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Opinion

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1993 A total of 100 fire companies from four counties have registered for the 85th annual Southwestern Association of Volunteer Firemen’s convention to be held in Westfield Aug. 4-7. The event, which is open to the public, is being hosted by the Westfield Fire ...

CASSADAGA Slow government on the local level

The OBSERVER’s View

For those who think state and federal government moves at a snail’s pace, take a closer look at the turtle’s pace of local government. Village of Cassadaga officials have been discussing the issue of short-term rentals for more than a year. Its result at the July meeting? Nothing. ...

Don’t conflate natural gas with coal

Commentary

By Ken Silverstein InsideSources.com Coal and natural gas were once joined at the hip, advocating for energy freedom and more development — and against stricter environmental laws. Now, the two have gone their separate ways as natural gas continues to eat away at coal’s once dominant ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1993 The Chautauqua County Home in the west town of Dunkirk ended 1992 with a net profit of $186,393. The home had 1992 revenues of $8,486,155 and spent $8,299.759. An informal survey by the home staff showed that the Chautauqua County Home was likely the only ...

FREDONIA Slower pace benefits walkers

The OBSERVER’s View

It will take some time to get used to for some motorists. But the reduction of the speed limit last week from 40 mph to 30 mph on Main Street, which is state Route 20, is not a surprise. New York state Department of Transportation officials have been looking at the option since March 2022, ...

A far-away war keeps raging

Commentary

The other night I did some channel “surfing” during the evening news hour to see if there were any updates on the War in Ukraine. There was nothing — even on BBC which usually carries important foreign policy developments. The main story running on BBC was the death of an Irish ...