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We’re stronger as one, not divided

Once again, we hear about the loss of residents from Chautauqua County. We continue to see calls for mergers among high school athletic programs, but no mention of dissolving a school district that is hanging on with the blood and sweat of the taxpayers. We listen to local politicians talk ...

Talking heads and empty words

“I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.” — Thomas Jefferson Whether you happened to view Sunday’s episode of CBS “Sunday Morning” or not, I’m sure you have heard about the segment between ...

Taking the lead on the economy

If any 20th-century economist was an up-to-date person, it was Friedrich Hayek. Clearly, he made fundamental contributions to the field of economics. His powerful contributions are most relevant in our economy of today. Hayek was the best-known advocate of what is now called Austrian ...

Health care debate impacts state, county and neighbors

I am writing to express my concern over the posssible repeal of the Affordable Care Act and the effects on Chautauqua County. According the state Department of Health, there are currently 15,200 Chautauqua County residents enrolled in the health care act. This represents 11.5 percent of ...

Westfield plans for water line will spur sprawl

Some people love puppies. I like puppies, but I really love beautiful old vintage buildings and want to adopt every abandoned and abused one I see. I also feel the same way about vineyards and landscapes. I have learned, through my interest and study of historic buildings and landscape ...

Loss of Great Lakes funding threatens our area resource

This is an open letter to U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, who represents District 23: The Local Economic Development Committee of the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation strongly supports maintenance of the present level of funding for the EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Your ...

Reverse funding cuts for libraries

As a regular patron of the Cattaraugus Free Library, I stand in opposition to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s continued and sustained attacks on New York’s public libraries – and therefore, his attacks on all New Yorkers. While Cuomo describes his recently unveiled spending proposals as ...

Pain of smoking also impacts family

An open letter to those of you who smoke: Do you feel lucky, punk? (In the immortal words of Clint Eastwood) I don’t understand cancer any more than anyone else. I’ve known people who smoked, ate all the wrong things, breathed in carcinogens and lived a long life before succumbing to ...

From politics to baseball

For the last several months, the news has been filled with the aftermath of the presidential election, the furor over alleged Russian involvement in defeating Hillary Clinton, wiretapping and hacking. But, now its spring and major league teams are preparing for the new season where the only ...

Life helped by others

People have been so kind to me! My refrigerator is full of food and desserts! I have to keep track of all the plastic containers. Some of the food comes from people who read the column, some from friends — I’m so old! Most of my friends are gone! Last week, I was talking to Vicki who ...

Cat declawing is not always a bad thing

In regard to recent news articles indicating that New York and New Jersey may institute bans on the declawing of cats, it would seem to me that the time and effort to enact these laws would be better spent working on legislation to protect other animals who suffer far worse cruelties. While I ...

Sing to me some happiness

“The bluebird carries the sky on his back.” God bless Henry David Thoreau for such an apt sentiment. Don’t we all immediately associate this lovely little bird with the “bluebird of happiness?” Noticing its rusty breast, however, the settlers of Plymouth Colony called it the “blue ...

Think village costs are rising now?

Fredonia’s decision earlier this decade to effectively back out of a potential north county water district is something its residents may rue for years to come. Back then, the district was planning to financially help the village with its troubled water system if it became a partner. Its ...

Where do parents, children turn?

“There’s a few things I have been needing to get off my chest. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to put into words at this point because it has been building up inside of me for the longest time. I’ve been hurting for a while now. I feel that it’s been noticeable and although I am able to ...

Small bits of power in wrong hands

We hold officials in decision-making positions to a high standard. Consciously we honor their wisdom and entrust that they have no collective best interest at heart. Those of us who’ve not been in a position of influence can only appreciate from afar the full scale of the demands they face ...

Free speech can take a beating

On March 2, Charles Murray came to Middlebury College to discuss his book about the breakdown of the white working class. He was accompanied by Allison Stanger, a leftist professor who was supposed to moderate discussion of his ideas. After being drowned out by protesters, Murray and Stanger ...

Shedding light on misguided Cuomo plan

This letter is in response to the March 12 comments from Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, Todd Tranum, in which he voiced his support for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s countywide efficiency plan. Citing such programs as the Citizens Re-Organization and Empowerment Grant and ...

My first 90 years

On May 21, 1927, Charles Lindbergh landed his small plane, The Spirit of St. Louis, in Paris successfully, after flying across the Atlantic Ocean. He made the trip in 33 hours and 32 minutes, from Roosevelt Field on Long Island. This was the first time anyone had ever crossed the Atlantic Ocean ...

Left has some lessons to learn

During a late night show, a so-called entertainer thought it was funny when President Trump was concerned about the mass killings in Chicago and wanted to try to put a stop to this slaughter. What is so funny in this demented entertainer’s head? These are radicals on the way far left who ...

Arkwright’s wind plans in making for 13 years

The OBSERVER (March 3) rose to a new high in the publishing world. They now rate next to The New York Times and The Washington Post in their presentation of “fake news.” In his Publisher’s notebook, John D’Agostino swallows the comments of Patti Greenstein of Cassadaga hook, line ...