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A billion spent, but no welcome center

September 25, 2016 The Buffalo Billion project was supposed to bring a much needed boost to the economy here in Western New Yor. more »»

Do what you can while you can

September 24, 2016 It was an exciting weekend! All that fuss over bombing New York City. more »»

Illegal act taken lightly in Westfield

September 24, 2016 For several months now I have read with increasing dismay the events unfolding in the picturesque village of Westfield. more »»

Big government not getting smaller

September 24, 2016 Is government getting too big? I think it is. more »»

Living with a teen

September 23, 2016 Displaying an agreeability I always knew she had to have, Gloria comes to sit beside me on my kneeling (let's call it what it is: my SITTING) pad, pleasing me even further as she retains a pleasant... more »»

Learning, but not preparing

September 22, 2016 My most recent article briefly referenced a plea from Pope Francis for youth to “get off the couch” and put away tech toys. He urged youth to get involved in their communities. more »»

Why we question immigration

September 21, 2016 The debate over Muslim immigration and terrorism highlights the yawning gap between the American people and the political elite. more »»

Galaxy of unknowns

September 20, 2016 There was an article in the OBSERVER by Seth Borenstein some time ago. more »»


September 20, 2016 Twenty years ago — 1996 Working for legislative change for farming and agriculture as part of the Villenova Grange 604 has long been an important part of Jared and Martha Woolley’s lives. more »»

Our nation, through challenges, remains great

September 19, 2016 Editor’s note: This is the third of three parts. I’ll close this series with one more option and then some musings. more »»

Politics is a whole other language

September 19, 2016 Well folks, it’s happened. Stupidity has prevailed again, this time in New York City. The cab drivers there don’t have to learn English. That’s right, you heard me right and read it correctly. more »»

Plenty of pieces in play besides just presidency

September 18, 2016 Editor’s note: This is the second of three parts regarding the November election. Part one was published Saturday. more »»

County’s deal on cheese firm full of holes

September 18, 2016 By NATE WILSON The current bankruptcy of Empire Specialty Cheese, LLC, should be no surprise. more »»

Taking pride in town’s top dog

September 18, 2016 I am a very proud member of the Brad Anderson Recognition Committee and also a trustee for the town of Portland. more »»

Is character a problem for us all?

September 18, 2016 Public choice economics analyzes government policies based on the understanding that politics usually involves benefits that are concentrated for a lucky few, while the costs are dispersed over a... more »»

Getting to know people through the newspaper

September 17, 2016 I think it’s time I wrote a thank you to you readers. I’ve been trying to write my obituary because my sister Jo doesn’t remember all the things I was in. If our kids were in it, so was I. more »»

Why the ‘down ballot’ is so important

September 17, 2016 Editor’s note: This is the first of three parts, which will be published through Monday on the November election. more »»

The magnificent Magnolia Warbler

September 16, 2016 There’s a reason I have a difficult time with warblers. They won’t come to my feeders. Cherry trees surround most of the house while various apples fill in much of the res. more »»

Slick interests drive pipeline issue

September 15, 2016 What are we waiting for? The controversy over the Dakota Access Pipeline is the latest example of people putting roadblocks in the way of a clean energy future. more »»

Arts are essential to education

September 14, 2016 As students begin their school years, and we approach the fall in our community, it is important for us to remember the impact of education in our homes, schools and communities. more »»



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