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Beware: it’s the month to be aware

February 6, 2014 The fact that February is National Awareness Month reminds me of my ambiguous relationship with thematic months. more »»

Divide continues over County Home

February 5, 2014 It looks like we are again faced with a fourth vote to sell the County Home. Apparently, if you can’t get the votes you need to force a sale, you just keep pushing until you get your way. more »»

Is sale responsible?

February 2, 2014 It would appear that within the next few weeks a new proposal will be submitted for the purchase of the Chautauqua County Home and a fourth vote will be taken by the County Legislature to sell the... more »»

SAFE?Act foes target Robertson

February 2, 2014 Editor, OBSERVER This is an open letter to Martha Robertson: As residents, voters, and gun owners of the 23rd Congressional District, we feel strongly about the time-honored tradition of hunting,... more »»

Pretzels keep friends connected

February 2, 2014 I sent a box full of pretzels to South Korea today; they’re my friend Christina’s favorite comfort food. Christina and I met while getting our master’s at SUNY Fredonia. more »»

Data reveals dark side to military service

February 2, 2014 Recently, the Department of Veteran Affairs reported that young veterans just out of service and receiving government health care committed suicide at nearly three times the rate of active-duty... more »»

The lowdown on Paul Revere

February 1, 2014 Today I’m going to play Paul Harvey and tell you the true story about Paul Revere. I should say I’m going to give you the lowdown because I get my information from the “Lowdown Publication. more »»

‘Intolerance’ with atheists

February 1, 2014 I am writing in response to the commentary “Why target ‘Bible believers?” (Jan. 16). more »»

There’s a broom in the room

January 31, 2014 Newcomers (no visitor is a stranger, certainly not by the time of departure) may notice one rather strange addition to the decor in what is otherwise a fairly immaculate home. more »»

Getting past winter doldrums

January 30, 2014 Dear friends: So it seems the second vortex is upon us, here on the frigid shores of Chadwick Bay, in the newly chimed-in year of 2014. more »»

Straight from our leaders

January 29, 2014 When I read, listen and/or watch the politicians declare their knowledge of women, I am often amazed at the stupidity of what is too frequently said. more »»

A reward for breaking the law

January 27, 2014 The California Supreme Court recently granted a law license to a man who has lived in the United States illegally for 20 years. more »»

Journey full of treasures to remember

January 26, 2014 The wind softly twisted and combed through the trees as I packed up the last of the roast beef sandwiches. “Are you ready, Jacob?” I asked. “Yes. more »»

Unwelcome remarks

January 26, 2014 SYRACUSE — The governor of New York says that some people who hold particular political views “have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are. more »»

Smaller hospitals once dotted Silver Creek

January 26, 2014 The recent closing announcement of Lake Shore Hospital in Irving came as a shock to not only those in its care but past patients who remember its formation over 50 years ago. more »»

Teaching through drama

January 25, 2014 Have you ever noticed that when the OBSERVER prints the photos of wanted lawbreakers they usually are males? Once in awhile there is one female and once in a great while there are two females. more »»

Developer is slowing progress

January 25, 2014 This is in response to the Publisher’s notebook “Halting progress in Portland” (Jan. 3). 1. more »»

One solution to many city concerns

January 24, 2014 Is a Citizens Advisory Committee in the city of Dunkirk still a viable idea? It is if you ask a small committee of five who gathered in the second-floor conference room to discuss a number of issues... more »»

No knocks on this ‘red belly’

January 24, 2014 Thinking about a “red belly” right before Christmas brings to mind the immediate picture of that jovial character with his Ho! Ho! Ho! Nothing against that generous benefactor (I have been a VERY... more »»

Colander lifts ‘torch of freedom’

January 22, 2014 I am moved to write a note of support regarding the recent story your paper ran regarding Pomfret Town Council member Christopher Schaeffer and his swearing the oath of office while wearing a... more »»



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