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The OBSERVER’s View

MEDICARE Trend of denials need explanation

According to the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Medicare Advantage plans denied 13% of services requested and 18% of payments requested, during a one-week test in 2019. Responding to the report, representatives of companies such as Aetna and ...

DUNKIRK Remove boat near city pier

There are times in recent years when Common Council members have gone overboard in their criticism of the Holiday Harbor Marina at Chadwick Bay on the Dunkirk waterfront. Owned by the city, the marina has faced some sort of turmoil almost regularly. Earlier this month, council members did not ...

FOREST Important purchase preserves a gem

A ceremony that took place right before the Memorial Day holiday marks an effort to preserve history and nature. At that May 27 event, the Western New York Land Conservancy took over most of the College Lodge’s forest at a ceremony. As part of the deal, the State University of New York at ...

GRAPE FEST Before complaining, lend a hand

Silver Creek’s Festival of Grapes will have a different look this year — and it’s not going over well with some in the community. In a post to its Facebook page last week, the organization announced the Sept. 16 to 18 event will not include the amusement rides or games this year. It ...

ELECTION Reflecting on fast fall of Jacobs

The stunning fall from grace for Rep. Chris Jacobs usually only happens when a crime has been committed or some sort of physical impropriety has happened. To see a sitting Congressman, soon to be representing a safe congressional district with all the advantages of an incumbent, be forced to ...

FREDONIA: Officials do little to control costs

We do not disagree with Fredonia Mayor Doug Essek at all. What happened with the village concerning its legal fees with Webster Szanyi, LLC during COVID-19 were somewhat beyond its control. “The costs that the OBSERVER had quoted (provided through a Freedom of Information Law request) for ...