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Area departments face dilemma

March 27, 2015 It is worth revisiting a recent Cassadaga Village Board meeting on March 4 when its volunteer fire department was asking for additional financial assistance. more »»

Going separate ways might be best

March 26, 2015 There might just be some gumption and political initiative in the legislative branch of the New York state government after all. Seems a state Sen. more »»

Extinguishing the Fredonia fire debate

March 25, 2015 In my continuing attempt to discuss local issues in this column I have tried to ask the questions that many of the residents and taxpayers have suggested I ask. more »»

Reasons for holding sales tax

March 25, 2015 As many people know, the County Legislature will be voting tonight on raising the sales tax from 7.5 percent to 8 percent. Proponents of raising the sales tax point to the additional $. more »»

Sales-tax hike not ‘people friendly’

March 24, 2015 The county executive would like to raise the county sales tax from 3.5 percent to 4 percent in order to raise about $7.1 million. more »»

Library’s funding request too much

March 23, 2015 Another taxpayers’ nightmare in the city of Dunkirk and surrounding area that are attached to the Dunkirk School District, and the Dunkirk library. more »»

Area can help grow university

March 22, 2015 A key issue in our state right now, as the final stages of the budget process are underway, is the extent to which New York is willing to invest in this generation of college and university students. more »»

Dishonesty in the neutrality

March 22, 2015 “Net Neutrality” is a political term and, as with most other political terms, it is fundamentally dishonest, with the objective of hiding the underlying reality. more »»

Going through ‘Downton’ withdrawal

March 21, 2015 The fifth season of “Downton Abbey” has concluded and we must wait for 10 months to get our next Downton “fix. more »»

Better rates, service with district

March 21, 2015 It has been a challenging road but I firmly believe a Northern Chautauqua County Water District is becoming a reality. more »»

Musings from the Hill

March 20, 2015 Many of my duck visitors are welcomed back as old friends. I encourage the mallards and wood ducks to summer here and they happily do. more »»

Fracking takes away from resources

March 20, 2015 Editor, OBSERVER: Thanks to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for banning high volume horizontal fracturing (fracking) in New York. more »»

From crisp days to crack of bat

March 19, 2015 My enduring memory of this winter will be my terse but sympathetic encounter with a stranger at a local convenience store about a month ag. more »»

Academia’s brand of democracy

March 18, 2015 A fascinating article by State University of New York at Fredonia English professor Emily VanDette (‘‘Who Gets a Vote in Departmental Decisions?” in The Chronicle of Higher Education) signals a... more »»

Black clouds loom over Dunkirk’s Polish churches

March 17, 2015 It’s deja vu all over again. At a time when city and county leaders are promoting their vision for a brighter future, black clouds of uncertainty hover above St. Hyacinth and S. more »»

Women still fight for equality

March 17, 2015 Women of courage, women of strength, Women of faith and devotion. Mothers of children with spirits so strong Who may have unbridled imaginations. — Kathy L. more »»

Life’s lessons in teaching

March 16, 2015 If one were to ask you the names of your favorite teachers from kindergarten and throughout your schooling, it may be not too difficult to answer. more »»

Give site needed repairs

March 15, 2015 At a recent Common Council meeting, a report was given to our city leaders about the fire stations in Dunkirk by Pacheco-Ross Architects from Voorheesville. more »»

Sunday voices: My Quilted Thoughts

March 15, 2015 The other day my son Jacob was carrying in grocery bags with me. With 2 feet of snow still on the ground, we juggled the bags and skated on the packed down paths. “Smell that Mom?” He questioned. more »»

Thinking about the concrete and the abstract

March 14, 2015 This is a classic Margaret Valone column, with timeless advice. Do you like to think about things? I do. That’s where I find my gold nuggets of truth. Here are some things to think about. more »»



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