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Seeking likeability, honesty

August 18, 2014 Likeability is a treasure. And honesty is a component of likeability. Caring, engaging, speaking little about self, and showing much greater interest in others ... more »»

Different dance, but same tune for state

August 17, 2014 Something that always amuses me are current or wannabe officeholders who proclaim that if elected they will make job creation their number-one priorit. more »»

New leaders

August 17, 2014 I am writing this letter in response to the recent articles that have been published regarding the current status of Brooks Memorial Hospital. more »»

Many support state SAFE Act

August 17, 2014 Congressman Tom Reed has taken the pledge. So have Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino, state Sen. Catherine Young and Assemblyman Andrew Goodell. more »»

Changes can begin in our homes

August 17, 2014 Vicki Westling’s commentary (July 30) on the decline of values in our society is right on. As a former middle school and high school teacher, I was amazed at the behavior of some of my students. more »»

Tears of love

August 17, 2014 A tear slid down her face. How could this be a happy moment? One of those moments that will forever leave a mark or milestone per se. Her heart thumped to the beat of a drum buried deep in her chest. more »»

Why I write this column

August 16, 2014 Recently I thought seriously about quitting writing. Of course, before I could give it up, I had to analyze why I write. I started way back when I thought I wanted to teach. more »»

Lion’s tooth

August 15, 2014 Let’s talk about Leontodon, last name: autumnalis, if one prefers formality. more »»

Saying and doing are not the same

August 13, 2014 It isn’t always easy to keep one’s word. Sometimes we make promises that are just impossible to fulfill, and then again sometimes we just quit and give up. more »»

Important city issues overlooked

August 11, 2014 As a city of Dunkirk resident and taxpayer and past councilman, I have to comment on this council’s handling of our city budget and the unnecessary remarks made by recently resigned Councilwoman... more »»

Taking sides when it comes to politics

August 10, 2014 I recently had occasion to travel to Minnesota, that lair of licentious liberalism. It felt good to be back amongst like-minded individuals. The cacophonous cadre of conservatism was getting me down. more »»

Our treasured beaches need attention

August 10, 2014 I have lived in Chautauqua County my entire life — 43 years, but have lived in Fredonia for the past 20 years. more »»

Hurt continues for middle-class

August 10, 2014 I’m running for Congress because our economy has staggered through years of poor growth. We need leadership to turn it around. more »»

Secret-schedule excuse is right on time

August 10, 2014 It was recently discovered that President Obama has an official schedule for his day as being President and doing presidency thingies. more »»

A few degrees matter a lot

August 9, 2014 The OBSERVER recently published two columns charging those who believe that human activity is changing the earth’s climate to be “global warming cultists” who have fallen prey to “charlatans,... more »»

Where’s that mystery music?

August 8, 2014 It wasn’t that many nights ago that, waking some time between 2 and 3, I grew vaguely aware of music playing. more »»

Tradition wins for one ‘Generation Selfie’

August 7, 2014 Last month, I witnessed a screen-free wedding. more »»

Drawing a line on immigration

August 6, 2014 The recent flood of teenagers and others from Central America is undesirable for economic reasons, but it also raises the issue of what about the U.S. is worth preservin. more »»

Life’s plans have a way of working out

August 5, 2014 I remember hearing a guy testify in court several years ago that he looked in my car after his beer truck had hit me head-on in a blinding snowstorm, and said to his companion, “Hey Joe, this guy’s... more »»

When the waters rose in Gowanda

August 4, 2014 It was just five years ago when the Gowanda area experienced a damaging flood. Tri-County Hospital was one of the casualties. more »»



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