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Committee in city can assist in fight over blight

I have been fielding some questions about my remarks made at the last Common Council meeting about the forming of a certain committee and would like to clarify my intentions.As the readers of the OBSERVER know, I spoke about the city's failure to fill the Landmark and Preservation Board as it ...

Education, screenings a necessity

Most everyone knows that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is the month where we all go pink, but we should also talk about and be more aware of breast cancer.Breast cancer is one of the most curable cancers if detected early. That's why it's so important to get breast cancer ...

Sharing my Italian heritage

I'm very pleased that I've been asked to participate in a project the Italian Club at the University of Fredonia is doing. The group is trying to preserve the history of the early Italians who immigrated to the United States. There aren't too many left. Actually, I was made and born in the ...

Some reasons to believe in Ripley

Someone once told me that Ripley, my hometown, was not worthy of its own government and further, that its school was a disgrace.Now, I'm not naming names, and I don't wish to enter the fray about tuitioning our junior and senior high school students to Chautauqua Lake School, but Ripley, like ...

Autumn glory

Imagine, if you will, a Christmas tree.No, I'm not talking about one of those beautiful "O Tannenbaum" trees of yore. I'm thinking of the artificial variety and a cheap one at that.You know: stem straight (if one's lucky and it hasn't been around too many years) with assorted branches sticking ...

Review Reed’s record before voting

Before you vote in November - do yourself a favor and review the voting record of your Congressman Tom Reed over the past years.Social Security is one of the most popular programs in America today! Social Security is a universal program for everyone, no matter who you are or where you came ...

Keep politics out of repowering

Saving jobs should not be a partisan issue. But the squabbling over who said what and how dedicated one is over the other seems to trump any effort to stop the recent lawsuit brought about by the Sierra Club and Ratepayer and Community Intervenors against the PSC and its decision to repower ...

There’s no innocence in terror

Saying what he is going to do strategically about the rising threat of ISIS, was the prime time speech last month by President Obama wise to do politically in light of sagging poll numbers? Was it wise militarily to show the enemy our hand?Wobbly about using the term "war," the president and ...

Radical groups may hurt city

Here we go again. The radicals are at it again. This radical group that calls itself the Sierra Club, along with other radical groups such as Ratepayer and Community Intervenors, represented by Earthjustice, are all against the NRG plant in the city of Dunkirk.The other local radical group that ...

Lost ‘principles’ bring down U.S.

"The government is promoting bad behavior," ranted Rick Santelli, editor for CNBC Business News, Chicago (Feb. 19, 2009). How many would want to subsidize "the losers" mortgages, he asked when President Obama decided to spend $200 billion to pay mortgages for unqualified people? "It's time ...

Many pitch in for Sager benefit

Billy Sager Jr. touched many hearts and it showed on Sept. 13 at the Samuel Cimino VFW Post 6472 in Silver Creek, where a benefit took place.We would like to give a special thank you to all who volunteered, from cooking chicken to those who worked in the kitchen, as well as selling tickets, ...

A tool to help development take off

One of our key tasks in Chautauqua County is to support and grow business.There are many ways to achieve this goal, but one important way is to support our local infrastructure including our two area airports, John J. Nalbone Sr. Field in Dunkirk and Robert H. Jackson Field in Jamestown. Both ...

Women are still objects in society

A new condom recently came out in South Africa. It's called "Rapex," and it's lined with rows of plastic spikes on its inner surface. Designed for insertion at any time a woman feels she is in danger, the device not only stops an attacker, but also creates physical evidence. Moved by the ...

Reader is right: grandparents are priceless

It's so good to hear from readers because I need to know their thoughts. For instance, last week I got a call from a man who prefers to remain anonymous, but said he's a faithful reader and wonders why I never talk about grandparents who take care of their grandchildren. Now I needed that ...

‘Love’ and learning

In the Silver Creek School auditorium on a recent Superintendent's Conference Day, I had the opportunity to speak to a combined audience of teachers, staff and board members from both the Forestville and Silver Creek school districts. As I looked over this group of educators, I sensed an air of ...

Kisses from a kitty

Beauty came to me as a feral cat.I didn't know.Cats had definitely been in my life more than out. Being a normal (and quite expected) part of my home, I don't think I paid them all that much attention. I do remember one who, living in the basement, had carried each tiny kitten upstairs when the ...

Some phrases are a sticky subject

Funny thing, cliches. As annoying as they can be, as deadly as they are to analysis, problem solving, and creative writing, they might be forgiven in everyday conversation. Phrases like "been there, done it" and "same-old, same-old" capture the sympathy of linguists - whose non-prescriptive ...

Sierra Club suit is ‘hypocritical’

As chairman of the County Planning and Economic Development Committee, I am outraged by the lawsuit that the Sierra Club has filed against the Public Service Commission. The basis for this lawsuit is that the conversion of the NRG plant to natural gas will cause an increase in electricity ...

An appreciation for poetry

Poetry comes in so many forms and presentations that I'm sure no one likes it all. I'm also sure that everyone likes some of it.I think there is a bit of the poetic spirit in all of us, just as it is our nature to seek, to understand and to aspire.I've always preferred verses that had rhyme and ...

Why the U.S. is a Republic

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 give their opinion on various subjects under discussion. The local press was in attendance ...