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Understanding a big divide

July 13, 2016 When Teddy Roosevelt said that we couldn’t have a democracy unless we understand one another, he was right. more »»

Small — and great — wonders

July 12, 2016 The greatest wonder in the world is ... that we are not more frequently, and breathtakingly, inspired by the beauty and wonderment of it al. more »»

Is America headed in right path?

July 11, 2016 A lot has been said about both political parties. There have been pros and cons on this issue. But some arguments are so obvious that they cannot be overlooked. more »»

Fence issue has Fredonia trapped

July 10, 2016 A fence around the parks? What a horrible idea. I have lived here all my life and I have never heard of a real problem in the parks. The parks, especially Barker Common, are well lighted. more »»

Many wanting our vote full of flaws

July 10, 2016 Deceit, lies and corruption. To hear the political rants these days you’d think those three words were new to the political world. more »»

No kidding! Goatman has it baaaa-d

July 10, 2016 Here are some news stories that you probably missed because you have a real life to live and I focus on nonsense. So I invite you to enjoy the silliness: ¯ I’m cheating on this stor. more »»

Workers forget who’s the boss

July 10, 2016 For those who could not attend the Gowanda Village Board meeting on May 10, let me say, in the latter part of the meeting the superintendent of Public Works Jason Opferbeck took the floor again. more »»

A spirit of taking — and giving

July 8, 2016 Chautauqua County legislators love anonymity. For years, in a county of 133,000 residents, there were 25 of them — or one for every 5,320 people. Today, their ranks have been reduced to 19. more »»

Getting the ‘got’ for now

July 8, 2016 The Musing for May 27 spoke of my valiant attempt to rid the lily-of-the-valley (LOV) bed of the noisome gotweed. more »»

Unleashing a debate on zoos

July 7, 2016 The recent tragedy of the Cincinnati gorilla has inspired fresh scrutiny of zoos. more »»

It’s time for Westfield November votes

July 6, 2016 In May at the joint request of the Westfield Democratic and Republican Party Committees, Westfield Mayor Mike VandeVelde began a public discussion concerning changing the date of future village... more »»

Another Texas-sized affirmative action case

July 6, 2016 In a recent Supreme Court Case, Fisher . more »»

You can help prevent gun violence

July 5, 2016 “My biggest frustration so far is the fact that this society has not been willing to take some basic steps to keep guns out of the hands of people who can do just unbelievable damage. more »»

Land of free, home of brave

July 4, 2016 The Fourth of July and the celebration of Independence Day is on our doorstep. And America remembers! This is the land of the free and the home of the brave. more »»

Speech law benefits politicians, rich

July 3, 2016 Editor’s note: This week’s theme at Chautauqua Institution is “Money and Power” and includes the regulation of political speech. We present the following by the local resident who, since the U.S. more »»

‘Dangerous’ terrorism prospects

July 3, 2016 So, a radical Islamic terrorist tragically shoots and kills 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla. Another terrorist act has been committed on our home soil by a jihadist. more »»

Readying for Ripley’s big bash

July 3, 2016 Did you know the United States of America is one of the oldest sovereign nations of the world? It’s true. more »»

Reunions need locals to attend

July 2, 2016 Sometimes I wonder why I’m still alive. By the time you read this column on Saturday, I’ll be a year older. I always thought I’d die young. Too late now. more »»

Celebrating independence, history

July 2, 2016 This Monday, July 4 is Independence Day, the day we celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia on that date in 1776. more »»

Weathering the changes

July 1, 2016 YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE. A comparatively mild winter for Western New York ushered in a very early spring. I noted seven record highs during March. We all dug out our gardening supplies. more »»



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