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UPMC not right match for WCA

June 5, 2016 By DOUG STOCK Western New York health care dodged a bullet earlier last month when a state council wisely decided to table its consideration of WCA Hospital’s proposed affiliate with the University... more »»

Cassadaga is fighting its own water crisis

June 5, 2016 By KAREN WAITE Water, water everywhere – but do we really want to drink it? That is the question if you live on Mill Street in Cassadaga. more »»

Travel and trends over the years

June 4, 2016 My friend Vicki, from the OBSERVER, asked me to write about my early travel days and the changes I have seen. I remember I first started traveling by train to Buffalo and then to N.Y.. more »»

Long campaigns go downhill

June 4, 2016 I used to enjoy the presidential campaign season. I am old enough to remember when conventions were more than just promotional extravaganzas but had some real drama. more »»

That annoying stickseed

June 3, 2016 June 1, 2015. I learned two new things today! Well ... three actually, for a nice biology professor on campus, Dr. more »»

Political elites lose perspective

June 2, 2016 If identical twins were the subject of Boolean circles — that graphic depiction of traits held in common and separately — most of the twins’ traits would fill the section where the two circles... more »»

Of epidemic proportions

June 1, 2016 To say there is a problem with opioid addiction and drug abuse in the city of Dunkirk and the county of Chautauqua may seem redundant and possibly even an understatement, but there is a problem and... more »»

Taking gambles in life

May 31, 2016 It would seem that the term sin could be defined as misusing a person in some way, who may be ignorant, naive or weak, for one’s own motive or profi. more »»

Reason to believe in the U.S.

May 30, 2016 This year is the 153rd anniversary of Memorial Day in the United States from 1863 to 2016. This is a celebration of those who served and died for this country. more »»

Plumb’s service cannot be tarnished

May 29, 2016 U.S. Rep. Tom Reed never served our country in the military — not even one da. more »»

Land Bank’s progress being seen across county

May 29, 2016 One doesn’t need to go far to realize that blighted and abandoned properties plague our communities, and their negative influence results in dilution of the real estate market, increased crime,... more »»

Civil War doctors saved lives of many

May 29, 2016 One hundred and fifty-one years ago this past April 9, our nation’s bloodiest conflict mercifully ended. more »»

Some helpful ideas for area

May 28, 2016 There has always been a lot of rivalry between Dunkirk and Fredonia. Maybe it started with the football games and other sports. Whatever the reason, we have to learn to work together. more »»

All of state impacted by ‘serious problem’

May 28, 2016 Heroin and opioid addiction continues to be a serious problem across our region and all of New York stat. more »»

Getting the ‘got’

May 27, 2016 I imagine a real gardener would watch me for a few moments, shake his head and wander off. Perhaps it has all been a waste of time. more »»

Getting past the conspiracies

May 26, 2016 Conspiracy theories ... real or contrived? Perhaps President Kennedy’s assassination opened up the doors for conspiracy believers to have a place at the table. more »»

Preaching to the choir on sex

May 25, 2016 Catholic morality plays a large role in American life. more »»

Price is right for salary pay hike

May 24, 2016 The moral argument for overtime reform is straightforward. When Americans work extra hours, they should earn the extra dollars. But the economic case is equally strong. more »»

Building of our great country

May 23, 2016 Armed Forces Day was May 21 — and we will not forget. We remember the words of General George . more »»

Hunger also takes toll on seniors

May 22, 2016 Hunger is a reality for many senior citizens who live in Chautauqua County. more »»



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