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So much I do not know

November 21, 2014 The white-throated sparrow is one of my favorite birds simply because he’s so easy to identify: the black and white striped head with that sharp-white throat and the yellow spot just over and in... more »»

America is losing Thanksgiving

November 20, 2014 Don’t blink. Black Friday is right around the corner, and if you’re not vigilant, you’ll miss Thanksgiving. The hopeless blurring of holidays is no secret. more »»

Septic inspection is another burden

November 19, 2014 At the County Legislature meeting tonight there will be a motion calling for mandatory inspection of all septic systems every 10 year. more »»

Who pays for immigration reform?

November 19, 2014 As a teacher “just follow the money” was the answer I would give to my high school and college students when they were struggling to find why something happened or was about to happen; and that is... more »»

Simple, but not flexible

November 18, 2014 The sum 2+2=4 is so simple that in seeing it we say, “So what?” The interesting part is its inflexibility. That’s how the laws governing everything are. more »»

Lots of questions about Brooks

November 17, 2014 There are more questions than answers when considering the operation of Brooks Memorial Hospital. more »»

Local treasure, landmark is falling into disrepair

November 16, 2014 “Much more than a gallery!” That was the lead line on a 1990s brochure for the Adams Memorial Art Gallery, the former Unitarian church built in 1906 at 600 Central Ave. in Dunkirk. more »»

Schools can learn from past practices

November 16, 2014 I enjoyed reading Dr. John E. Newton’s letter “Expand the concept of ‘public’ schools.” Dr. Newton’s efforts at the Mandala School in East Aurora are certainly praiseworthy. more »»

County Home filled with ‘angels’

November 16, 2014 I am writing to say a big “thank you” to all the employees who work in the 1A dementia unit of the Chautauqua County Home. more »»

Thanksgiving provides menu of memories

November 16, 2014 As hostess for Thanksgiving I find myself in organized chaos. While scrambling around to get everything perfect, I seem to be confusing myself with a general in the Army. more »»

The more you give, the more you get back

November 15, 2014 There is a reason for everything. We can learn from every experience. I’m trying to learn from my experiences at Brooks Hospital and the Infirmary. more »»

Have we reached the point of ‘enough?’

November 15, 2014 When is enough, enough? It wasn’t enough to just come “out of the closet.” They had to parade the pride of their sexuality on the streets of cities. more »»

The mighty mordent

November 14, 2014 A perfect day in August. (Yes, there were a few: clearing and warm enough I didn’t need a sweater, hardly any wind, absolutely lovely. Perfect — as I said. more »»

Below-average trend continues

November 14, 2014 More than one year ago, this corner graded each area municipal government for its efforts in becoming more efficient and assisting constituents. more »»

Minimum wage and the NFL

November 12, 2014 A widely held view is that people in some types of jobs are paid too much and others too little. more »»

Some veterans become forgotten

November 11, 2014 Most family trees have a veteran or two scattered in its long reaching branches. In my family tree we have soldiers in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and the Coast Guard proudly covered. more »»

Masons have a history of service

November 11, 2014 Freemasonry is a fraternity — the oldest and largest organization for men in the world. There are nearly 2 million Masons in the U.S. alone. more »»

Noble in service

November 10, 2014 Many of us recall the words of John Fitzgerald Kennedy: “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” Veterans Day ... more »»

Westfield plagued by fiscal fire issues

November 9, 2014 In an OBSERVER article (Oc. more »»

With marshmallow rules, we’re toast

November 9, 2014 In this time of thanksgiving, we can be thankful for the federal government’s guidelines on how to run our lives. Because you’ve got to admit it, we’re stupid, at least in Washington’s eyes. more »»



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