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Editor’s corner

Dreadful Census details are no mirage

Has Chautauqua County finally hit rock bottom when it comes to decades of population declines? Or do we need to look at the most recent U.S. Census numbers in another, more positive way? Consider this: over the last century, we have seen a population increase of about 12,000 residents. ...

New Albany remains a work in progress

SUNSET BAY — Shortly into his first year as county executive in 2018, current state Sen. George Borrello made a game-changing decision. Instead of parroting a familiar political refrain calling for more jobs to come to this region, he did some leg work. During his first three months in ...

Fear, reality of COVID motivate downstate

NEW YORK -- There is no denying the major differences and political rifts between upstate and the Big Apple. It is little vs. big. Conservative values against progressive ideas. There also is an unspoken reality that bothers this region: if you’re living downstate, you could care less about ...

Hochul brings brighter spirit to Albany

Surrounded by a number of Chautauqua County Republicans during a presentation at the State University of New York at Fredonia technology incubator in Dunkirk in late January 2020, Democratic Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul never missed a beat. In fact, she thrived under the circumstances by remaining ...

GOP resignation chorus one sided

Congressional hopeful Joe Sempolinski is a candidate on a campaign tour without an island. In early July, the Canisteo resident was one of the first in the current 23rd district to announce his intentions. No stranger to Chautauqua County, Sempolinski made a name for himself in this region ...

‘Low morale’ creates rush to Fredonia exits

Former Fredonia Department of Public Works Supervisor Tony Gugino could see the writing on the wall. Months before he turned in his letter for retirement that was read at the May 10 Village Board meeting, he sensed the grind was becoming tougher each day. It had nothing to do with serving the ...