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We’re missing out on being a part of the process

December 5, 2015 In the United States, voter turnout, particularly in non-presidential years, is nothing to be proud of, and in the last 40 years, even turnout in presidential years has rarely been much above 55... more »»

The Christmas card ... inal

December 4, 2015 It wasn’t until I researched the evening grosbeak for last month’s column that I learned the cardinal is also a member of the finch family. more »»

Terror from afar — and this already here

December 3, 2015 Who are we? That’s the million-dollar question lately, and the recent House vote to limit Syrian refugees cuts to the very heart of our patriotic identity as a nation of immigrants. more »»

Finding a return to ‘high ground’

December 2, 2015 “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at nigh. more »»

Points of a better direction

December 1, 2015 Memories from way back when, to me are often like still photographs. Sometimes they’re like short movies of just a few frames, but the one I relate here is just a still picture, of a brief moment. more »»

We can’t be too sympathetic now

November 30, 2015 In the Nov. 22 OBSERVER, there was an article that stated U.S. religious leaders make forceful appeal to admit refugees. This was a rare agreement across faith and ideological lines. more »»

A great, but reluctant, war hero

November 29, 2015 During World War I, American Army Sgt. Alvin York earned fame but he never sought it and sometimes it embarrassed him. more »»

Our state’s dirty little secret

November 29, 2015 There is a disturbing trend in New York state to import more electricity to service the state’s power needs. Exporting jobs and local tax revenues while importing power is not good polic. more »»

Is the glass half empty or half full at Blessed Mary Angela Parish?

November 29, 2015 Come Tuesday, parishioners at Blessed Mary Angela Parish in Dunkirk may finally get some long-awaited answers to questions regarding their two churches, St. Hyacinth and St. Hedwi. more »»

Good people are the best rewards

November 28, 2015 By the time you read this, Thanksgiving will be over. Last week, I talked about family. I value families so much. Parents play a vital role in the kinds of lives their children have. more »»

Giving thanks, remembering a friend

November 28, 2015 The 2015 Gary Tripp Memorial Golf Tournament committee is very thankful at this special time of the year. more »»

A love for life

November 27, 2015 Does he even hear me? I can tell he’s deaf for he reacts to few sounds. Does he even see me? Most of the time I know the answer to that is a definite no. more »»

You say zucchini, I say bikini

November 27, 2015 Editor’s note: This column appeared in the OBSERVER in the summer of 2003. more »»

State slams door on possibilities

November 26, 2015 As New York state begins to look at another winter heating season, it is timely to take a look at recent developments for natural gas, the primary home heating fuel consumed in the state — 56 percen... more »»

A pattern in campus protests

November 25, 2015 The academic world is focused on recent protests at University of Missouri and Yale Universit. more »»

Refugee system in U.S. is working

November 24, 2015 There seems to be a lot of misinformation and outright lies being perpetuated about the refugee process and the Syrian refugees. more »»

Pomfret has an unfair burden

November 22, 2015 I am writing to find out why the village of Fredonia receives special treatment from the town of Pomfret. Let’s go over some facts. more »»

Solar power flexing its muscles across upstate

November 22, 2015 New York is embracing new ways to generate, distribute and consume electricity, which is translating into an expansion of clean energy and improved consumer choice and affordabilit. more »»

Getting out of our comfort zones

November 22, 2015 We all have hopes and dreams. For some people, those dreams stay off in the future and may be called permanent potential. Others achieve their dreams and go way beyond. more »»

Town Board taking smart steps

November 22, 2015 In a recent letter in the opinion section, a writer questioned the political “problems” in Westfield. more »»



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