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Mayoral system in city ‘outdated’

January 5, 2014 The disclosure last month that the city owes a contractor $35,000 for work approved by the mayor and Department of Public Works, but not the council, is the latest in a series of management screw ups. more »»

Resolving to be appreciative

January 5, 2014 Every New Year’s Eve the world sings the song attributed Bobbie Burns: “Auld Lang Syn. more »»

Applying wisdom and respect to our lives

January 4, 2014 Today I’m going to pay tribute to a man I admire for his intelligence. He’s no longer with us, but he left behind a book called “My Book of Cliches” by Felix Tyszko. more »»

Seeing miracles every day

January 4, 2014 As we recently entered the era of the Christmas season (Advent) it is important to recall; it is a pregnant one of great blessings and miracles. more »»

Computer overthinks it

January 3, 2014 Call it a little quirk if you will – even an idiosyncrasy if I can remember how to spell it – but I rather like the feeling that I have some say over the running of my home. more »»

What resolutions has the new county legislature made?

January 2, 2014 We are all anxious to see how this year’s legislative body will handle the tasks before them. Their work is cut out for the. more »»

It’s time to yell, ‘Danger!’

January 1, 2014 There was a television show years ago, “Lost in Space,” in which a family was stranded on an unknown planet with a robot that looked a little like the droid R2-D2 of Star Wars. more »»

When the college went big time

December 31, 2013 Editor’s note: This is a series of columns by John Malcolm on his “50 years at Fredonia.” Retired, he is a professor emeritus at Fredonia State. more »»

State leaders make it happen

December 30, 2013 By RICHARD MAKUCH We all have known for a long time how good our representation has been from Albany, but this time our representatives have gone above and beyond. I am talking about Sen. more »»

Fire pact needs to be longer than year

December 29, 2013 This is in response to Mr. Charles Civiletto’s commentary in the Sunday, Dec. 15 edition of the OBSERVER. more »»

Lessons span time and the globe

December 29, 2013 By MAC NELSON Two very different mortal events came together in December of 2013. We said farewell to a great old African man, dying full of years. more »»

Bigger problems than hedges face the city

December 29, 2013 By SHEILA THOMAS Where are the priorities in the city of Dunkirk? It seems as though having hedges too high is more important than the safety of our community. more »»

Good advice for all lives

December 28, 2013 Please put on your thinking caps because today we’re going to talk about a serious subjec. more »»

Yes, they know it’s Christmas

December 25, 2013 Africa is home to 350 million Christians out of a population of one billion, with Christianity first appearing there in the middle of the first century AD. more »»

The spirit of a Merry Christmas

December 24, 2013 Peace on earth; Goodwill to all. Joy to the world! Those are but samples of the spirit … the feelings that Christmas in-spires. “By their fruits ye shall know them. more »»

Christmas is about love

December 24, 2013 ’Tis the season to be: shopping frantically, making cookies for holiday cheer, rushing about for best bargains, using the Internet, sending cards via the Internet or regular mail, decorating the hom... more »»

Some wishes for the holidays

December 23, 2013 Ah, yes, the joy of the Christmas season in our area of rural America, with several small cites, hills, valleys and lake plains. more »»

Area man was ‘best dairy farmer’

December 22, 2013 It was with profound sadness I noted the passing of Hugh Oag (Nov. 27). Hugh’s life was a true American success story. more »»

Holy but human: the saint and us

December 22, 2013 I’m thinking a lot about holiness these days. Perhaps it’s Pope Francis’s intention to canonize Popes John XXIII and John Paul II in April. more »»



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