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Advent Trilogy Part 3 — A Camel’s Tale

January 18, 2012 December 2008 One morn, before the heat of day Some wealthy patrons say they’ll pay For camels, three, the very best For a long, long journey west They buy two kin and me that day And we start off... more »»

Americans have the power

January 11, 2012 Editor, I have written several letters to this column indicating my concerns of the American political scene as it now stands. more »»

Advent Trilogy Part 2 — A Ram’s Tale

January 11, 2012 December 2008 One early evening after dark The flock and me at slumber Awaken from our sleep that night To what I thought was thunder Instead, I see, from up above A hose of angels declaring “Do... more »»

Purpose of government not wealth and power

January 4, 2012 Letter to the Editor of the Westfield Republican What is the purpose of government? Is it to permit political parties to gain the wealth and power to dominate Congress? No, it does not. more »»

Advent Trilogy

January 4, 2012 Advent Trilogy Part 1 — A Donkey’s Tale By Tom Baideme December 2008 One early morn just after crow Says Master Joseph, we... more »»

Working, middle classes are true engines of economy

December 14, 2011 Letter to the Editor of the Westfield Republican, Our economy’s purpose, of making goods and services to serve us better, longer and cheaper to improve our quality of life while assuring... more »»

November Ides Lament

December 14, 2011 By Tom Baideme 2011 November Ides and leaves are down Succumbed to all the recent gales And after a couple recent frosts Trie... more »»

Being thankful for the season

December 14, 2011 Editor, I wanted to take the time to recognize a most wonderful lady that I met while standing in line at Subway in Fredonia Walmart. more »»

Which America fits you the best?

December 14, 2011 If you had a choice to live in the America that you wanted, which one would you select: AMERICA 1 In this America you would have the following situation: 1. more »»

Holly Tour a success once again

December 7, 2011 Dear Editor, The 26th Holly Tour brought many visitors to Westfield on Sunday (Nov. 20). more »»

New law already misfires

December 7, 2011 Editor, So, we have the first hunting accident using a rifle as a bullet hits a school bus. more »»

October Cold Lament

December 7, 2011 By Tom Baideme Oct. more »»

Penn State scandal brings poem to mind

November 30, 2011 Dear Editor, It is said that art sometimes imitates life. This can be said for poetry too. The current sex abuse scandal at Penn State and people involved remind me of the poet . more »»

Situation at Penn State University is a disgrace

November 30, 2011 To the Readers’ Forum: The recent issues at Penn State represent a failure of adherence to the core values espoused by all our institutions of higher learning and our societal norms in... more »»

First responders make a difference

November 30, 2011 To the Editor, I want to thank all the first responders who came out in the nasty weather after the tornado hit our neighborhood. more »»

Emergency system failed motorists

November 30, 2011 Editor, Usually I am home due to a spinal injury where I could have heard the weather warning on television. But Monday, I was on the go all da. more »»

Marking anniversary of railroad link

November 30, 2011 Dear Editor, This year marks the 180th anniversary of the beginning of the first railroad that linked Erie, Pa., via Westfield to Buffal. more »»

New county legislator thanks voters

November 23, 2011 As your new Chautauqua County District 22 Legislator, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who voted in this year’s election. more »»

Political power of wealthy eroding Constitution and middle, working classes

November 16, 2011 Letter to the Editor of the Westfield Republican, Productivity measures human progress. It permits us to multiply our abilities. more »»



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