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The OBSERVER’s View

COUNTY Can landfill be privatized?

The opening of a new transfer station in Warren County, Pa., sparks a radical idea here in Chautauqua County — is it time to privatize the county’s waste transfer stations? Chautauqua County currently has four transfer stations: one in Falconer, one in Fredonia, one in Sherman and one at ...

One voice benefits all

New York state Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul has a close connection with Chautauqua County. As a Buffalo-area resident, she has spent many summers enjoying the wonder and beauty of our region as well as Chautauqua Lake. Hochul also understands an important dynamic. If something is good for Jamestown, ...

COVID-19 Making plans for a vaccine

Rationing of medical treatment is viewed by many Americans as unacceptable. Making health care decisions based on anything but need is seen as immoral. That is as it should be. But as researchers race to develop vaccines against COVID-19, the specter of rationing is being raised by ...

SILVER CREEK Another to stay close to home

Residents who appreciate dividing lines for their communities may not be happy with recent decisions by municipalities that provide ambulance service. The latest to make a call on that issue, that may hurt their neighbors, was Silver Creek. Earlier this week, the board voted unanimously to ...

GERRY: Dinner survives without rodeo

Without rodeo, dinner goes on It is almost like Buffalo without the Bills. This year, Gerry is without the rodeo as the event was canceled — like many other events — due to COVID-19. This would have been the weekend for the 76th annual event. There will be no action at the grounds. No ...

HANOVER New noise law is no sure fix

Hanover Town Board has put a law on the books that will be tough to enforce. Last week, officials approved a noise ordinance that is aimed at quieting the propane cannons that are going off throughout the day and night. Its passing did not come with full support as Town Board members Wayne ...