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Business conference puts SUNY Fredonia on map

Ask a random person on the street if they can explain the purpose of business analytics, and you can expect a blank stare in return. Yet, that person’s actions are likely being analyzed at every turn. They are just not aware this is happening. We provide data to businesses in countless ...

Questionable arrests add to dilemma

Non Fred Fest is a daunting challenge for Fredonia police, and we should sympathize with their difficulties in maintaining order on that raucous weekend of outdoor parties centered on Canadaway Street. The OBSERVER’s editorial, “POLICING: Regional force adds to patrols,” (May 11) ...

High court addresses punishments clause

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Welcome to Grants Pass, a city of 38,000 that grew weary of people sleeping or camping on public property. Grants Pass is before—you guessed it—the Supreme Court of the United States, having lost in—you guessed it again—the San Francisco-based United States Court ...

Ready, set, smile … say che-e-e-ese

In 1930, Kodak gave away its Brownie box cameras to 500,000 12-year-olds across the country. My mother was one of those lucky recipients, and it began one of her life’s important journeys. She fell in love with photography. I was about 12 when my mother told me this barely believable story. ...

Some inconveniences about protesting

While I have been avoiding much of the repetitive televised political news I did catch some of the coverage of the “student” protests on college campuses because you just couldn’t avoid it. After a few college administrations started acting like adults and ordered the encampments to be ...

Vote to help future of area libraries

New York State Law 259 allows libraries to secure sustainable funding through the school tax ballot. This Tuesday, the voters of the Cassadaga Valley School District will have an opportunity to assist these libraries in securing sustainable funding. I wish to offer my support for the ...