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The joy of family and some wisdom

July 23, 2016 It’s been a very busy time for me! Last Wednesday night, my son Dan flew in from Florida. He told me he was going to rent a car to get here around seven. more »»

Simplifying the farm acreage report

July 23, 2016 By JAMES BARBER The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency requires farmers participating in our programs to submit an annual report on all cropland use on their farms. more »»

Evolving downtowns have pieces

July 22, 2016 Dilemmas regarding municipal downtowns seem to be in the local spotlight this month. more »»

The joke’s on me

July 22, 2016 Somewhere I have two full pages of good (well, I thought so) jokes culled from earlier readings. They seem hopelessly lost now. more »»

Are you doing your part locally?

July 21, 2016 Ever heard the saying “May you live in interesting times?” What makes the benign curse or blessing resonate today is the tug of war between globalization and local economies. more »»

Spreading the word on CHQ250 in Dunkirk

July 20, 2016 Last month, I had the pleasure of attending Dunkirk’s Juneteenth festival, representing the CHQ250 project and the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services. more »»

Cleveland hosts Republican way

July 19, 2016 A short car ride down the scenic Interstate 90 and you’ll happen upon a bustling city, Cleveland, the site of the 2016 Republican National Convention. more »»

Season of summer marches on

July 18, 2016 Our region in Western New York is a very special place! With its magnificent rolling hills, expansive beautiful valleys, and majestic lake plains, our area stands out as a wonderland of nature. more »»

Have conviction in your vote

July 17, 2016 Vote for the best candidate, whoever you decide that is. I recently received this by email and my response follows: This is one I can’t figure out: You have Candidate A and Candidate B. more »»

Zombie properties litter landscape

July 17, 2016 I know what you’re thinking … zombie properties must be where automatons live. more »»

Keeping our American dream alive

July 17, 2016 Our kids deserve a world in which they can thrive — they deserve a fair chance to live the American Dream. more »»

Making family memories in the summer

July 17, 2016 There are so many beautiful things about summer. All of the obvious things like sunshine, warm rain, bonfires, camping, swimming, the list goes on and on. more »»

Following some words of wisdom makes life easier

July 16, 2016 Do you ever think you’re going to organize your papers better? I started taking inventory in my drawers. I came across all kinds of my writing. more »»

Tariffs equal higher U.S. prices

July 16, 2016 I’ve decided to offer a piece of advice to Donald Trump as he prepares to accept the Republican nomination this week in Cleveland. more »»

673 are in the $100,000 club

July 15, 2016 Late last month, a short article in The Buffalo News highlighted that in City Hall there, 688 employees are making a salary greater than $100,000. more »»

Learning from lost bird

July 15, 2016 “Can you come?” Spoken gently, I know it is a command — if, that is, one wants to behold what is certain to be the latest marvel of the natural world in which I live. I come. Quickly. more »»

Kindness starts with us

July 14, 2016 Sometimes I get inspired to write on a subject matter that I’ve written before. Do I dare write on the subject in mind again? Yes. The inspiration is rooted to emphasize a point. more »»

Park proposal a step in development

July 13, 2016 It’s often said that change for the sake of change is not a good thing. However, stagnation for the fear of change is much worse and only hinders progress. more »»

Understanding a big divide

July 13, 2016 When Teddy Roosevelt said that we couldn’t have a democracy unless we understand one another, he was right. more »»

Small — and great — wonders

July 12, 2016 The greatest wonder in the world is ... that we are not more frequently, and breathtakingly, inspired by the beauty and wonderment of it al. more »»

Is America headed in right path?

July 11, 2016 A lot has been said about both political parties. There have been pros and cons on this issue. But some arguments are so obvious that they cannot be overlooked. more »»



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