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Opinion

Our nation, through challenges, remains great

Commentary

Editor's note: This is the third of three parts.I'll close this series with one more option and then some musings.Sixth Option: Clinton wins and carries with her Democratic majorities in both the Senate and the House.Were this to happen, Bernie Sanders would feel vindicated, for the political ...

Politics is a whole other language

Commentary

Well folks, it's happened. Stupidity has prevailed again, this time in New York City.The cab drivers there don't have to learn English. That's right, you heard me right and read it correctly.The cab drivers in New York City don't have to learn English. I had to repeat this because it is so ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago - 1996Statements from city officials expressing support for a downtown location for Chautauqua County's north offices has at least one business owner in the D & F Plaza upset. "All we're asking for is a level playing field," said Phil Pelletter, owner of the Book Nook, ...

Seeing light as leaders

The OBSERVER’s View

Other than doing just enough to maintain a struggling status quo, what else do municipalities do to better the lives of their residents?That has to be a question for many who attend or speak at town or village meetings - or just sign a petition in an attempt to make something happen. One of ...

People’s Column

Peoples column

Donors, stores help veteransEditor, OBSERVERThe Charles Tinley Post 142, Dunkirk, recently had a forget me not fundraiser and would like to thank Walmart on Bennett Road, Fredonia, and Tops Markets, Vineyard Drive, Dunkirk.Without these businesses allowing us to set up outside their ...

Plenty of pieces in play besides just presidency

Commentary

Editor's note: This is the second of three parts regarding the November election. Part one was published Saturday.Let's get right to more speculation about what may happen policy-wise as a result of the presidential election and possible reshuffling of the Congress, House and Senate.Third ...

County’s deal on cheese firm full of holes

Commentary

By NATE WILSONThe current bankruptcy of Empire Specialty Cheese, LLC, should be no surprise. The greater wonder is that Chautauqua County government and the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency, became so desperate for economic development that they hoodwinked themselves into backing ...

Taking pride in town’s top dog

Commentary

I am a very proud member of the Brad Anderson Recognition Committee and also a trustee for the town of Portland. I'm happy to devote my time to the town of Portland and also the happy to be proud wife of Jim Farrell.The opinions in my letter are strictly mine and I am only speaking for myself.I ...

Is character a problem for us all?

Commentary

Public choice economics analyzes government policies based on the understanding that politics usually involves benefits that are concentrated for a lucky few, while the costs are dispersed over a wide base. It makes sense for those few to expend a lot of resources getting the policies that will ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago - 1996For the third year in a row, the Brocton Central High School newspaper, The Brocton Review, is the only such publication in New York to be selected as the winner of the George H. Gallup Award. This is the highest honor presented by the Quill and Scroll International Honor ...

Highs and lows: Some of the best, worst of the week

The OBSERVER’s View

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTBUSY WEEKENDS - This weekend, catch the fun at the Silver Creek Festival of Grapes. There's also the D'Vine Experience in Westfield today. Last weekend was the ever-successful Red, White and Blues in Fredonia, as well as the History Fair ...

Getting to know people through the newspaper

Commentary

I think it's time I wrote a thank you to you readers. I've been trying to write my obituary because my sister Jo doesn't remember all the things I was in. If our kids were in it, so was I.Russ was on the road, so I had to take care of all the boy stuff. That was OK with me. I loved sports. I ...

Why the ‘down ballot’ is so important

Commentary

Editor's note: This is the first of three parts, which will be published through Monday on the November election.What a wonderful life we have! But today I'm writing about the forthcoming elections, not Bedford Falls. As we frail citizens muddle through an election season with the two most ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago - 1996Two-thirds of baby boomer parents who experimented with illegal drugs as they grew up expect their own children will do the same - and many don't consider that a crisis, according to a survey released today. The findings come just weeks after the government announced a ...

Country’s threat very real

The OBSERVER’s View

The loud yawn you may have heard last weekend came from across the Pacific Ocean, in Pyongyang, North Korea. It was a reaction to a statement by President Barack Obama condemning North Korea's recent nuclear test.The United States will never accept North Korea as a nuclear power, Obama ...

The magnificent Magnolia Warbler

Commentary

There's a reason I have a difficult time with warblers. They won't come to my feeders.Cherry trees surround most of the house while various apples fill in much of the rest. That of course is where I find the warblers - checking out the blossoms in the spring and early fruit in the fall.A few, ...

Talking topics, not attacks

Local/Region

Candidate John Plumb has a proven commitment to the United States of America. He served in Kuwait during Operation Enduring Freedom, has been in the U.S. Navy for 22 years and is currently commander of the U.S. Reserves.His dedication in the military is all about order. His effort to get ...

Simple solution for beach

The OBSERVER’s View

Cassadaga officials are re-thinking its beach practices after this summer.The beach was sparsely attended in the evening, even though the village kept the gate unlocked. "But by 5 o'clock there's not really anybody left on the beach," said Mayor LeeAnn Lazarony. "It's sad, but I think we need ...

Slick interests drive pipeline issue

Commentary

What are we waiting for?The controversy over the Dakota Access Pipeline is the latest example of people putting roadblocks in the way of a clean energy future. Or is it back to the future?The Texas company parenting the pipeline, "Energy Transfer Partners," is determined to install this myopic ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago - 1996The Cross Roads Farm and Craft Market Cooperative recently hosted a picnic at the site of the market on Westfield-Sherman Road in Westfield. The Cross Roads will be a local marketplace that will showcase and offer for sale goods and produce produced locally by area ...