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We should be buzzing about the bees ... and bats

June 8, 2014 No, that’s not a typo; you read correctly. It is the bats and the bees, not the birds and the bees. Let’s first talk about the bat. more »»

A new era of intelligence awaits

June 8, 2014 Leading transhumanist Ray Kurzweil has some hope for those of you who want to live forever. Well, that’s good news if you’re not counting on a glorified forever body promised by Jesus. more »»

Encouraging people to be helpful and hopeful

June 7, 2014 This column is either about something good that has been done or is being done to encourage people to be helpful and hopeful. Either way, it’s positive. more »»

‘Handicap’ can’t slow me down

June 7, 2014 Editor’s note: This piece was previously published in 2010. As I have touched on a couple times in previous scribblings, I am “handicapped. more »»

Catching the train before D-Day

June 6, 2014 For many years in the past when railroads were the main method of transporting goods and people, most traveling circuses and carnivals also used the rail service during their show season. more »»

A most striking sea cow

June 6, 2014 I was standing on the dock waiting for the ferry to cross back over Lake Champlain the first time I saw them. Huge black birds. Stunning birds. More birds than I could possibly count. more »»

More truth than fiction at this rally

June 6, 2014 Many readers and commenters to the OBSERVER and its web site claimed the rally in Fredonia last week showing support for Carriage House workers and their families was too little, too late. more »»

Global threat ignored by some

June 5, 2014 One of the most contentious topics burning through American discourse is climate change. more »»

Snowden’s run from U.S. law

June 4, 2014 Like it or not, we are a nation of laws. There are various kinds of laws, or rules as many might prefer, but they exist nonetheless. And they exist for good reason. more »»

Legislation won’t help in drug fight

June 3, 2014 By VALERIE PAWLAK This is an open letter to New York state Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo: A note to thank you for all you have done for us in our area of Dunkirk, especially the NRG plant. more »»

Taking a hike on sabbatical

June 3, 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 »»

State is ‘Liberal Land’

June 2, 2014 A woman in Batavia has been re-sentenced for attacking a senior citizen at a big-box store when the senior asked, “May I see your receipt for the purchased items?” This senior, who was 70 years old... more »»

Praise for school worker’s good deed

June 1, 2014 My 10-year-old daughter, Abigail, is a student at Silver Creek Central School. She has a life-threatening heart condition known as Long QT Syndrome. more »»

Impossible standard for women

June 1, 2014 It has taken me years of life experience and book education to understand the paradox of what it means to be a woman, specifically when it comes to sexualit. more »»

Resort area has yet to materialize in Hanover

June 1, 2014 We moved here 20-plus years ago. When my husband inquired why we pay such high water bills, we were told it was because we lived in a resort area, and had to make up for those who leave every year. more »»

Global warming a threat to us all

June 1, 2014 By JUDI LUTZ WOODS Opinions are not the same as facts. Weather is not the same as climate. Politics has no business interfering with science. more »»

Spring musicals and overpopulation

May 31, 2014 Every year I try to make the spring musical at Fredonia. I’m always amazed at the students’ talents. Because my husband and I were in the wig business, we took many trips to New York City. more »»

Area, world praying for Billy

May 31, 2014 I am compelled to write this letter about the brutal assault which took place in the early hours of Sunday, May 11 inside Molly’s Pub in Buffalo. more »»

Heron by window has found a home

May 30, 2014 I doubt if anyone in my family would argue my tinge of quirkiness. I don’t mind. My eyes envelop the room where I sit writing and I smile at the happy gifts that surround me. more »»

Road trip is not all doom

May 29, 2014 It’s your favorite Thursday of the month and you know what that means! I’m back to rattle whatever remains of your senses! Regular readers may recall that in March I boasted of being invited to an... more »»



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