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Increase funds for SUNY, CUNY quality

March 22, 2014 Like many educators throughout New York state, I watched proudly as Kent Knappenberger, a music teacher in the Westfield Central School District, won the first-ever Music Educator Grammy award. more »»

How to make better communities

March 22, 2014 Today we’re going to do a study on how to make better communities. Society is made up of the family, the schools, and the church. Let’s start with the family because that’s where each life begins. more »»

Strange birds

March 21, 2014 All puffed up and glaring, the lone robin has resumed the same spot he claimed yesterday on a branch in the nearest cherry tree just beyond my windo. more »»

An Irish celebration

March 20, 2014 It has all the earmarks of a holida. more »»

Educating inmates has benefits

March 19, 2014 Recently Gov. Andrew Cuomo attracted criticism for announcing his plans to finance college classes in 10 state prisons. more »»

A tribute to a Gowanda scout master

March 18, 2014 When I turned 12 years of age on 1939, I rushed to the place where the Gowanda Boy Scout Troop 41 held its meetings. more »»

Tactics are consistent

March 17, 2014 Here is the union play book for dealing with situations like the sale of the County Home. more »»

Student readiness and Common Core

March 17, 2014 We hear much these days about Common Core educational standards. more »»

Flawed plan for jail education

March 17, 2014 Just when it seems the senseless ideas out of Albany have stopped, the people there do something to prove that they have not yet reached the bottom of the well. This was driven home by state Gov. more »»

Technology’s two-edged sword

March 16, 2014 Technology certainly has given the world many wonderfully positive things. more »»

County Home sale is a win for the haves

March 16, 2014 Well it’s finally been done, the Chautauqua County Home has been sold. more »»

Partnerships make progress happen

March 16, 2014 The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation’s Local Economic Development Committee is pleased to share that in 2013 a solid foundation was laid for Northern Chautauqua’s economic development. more »»

Just who is entitled to the money?

March 16, 2014 Of the nearly 1,000 billionaires in the world, about 440 of them are from the United States. The U.S. is also home to more than 13,000 millionaires. more »»

A collection of thoughts

March 15, 2014 There are all kinds of collectors. We usually think of coins, dolls or stuffed animals — all tangible. But we also collect our thoughts — the intangibles. more »»

‘Survivor’ is ready to Relay

March 15, 2014 If you would have told me I would be walking as a “Survivor” this year at our local Relay For Life event, I would have never believed you. more »»

Right on the nose

March 14, 2014 I suppose the first thought when considering this bird is “why?” Birds’ beaks come in many shapes and sizes, as I’m sure most of you know. more »»

‘Strong belief’ brings hope

March 13, 2014 First I will quote some definitions from Webster’s Intermediate Dictionary: Atheism — the belief that there is no God. more »»

County benefits from OTB partnership

March 12, 2014 In the Sunday OBSERVER (March 9), the letter “Legislators OK a gamble” stated “that the County government could afford to pay for the Batavia Downs gambling casino in Genesee County, even though it... more »»

What’s on your radar?

March 12, 2014 What is important to you? What makes you smile or your blood boil or run cold? What’s on your radar? Jobs? Politics? How about your local school district or municipality’s financial situation? Are... more »»

The politicians need an education

March 10, 2014 The question of the year is this: How do you obtain a college education for free? Answer: Either be an illegal or be a prisone. more »»



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