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Why the U.S. is a Republic

September 29, 2014 Recently, I attended a pubic school board meeting, a village board meeting and a town board meeting. My objective was to view a republic in action. more »»

Taking control over what we can

September 28, 2014 The world is extremely complex, both as a physical reality and as a collection of social groups and human relationships. more »»

Mastering the ‘good news’ tax hike

September 28, 2014 It turns out that raising taxes is really simple — and inexpensive. Consider last week’s budget proposal by Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan. more »»

World turmoil outranks climate concerns

September 27, 2014 This is in reference to the article “Community rallies to address climate change” (Sept. 21). more »»

Deep attachment

September 26, 2014 Admittedly it’s been close to a month – perhaps a little more – since my eager hands have attacked the weeds in this section of my garden. more »»

Sensing the start of a new season

September 25, 2014 Spring is the season for babies, Summer is the season of prime youth, Autumn is maturity, and Winter is for retirement. more »»

Facing a future in Forestville

September 24, 2014 “Forestville won’t look any different in 10 years than it does right now. It still looks like it did when I was a child, and I don’t see that changing,” says Mayor Kevin Johnson. more »»

There’s compensation for radiation exposure

September 23, 2014 From the 1940s through the present, workers in the nuclear weapons industry were exposed to radiation while performing their jobs. more »»

Look in mirror before blaming others

September 22, 2014 It must be an election year. In the OBSERVER on Sept. 17, Councilman Adelino Gonzalez, in typical fashion of someone who has done nothing since being in office, is making noise. more »»

Vacant buildings are safety issues

September 21, 2014 On the surface, I agree with the OBSERVER’s View “Don’t subsidize vacant sites” (Sept. 15) about not wanting taxpayer dollars spent on vacant properties. The reality however is something different. more »»

Resignation tied to city, not festival

September 21, 2014 I feel compelled to set the record straight regarding my reasons for resigning my position as council member-at-large for the city of Dunkir. more »»

Prevention begins with awareness

September 21, 2014 Breast cancer awareness month is right around the corner. more »»

Taking in the gifts, flavors of fall

September 21, 2014 The time of year is here, when pumpkin and apple flavors are stuffed into everything. Gloves, scarves and britches get washed and ready for their debut. more »»

Cooperating to build character

September 20, 2014 I want to thank you for all the words of encouragement so many of you have given me. One woman said I have to live a long time. more »»

There is one book to trust

September 20, 2014 On Aug. 24, the OBSERVER published a column by Dan O’Rourke where he states that “God is a mystery.” He also compared in a way the Holy Bible with other holy books in other religion. more »»

A loner by the lake

September 19, 2014 I love my birds and am always happy to write about one, sharing my pictures (on the web) and inevitably learning as I go along. more »»

Schools shrinking at rapid pace

September 19, 2014 Over the last decade, school districts in the northern Chautauqua County area have been losing enrollment at an alarming pace. more »»

Recognizing another set of heroes

September 18, 2014 Friday is National POW/MIA Recognition Day throughout the United States. The President of the United States sets the third Friday of September aside each year under proclamation. more »»

Some food for thought

September 18, 2014 Lunch bag and tailgate party season is here. Farmers glean the last of the summer harvest as autumn produce fattens all over this landscape of agricultural plenty. more »»

Policies and policing

September 17, 2014 There are a trio of mistaken ideas about the police in the U.S. and these ideas result in bad policies. more »»



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