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A sweet find for honey’s shelf life

June 12, 2014 Wait! Don’t throw out the jar of honey in your pantry! A recent article advised readers to dispose of and replace honey after one year. more »»

Is diversity still a priority?

June 11, 2014 A recent Supreme Court case, Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, upheld a 2006 Michigan ballot initiative that banned sex and race preferences at public universities and schools. more »»

The dilemma over evolution

June 10, 2014 I’ve never read Darwin’s theory, but I understand that he doesn’t explain how life started, other than to say it happened in a very primitive form, and grew from there. more »»

Seeking ‘truth’ in our candidates

June 9, 2014 A recent Rasmussen Poll found that an astounding 70 percent of U.S. voters now say the country is heading down the wrong track. more »»

Your neighbor may be a hero

June 8, 2014 On Friday, May 16, I was reminded that not all heroes wear capes. These individuals can be right amongst us, and we would never know unless someone else spoke up for them. more »»

Still learning, 45 years after graduation

June 8, 2014 Forty-five years ago this June I graduated from high school. I’ve been watching the news reports of graduations all over the country, with snippets of the speaker’s comments. more »»

We should be buzzing about the bees ... and bats

June 8, 2014 No, that’s not a typo; you read correctly. It is the bats and the bees, not the birds and the bees. Let’s first talk about the bat. more »»

A new era of intelligence awaits

June 8, 2014 Leading transhumanist Ray Kurzweil has some hope for those of you who want to live forever. Well, that’s good news if you’re not counting on a glorified forever body promised by Jesus. more »»

Encouraging people to be helpful and hopeful

June 7, 2014 This column is either about something good that has been done or is being done to encourage people to be helpful and hopeful. Either way, it’s positive. more »»

‘Handicap’ can’t slow me down

June 7, 2014 Editor’s note: This piece was previously published in 2010. As I have touched on a couple times in previous scribblings, I am “handicapped. more »»

Catching the train before D-Day

June 6, 2014 For many years in the past when railroads were the main method of transporting goods and people, most traveling circuses and carnivals also used the rail service during their show season. more »»

A most striking sea cow

June 6, 2014 I was standing on the dock waiting for the ferry to cross back over Lake Champlain the first time I saw them. Huge black birds. Stunning birds. More birds than I could possibly count. more »»

More truth than fiction at this rally

June 6, 2014 Many readers and commenters to the OBSERVER and its web site claimed the rally in Fredonia last week showing support for Carriage House workers and their families was too little, too late. more »»

Global threat ignored by some

June 5, 2014 One of the most contentious topics burning through American discourse is climate change. more »»

Snowden’s run from U.S. law

June 4, 2014 Like it or not, we are a nation of laws. There are various kinds of laws, or rules as many might prefer, but they exist nonetheless. And they exist for good reason. more »»

Legislation won’t help in drug fight

June 3, 2014 By VALERIE PAWLAK This is an open letter to New York state Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo: A note to thank you for all you have done for us in our area of Dunkirk, especially the NRG plant. more »»

Taking a hike on sabbatical

June 3, 2014 Editor’s note: This is a series of columns by John Malcolm on his “50 years at Fredonia.” Retired, he is a professor emeritus at Fredonia State. more »»

State is ‘Liberal Land’

June 2, 2014 A woman in Batavia has been re-sentenced for attacking a senior citizen at a big-box store when the senior asked, “May I see your receipt for the purchased items?” This senior, who was 70 years old... more »»

Praise for school worker’s good deed

June 1, 2014 My 10-year-old daughter, Abigail, is a student at Silver Creek Central School. She has a life-threatening heart condition known as Long QT Syndrome. more »»

Impossible standard for women

June 1, 2014 It has taken me years of life experience and book education to understand the paradox of what it means to be a woman, specifically when it comes to sexualit. more »»



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