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Saying and doing are not the same

August 13, 2014 It isn’t always easy to keep one’s word. Sometimes we make promises that are just impossible to fulfill, and then again sometimes we just quit and give up. more »»

Important city issues overlooked

August 11, 2014 As a city of Dunkirk resident and taxpayer and past councilman, I have to comment on this council’s handling of our city budget and the unnecessary remarks made by recently resigned Councilwoman... more »»

Taking sides when it comes to politics

August 10, 2014 I recently had occasion to travel to Minnesota, that lair of licentious liberalism. It felt good to be back amongst like-minded individuals. The cacophonous cadre of conservatism was getting me down. more »»

Our treasured beaches need attention

August 10, 2014 I have lived in Chautauqua County my entire life — 43 years, but have lived in Fredonia for the past 20 years. more »»

Hurt continues for middle-class

August 10, 2014 I’m running for Congress because our economy has staggered through years of poor growth. We need leadership to turn it around. more »»

Secret-schedule excuse is right on time

August 10, 2014 It was recently discovered that President Obama has an official schedule for his day as being President and doing presidency thingies. more »»

A few degrees matter a lot

August 9, 2014 The OBSERVER recently published two columns charging those who believe that human activity is changing the earth’s climate to be “global warming cultists” who have fallen prey to “charlatans,... more »»

Where’s that mystery music?

August 8, 2014 It wasn’t that many nights ago that, waking some time between 2 and 3, I grew vaguely aware of music playing. more »»

Tradition wins for one ‘Generation Selfie’

August 7, 2014 Last month, I witnessed a screen-free wedding. more »»

Drawing a line on immigration

August 6, 2014 The recent flood of teenagers and others from Central America is undesirable for economic reasons, but it also raises the issue of what about the U.S. is worth preservin. more »»

Life’s plans have a way of working out

August 5, 2014 I remember hearing a guy testify in court several years ago that he looked in my car after his beer truck had hit me head-on in a blinding snowstorm, and said to his companion, “Hey Joe, this guy’s... more »»

When the waters rose in Gowanda

August 4, 2014 It was just five years ago when the Gowanda area experienced a damaging flood. Tri-County Hospital was one of the casualties. more »»

Court ruling muddies prospects

August 3, 2014 The New York State Court of Appeals effectively ruled recently that local town zoning takes precedence over the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) when it comes to regulating the natural... more »»

Breaking bread with artist family

August 3, 2014 I was up until 2 in the morning last night work shopping a friend’s theatrical piece in my living room. There were 10 of us total: a group of playwrights and actors, most of whom I’d never met. more »»

Finding a ‘Bridge’ with Alzheimer’s

August 3, 2014 The last column I wrote, “Alzheimer’s Long Goodbye” elicited the most responses to any of my columns ever. I received over forty e-mails. more »»

A wee watch for warblers

August 1, 2014 What a month for columns! A very strange month indeed. I had planned to write about crickets (and the one on my hearth) only to discover my selected illustrations are of grasshoppers. more »»

Our life is filled with gangs

July 31, 2014 As a kid I had high hopes for peace but as long as resources are limited (through the laws of nature, and through artificial scarcity imposed by the ruling class) there can be no peace. more »»

What has happened to our values?

July 30, 2014 When sitting at my desk to write this commentary I am bombarded with questions of which I find myself lacking in answers. more »»

Get ready to be hit up for more

July 28, 2014 By RICHARD MAKUCH The question of the day is why do welfare recipients receive tax refunds from the federal government? At the end of the year, if they are not working, that money is not theirs to... more »»

Celebrities escape wrath of ‘little guy’

July 27, 2014 I just read a list of booking fees for the top performers in America and I am appalled. Bruce Springsteen charges more than a million dollars, for one show, for a few measly hours of his time. more »»



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