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Tour raises funds, awareness

September 27, 2015 The organizers and volunteers of the first Chautauqua Gran Fondo worked very hard to make the bicycle tour a success. more »»

Trying to find answers to the why of existence

September 26, 2015 Do you ever try to find answers to why you exist? I did, especially after I turned 90. Then Sunday, I went to Bible Study and I may have the answer. more »»

Westfield’s closed-door process

September 26, 2015 I am writing in response to the letter to the editor by Barry Underwood last month in which he questioned what is going on in the Democratic Party here in Westfield. Can he really be surprised? If Mr. more »»

By any other name

September 25, 2015 Perhaps you were not as uninitiated as I for I thought those fields of tall yellow flowers were full of sunflowers. Actually, they are. more »»

Playing second fiddle in Dunkirk

September 25, 2015 In the OBSERVER (Sept. 22), an article headlined “Possibilities” pertaining to the harborfront project said it could be started in two years. more »»

Adding discomfort to district

September 25, 2015 Erie County has begun to circle the waters. more »»

Unlevel playing field in higher ed

September 24, 2015 With the surprising emergence of a boisterous Donald Trump and the growing concerns about truthfulness surrounding Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, a dozen leaders from significant state... more »»

Can next leader bring us together?

September 23, 2015 We are a nation of laws, or so we would like to believe. And yet, too often we see things that just don’t go along with the progra. more »»

In good times and bad, press on

September 22, 2015 The 30th president of the United States was Calvin Coolidge. He was often called Silent Cal, because he was never known to be very talkative. more »»

Heading in the wrong direction

September 21, 2015 The direction of our current government and the cultural environment is in trouble. more »»

Village is invading our privacy

September 20, 2015 I moved to the village of Gowanda in 1956. At a Village Board meeting on Sept. more »»

A love of words and communicating

September 20, 2015 As a columnist, and a freelance writer I am asked many questions about what I do. more »»

Cherishing our top dog

September 20, 2015 Marmaduke is surely lying at the foot of Brad’s empty chair. His mournful sigh and somber eyes mirror his heavy heart because he knows his creator is gone. more »»

Jamestown airport has to improve on service

September 20, 2015 The news that the passenger count is down at the Chautauqua County airport should surprise no one. Absolutely, positively no one. Commuter-airline service began at our airport 40 years ago. more »»

Social media not for everyone

September 19, 2015 The Internet is a wonderful thing as it has opened a new world of information, entertainment, and communication for virtually anyone who wants to join in. more »»

Things to think about

September 19, 2015 I always like to give you things to think about. Today I’ll begin with some of the benefits of remaining single. 1. You always have enough warm water in the shower. 2. more »»

Safer road drives disdain

September 18, 2015 Change never comes easy for this region — especially when it comes down to our governments, schools or even our roads. more »»

A bird by any other name

September 18, 2015 I am aware of many faults and will probably freely admit to ... well, most of them. Procrastination, however, has never been on that list. more »»

No light on world’s mysteries

September 17, 2015 In the seasonal balance of planet earth, four days stand out: the summer and winter solstices and the two equinoxes. more »»

The pro-life conundrum

September 16, 2015 Over the summer, the Center for Medical Progress released secretly recorded videos of Planned Parenthood officials that appear to capture a criminal conspiracy by the organization to sell fetal body... more »»



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