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Commentary

Forestville, Garrett a ‘shining’ star

By DAVID ALLAN LITTLE As a statewide association seeking to make rural school districts more efficient and effective, the Rural Schools Association scours the state seeking out programs and services that would both improve rural education and be easily replicable. We want to know about the ...

Investigating a mysterious disappearance

It is the senior moment equivalent of “The dog ate my homework.” The cat ate my driver’s license. While I am not 100% sure of that, our resident feline, Finian, is the current perp under suspicion, and he is without an alibi. I asked him over and over, “What did you do with it?” ...

Fall is perfect time to visit Yellowstone

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK and GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. — God blessed many people with beautiful countries. Canadians and Americans are surely among the blessed. One needn’t leave New York’s Southern Tier or Western New York to appreciate that. If, however, you’re of a mind to ...

University vaccine mandate seen as threat

Many American universities have COVID-vaccine mandate. There are two purported justifications for government schools requiring students get vaccinated. First, they want to prevent the unvaccinated from harming themselves. Second, they want to prevent the unvaccinated from harming other people. ...

It’s a new form of Republican party

In the old days, one could pretty much predict and describe the national Republican Party as that political force in America which opposed deficit spending, promoted smaller government and was pro-business. Today, describing the Grand Old Party (GOP) it is not that easy. The party has ...

Setting the wrong example with support

An article in late September in the OBSERVER was headlined, “Faith groups aid Haitian illegal migrants and denounce mistreatment.” The faith-based groups, many of them longtime advocates for a more welcoming immigration policy, have been trying to keep up with fast-paced developments in ...