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The OBSERVER’s View

RUSSIA Recent Putin boasts are unnecessary

Americans old enough to remember the prediction “We will bury you,” pronounced by Nikita Khrushchev, Soviet Union premier from 1958-64, still might recall some of the “few choice words” they uttered in response. Khrushchev, who was adept at making predictions regarding a U.S. demise, ...

Water failings need discussion

There appears to be some verbal turbulence between the village of Brocton and the North County Water District that surfaced at a recent Village Board meeting. The discussion came after trustees and the mayor began to discuss water line leaks and breaks. As Mayor Art Miller tells it, much of ...

New York State: Keeping lid on community meetings

Last week, members of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration held four community meetings focusing on gun violence. Chances are no one in those communities knew anything about them — because they were closed to the press. How counterproductive is that? One would think Hempstead, Middletown, ...

Transparency Small change has a big impact

Tucked into a resolution for Wednesday’s Chautauqua County Legislature meeting is a two-word change that drastically decreases the legislature’s transparency with the public. Currently, the legislature and its committees post verbatim minutes of meetings — except for presentations — ...

New YORK STATE Zeldin needs name recognition

A significant name for New York state politics made a stop in Chautauqua County last week. U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin, who is seen as one of the leading candidates to challenge powerhouse Gov. Andrew Cuomo, brought some excitement to the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel on Thursday. More than 150 county ...

FREDONIA: Trustee’s exit overly polite

Give former Fredonia village Trustee Heidi Powell some credit. She was diplomatic in announcing she was stepping down from her position earlier this month. “Dear board members, I am writing to inform you of my decision to resign my position on the board of the village of Fredonia, effective ...