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Editor’s corner

Unsettling pasts still pain Native Americans

SILVER CREEK — Lafayette Williams asked for a moment of silence Tuesday night while speaking to a gathering of some 30 people in the Anderson-Lee Library. As a member of the Seneca Nation of Indians, his heart was heavy when discussing a dark past that both the United States and Canada are ...

Disputes, defeats place Dems in turmoil

Where exactly do the invested Chautauqua County Democrats go from here? During the last three elections, high ranking party members have spent more time fighting amongst themselves than they have against their official opponents — those on the other side of the aisle who have received the ...

Path to office filled with twists, turns

Is fatigue a factor for voters when it comes to this year’s local elections? That could be a distinct possibility. Following a 2020 national vote that seemed to go on for another two months due to questions over mail-in ballots and controversy over the presidential race results, it does not ...

Busing dilemma may prompt different route

Superintendent Charles Leichner, through a Facebook post, shared with parents and district residents on Sunday evening some news that was a bit of an inconvenience for some. Cassadaga Valley Central Schools would be unable to transport students on three routes Monday for classes due to “an ...

County GOP machine on cruise control

Chautauqua County Republicans appear to be less than engaged when it comes to this year’s election. A visit to its home page at www.chautauquagop.com shows two bits of information: one congratulating the candidates for 2020 and another promising more news coming soon. Recent updates — like ...

District rates magnify issue of poverty

On the surface, the U.S. Census statistics regarding Chautauqua County’s poverty rate appear to lack urgency. The most recent results, released in August, show a figure of 16.3%, about 3.3% higher than New York state. In the two cities, however, the numbers are much greater with Jamestown at ...