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Motorcycles are on the road again

May 10, 2015 By CHRISTOPHER L. JACOBS Warmer weather is approaching, daylight hours are longer — it is finally spring. more »»

Acknowledging 200 years of service

May 10, 2015 In the fall of 1780, during the Revolutionary War, my sixth great-grandfather was killed in the Battle of Klock’s Farm in Montgomery County, New York. more »»

Saying farewell to ‘Hammerin’ Hank’

May 10, 2015 Local color is defined as “that which distinguishes a location from neighboring communities.” And it is the phrase I have used time and again to describe Henry R. more »»

Where the journey continues

May 9, 2015 Skilled nursing care centers across the nation are observing National Nursing Home Week, beginning on Mother’s Day through May 16. more »»

Infringing on religion, rights

May 7, 2015 Did I blink? This year’s “Religious Freedom Restoration” bills lead to only one conclusion: when nobody was looking, the First Amendment disappeared. more »»

Every day is Mother’s Day

May 6, 2015 Like it or not, everyone had a mothe. more »»

Our hope in the coming generations

May 5, 2015 My older brother’s wife, Ruth, recently sent me a short essay written by her great-granddaughter, 11-year-old Lyric Westlun. more »»

Bruno deserves nothing from taxpayers

May 4, 2015 Albany has done it again to the good taxpayers of New York state. The office of New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has approved $1. more »»

Library funds an open book

May 3, 2015 By JOSEPH PRICE First, I want to thank Claudia Coniglio for writing her recent commentary “City library details lacking” (April 19). She raises some very important points. more »»

Opt-out coverage was ‘easy road’

May 3, 2015 By DADIE SEDOTA Your recent coverage of the test refusal controversy as well as your “Newsmaker of the month: Exiting the exams,” promotes the myth that American schools are failing and can only be... more »»

When private matters go public

May 3, 2015 In May of last year, a man named Henry Rayhons, 78, was charged with third-degree felony sexual abuse after his stepdaughters accused him of having sex with his wife Donna, a patient with Alzheimer’... more »»

Important steps make our county stronger

May 3, 2015 By VINCE HORRIGAN In my February State of the County presentation, I explained in detail the current financial picture of Chautauqua County and my plan to put us on a path of solvency with lower... more »»

We need each other

May 2, 2015 We are so blessed to live in Chautauqua County!! We have Lake Erie that offers us a variety of fish, which bring a variety of tourists, plus Chautauqua which is loaded with talents that draw... more »»

Clock’s ticking with Iran

May 2, 2015 A writer to the OBSERVER last month had an interesting take on the ongoing negotiations with Iran over that nation’s nuclear enrichment progra. more »»

Where have all the taters gone?

May 1, 2015 I am not a gardener. Any who know me or read this column readily know I have no sweet touch with growing plants. I am a weeder – and a happy one. But that’s it. more »»

Monofrax settlement a ‘huge difference’

April 30, 2015 I was so relieved to recently read about the settlement between IAM Local 2105, National Conference of Firemen and Oilers and RHI Monofrax. more »»

Keeping faith with religious holidays

April 29, 2015 The religious holidays earlier this month, Passover and Easter, raise interesting issues: Do the holidays’ central stories make sense and, if they do not, then how should we view them? Consider... more »»

Despite haze, benefits of marijuana clear

April 28, 2015 When you hear the word marijuana, what do you think of? Reefer Madness? It tends to bring me back to the early ’70s where you can smell it in the parking lots of the beach, where the waves were... more »»

A path to life’s highs

April 27, 2015 Most steep hills, tops of cliffs, and even mountain tops are within reach, but you need to climb each pinnacle, step by step. more »»

Kent State horror lives on

April 26, 2015 Editor’s note: May 4 marks the 45th anniversary of the shootings at Kent State University in which four students died during a rally against the Vietnam War. By RICHARD J. more »»



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