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No level playing field for NCCS

As all property owners know, school tax bills arrived in the mail this month. I am blessed to currently own property in two different public school districts. As I wrote the checks to pay my school tax assessments, it once again struck me that I am paying quite sizable school taxes to two ...

Voices matter in rights of individuals

Reproductive rights? What does that mean? Something very different for men than for women. The Basic Biological difference is one type of person carries sperm the other carries eggs and babies. The unborn are the perfect special interest group. They do not demand to be fed, clothed ...

Re-energizing area begins with optimism

Home renovations can feel like torture while they are in progress. It’s hard to keep your eye on the prize while your home is all torn up. The same can be true for community renewals. Not that long ago, residents of Dunkirk were complaining loudly about changes being made to the Dunkirk ...

Toll of 9/11 continues 20 years later

This past weekend our nation observed the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Like the weather this year the weather throughout the northeast that day was perfect with a golden late summer sun shinning down from a cloudless and vibrant blue sky. I was not working that day and was ...

A celebration of life

Every morning, as I pick up my newspaper, I always check the obituaries first. No, it’s not because of the old joke that I am checking to see if my name is there. Now that I am getting long in the tooth, I realize that my contemporaries are also aging. Like all of us, I check on my friends ...

Economist foresees deficits, inflation

CHAUTAUQUA – The American economy grew 3.4 percent annually from 1981 to 2000, 1.9 percent annually from 2001 to 2017, and then 2.5 percent annually from 2017 to 2019 pre-pandemic, when wages rose rapidly at the bottom, said Dr. Peter Morici. "The best antidote for most social problems is ...