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These Democrats are out to destroy

As the days go by it is becoming apparent that the National Democratic Party along with the other powers behind the throne, The Washington Post and New York Times, along with their acolytes CNN, and MSNBC are out to destroy the presidency of Donald Trump by whatever means possible. To these ...

A lovely and wild columbine

Whether particularly apt or not, I tend to think first of Colorado when I think of columbine. No, not the high tragedy in Littleton but the lovely wildflower. It’s been a long time — a very long time indeed for I was in college then and not necessarily out of my teens — but I recall it ...

How one woman touched Ripley

The town of Ripley and surrounding communities are in mourning. Trudy Shields Babcock has passed away and left a village simultaneously bereft and proud. Around 400 people came to pay their respects on Tuesday, May 30, 2017, for a woman who meant so much to this community. The Main Street of ...

Nothing predictable about weather

It’s mayhem. Weather is skewing wild and erratic; nothing about it is predictable, including old reliable sayings. When the jovial weather-person says “above normal for this time of year” or “the coldest March since 1954,” the effect is one of watching a movie. Instead of an ...

Is there a cure for high-wage doctors?

With the ongoing death spiral of Obamacare, there is discussion of how to shift the insurance costs for people with pre-existing conditions onto others, contain drug costs, and force insurance companies to let parents keep their adult children on their insurance. There is surprisingly little ...

We can’t go at it alone

Life on earth for humanity has been a tough row to hoe, at least up until the last few generations when we have finally conquered enough natural science to make our lives much easier. Even Ben Franklin would be amazed to see how far we’ve come in such a short time. Is that going to ...

Opposition pours in for line proposal

Editor, OBSERVER: We are writing to make you aware of the opposition of the vast majority of the residents to the proposed water line extension of approximately 8-10ths of a mile (Munson Road to Walker Road) being considered for funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural ...

Legislators have no right to refuse revenue

The obstructionist county lawmakers have spoken. Legislators George Borrello, Bob Scudder, Chuck Nazarro and Ron Lemon voted to refuse rents in the amount of $60,000 from a logistics support group associated with a multi-million dollar construction project in the county. There were 15 ...

Troublemaker at home, hero overseas

Memorial Day weekend is upon us; a time to remember those who fought and sacrificed for our country. Tom Brokaw made the phrase “the greatest generation” a part of our national lexicon. These were the men and women who lived through the Great Depression and then served during World War II. ...

Fire-dept.-and-tree

Councilman too far out on a limb

If an accident happens and medical attention is needed, it is an emergency — no matter what the language. On April 12, a man who was attempting to cut down a limb became pinned between a tree and the ladder he was using on King Street in Dunkirk. City firefighters responded to the scene and ...

Making every day a good one

I had a wonderful Sunday! I was invited to a celebration of the life of Virginia DeJonghe. I met her at the home on Temple Street. We sat at the same table. We had a ball! Dorothy Rocker and another Virginia from Buffalo sat at our table. We were so compatible! We got along so well! We were ...

Still time to assist Catholic Charities

For 93 years, the services provided though Catholic Charities have been a mainstay of family services in this region and throughout the eight counties of Western New York. These services are provided without cost to those who need them without regard for race, faith or walk of life. It is worth ...

Chipmunks and associated playmates

I was asked recently if I had any irrational fears and what I had done to overcome them. Snakes. I was still in grade school when I borrowed “The Boys Book of Snakes” from the public library. If I knew more, I figured, curiosity would overcome any fear. My father teased that I’d ...

What’s the uncomfortability factor?

My previous column left off at the moment our described new student enters her homeroom. She’s offered a seat in the early morning din of the classroom. Besides the teacher, no one had yet acknowledged her. No eye contact had yet occurred. The homeroom teacher welcomes her and briefs her on ...

Spring’s sun and a cloudy capital

As we dust off the patio furniture, mow the lawn and trim the hedges, many of us are also looking forward to what has become known as the real beginning of summer – Memorial Day. A time when we watch the young people receive their diplomas, and vacations are drawing near. Yes, this is a time ...

Lively spring strikes right note

Our region in western New York is a very special place! With its magnificent rolling hills, expansive beautiful valleys, and majestic lake plains, our region stands out as a wonderland of nature. With our four seasons of the year, there is something very special about our region, be it ...

Nature lovers lose with turbines

Many people and groups have enjoyed the pristine public campsite in the forested state land in Arkwright. This site, consisting of two lean-tos on a hillside overlooking a pond, is well developed with a toilet and hand pump for fresh water. Chautauqua County owns the site and promotes it as ...

Public opinion holds back schools

Recent interest in the Fredonia Normal School suggests reviewing the origins of “common schools” and teacher-training. In early U.S. history, teachers were typically men hired by local communities and churches to teach reading, writing, and basic arithmetic. The Bible was sometimes the only ...

MILK CRISIS SPILLS OVER

In recent weeks, on the U.S. side of the border with Canada, much noise has been made about a festering dispute with our Canadian neighbors over ultra-filtered milk in U.S.-Canadian dairy trade. Ultra-filtered milk is condensed skim milk; a high protein, fat adjusted, reduced cost ...

Russia’s ties to vote are a threat

I am writing in support of an independent investigation into the Russian interference into our elections, disrupting and undermining our system of democracy. The intelligence community had clearly and specifically concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin himself ordered the cyber ...