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Commentary: Setting record straight in Gowanda

March 14, 2015 By BARB NEPHEW I would like to address The OBSERVER’s View “Gowanda: Residents will pay for lost cash” (Feb. 22). This opinion is wrong, misinformed and off the mark completely. more »»

No harm if fracking’s not allowed

March 12, 2015 It’s funny how the very people who typically complain about government handouts now have their hands out. more »»

Selling the sales tax hike

March 11, 2015 To say that no one is particularly fond of paying taxes is putting it mildly, but pay we must if we are to live in a community where there is police and fire protection, running water, sanitary... more »»

We could do with fewer counties

March 10, 2015 Town governments are getting pressure from the state to consolidate and share various efforts with one another to become more efficient in their efforts. more »»

Laws help offenders, not citizens

March 9, 2015 Albany has done it again to the good citizens of this state. New York’s highest court ruled that only state law determines where sex offenders can live. Local laws are considered null and voi. more »»

Many news items are not up to par

March 8, 2015 Tiger Woods had to withdraw from a golf tournament recently because he couldn’t activate his glute. more »»

A viable option

March 8, 2015 As I travel Chautauqua County and talk to home and business owners the number one complaint I hear is about high property taxes. more »»

Big family in time of need

March 8, 2015 I am an orphan. The vast majority of us will become orphans at some point in our lives. It is the natural order of things. With luck, we will be well along in years before it happens. more »»

Safety in the pipelines

March 8, 2015 Unless you are ready to give up driving, you should probably be thinking of how oil can best be transported across the country so that it can be converted into gasoline and ultimately fuel your car. more »»

Let’s use what we’ve got

March 7, 2015 As most of you know, I’m in WCA Home now. I’ve asked myself over and over, “What am I doing here? Why am I living so long?” Sunday in church I had my questions answered. I still have work to do. more »»

Non-alarmist hopes for some warming

March 7, 2015 It’s a another winter day. Outside the snow is falling again, the winter storm flags are flying and on TV weatherperson Don Paul is at his most alarmis. more »»

Musings from the Hill

March 6, 2015 Early March: the temperatures have positively flat-lined. more »»

Change is reality, not ‘hysteria’

March 5, 2015 People used to hang winter-weary hopes on dependable weather sayings. more »»

U.S. dismissing a ‘pivotal time’

March 4, 2015 It isn’t often that religious celebrations converge with political drama, but that is just what is happened Tuesday when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Congress on the nuclear... more »»

More spin on Social Security

March 3, 2015 There’s been a sighting of Tom Reed in Chautauqua County, in February, no less; this occurrence is about as rare as the groundhog we see once a year. more »»

Gift of hope is a treasure

March 2, 2015 Stephen John, a ninth-grade student at Gowanda Central, said it well when he said, “Never give up and keep working hard” in a recent OBSERVER article. more »»

Battling cabin fever with joy in our hearts

March 1, 2015 Everyone enjoys a good belly laugh. And now that cabin fever has ballooned into a plague, a roomful of belly laughs may be just what the doctor ordered. The good ladies of St. more »»

Suspended fire chief offers his perspective

March 1, 2015 By STEPHEN PACANOWSKI It has been over a year since my suspension and subsequent removal from the Fire Department of Westfield and it’s about time that I share my side of the story that continues to... more »»

Park is memory of sights, sounds

March 1, 2015 Editor’s note: This is the final part in a series of articles. more »»

So much is going on at the WCA Home

February 28, 2015 You’d think that living at the WCA Home, I’d have nothing to write about. On the contrary. There is so much going on here! Let’s take Friday, Feb. 20. more »»



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