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Opinion

Ripley: Believe it or not

Commentary

For months the Chautauqua County government has been signaling that it is finally moving toward acquiring land for a new industrial park. The newspaper stories this spring indicated the location involved would probably not be revealed until 2024. Surprisingly, however, the Chautauqua County ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1993 Union and community leaders today are vowing an all-out effort to do “whatever it takes” to persuade Alumax Extrusions Inc. to reconsider a plan to permanently close its Dunkirk facility in November. The company has announced it will gradually phase out all ...

DUNKIRK City needs to end its sales of beer

The OBSERVER’s View

Dunkirk’s summer events are definitely crowd pleasers. Large turnouts at the pier for music and parks for the festivals have consistently met the approval of residents and guests. There is, however, one problem that needs to be addressed: beer sales. For years, this corner has been ...

‘Sound of Freedom’ deserves attention

Commentary

Amazingly, a movie not made for entertainment or even with family-friendly appeal, but for urgent public awareness has drawn millions to theaters. The receipts breaking the $150 million mark prove it. It makes you weep over the heinous practice of selling and marketing children to indulge the ...

Region must embrace diverse voices

Commentary

While the country has seemed entrenched in national political news in recent years, and no one can deny the importance of voting, people can make the most significant impact on their own, their loved ones, and their neighbor’s lives through their efforts in their own backyards. Most ...

POSTAL SERVICE No downward cost trend ahead

The OBSERVER’s View

No one can say for sure how long it might be before a Forever postage stamp costs a dollar — up from the current 66-cent price that went into effect on July 9. But more and more, it seems that the $1 first-class stamp price is destined to happen perhaps even five or more years before this ...