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Posted 23 October 2019 at 7:00 am

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Barker resident urges Barre to take caution with wind project

Posted 21 October 2019 at 4:39 pm


Should you step up and stop your friend from an oncoming train and save his/her life? Or should you mind your own business and let him/her get crushed?

Should we allow our friends in Barre to be run over by the Apex train? Allow a few people to chase the Golden Goose and blow caution to the wind?

Let the construction and devastation begin and not warn them? Once the damage is done and the sad residents file for lawsuits, we can tell them that we knew, but decided to remain quiet?

Some residents of Arkwright in Chautauqua County are unable to live on their own property due to ill-placed industrial wind factories. Check out the lawsuits and testimonies from people who unfortunately have first-hand experiences on what happens when “Big Wind” wins.

Agnes LaPorte


U.S. has abandoned allies before

Posted 21 October 2019 at 4:28 pm


We’ve abandoned allies before. When we realized we were going to lose the Vietnam War we convinced many South Vietnamese to continue working with us. We gave most of those who were most closely aligned with us assurances we’d get them out of Vietnam if North Vietnam won.

At the very end our ambassador at the time wouldn’t implement the in-place plans to evacuate those Vietnamese c-workers because that would be admitting we were going to lose.

Remember those pictures of the helicopters leaving the US embassy roofs? We helped few get out and of those stuck there, many were tortured and killed by the North Vietnamese. It was morally and ethically despicable to abandon those Vietnamese. History repeats itself.

Dennis Seekins


Social Justice Committee seeks response to plight of Kurds

Posted 19 October 2019 at 8:11 am


The Holy Family Social Justice Committee asks: “Do we believe in human rights? And justice for all? Then how do we respond to the plight of the Kurds?”

The HF Social Justice meets each 3rd Tuesday, 10 a.m. in the McCabe Room, Holy Family School, Albion. All are welcome.

We volunteer for and try to raise awareness on local and national concerns involving children, elderly, ill, poor and needy.

Bob Golden


Chairman of Holy Family Social Justice Committee

Abandoning Kurds strengthens ISIS, shows US unreliable to allies

Posted 17 October 2019 at 7:44 am


I recently wrote you lamenting the US bugging out of northern Syria on abandoning our allies, the Kurds, in their fight against ISIS. The Hub thereafter published a response which was so incorrect and personally insulting that it demands a response!

That offensive letter in effect claimed that because I am not a supporter of President Trump that I was willing (or wanted) American boys to die in a “Syrian Civil War.” Nothing can be further from the truth!

ISIS is an international group composed of twisted people whose goal is to take over the world. They have been fought back by local troops – some with US military in support roles – in various countries all over the Mideast.

At the same time ISIS was expanding, Syria was undergoing a civil war. ISIS became the strongest insurgency in that nation. Our allies, the Kurds, have lost 10,000 or more men beating ISIS back. But because the US did not directly get involved in the “Syrian Civil War,” Russia in large measure stood on the sidelines, too.

Six Americans have sadly lost their lives in Syria. Several Russians have lost theirs, too. But both countries and the Central Syrian government – in fact, everyone – wanted ISIS gone forever.  The world was disgusted by a beheading on TV.

What is correct is that the United States kept the Russians and hostile regimes at bay in the Mideast for over 70 years. Yes, there have been setbacks but:

1) ISIS was almost defeated and many countries in which it was operating are rebuilding.

2) Because the US ran away – with no plan and no notice – the Central Syrian regime is back in control, now along with its new Iranian and Russian friends.

3) Decades of work keeping the Russians and hostile regimes at bay went down the drain in days. Russia was not a major player in the Mideast. Now it is. Iran is stronger.

4) Our allies everywhere now know they cannot depend on us – even when they are doing out bidding and been promised our support.

The writer of that letter should know his facts before he tries to spin history, facts, and politics.


Conrad F. Cropsey


U.S. leaves an ally vulnerable to attack and emboldens extremists in Middle East

Posted 15 October 2019 at 6:07 pm


The Kurds in Syria, Iraq, Iran and Turkey have been trying to establish a homeland station (and declare their independence) for a very long time. They have done so with their blood as a persecuted minority for as long as I can recall.

Their losses have come at the direction of people such as Ayatollah Khomeini, Bashar al-Assad and Saddam Hussein and their successors. Kurdish forces have fought alongside our service members and died supporting our interests in the Middle East for decades.

But now we have decided to desert them and leave them to the mercy of people who despise the United States and work to undermine us throughout the region. In the process, Islamic State in Syria (ISIS) fighters may be turned loose to attack everything “Western” in the region and beyond.

In other words, Islamic extremists may be on the verge of getting another opportunity to wreak havoc on us and our dwindling “fan base” in the area adjacent to the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sean and the Eastern Mediterranean.

Who is determining U.S. foreign policy as we near 2020?

Gary Kent


4-H’er says program has many benefits for youth

Posted 14 October 2019 at 9:40 am


My name is Aidan Gamet and I have been a member of the 4-H Program in Orleans County for two years and I was a cloverbud exhibitor before that.

I have participated in different activities throughout the years and most of all I have enjoyed getting to know some great kids and volunteers that are always willing to lend a helping hand. I have been a member of the Goat Busters 4-H Club and the Hearts and HoofBeats Horse Club.

I enjoy working with my animals and taking care of them every day to get them ready for the fair. I have made projects and exhibited them in the Trolley Building, showed goats, a rabbit and a variety of chickens. I have volunteered my time helping out during judging and always glad to step in when needed.

I am proud to tell other people that I am a part of the 4-H Program and to share with them all the different types of things that they can learn about. I have done community service projects and planted gardens in memory of my Great Grandma Janice Giltner, who was a 4-H Leader for 43 years. She taught my grandpa, my mom and many other people the joys of making projects and demonstrating their skills for others. My mom says that she inspired them to be their better selves.

My mom, 4-H and the people in our local program have helped me to stand up for myself. They have told me to be proud of who I am. They have also given me the strength to face my fears and bullies at school. I feel safe and able to express my thoughts with others.

This year I shared my poem titled “Bullied” at the County Fair and it received a “Best in Show” Award for a communication exhibit and it was selected to go to State Fair. I was excited to learn that at State Fair my poem received a blue ribbon and a rosette as a “Special Recognition Award.”

I was happy to know that they liked it, and I hope that it will help other people that are being bullied know that they are not alone. I have taken my exhibit to my school for Bullying Awareness and the teachers want to share it with the other students.

I want to thank everyone for what they have taught me, and I will continue to enjoy making projects, many new friends and inspiring others to discover the joys that the Orleans County 4-H Program can hold for them.

Aidan C. Gamet


(Aidan is 10, and a member of Goat Buster 4-H Club)

U.S. should stay out of Syria’s Civil War

Posted 12 October 2019 at 10:42 am


I am surprised to see Mr. Cropsey would like to involve our country in Syria’s Civil War. Does it make sense to sacrifice U.S. soldiers in a conflict which has been raging since the beginning of time?

We don’t need death messengers from Syria knocking on our families’ doors. Trump derangement syndrome has turned pacifists into war hawks.

Edward Urbanik


Bishop Malone has been effective leader for WNY Catholics and shouldn’t resign

Posted 11 October 2019 at 9:28 pm


The last National Catholic Reporter said that Bishop Richard Malone will not resign. That’s good news to us, and I believe for the Buffalo Diocese and the Catholic Church overall.

If there were compelling action reasons for calling for Bishop Malone’s resignation, fine. But so far, from published reports, we haven’t seen justification for singling out this Buffalo Bishop, late to this likely 100-year-old-plus problem. He’s been most forthcoming with admitting the problem, seeking and activating hopeful solutions and revealing suspects.

A priest, who’s revealed himself as a victim of clergy abuse, acted as the Bishop’s secretary. This aggrieved priest stated publicly, “Bishop Malone does not like victims.” “He should resign.”

We find that assumption hard to believe.

More importantly, it’s not about liking victims and disliking perpetrators. It’s about doing justice for victims and to perpetrators. Having sex with pre-adolescent children and with adolescents under their charge or responsibility are severely criminal, severely evil and need to be punished severely.

Covering up such evil, especially in a fashion that endangers other children, is also grievous evil, crime and sin.

Bishop Malone is charged with none of these.

What he is, is compassionate, energetic, highly intelligent and educated, a Bible scholar, an outstanding public speaker and educator, and a faithful and good priest. (Our belief is based on hearing him speak as main speaker on Refugees and Immigrants at Christ the King Seminary, in a panel discussion with nationally known authority on immigrants Atty. Michael Marszalkowski, in an hour-long meeting with the Bishop and Congressional representatives, brief personal conversations and faithfully reading his published utterances.)

If he didn’t perform perfectly in this sexual abuse crisis, who did?

We can’t afford to lose this man as Bishop or as a priest or for that matter any priest, based on personal preference.

Most of us Catholics have been incredulous and reluctant to acknowledge the depth of this problem. Rather we saw it more as an individual tragic fall from grace (literally) by a priest, we’ve known and loved. We, unfortunately focused on each single tragedy, rather than the tragedy to so many young children, high school altar servers and students and seminarians.

We didn’t accept that priests among us could behave so cruelly, so destructively, so selfishly. Their behavior is compounded by the fact that they had graces, beyond the rest of us. Instead they utilized their special position to seduce children. But, remember, according to various estimates and the extensive research of John Jay University in 2004, 96% of priests are not sexual abusers of children/adolescents. On the other hand, no priest (nor anyone) should abuse children.

It’s against everything we Catholics profess. We profess concern about the life of all children, born and unborn. Yet, a significant number of our priests, whom we revered and supported, have victimized and damaged the lives of many, many children.

Unfortunately, victims’ plight has been contaminated by a lawsuit-happy world, where multiple lawyers advertise getting rich in these matters. This naturally makes us suspicious. Further the false accusations and then recantations by some, hurts the just claims of the multitude of victims.

However and finally, we Catholics can’t allow ourselves to be divided and ready to react against our own interests in this time of crisis. It’s fair to raise criticism, but it should be done constructively, with charity, forthrightly, and not played out in the media, some of which tends to seek controversy.

Margaret and Robert Golden


Trump’s decision to abandon Kurds in Syria is horrifying

Posted 10 October 2019 at 4:07 pm


It’s been Turkey’s goal to kill the 2 million Kurds who live in Syria just as they have the ones who used to live in Turkey. These Kurds, our steadfast allies, will die because in the middle of the night – and with no consultation –  the President tweeted a new policy turning the Mideast over to Turkey.

Commentators say that Russia and Iran will become the dominant powers there.

After I got over the horror of the scale of death one tweet can cause, I realized that I never dreamt that the United States would ever be the enemy of the free world. It was simply something I could never imagine.

But here we are. Spin it however you have to in order to live with the guilt but in real life everything bad is turning out to be true.


Conrad F. Cropsey