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Gratitude for our tight-knit area

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 us. Look around in your surroundings, you will discover a treasure of giftedness. Recently, I was privileged to ...

Making a connection with voters

In his Publisher’s notebook “We want change ... until it’s time to vote” (Nov. 10), John D’Agostino writes: “Michael C. Barris did no campaigning (for a Fredonia trustee’s slot), turned down a spot on the ballot for the Concord line, had no signs or literature and was victorious ...

That Thanksgiving the Harlem Globetrotters came to town

Back when I was a boy, on a long-ago Thanksgiving Eve a rumor began circulating in the small town our family called home that the Harlem Globetrotters would be playing a game in the school gym on Thanksgiving night. Why the Harlem Globetrotters would come to a small town in eastern New York, a ...

Making one’s wishes

According to all I’ve been reading, the tradition of the wishbone began with the Etruscans. But who, exactly, were the Etruscans? Was there once an Etruscia? and if so, where? Actually it was Etruria and an ancient country located between the Arno and Tiber Rivers on the western side of ...

Why we cherish Thanksgiving

It’s time to write your Thanksgiving primer. Even if it isn’t your favorite holiday — a favorite many people do claim — the day offers a unique opportunity unmet by any other holiday. It’s not attached to any particular religion, so there are no sacred obligations or conflicts over ...

Keeping a microscope on Trump

The ruling class has gone to war against Donald Trump. The Bush presidents, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, establishment media, Wall Street, deep state, and leading Hollywood lights have denounced him in hysterical terms. He’s driven members of the Republican establishment (consider, for ...

We don’t even have to think about it

I am not educated in the functions of anatomy. I write here what appears to me as self-evident. I realize that for years people thought it self-evident that the earth was flat, and if one sailed too far he risked going over the edge. So much for what may seem self-evident. So write me off as ...

Our elites need to look in the mirror

I am fed up with the bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. Let’s take a hard look at these so-called lawmakers. Consider a proposed 28th amendment to the Constitution that states: “Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the ...

Veterans promise transcends generations

Today, we will once again commemorate the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 marking the formal end of World War I. This day observed annually, once known as “Armistice Day,” was renamed in 1954 and is now known to all as Veterans Day. There will be ceremonies and ...

Reed, Collins fail constituents

Washington’s “tax reform” proposal is being rushed through Congress with little discussion and transparency. Why? Because if Americans knew the facts, it would be dead on arrival. The plan is a death blow to New York State. This federal scheme proposes to cut taxes for the richest ...

Second impressions also matter

In the last article, we met Jasper, a 40-ish, employed, married man. Jasper’s telephone introduction was high-pitched. His initial session, too, was at a high, feverish pitch. I had to interrupt him in order to clarify what he shared in mass doses. Much of the information he provided was ...

To every veteran, thank you

Did you vote Tuesday? If you did you can thank a veteran for fighting for your freedom to do so. Freedoms, do we take them for granted? It’s hard to believe that we are already past the first week of November, another election year has come and gone, and while many are thinking of the ...

Make state, Buffalo pay for J.N. Adam site

After reading the front page article in the OBSERVER (Oct. 29 and 30) on the J.N. Adam property, I felt compelled to respond to the situation. Having served the town for 22 years in various positions including 12 years as the town supervisor, I witnessed a lot of effort put forth in trying to ...

Convention can benefit troubled state

It was with great disappointment that I read the OBSERVER’s editorial (Oct. 27) endorsing a “no” vote on the constitutional convention. Although the paper certainly has a right to endorse positions it believes appropriate, the reasoning provided was incomplete and unconvincing. In ...

FERGUSON: We need more transparency, leadership from county IDA

The county of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency has lost its focus on attracting businesses to Chautauqua County. By splitting a single staff to work through both the IDA and the Chautauqua Region Economic Development Corp. (CREDC), the organization has spent a great deal of its time in ...

BORRELLO: Vote to keep momentum

Chautauqua County is a beautifully unique place. I think of that every time I watch a sunset over Lake Erie. I feel it when I attend an event like the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival where A-List entertainers perform in our little corner of the world. This is why I chose to serve the people as ...

Voters can stop Fredonia’s downward spiral

Friends, as a taxpayer and resident of the village of Fredonia, please allow me to speak to what I heard at Wednesday’s League of Women Voters candidate debate. After two years of a Mayor Athanasia Landis administration (where the Democrats have held the majority) we are no better off than we ...

Executive needs to be someone ‘in the arena’

County government, in its simplest terms, is a $280 million a year enterprise. However, there is nothing simple about it. Having a multitude of jobs with self proclaimed success, does not qualify someone to oversee it. Political campaigns allow for candidates to proclaim anything they choose. ...

Pros, but more cons, to convention

On Tuesday, in addition to voting on local and county offices, the voters of New York State and Chautauqua County will be voting on whether New York State will hold a Constitutional Convention. Except for the signs I’ve seen on lawns urging a no vote, I really knew little about what a ...

We cannot count on state to fix the ills

Chances are good that the folks reading this have already heard that on the Election Day ballot they will be asked whether to call a citizens’ convention to re-work our state’s foundational governing document. The other half of the electorate, regrettably, still knows nothing about this ...