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Why we just can’t all get along

The classic movie, “South Pacific,” is a powerful story of love and war set in the Solomon Islands of the South Pacific during World War II. The crux of the film is the song “You Have to be Carefully Taught,” which producers wanted to cut from the production. Song writers Rodgers ...

Lots of harm in repeal of health care plan

The Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, has such a vast array of benefits, many people are not even aware of. Why repeal and replace? Would people even know all that would be taken away? I would like to focus on just one aspect, Medicare, as an example. There is the obvious ...

Battle to read can be rewarding

Recently the OBSERVER ran a poll question asking if readers had read a book in the last week and it kind of stirred up memories of my own reading history. Like most people of my age I was introduced to reading in the first grade with the “Dick and Jane” books. I think that I made normal ...

Paying for it

I hope many of you remember the magnificent weather we were blessed with for much of mid-January. I know it wasn’t a complete anomaly for I recall last year at about the same time hearing a bunch of locals say how grateful they were to have passed up their usual winter trek south. They had ...

Sending love and care to our troops

On behalf of the Blue Star Mothers, NY Chapter 4, thank you for making our Christmas wish come true through your generous donation and support for our organization as we work to support our military. This year we experienced two things we had never dreamed possible! First is that on Dec. 3, ...

Technology, orientation a dilemma

With improving technology, it is only a matter of time before parents can (largely) determine their children’s sexual orientation. When they can do so, should they refrain from having gay children? Depending on the theory, sexual orientation focuses on desire, behavior, or ...

Intelligence exists beyond the brain

With all of our knowledge, there are some things we stuff in the drawer for another day labeled “unknowable.” We don’t waste time on it, because we don’t know where to start. Perhaps we are not equipped to look for an answer. I appeal here not to John Doe, but to the scientists, who ...

Help Americans, not illegals

Let’s look at the Democrats in Albany. They are looking at a law to reform antiquated voting rules in New York state. They want to make it easier for more people to cast a vote. My question is, why was it so hard to cast a vote before? Look at the other blunder of the Albany Democrats. The ...

Let’s hear it for Mondays!

Those of the optimistic persuasion look at each day as an opportunity. Monday through Sunday seems to hold possibilities large and small. Unlike our current generation, our parents took a different view of the days of the week. Instead, for homemakers especially, every day had a set list of ...

Government intervention ups the cost

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as ACA, or Obamacare, has been back in the spotlight since Donald Trump was elected as president of the United States. Regaining control of the presidency and both houses of legislature, the Republican party has deemed it a priority ...

Where’s the U.S. outrage?

I am writing to express my deep concern regarding the findings of the Intelligence Community as stated in the report “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent U.S. Elections.” The report, conducted by our top intelligence agencies including the CIA, FBI, and NSA concluded ...

Reed event protesters lacked class

I want to thank U.S. Rep. Tom Reed for continuing to hold town hall meetings despite the organized and disruptive protests occurring across the country. I attended Rep. Reed’s recent town hall in Cherry Creek, the first one in my life, and as reported in the New York Times, The Buffalo News, ...

Life is filled with many experiences

Have you noticed the older you get, the more people you rely on? Last week I had a doctor’s appointment. My regular driver had an appointment of her own so I needed a ride. Thank God for my church! Mike took me. He even went into the doctor’s office with me. My doctor said I looked fine and ...

Runaway costs add to higher education fees

Recently there has been a great deal of discussion about the rising costs of higher education and the crushing burden placed on graduates in repaying their student loans. Various solutions have been suggested and a recent case in point is Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s pledge to provide free tuition at ...

Gusts of dissent in wind plans

ARKWRIGHT — Patti Greenstein was encouraged by the words of Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan during last week’s Legislature meeting in Mayville. Before announcing he would not be seeking a second term in November, Horrigan gave a State of the County update regarding the ...

Another singular goose

The hunters had been in the cornfield for the last weeks in December. There are never more than three and they never seem to appear until the final hour or two of waning daylight. They are close enough I can easily see them dragging their bags of decoys, identifying them as geese as they are ...

Sometimes, there is too much on our plates

Eating in America is not for the faint-hearted; there’s a lot to chew over. Too much, too processed, too lopsided, too modified. Especially in situations we can’t control. Certainly, cooking and eating at home are moderating factors; it’s eating out that brings bad habits to the ...

Real to some, but ‘fake’ to others

I had a sister-in-law who believed everything she read, regardless of where or in what publication she read it. Today, we have a president who only believes what he chooses to believe regardless of in what publication it is printed. Whether a Republican or Democrat, we are all Americans first, ...

NCCF grateful for corporate support

Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation is pleased to recognize Corporate Philanthropy Day, which is observed on the last Monday in February. Celebrating corporate philanthropy raises awareness of corporate-community partnerships and inspires businesses around the world to engage further in ...

Immigrants contribute to U.S.

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these homeless, tempest-tost to me; I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” — Emma Lazarus What is known to us, the Statue of Liberty, aka the “Mother of ...