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Opinion

Open meeting ‘abuse’ comes with no penalties

Editor's corner

Prior to Wednesday night’s Chautauqua County Legislature meeting, elected Republicans and Democrats went their separate ways to gather in a closed session to discuss whatever they wanted. For the record, both parties were doing nothing illegal. Political caucusing is allowed under the New ...

CLIMATE No simple science on global changes

The OBSERVER’s View

Proving once again that the science on pollution and climate change is never as tidy as either side hopes we will believe, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released the results of a study that says changes in regionalized air pollution are affecting storm ...

This didn’t have to be so complicated

Commentary

What do the new congressional districts in this part of New York look like? Before we get to that, let’s back up. In August 2021, this column observed that New York has enough people west of Syracuse and Binghamton for four such districts. It would have made sense for: ¯ One district ...

Grateful attitude does not mix with politics

Commentary

I’ve been wondering as Memorial Day approaches if we’ve finally reached a point where Republican veterans will have larger flags on their graves than Democrats? Each and every year for quite some time now, that divide has grown larger and more important to the “Thank you for your ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1992 Dunkirk Hose Co. No. 1 has named Art Maloney as its honorary chairman for the 1992 installation banquet to be held at the Exempts Firemen’s Club. Mr. Maloney is a 60-year member of Hose Co. No. 1, having joined in 1932. He was employed by the Dunkirk Fire ...

SHOOTINGS: Nation, region can use some reflection

The OBSERVER’s View

Our nation could use plenty of prayers at this time. As a Dunkirk church made plans this week for a service for 5 p.m. today to remember those who died in a racially motivated mass shooting in Buffalo on May 14, another deadly attack occurred at a school in Texas on Tuesday that left 21 dead, ...