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No incentive for ‘short-cuts’

July 6, 2014 The production of natural gas intersects with water in two ways: the protection of the surface water table; and the use of water in hydraulic fracturing. more »»

Silver Creek water rates are no drop in the bucket

July 6, 2014 By TOM KIRKPATRICK The trials of some Silver Creek homeowners with their recent water billings reminded me of when my family moved to Silver Creek. more »»

Girls just want a level playing field

July 5, 2014 I traveled to London last weekend for the wedding of my dear college friend, Stephanie. It was a beautiful day filled with love, laughter and lots of dancing. more »»

Minor crimes get ‘major’ coverage

July 5, 2014 By ROSIE and MARTY SANDEN We have long supported the Dunkirk OBSERVER because we understand the importance of a local newspaper and enjoy being informed of local events. more »»

A vexatious vexillologist

July 4, 2014 You may be familiar with the backside of certain daily calendar pages. They can include an interesting fact, a puzzle, a riddle or, sometimes, just a question. more »»

Even U.S. had struggles for freedom

July 3, 2014 John Adams was prophetic. more »»

Be sensible, safe this summer

July 3, 2014 The first holiday of the summer is upon us and as the Fourth of July is celebrated the Dunkirk Police Department has a few safety tips that could make your celebration safe and happ. more »»

Looking on the bright side

July 2, 2014 Some things in Chautauqua County are not as dire as one might think. For instance, it looks like we will see improvement of Route 60 connecting the “North” and “South” county. Tourism is flourishing. more »»

Free speech has its benefits, drawbacks

July 1, 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 »»

Brocton’s policy is lesson for others

June 30, 2014 I would like to take this opportunity to thank the superintendent of the Brocton Central School District of informing this writer of the important steps his school district is taking in reference to... more »»

State must see light on fireworks

June 29, 2014 I once again write to suggest that the time has come to consider legislation in New York to allow for the sale and use of the full line of consumer fireworks. more »»

‘Negative impacts’ affect all

June 29, 2014 A commentary by a former gas company owner set forth the environmental benefits of horizontal drilling (June 22). more »»

Municipalities must take lead on banning fracking

June 29, 2014 As someone who has become aware of the negative impacts of fracking on various communities across the country in my years of organizing, there should be serious concerns over Chautauqua County... more »»

Rodeos can take a toll on animals

June 29, 2014 In just a couple of weeks, the Gerry Rodeo will be “celebrating” 70 years in business. That is 70 years of spurs, ropes, flank straps — for the purpose of “entertainment” and fund-raising. more »»

A promising Pope in precarious times

June 28, 2014 Pope Francis’ agenda has become more defined: the poor, the marginalized and world peace top the list. more »»

Going political on my birthday

June 28, 2014 As you read this column, I will be celebrating my birthday. I’m going to do myself a favor and get out all the frustration I have over the political situation as it is today. more »»

At least one legislator got it right

June 27, 2014 One, a 1969 song by Three Dog Night noted, is the loneliest number. That must have been sentiment going through Legislator Lisa Vanstrom’s mind on the night of April 23. more »»

It hurts me deeply

June 27, 2014 It is a beautiful plant. At least seeing it again brought back happy memories. I remembered a lovely flower ... vaguely. For some reason my mind insisted it was a lily – or close to it. more »»

The importance of integration

June 26, 2014 This is an open response to State University of New York at Fredonia professor Dr. Stephen Kershnar’s June 11 column, headlined, “Is diversity still a priority?” Dr. more »»

Buffalo police failing with rights

June 25, 2014 There is a recent case in Buffalo that illustrates how nationwide, police are trampling on a basic constitutional right. The case involved SUNY Fredonia philosophy professor Leonard Jacuzzo. more »»



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