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Peoples column

Placing focus on what matters

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

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 ...

Veterans set example for all of us

By RAY LENARCIC A huge shout out to our veterans. Thanks for your service to this country. To begin with, I’m not a veteran. But I am the person I am today because of them. My Uncle Bob, one of the four “Fightin” Van Slyke brothers from Little Falls, was my role model growing up. Along ...

Those who make America great

November is a time to remember our military, our veterans, and the birthday of the US Marine Corps. November 11 is Veterans Day and we remember all our veterans and those currently serving in the US Military. And November 10 is the 246th birthday of the US Marine Corps. It was November 10, 1775 ...

Tax tilt likely going to the middle class

The bad news is that taxes in America are tilted in favor of the rich. The best news is that we could be only weeks away from a tilt in favor of the middle class: the reforms President Biden is urging to help balance the Administration’s $3.5 trillion budget bill. The changes won’t be ...

One party letting county down

Editor, OBSERVER: Chautauqua County has the highest unemployment, is the poorest county in the state, lowest per capita income, and the largest exodus of residents leaving a county. This has all occurred under Republican administrations. When you do the same thing over and over again and ...