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The OBSERVER’s View

Newsmakers of the year: Navigating despite an ongoing COVID battle

As bad as 2020 turned out to be, 2021 is ending in the same fashion: growing COVID-19 cases throughout the nation during a holiday season. When reflecting back on our newsmakers of the month for the year, a lot of the topics were associated with the virus. Here is a quick recap on another ...

CHRISTMAS: Special spirit evident in area

“The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.” — Abraham Lincoln, ...

INFLATION A ‘persistent’ in this economy

As is the case for much of the rest of the world, U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell is less certain about the future than he once was. Earlier this month, he told the House Financial Services Committee that while at one time it was expected an easing of pandemic-related ...

Buffalo BILLS Plenty to prove against nemesis

This was not the December many Buffalo Bills’ fans envisioned when the season began. This was supposed to be another year in which the team would dominate in the AFC East. Public enemy No. 1 — the New England Patriots — had other ideas. When the Patriots ran over this Bills only 17 days ...

SCHOOLS Tough month for area districts

Today marks the last day of school before the Christmas and New Year’s holiday break. It has not been, to say the least, an easy month. District officials and employees have been on the front lines when it comes to the renewed surge of COVID-19 cases and last week, they faced a different ...

Be transparent in board selection

Normally, candidates are required to run a campaign — even if it is fairly quiet — for a local Board of Education position. With the resignation of David Damico, due to his election to Dunkirk Common Council, we agree with the the New York Coalition for Open Government regarding filling the ...