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How attorney thwarts public information

January 25, 2015 We have a message for Silver Creek Mayor Nick Piccolo: You are not in the midst of a “conspiracy” with elected trustees. more »»

More self-inflicted pain takes toll on area

December 28, 2014 If you keep doing the same thing and getting the same poor result, how do you respond in Chautauqua County? You keep doing the same thin. more »»

‘Best interests’ rarely includes taxpayer

November 29, 2014 Savvy and informed residents know by now. When you hear local elected leaders say, “We need to do what is in the best interests of our constituents,” those leaders are not worried about you. more »»

Some confidence for future

October 26, 2014 Call it a $2 million gamble. more »»

Mastering the ‘good news’ tax hike

September 28, 2014 It turns out that raising taxes is really simple — and inexpensive. Consider last week’s budget proposal by Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan. more »»

Partnership comes with little buy-in

August 31, 2014 It appears one aspect in regard to the crisis at Brooks Memorial Hospital has nearly come to an end. more »»

Can Astorino shock state?

July 27, 2014 Have the state Republicans set up another candidate to fail? That question will likely be answered in a little more than three months when voters decide on the race for governor. more »»

Drive for a safer Route 60

June 29, 2014 It is nothing on the scale of a civil war, but Chautauqua County has maintained a tradition of the north-south divide. more »»

Lack of accommodation hurts hotel plan

May 25, 2014 There are no more mulligans for area governments. more »»

County’s handout rewards ineptitude

April 27, 2014 So when do area residents — and governments — become accountable for allowing poor decisions by current and past leadership? It almost happened in Forestville, until Chautauqua County swooped in wit... more »»

Area leadership: a reason for anxiety

March 30, 2014 Getting local elected leaders to agree on anything that involves working together is like mixing oil and water. more »»

Newbies miss microscope

February 23, 2014 It is tough operating a longtime business in the region and New York state. more »»

Who’s fit for Forestville?

January 26, 2014 If state Gov. Andrew Cuomo were to meet Forestville Mayor Linda Aures, he would consider her an exemplary leader, especially when it came to her efforts of consolidation. more »»

Little progress, still lots of problems

December 29, 2013 It was an eventful year in the region. Along with the normal poor local decision making, there were also some successes and some tough decisions in 2013. more »»

A dilemma of ‘transparency’

November 24, 2013 What does open government in the 21st century look like? If you heard a Nov. 12 discussion by the Fredonia Village Board, you would think it revolves around having a web site. more »»

Why schools can be money pits

October 27, 2013 Consolidation opponents, as usual, need a lesson even though it probably will not sink in. A hospital merger and a school merger are not the same thing. The following are some reasons why. more »»

‘Past’ no excuse for lack of plan

September 29, 2013 Development in the city of Dunkirk is apparently for the birds. At least for the pigeons, as pictured in the Dunkirk Local Development Corp.-owned vacant Flickinger building. more »»

‘Unfortunate,’ but necessary

August 25, 2013 Tough decisions, most often, are not popular ones. It is why few area politicians and elected officials make them. more »»

City may have tax dilemma

July 28, 2013 One of the largest community gatherings happened at Fredonia State University earlier this month when residents rallied by the thousands to show support for the $500 million repowering of the NRG... more »»

Applauding tough choices

June 30, 2013 When it comes to making progress on reversing the population drain from Chautauqua County, you have to start somewhere. more »»

Landscape changes in instant

May 26, 2013 On April 26, current Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards made an announcement that shocked just as many in the Republican party as it did the Democrats: he would not be seeking a third term. more »»



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