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Editor’s corner

Stefanik rises as Reed goes quiet

North of Interstate 90 from Syracuse to the Vermont border is the largest of the 23 Congressional districts in New York state. It engulfs the Adirondack region, a portion of the capital district as well as 10 counties and segments of two others. Within the last month, the area has taken on a ...

Top county race may get chippy

Obstacles have greeted incumbent Executive PJ Wendel from the very start. For the 18 months he has held the top Chautauqua County government position, he has had to deal with a global pandemic while facing an election in back-to-back years. Appointed by the Legislature to the post in January ...

Virtual votes zap public participation

Zoom meetings, which were forced upon numerous organizations, schools boards and government entities due to COVID-19 over the last 15 months, have had dramatic consequences that could forever change how America operates and communicates. Though this model has become both necessary and ...

Without fair, vets miss vital connection

Paul Oyer understands the disappointment surrounding the cancellation of this year’s Chautauqua County Fair. The Frewsburg resident was one of the many who were hoping to be in attendance at the event normally held during the later weeks of July in Dunkirk. Oyer, however, is not one who ...

We can’t find time for one-day voting

After all the results were tallied on Tuesday night following the landslide school budget approvals, there was one other major question: has voting become inconvenient for too many residents? At a quick glance, the answer would be a resounding “yes.” Compared to last year, turnout in the ...

School votes about more than budget

Northern Chautauqua Catholic School in Dunkirk has been somewhat of an unsung hero throughout this trying academic year across our region. With public districts struggling last summer and early on in the fall to come up with a plan to bring students back to in-person learning during the ...