. The leading candidates appear to be John McCain, Hillary Clinton, and Barak Obama along with Ralph Nader. Senator Clinton says she is "ready to start on day one," that she has ... [read more]



PRESCRIPTION FOR OUR TIMES
REDUCE THE SIZE AND REACH OF GOVERNMENT

There are those politicians and pundits who proclaim that it is all about "change." And then there are others who say that it is "experience" that counts. The drive-by media has had a field day on such topics as: "were they real tears or were the ... [read more]



GOWANDA PAYS TRIBUTE IN THE SPIRIT OF AN AMERICAN TRADITION

What a superb opportunity to pay tribute! It is a great American tradition and many of our local communities enthusiastically respect it and respond with genuine affirmation in support of it. To wit, we recognize those very special individuals and ... [read more]



WANT HEROIC LEADERS?
START WITH A VIRTUOUS PUBLIC

The Presidential primaries and the election are in full throttle mode. The Democrats are determined to win at all costs, even if it means fragmenting the Party in a cultural war. Some say there is a racial divide within the Party. Others are ... [read more]



SHOCKING BUT TRUE
TO SOME... GOOD NEWS IS BAD NEWS

To listen to some of our noted national legislative leaders and Presidential hopefuls as well as many in the drive-by media, all is doom and gloom. It seems to some, that good news is bad news and managing the news is the way around it. From these ... [read more]



Presidential Politics
VOTERS ARE IN SEACH OF CHANGE

It seems that politics trumps progress and the voters want to be heard. To be a successful Presidential candidate, that individual will need to be an agent of change. America stands on the brink of epic decisions. We are now in the throws of the ... [read more]



Christmas Gift List FOR ALL SEASONS

At this time of the year, our early ancestors may have greeted you with...Happy Cristes msse" and "Frohe Weihnachten." But for us, we want to wish you a "Merry Christmas." We thank our many readers for their holiday greetings and for their many ... [read more]



THE 110TH CONGRESS: Politics Trumps Progress

The 110th Congress is nearly half over. The current Congressional approval rating is at an all time low at 19 percent as per the NBC/WSJ poll. What a disappointing first half of the current 110th Congress. There is grave concern that the current ... [read more]



Even After Thanksgiving The Season Lives On

The Season of Thanksgiving lives on in light of the past and the reassuring hope for the future. Well over three and a half centuries ago, strengthened by faith and bound by a common desire for liberty, a small band of Pilgrims sought out a place ... [read more]



Tribute to Americans Veterans: Nobel in Duty, Courageous in Service

They are patriots and we honor them. We pay tribute to our American veterans and to all of our current armed service personnel...THEY are the best! In the words of General George Patton "if a person does one's best, what else is there?" And in the ... [read more]



CHARACTER MATTERS On Election Day and Every Day

Election Day is only a little over a week away and candidates of good character are on the minds of the voters. It was Booker T. Washington who said "Character, not circumstance, makes the person." And the rank and file voters seem to ... [read more]



HEALTH CARE PROPOSALS: Behind the Facade, Freedoms at Risk

Freedom is precious. It has been said "People fight for freedom, and then they begin to accumulate laws to take freedoms away from themselves." Clearly what we hear today would suggest that this quotation has some validity. The carefully crafted ... [read more]



SCHOOLING: Teachers or Testers and what about the Learners?

You know, teaching and leadership have much in common. We have found that one cannot speak to that which you do not know. You cannot share that which you do not feel. You cannot translate that which you do not have. And you cannot give that which ... [read more]



Presidential Politics Series: The Judiciary

To JUDGE or WRITE the Law, that is the ... [read more]



School Doors Are About To Open, Opportunity Comes "Knocking"

A new school year is about to begin and a fresh start is about unfold. General George S. Patton Jr., said it well "It is only by doing things others have not that one can advance." And to millions, education and schooling is an opener to an ... [read more]



Presidential Politics Series.
The Economy: Increase Government Regulations OR Encourage Individual Initiative

Ronald Reagan used to quip that government was like a baby's alimentary canal, "A voracious appetite at one end, and no sense of responsibility at the other." In our column today, we deal with the second of several critical issues...the ... [read more]



Presidential Politics Series.
THE WAR: Are They Owners of Defeat OR Invested in Victory?

In our column today, we deal with the first of several critical issues. With respect to the War, there are those candidates that take satisfaction in owning the idea of "defeat and retreat" in Iraq and there are others who with passion wish to ... [read more]



IN POLITICS CHARACTER IS EVERYTHING

As with public officials so it is with candidates for public office, character is everything. Helen Keller said it well: Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ... [read more]



A COLLABORATIVE PLAN
LIFELINE FOR HOSPITAL HEALTH CARE

A desperately essential lifeline of health care is preserved and a creative strategic initiative is the blueprint. Recently we were made aware through the public press and other venues regarding: "three local hospitals will take a giant step ... [read more]



THE FLIGHT OF YOUNG ADULTS IS HURTING UPSTATE NEW YORK

"Youth is the trustee of prosperity" so said Benjamin Disraeli, a brilliant British scholar and government official of the 1800's. And his words are as relevant today as the day in which they were uttered. Hundreds of our finest young folks are ... [read more]



A MESSAGE TO THE GRADUATES CLASS OF '07

To the Graduates and Significant ... [read more]



Memorialize our Military: A Time to Remember

Memorial Day is a time to remember. We pay grateful tribute to our American veterans and to all of our current armed service personnel. The story of America has been written, in large part, by the selfless and noble deeds of hard working and ... [read more]



SCHOOL BUDGETS, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS
IMPACTING THE FUTURE

Without Leadership and character no amount of money can help a school succeed. We are on the very threshold, and many school districts are facing an important vote. The results of that vote will impact the future for students, parents, the ... [read more]



JOHN EDWARDS SAID "WE HAVE TWO AMERICAS"
WE SAY 'THERE HE GOES AGAIN'

Three year ago former Senator John Edwards coined the term "two Americas." Today, history is reliving itself. We can only say, 'THERE he goes again'. Now again the term "two Americas" has been floating on the airwaves and set in print in many of ... [read more]



JUDICIAL PHILOSPHY OR CALCULATED POLITICAL MANUEVERING?

There are those today in the drive-by media and the liberal wing of the establishment, who de-emphasize the perilous threats of Islamic fundamental fascism, over- emphasize the questionable issue of so called global warming, and at the same time, ... [read more]



WHAT MATTERS MOST TO VOTERS?

April 1, ... [read more]



POLITICAL ELECTION-TIME RHETORIC...? SIFT IT WITH CORE VALUES

Political campaigns, candidates, potential candidates, signs, posters, slogans, and talk show appearances...they are all part of the current scene. Several local elections have just been held and others are only hours away, school board elections ... [read more]



CONGRESSIONAL ACTION... COURAGEOUS?

The House of Representatives passed a non-binding resolution rejecting President Bush's plan to redeploy more troops to Iraq. We ask, "was that the most courage they could muster? " Think about it, it would take courage to go against most of the ... [read more]



A HOSPITAL WITHIN REACH: TIMING MEANS EVERYTHING

Timing is everything. In a medical emergency such as trauma cases and acute situations, Immediate care is essential. We are told that minutes or even seconds may be a matter of life or death. Immediate access to emergency treatment is essential. ... [read more]



OUR NATIONAL SECURITY MUST FOCUS ON A WILL TO WIN

(Your columnists* have spoken to any number of individuals... young and old, men and women, blue and white collar workers, retired and non-retirees, students, senior citizens and others ... and overwhelmingly, they agree with the position taken in ... [read more]



THE NEW CONGRESS:
A MARKETPLACE OF IDEAS AND MORAL LEADERSHIP, OR...?

The new Congress, what will be its fundamental base of leadership action? Currently, the scrutinizing spotlight is sharply focused on that Congressional Body. Will the Congress make decisions based upon high moral principles drawn from the market ... [read more]



Seasons Greetings from both of us

Holiday Greetings to all of our many readers. And, "thank you" too, for your many most thoughtful and cordial comments and well wishes throughout the year. "Tis the season," as they say, and we want to share with you a list of gift wishes and ... [read more]



HOSPITAL FACILITIES
The Torch Has Now Been Passed To Our Generation

We hope Governor Pataki does not allow his legacy to become the hasty closing of many facilities desperately needed by some of his most loyally supportive communities. As rural communities with geographic disparity, and an aging population, these ... [read more]



Too much economic tinkering is fiscally dangerous.

The recent passing of Milton Friedman, arguably the greatest economist of the 20th century, is a great lost to humanity. But his outstanding contribution lives on and his legacy is solidly intact. One of his theses was that the Great Depression ... [read more]



United In Thanksgiving

This is a special season of Thanksgiving. During these past days, many families gathered together to join in giving thanks. And the memories of such Thanksgivings past have become a valued cherished treasure. This is a special time to remember our ... [read more]



A tribute to American veterans and armed services personnel

We pay grateful tribute to our American veterans and to all of our current armed service personnel. The story of America has been written, in large part, by the selfless and noble deeds of hard working and dedicated men and women committed to ... [read more]



National Security: No Time for Useless Pretending

(This is a continuation of a series of columns focusing on issues facing the American electorate. A portion of today's article will deal with the war against ... [read more]



Candidates Proactive OR Reactive?
The Voters Know the Difference

(This is a continuation of a series of columns focusing on issues facing the American electorate. A portion of today's article will deal with the ... [read more]



The Pocketbook Issue

The mid-term elections are fast approaching. And, as with SOME of our candidates, the campaign rhetoric is long on generalities and criticisms but short on specifics and lacking in solutions. And in signs of early despair, the campaigns are going ... [read more]



THE ISSUE... Social Security Needs Fixing, and Soon

America stands on the brink of an epic election. And the 2006 mid -term elections are only a few short weeks away. Many of the current candidates are long on campaign rhetoric but, indeed, are short on solutions. The American public is wiser than ... [read more]



Back to School: A Cornerstone of Opportunity

A new cycle is about to begin and a fresh start is about unfold. General George S. Patton Jr., said it so well "It is only by doing things others have not that one can advance." And to millions, education and schooling is, in part, an opener to ... [read more]



Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
But First, There Must be Life.

Nearly five years after 9/11, we are well into an epic, generational struggle. A struggle that pits freedom against tyranny ... hope against fear ... democracy against Islamic radicalism. The men and women of our Armed Forces are fighting with ... [read more]



Economic Doom and Gloom? Look at the Facts

There are those sources in the so called "main stream media" and the so-called company of "political extremist" that would have us believe that all is doom and gloom. And they seem to relish in that mentality. In fact, the current economic boom ... [read more]



The Exodus of Young Adults and Businesses From Upstate New York - WHY?

It is shocking but true, upstate New York has experienced an accelerating exodus of young adults. From 1990 to the present, the number of 25-to-34-year -old residents in upstate New York has sharply decreased. In fact, in the 13 western counties ... [read more]



International Law Takes Precedence? Unbelievable!

It is unbelievable. The United States Supreme Court elevated due process to al Qaeda terrorists while, at the same time, al Qaeda's terrorists continue to slaughter barbarically innocent civilians and torture their captives to death. Last week, ... [read more]



FREE MARKETS: THE BACKBONE OF OUR ECONOMY

There are voices of negative pessimism out there but they lack a plan or a comprehensive message. These strident voices call for immediate "cut and run" withdrawal from Iraq, reduce spending for national defense and weaken the fabric for homeland ... [read more]



A Message to Graduates of 2006 and to Significant Others

Recently, your columnists had the opportunity to speak with a number of graduating seniors in several different venues. Further, we are honored to have been invited to speak at a number of 2006 graduation commencement ceremonies. We are looking ... [read more]



Decision Making Based Upon Planning is a Strategic "Must" in Schools Today

Schools and school budgets have been front and center in the news media recently. In fact, one news story carried the headline "Approximately 90 percent of public school budgets are approved in New York State." Actually, 88.89 percent were ... [read more]



Labor and the Economy: Adam Smith had it Figured Out

People at work... this is what brings vibrancy to our economy. Nearly 143.7 million people are employed in America today. Clearly, they are the driving force in our national economic scene. They are the doers, workers and earners who provide the ... [read more]



Over Dependency Dwarfs Independence

From our perspective, this is a sobering fact: our nation has become more government-dependent than ever before. The national debt is looming and over dependence is becoming a way of life. A sizable population of our people is becoming more ... [read more]



SUNY Fredonia: Stem-winding Power Results in Cultural, Economic Energy

The State University of New York is the largest public university in the United States and one of the largest in the world. It has grown to include sixty-four academic institutions. It is indeed, culturally and economically, a powerful source of ... [read more]



SUNY: Culturally... Economically, A Powerful Engine

Rolling acres of vineyards and fruit orchards, dairy stables and vegetable farms, corporate firms and family owned businesses... these are all part of the fabric of our geographical region. And then, too, there are professional offices and ... [read more]



Sifting the Rhetoric... Start With Core Values As the Guide

Political campaigns, candidates and potential candidates, signs, posters, and slogans...they are all part of our daily life. Local elections are on the scene, state wide elections are front and center, Congressional and US Senatorial campaigns are ... [read more]



Working Harder and Smarter: A Message to High School Students and Others

Recently, the New York State Education Department released some disturbing figures. Better than three in 10 students in recent classes failed to graduate from high school in four years. These figures are derived from a study tracking students who ... [read more]



The State of the Union: The President Calls for Optimism, Liberals Demand Pessimism

President George W. Bush presented a rationally based case for national optimism in his State of the Union Message. The President presented several, what we call strategic pillars, as a framework for bolstering the security of America's position ... [read more]



Judge Samuel Alito on the Constitution and the Rule of Law

Make no mistake about it, judicial philosophy must be at the heart of any Supreme Court nomination and appointment. It is that philosophy which should serve as the ultimate guide to an up or down vote on the nominee by the US Senate. It is not ... [read more]



Over Dependency Limits Ones' Span of Freedom

For over two centuries, the United States has been a beacon of hope for the rest of the world. That hope is based on what was once an untested idea: citizens can successfully govern themselves through representative democracy. Democracy, as seen ... [read more]



Strength In America's Values Is At the Core As We Tackle Tough Issues In 2006

Happy New Year to all of our readers! We are at the dawn of 2006 and 52 weeks are ahead of us in the calendar year. Each week ...each day will see something new on the ... [read more]



'Tis the Season... To Rejoice and Remember, To Reflect and Resolve

This column will appear in print at a time when the day light hours are the shortest and the nighttime hours seem endless. The winter season is standing on the threshold and it seems we are never quite ready for it. It is a season to rejoice, ... [read more]



Constitutionality and John Locke

In our modern form of Republican Democracy we hold certain truths to guide the ship of state including the actions of the process of judicial appointments. Some such truths would be Thomas Jefferson's values of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of ... [read more]



Small Businesses Are The Backbone Of Our Economy

Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy. They create two of every three new jobs; produce 39 percent of the gross national product and invent more than half the nation's technological innovation. Over 20 million small businesses ... [read more]



Health Care In A Free Enterprise System

Americans have access to the greatest health care system in the world. Most of us have been recipients of the system and we appreciate it when we need it. Royalty from all around the world including Middle Eastern countries like Saudi Arabia have ... [read more]



Big Government or Big Business?

Some have said, including a well known U. S. Senator, that they "would trust big government over big business anytime." And so we ask: If a large, intrusive government over regulating human lives is so wonderful, then why is South Korea more ... [read more]



A Defining Moment, A Striking Question... Constitutionality

On September 17th we celebrated Constitution Day and what a noted occasion that was and should be! President George W. Bush signed a bill on December 8th, 2004 (public law 108-447) which designates every September 17th as Constitution Day. The ... [read more]



Judicial Decision: Deleting God, Diminishing Freedom

This is shocking but true, legislating from the bench! A California federal judge on September 15 ruled that the "school district's policy and practice of teacher-lead recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance violates the Establishment Clause and is ... [read more]



Our Administration

R.L.H. We can't help but be disgusted with the media response to the tragedy in the Gulf. While George Bush gets another whipping because of the negligence of others, allow us to step to his defense. The finger pointing and blame shifting is ... [read more]



Work and Effort... A Solution For Winning the Future

If one is looking for an easy, "it just will happen" solution that will win the future without work or effort, try again, you will not find it in this Column. Your columnists subscribe to what Thomas Jefferson said, "I'm a great believer in luck, ... [read more]



Judicial Philosophy is the Heart of the Matter

Make no mistake about it, judicial philosophy must be at the heart of any Supreme Court nomination. It is that philosophy which should serve as the ultimate guide to an up or down vote on the nominee by the US Senate. It is not about whether the ... [read more]



The Declining Deficit

R.L.H. Ronald Reagan used to quip that Congress has never had a revenue problem, it has always been a spending problem. And it appears that He was right. Whenever taxes are raised, more spending follows, and no-one seems to know where it goes, or ... [read more]



Trade: Insourcing, Outsourcing and the American Worker

R.L.H. Trade is defined as a mutually beneficial practice in which both parties exchange something of equal value for mutual benefit of each. One nation, as the theory goes, may provide something better and cheaper, and thereby exchanges that ... [read more]



Seizing Private Property for Private Use-- How Can This Be?

The United Sates Supreme Court recently delivered a landmark decision in Kelso v. City of New London which has implications for every private owner of property as well as every citizen in the US. The 5-4 ruling represents a defeat for some ... [read more]



For Graduating Seniors And Others: What It May Take

The US Labor Department report showed that employers added 78,000 new jobs in May 2005. Economists point out that the economy has added an average of 175,000 jobs a month over the past six months, up almost 14 percent from the average growth the ... [read more]



Trustees and School Board Members... Principled and Courageous Leadership is Essential

Soon, public boards of education will hold their reorganization meetings and newly elected members of Boards of Education will take their oath of office. There will be new members joining hold over board members and the new board of education for ... [read more]



Social Security Reform... The system needs to be fixed

Recently, your columnists entered into a dialogue of substance on a matter of considerable importance. We are happy to share that dialogue with ... [read more]



Up-or-down Vote on the Judiciary... Constitutionally Speaking

These unprecedented filibusters in the US Senate on judicial nominations are unconstitutional. While the Senate has the constitutional authority to determine its procedural rules, those rules cannot violate the Constitution itself. The ... [read more]



The American Firefighter: A Security Net

Recently, your Columnists had the opportunity to participate in an annual Fire Department Banquet. Indeed, what a fine occasion that was! Clearly, it brought home to us, the sincere debt of gratitude we hold for these men and women who display ... [read more]



Education Brings Economic Prosperity

We believe that Robert L. King, Chancellor of the State University of New York said it well when he stated: "The better educated a population, the more prosperity this state is going to enjoy." And there is research to support this statement. ... [read more]



The Constitution: The Supreme Law of the Land

The question of judicial supremacy and a sharp focus on constitutionalism appears to be on the cutting edge of an intense dialogue on the national scene. A true balance of power between the legislative, executive and judicial branches is the focus ... [read more]



The Advice and Consent Clause: A Constitutional Obligation

The role of the President of the United States consists of two distinct functions first, that of Head of State and secondly, that as guardian of the Constitution through judicial appointments. And that is a matter we wish to address in this ... [read more]



Another Dividend of the Free Enterprise System

The free enterprise system, social security reform, free market system and supply-side economics...these are all terms and great ideas and practices that are being bantered about in various media circles these days. And the President, in his State ... [read more]



"Sluggish?"

We can't help but be entertained by those who claim that the US economy is sluggish. This well may be true for parts of the US economy such as Western New York, and most of New York State, which has yet to meet the average growth of the total ... [read more]



Focus On The Testing Assumption in Education

The schools are embedded in our culture, as are many of the assumptions we hold concerning education. Given the impact that our educational establishment has on the lives of so many... young, middle aged and senior citizens, it seems appropriate ... [read more]



Those "Stingy" Americans

It is agreed that America is the richest nation on the planet. With a third of the worlds GDP and less than five percent of the world's population, no doubt the United States is the wealthiest nation on the planet at this time, and perhaps ... [read more]



The Thief of Over Dependency

For over two centuries, the United States has been a beacon of hope for the rest of the world. That hope is based on what was once an untested idea: that citizens can successfully govern themselves through representative democracy. Democracy, as ... [read more]



A Gift Wish List for the Holiday

This column will appear in print at a time when the day light hours are the shortest and the nighttime hours seem endless. The winter season is standing on the threshold and it seems we are never quite ready for it. It is a season, which always ... [read more]



Congressman Jack Quinn: The End of a Term... A Legacy Continues

Soon, there will be the handing over of the congressional torch and Congressman Jack Quinn, New York Congressman, will leave his office on "Capital Hill." The Congressional legacy of this great leader impacts the lives of hundreds of thousands of ... [read more]



Are Those Politicians Creating Jobs?

Amid all the campaign rhetoric, every politician was going to create jobs. And that left us thinking, how do politicians create ... [read more]



The Electoral College: Grounded in States' Rights

"The Electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President..." Amendment XII, ratified June 15, ... [read more]



A Must for All Seasons: Principled Leadership

Ronald Reagan said it well: "America needs principled leaders, not labels. A leader, once convinced a particular course of action is the right one, must have the determination to stick with it and be undaunted when the going gets tough. ... [read more]



Focus: The Judiciary and the 2004 Election

The role of the President of the United States consists of two distinct functions first, that of Head of State and secondly, that as guardian of the Constitution through judicial appointments. And that is a matter we wish to address in this ... [read more]



Education Gallup Poll: Bountiful but 'Blurry-ful'

Recently, the Phi Delta Kappan and the pollsters at Gallup unveiled their 36th annual survey of public attitudes toward schooling. The people of the United State spend more than $500 billion a year on K-12 education-more than we spend on national ... [read more]



The Welfare State of Decline

Recently, your columnists entered into a wholesome discussion concerning "the welfare state of decline." The result of that interesting dialogue is reported in this ... [read more]



Free Markets... Unencumbered?

In the past, we addressed in one form or another, the topic of free markets. The positive response from our readers showed a keen and timely interest in the subject. It would be helpful, in any further consideration of the subject, to refine and ... [read more]



An Issue Regarding Character

Good character in leadership: does it really matter anymore? About "Character" some have responded "let us get on with real issues and forget about this character stuff." President Calvin Coolidge said it well; "Character is the only secure ... [read more]



A Core Will To Win the War On Terror

Few Americans will ever forget the terrorist attacks of September 2001 when 3,000 citizens were killed by extremists. Many of us received a frantic phone call from a family member or friend just in time to turn on the television and watch live as ... [read more]



"Two Americas" How Could Anyone Say That?

The term "two Americas" has been floating on the airwaves and set in print in many of our newspapers for the past several weeks. Senator John Edwards used this term in several of his speeches and statements, when he recently stated "It seems today ... [read more]



The Legacy Of Leadership

We were pleased to have received such an extraordinarily large number of enthusiastic responses to our earlier column (November 9, 2003) concerned with the topic of "Leadership." One significant and fascinating truth we have discovered is that ... [read more]



Reagan's "Shining City on a Hill"

"And how stands the city on this winter night? More prosperous, more secure, and happier than it was 8 years ago. But more than that: After 200 years, two centuries, she still stands strong and true on the granite ridge, and her glow has held ... [read more]



That Strategic Petroleum Reserve

"It's the markets, stupid." The high price of gasoline and oil can be attributed to only one factor. The market is at work. Markets allocate resources to the highest bidder and oil and gas prices are not unique from those eternal laws of supply ... [read more]



Memorializing America's Core Values

Why is America the greatest country in the world? Just ask those who risk slavery, poverty, imprisonment and even death to reach the shores and borders of the United States. No country in history gives more opportunities or has been more ... [read more]



The Outsourcing Choice

"Two roads diverged in the woods...." and our Congress and the states have chosen the one most traveled by. Amid the media assaults on "Outsourcing" state legislatures across the land have passed anti-sourcing bills. To date there are at least 33 ... [read more]



Steps To Success: Working Harder and Smarter

Newspaper reports, including the OBSERVER, have highlighted that a strong economic growth period is in place. Our economy created more than 308,000 new jobs in March, the largest monthly increase since April 2000; and in the first quarter of this ... [read more]



Strategic Planning: A Valuable Tool

A number of our readers have repeatedly requested that we address the topic of "strategic planning." We are happy to do ... [read more]



The Outsourcing Challenge

Ever heard of Insourcing? Neither have many other Americans. In fact, this term was our response to the absence of attention given to foreign relocation to the United States and ongoing alterations in our economy. Outsourcing dominates the ... [read more]



Spotlighting The Testing Assumption In Education

The schools are embedded in our culture, as are many of the assumptions we hold concerning schooling. We first addressed this issue in our Column dated January 18. Given the impact that our educational establishment has on the lives of so many, it ... [read more]



Should Globalization Amend Our Constitution?

In a world with increasing competition, Globalization is inevitable. Does that mean that economic interdependence should result in political and social interdependence with specific reference to the United State Constitution? Should we allow ... [read more]



Adam Smith: Our Intellectual Forefather

Nearly 140 million people are employed in America today. Clearly, they are the driving force in our national economy. They are the doers, workers and earners who provide the goods and services, which are so much in demand. There is an energy and ... [read more]



The Spirit Of American Tradition

It is a great American tradition and many of our local communities enthusiastically respect it and respond with genuine affirmation in support of it. To wit, we recognize those special individuals who so truly exemplify the spirit of a people we ... [read more]



Our Intellectual Forefathers: John Locke

In our modern form of Republican Democracy we hold certain truths to guide the ship of state. Some such truths would be Thomas Jefferson's values of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness as stated in the Declaration of Independence. ... [read more]



Spotlighting Assumptions In School Strategic Planning

Our schools are a most important component in our community and in the life of most of us. In fact, they are essential community institutions and we respect their heavy burden of responsibility. Indeed, schools are a part of the furniture of most ... [read more]



Strength In America's Values Grow, As We Tackle Tough Issues In 2004

If all goes well, this column will appear in print early in the New Year. We are at the dawn of 2004 and slightly less then twelve months remain in the New ... [read more]



Our Anticipation Grows as Christmas Day Nears

This column will appear in print at a time when the day light hours are the shortest and the nighttime hours seem endless. The winter season is standing on the threshold and it seems we are never quite ready for it. It is a season, which always ... [read more]



Positive Attitude Can Be Deciding Factor

A positive attitude often offers the "slight edge." It determines how far one can go on the success journey and often overflows into how one acts. Often the winner's "edge" is in the attitude and not just in the aptitude. Both of your columnists ... [read more]



Recalling the Legacy of a Leader: President Ronald Reagan

Over the years, from that of our childhood days to the present, we have read stories and events about inspiring people and their great successes and worthy contributions. Of some of those who have inspired us we may clip their pictures or quotes ... [read more]



There Is An Art to Leadership

If you want to be effective in what you do, there is no substitute for personal commitment. And further, if you wish to be perceived as an effective leader you must, indeed, be committed. During the past several weeks, we have been requested by a ... [read more]



Our Children Deserve the Best in Education

Each school year, typically in late August or early September, there arrives a new generation of young children entering school for the first time. In fact, there are approximately 3 million fresh new faces in the United States arriving at the ... [read more]



Hospital is a Key Component to Any Community

"Gateway to the Southern Tier" is a classic statement; we note that it is in bold print at the top of the official stationary of the Village of Gowanda, New York. What a wise and illustrative statement of fact! Indeed, Gowanda is all that and ... [read more]



People, Spirit Make Our Area Special

The authors of this column differ in age and somewhat in background but we differ not in our conclusion. After checking Andy's comprehensive computer files and Bob's many yellow pads of records, we conclude that the essences of the quality of life ... [read more]



A New Journey in Writing Begins

It was a brilliant and sunny morning in July when two visiting nearby out-of-towners stopped by the office of the Managing Editor of a Western New York city daily newspaper. Immediately, it was apparent to these two visitors that newspaper ... [read more]