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Looking on the bright side

July 2, 2014 Some things in Chautauqua County are not as dire as one might think. For instance, it looks like we will see improvement of Route 60 connecting the “North” and “South” county. Tourism is flourishing. more »»

Free speech has its benefits, drawbacks

July 1, 2014 Editor’s note: This is a series of columns by John Malcolm on his “50 years at Fredonia.” Retired, he is a professor emeritus at Fredonia State. more »»

Brocton’s policy is lesson for others

June 30, 2014 I would like to take this opportunity to thank the superintendent of the Brocton Central School District of informing this writer of the important steps his school district is taking in reference to... more »»

State must see light on fireworks

June 29, 2014 I once again write to suggest that the time has come to consider legislation in New York to allow for the sale and use of the full line of consumer fireworks. more »»

‘Negative impacts’ affect all

June 29, 2014 A commentary by a former gas company owner set forth the environmental benefits of horizontal drilling (June 22). more »»

Municipalities must take lead on banning fracking

June 29, 2014 As someone who has become aware of the negative impacts of fracking on various communities across the country in my years of organizing, there should be serious concerns over Chautauqua County... more »»

Rodeos can take a toll on animals

June 29, 2014 In just a couple of weeks, the Gerry Rodeo will be “celebrating” 70 years in business. That is 70 years of spurs, ropes, flank straps — for the purpose of “entertainment” and fund-raising. more »»

A promising Pope in precarious times

June 28, 2014 Pope Francis’ agenda has become more defined: the poor, the marginalized and world peace top the list. more »»

Going political on my birthday

June 28, 2014 As you read this column, I will be celebrating my birthday. I’m going to do myself a favor and get out all the frustration I have over the political situation as it is today. more »»

At least one legislator got it right

June 27, 2014 One, a 1969 song by Three Dog Night noted, is the loneliest number. That must have been sentiment going through Legislator Lisa Vanstrom’s mind on the night of April 23. more »»

It hurts me deeply

June 27, 2014 It is a beautiful plant. At least seeing it again brought back happy memories. I remembered a lovely flower ... vaguely. For some reason my mind insisted it was a lily – or close to it. more »»

The importance of integration

June 26, 2014 This is an open response to State University of New York at Fredonia professor Dr. Stephen Kershnar’s June 11 column, headlined, “Is diversity still a priority?” Dr. more »»

Buffalo police failing with rights

June 25, 2014 There is a recent case in Buffalo that illustrates how nationwide, police are trampling on a basic constitutional right. The case involved SUNY Fredonia philosophy professor Leonard Jacuzzo. more »»

Father’s home companions

June 24, 2014 I’ve mentioned here before that I have a small 17-pound buff colored Bichon-Poo female puppy that I gave my wife Monie for her birthday 14 years ago. Monie named her Choochie. more »»

‘Impressive group’ ready for next step

June 23, 2014 Indeed, we are proud of our Western New York high school graduating seniors of 2014 in our public and private schools. Our youths are so richly a part of the pride of our community. more »»

Debt keeps increasing for the city

June 22, 2014 I would like to elaborate on a statement I made during the council meeting on Tuesday when several resolutions were passed by Common Council with regard to the seawall replacement project. more »»

Enthusiastic approach gets results

June 22, 2014 I had the privilege of being present at our county executive’s excellent address to our Chamber of Commerce this month in which he emphasized the importance of a positive attitude in facing our... more »»

Horizontal drilling has benefits for environment

June 22, 2014 Back in the days — 1970-2005 — when wells were being drilled vertically in New York state, there needed to be an access road and approximate two acre drilling pad constructed for every well. more »»

Remarkable journey for mom, sons

June 22, 2014 I read two books by Benjamin Carson: “America the Beautiful” and “Gifted Hands,” also a movie by the same name — and came away thinking — what a remarkable man. What a remarkable famil. more »»

You could be lucky too

June 22, 2014 Microsoft, Dell, Yahoo, Google, Amazon, and Oprah Winfrey are household names. more »»



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