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Academia’s brand of democracy

March 18, 2015 A fascinating article by State University of New York at Fredonia English professor Emily VanDette (‘‘Who Gets a Vote in Departmental Decisions?” in The Chronicle of Higher Education) signals a... more »»

Black clouds loom over Dunkirk’s Polish churches

March 17, 2015 It’s deja vu all over again. At a time when city and county leaders are promoting their vision for a brighter future, black clouds of uncertainty hover above St. Hyacinth and S. more »»

Women still fight for equality

March 17, 2015 Women of courage, women of strength, Women of faith and devotion. Mothers of children with spirits so strong Who may have unbridled imaginations. — Kathy L. more »»

Life’s lessons in teaching

March 16, 2015 If one were to ask you the names of your favorite teachers from kindergarten and throughout your schooling, it may be not too difficult to answer. more »»

Give site needed repairs

March 15, 2015 At a recent Common Council meeting, a report was given to our city leaders about the fire stations in Dunkirk by Pacheco-Ross Architects from Voorheesville. more »»

Sunday voices: My Quilted Thoughts

March 15, 2015 The other day my son Jacob was carrying in grocery bags with me. With 2 feet of snow still on the ground, we juggled the bags and skated on the packed down paths. “Smell that Mom?” He questioned. more »»

Thinking about the concrete and the abstract

March 14, 2015 This is a classic Margaret Valone column, with timeless advice. Do you like to think about things? I do. That’s where I find my gold nuggets of truth. Here are some things to think about. more »»

Weathering our climate changes

March 14, 2015 OBSERVER contributor Thomas Kirkpatrick makes some very interesting comments concerning the concept of “global warming” or “climate change” in his article “Non-Alarmist hopes for some warming” (Marc... more »»

Commentary: Setting record straight in Gowanda

March 14, 2015 By BARB NEPHEW I would like to address The OBSERVER’s View “Gowanda: Residents will pay for lost cash” (Feb. 22). This opinion is wrong, misinformed and off the mark completely. more »»

No harm if fracking’s not allowed

March 12, 2015 It’s funny how the very people who typically complain about government handouts now have their hands out. more »»

Selling the sales tax hike

March 11, 2015 To say that no one is particularly fond of paying taxes is putting it mildly, but pay we must if we are to live in a community where there is police and fire protection, running water, sanitary... more »»

We could do with fewer counties

March 10, 2015 Town governments are getting pressure from the state to consolidate and share various efforts with one another to become more efficient in their efforts. more »»

Laws help offenders, not citizens

March 9, 2015 Albany has done it again to the good citizens of this state. New York’s highest court ruled that only state law determines where sex offenders can live. Local laws are considered null and voi. more »»

Many news items are not up to par

March 8, 2015 Tiger Woods had to withdraw from a golf tournament recently because he couldn’t activate his glute. more »»

A viable option

March 8, 2015 As I travel Chautauqua County and talk to home and business owners the number one complaint I hear is about high property taxes. more »»

Big family in time of need

March 8, 2015 I am an orphan. The vast majority of us will become orphans at some point in our lives. It is the natural order of things. With luck, we will be well along in years before it happens. more »»

Safety in the pipelines

March 8, 2015 Unless you are ready to give up driving, you should probably be thinking of how oil can best be transported across the country so that it can be converted into gasoline and ultimately fuel your car. more »»

Let’s use what we’ve got

March 7, 2015 As most of you know, I’m in WCA Home now. I’ve asked myself over and over, “What am I doing here? Why am I living so long?” Sunday in church I had my questions answered. I still have work to do. more »»

Non-alarmist hopes for some warming

March 7, 2015 It’s a another winter day. Outside the snow is falling again, the winter storm flags are flying and on TV weatherperson Don Paul is at his most alarmis. more »»

Musings from the Hill

March 6, 2015 Early March: the temperatures have positively flat-lined. more »»



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