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Compliments can start a chain reaction

July 19, 2014 I can’t believe only a week has gone by since my last column. So much has happened! We had the Valone family picnic Saturday. My father-in-law only had one brother. His brother never had any children. more »»

Strutters have quite a screech

July 18, 2014 The screechers are birds of an entirely different feather, so to speak. more »»

Is U.S. getting big on ‘immoderation?’

July 17, 2014 Is it my imagination, or has American culture entered an era of backlash against the forces of excess? One can probably trace the underlying philosophy of “more” and “bigger” as inherently virtuous... more »»

They’re children after all

July 16, 2014 I have found myself conflicted lately with the immigration problem. more »»

Scary past lessons from fracking

July 15, 2014 I must reply to the recent commentary “No incentive for short cuts” (July 6) on hydraulic fracturing, and how safe it is in New York state. more »»

Cycle of learning continues

July 15, 2014 Editor’s note: This is the final in a series of columns by John Malcolm on his “50 years at Fredonia.” Retired, he is a professor emeritus at Fredonia State. Public speaking was a favorite class. more »»

What are legislators waiting for?

July 14, 2014 The Human Services Committee recently heard benefit proposals on Welfare to Work at a meeting in Mayville. more »»

Individuals, not faith, must come first

July 13, 2014 The recent Supreme Court decision concerning Hobby Lobby has far-reaching effects on these United State. more »»

The long goodbye with Alzheimer’s

July 13, 2014 Recently, my wife Marie because of advancing Alzheimer’s was moved from the memory unit of an enriched housing facility to a county facility with complete nursing care. more »»

Spelling bee has history with men and mice

July 13, 2014 Did you watch any Wimbledon tennis? Some players grunt as they hit the ball in order to improve the effectiveness of their shots. Well, if it works for them it might work for me. more »»

High bills bring wave of questions

July 13, 2014 In March, I and many villagers had water meters replaced by village contractors. My new meter indicated no water leakage on my property. more »»

What happened to our open-door policy?

July 13, 2014 I consider myself a tolerant person. I easily tolerated various mammals, reptiles and a few amphibians that my children insisted they must have in their formative year. more »»

A good family is priceless

July 12, 2014 I’ve been thinking. How can we make our country better and the world better? And every time I go back to families. more »»

Lake fest a great event

July 12, 2014 Editor, OBSERVER: Wow! That certainly sums up our experience at the Great Lakes Festival. What a wonderful event! Thanks to the sponsors whose generosity enabled non-profits to participate for fre. more »»

Skimmers in the summer scene

July 11, 2014 Although I have kept a daily bird-sighting census, one of my regular visitors has always eluded me. Not the bird. As easy as it was to spot, so difficult was it for me to identif. more »»

Home rule matters in fracking

July 10, 2014 Risks to human health, drinking water supplies and the environment from one high volume, hydrofracking oil or gas well is hundreds of times greater than from one conventional wel. more »»

A gasp for the Fourth Amendment

July 9, 2014 The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution requires government searches to be based on probable cause of a crime and to be authorized by a judge via a warrant. In a recent case, Riley v. more »»

Using words, importance wisely

July 8, 2014 How to rule the world, and other tips: ¯ About 65 years ago I read a book entitled “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint Exupery. more »»

‘Preserving peace’ in the land of the free

July 7, 2014 We have just celebrated a great national holiday, the Fourth of July and the celebration of Independence Day. And America remembers! This is the land of the free and the home of the brav. more »»

No incentive for ‘short-cuts’

July 6, 2014 The production of natural gas intersects with water in two ways: the protection of the surface water table; and the use of water in hydraulic fracturing. more »»



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