Placing focus on what matters

Peoples column

Editor, OBSERVER: I thought you might like to have a second version of my previous letter. I am very grateful for your publishing the first version. I continue to find myself floundering among enormous amounts of information coming at me from hundreds of sources. I find that it helps me ...

Praise for county on ’22 budget

Peoples column

Editor, OBSERVER: Last month, the Chautauqua County Legislature unanimously adopted a historic 2022 budget resulting in a property tax rate reduction of 40 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation or 4.7% along with a tax levy reduction of just over $270,000. Furthermore, this historic county ...

Decisions today damage a future


This is in response to the article “Nobody’s satisfied” from Nov. 6 regarding the State University of New York at Fredonia. While I would agree with College Council Chairman Frank Pagano’s comments that something needs to be done regarding finances for SUNY Fredonia, I’m afraid his ...

Country’s foundation must not be forgotten


County Legislator Daniel Pavlock was right. The legislature needed to be reminded. The reminder of upholding the Constitution in the motion on Wednesday, October 26, “calling all Elected Officials of the State of New York and the United States Government to Exercise Their Legislative and ...



Thirty years ago — 1991 Magic Johnson, the basketball superstar whose skill and joy has charmed the world, shocked the nation with his announcement that he has the virus that causes AIDS and is retiring. Johnson, a 6-foot-9 point guard, called a press conference to announce his retirement ...

SOCIAL MEDIA Our addiction drives company


Since former Facebook employee Frances Haugen blew the whistle on practices at the social media giant earlier this month, news organizations have been combing throught the company emails and documents she has provided. The results, now beginning to be reported, show a picture of a company that ...