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Being responsible for our freedoms

May 9, 2016 President Abraham Lincoln stated it so well in his 1863 Gettysburg Address “… that government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not vanish from this eart. more »»

How democracy frightens academia

May 8, 2016 Scanning the headlines from the recent month: ¯ Your days of therapeutic assistance for daily moments of despair may soon be at hand. more »»

My ‘Earth Angels’ were like family

May 8, 2016 In the middle of the 1950s a doo-wop song rose to the top of the charts in pop music. “Earth Angel” referred to a young lover that the singer couldn’t live without. more »»

Making future brighter for Ripley Library

May 8, 2016 The Ripley Library, after many months of research, questions and thought, is asking the voters of the Ripley School District to vote on May 17 to make our library a District Library. more »»

Animals have importance to us

May 8, 2016 There is a slight discrepancy over when the longest-running commemorative week in American history takes place in 2016: the week of May 1, according to the American Humane Association (AHA), or May... more »»

Problems, blessings part of growing old but effort is worth it

May 7, 2016 It was busy on White Street over the weekend! One day the porch was filled with kids who were in the hallway and the stairway. Everyone was drinking beer. more »»

Adding some sugar to tax woes

May 7, 2016 Sometimes I’ll read a story in the OBSERVER but don’t really give it a lot of thought at the time. more »»

Playing with the weeds

May 6, 2016 Two idyllic days last year in early May gave me time for a novel experience. I weeded the hosta bed. more »»

Area radio icon in select company

May 6, 2016 Believe it or not, legendary WDOE wake-up host Dan Palmer is not a morning person. Arising at 4 a.m. more »»

Community Notebook

May 6, 2016 The community notebook is compiled by the OBSERVER staff. To send in an event or item, email us at or mail the information to Community notebook, OBSERVER, 10 E. more »»

Republicans need more Ike

May 5, 2016 What’s in a name? Or a slogan, for that matter? In the Reagan era, “morning in America” signified the neo-conservative hope that a new economic ethos and an impetus to push the self-imploding Sovie... more »»

It’s about leadership, not gender

May 4, 2016 When I worked for a global manufacturing concern, I was one of five local executive staff members, and the only woman. more »»

Our loss of tolerance

May 3, 2016 Society today is under more of an avalanche of information than at any time in history, and it’s not likely to subside. This magnifies the problem of what to believe. more »»

Taking our freedoms for granted

May 2, 2016 Last year, a parade committee in Silver Creek caused a major problem with the local veterans. The committee would not allow those veterans to lead the parade during the Festival of Grapes. more »»

Dog control position is worthless in Forestville

May 1, 2016 Much discussion has centered around Steve Purol’s inability to fully execute his job as Forestville’s dog control officer. more »»

Praising those who teach our children

May 1, 2016 May 2 to 6 is National Teacher Appreciation Week, with Tuesday being designated as Teacher Appreciation Day. more »»

Area makes it tough on newcomers

May 1, 2016 As a relatively new resident of Chautauqua County living in the Bemus Point area, I have been stunned to find out how hostile it can be living in a declining community. more »»

Occupations formula in to pay gap

May 1, 2016 Everyone knows about the gender pay gap. On an aggregate basis, women earn only seventy eight percent of what men do. The reasons, however, are less-well understood. more »»

What you can learn from trollers

May 1, 2016 The SyFy channel has an interesting program titled “The Internet Ruined My Life. more »»

Going with the flow in Houston

May 1, 2016 One would think that jump-starting my husband Frank’s cancer treatments on the other side of the country would have provided more than enough drama for the two of us. more »»



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