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Special people make difference

November 11, 2015 They walk among us every day. Some wearing patriotic hats, clothing or lapel pins. Others who quietly go about their day, not wanting any recognitio. more »»

Taxation without representation

November 10, 2015 Years ago in the town of Pomfret, officials divided up the budget in two halves — those who live in Fredonia and those who live outside the village. more »»

Water: Hike brings some doubt

November 9, 2015 The Erie County Water Authority has some low rates. In a September advertisement in the OBSERVER, it promoted the ability to sell water for less than $2.50 per thousand gallons used. more »»

BROCTON SCHOOLS: Adding staff in a decline

November 8, 2015 At least a couple of school board members did not have their heads in the clouds in Brocton when it came to the hiring of another administrator — on the taxpayers’ dole. more »»

Our new distractions

November 6, 2015 Many people still remember a time when it was the number of hours children spent in front of “the boob tube” that was worrisome. Technology has made that an old-fashioned concern. more »»

Entergy’s plans bring hurt

November 5, 2015 Monday brought a new twist to the tortured process to repower the NRG power plant in Dunkirk. Entergy Corp. more »»

Aftermath: Winning is half the battle

November 4, 2015 To the victors go the spoils — as well as plenty of problems. As evidenced by the turnout on Tuesday, many had the belief voting can change the fortunes of life here in Chautauqua Count. more »»

Losing culture still evident

November 3, 2015 When do Western New Yorkers not vote with their feet? If it comes down to the Buffalo Bills. more »»

Elections: Taking one last look

November 2, 2015 Polls open Tuesday at 6 a.m. for village, town, city and county elections. What’s worse than not voting is voting and not understanding why you are voting on a candidate or an issue. more »»

A respite before the vote

November 1, 2015 For more than a week, our Opinion page has been filled with letters and commentaries about the upcoming elections. more »»

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

October 31, 2015 Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST NEW BUSINESSES — Hibbett Sports, Harbor Freight Tools and Dominos are all well on their way to opening in the town of Dunkirk. more »»

Unchallenged deserve vote

October 30, 2015 There are far too many elected positions — almost 500 — in Chautauqua County. How do we know that is a problem? A number of races each year go unconteste. more »»

Elections: Quick take on some races

October 29, 2015 As usual, there are races in our area that are uncontested. We will do a snapshot of those on Friday, but today this corner looks at some of the contested race. more »»

ENDORSEMENT: Three County Legislature races

October 28, 2015 A number of Chautauqua County legislator candidates delight in telling voters that if elected, they control very little in regard to the finances. more »»

Dunkirk's two for Legislature

October 27, 2015 Two years ago, deciding to run for county legislator was a potentially volatile situation. more »»

Endorsement: 3 offer change for Fredonia

October 26, 2015 Fredonia’s decline in recent years — and its gouging of residents in high taxes and fees — can be traced back to a group of four people on the Village Board. Its record is shameful. more »»

MAYORAL ENDORSEMENT: The best fit for Fredonia

October 25, 2015 Dr. Athanasia Landis, in 23 years of living in Fredonia, is an unknown quantity in politics. more »»

HIGHS AND LOWS: Some of the best, worst of the week

October 24, 2015 Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST INTERNATIONAL FLAVOR — Rintaro Mizuno has been a key component to the Westfield Academy boys soccer team this fall. more »»

An opportunity in Forestville

October 23, 2015 As consumers, we normally seek out getting the best deal possible on a purchase. Our attitude, you would think, would be the same when it comes to paying taxes and fees. more »»

Endorsements: Hidden contest in the city

October 22, 2015 There are no choices when considering the election slate in the city of Dunkirk. Willie Rosas, by virtue of his primary win in September, is the only candidate for mayor. more »»



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