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No easy immigration answers

September 15, 2015 Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned... more »»

Freeloaders and our markets

September 14, 2015 Collectivism is in opposition to individual prosperity and profits. It gradually snuffs out free markets and gradually depletes the private sector. more »»

A rabbit test, and sheep not for sleep

September 13, 2015 Here’s a quick look at the quirky and newsworthy from the last month: ¯ Congratulations, of sorts, go out to Bugs Bunny. more »»

Ruckman turned tide for Democrats

September 13, 2015 A piece of Democratic history left us this past week with the passing of Roger E. Ruckman of Fredonia on Wednesday, Sept. 2. more »»

Looking out for lakes

September 13, 2015 Our lakes and waterways are a critical foundation of our environment and economy in Chautauqua County and Western New York — especially Lake Erie and Chautauqua Lake. more »»

Rosary-on-rosebush outcome wows Millennials

September 13, 2015 A recent study announced on FOX News concluded that today’s American teenagers are the least God-fearing and the least religious in six decades. more »»

Our many heroes: in U.S. and at home

September 13, 2015 Donald Trump, in bluntly saying John McCain is not a hero (because he was a POW), in one of his many ill-thought-out comments, effectively said none of our men and women in uniform are heroes just b... more »»

Columnist’s father used to say the English language is stupid

September 12, 2015 My father used to say, “The English language is stupid! In Italian the vowels are always the same, but not in English!” Here are a few examples: 1. The bandage was wound around the wound. . more »»

With accountability, everyone wins

September 12, 2015 I am writing this letter with the hope that it will spur some action on the part of our city government as it relates to some very pertinent issues affecting those of us living and paying taxes in... more »»

City library reaps tax rewards

September 11, 2015 As noted in this corner for a couple of years now, our non-profit sector is struggling. more »»

Tenaciousness and similar traits

September 11, 2015 Louis Pasteur was quoted in the OBSERVER the same day I saw IT — or at least gave it more than a lingering notice. Louis first: “Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. more »»

Poor behaviors begin at early age

September 9, 2015 As we look around the world in which we live, one must ask what is happening to our young people? It is more than just the songs they sing, the clothes they wear or the way they dance and talk. more »»

My love for a lifetime

September 8, 2015 My wife was a beautiful woman named Monica. She was a brunette with a sparkle in her eyes that lit up the very soul of my existence. more »»

How do we trust a dictator?

September 7, 2015 The liberal thinkers of this country have had their way far too long. Their way of thinking has destroyed the morals and the common sense of this countr. more »»

Rosas best fits a team approach

September 7, 2015 I thought it was time for a letter regarding the city of Dunkirk’s Democratic Committee support of Willie Rosa. more »»

Well wishes for outgoing director

September 6, 2015 I wish to speak personally as a resident of Dunkirk in relation to the recent news that city of Dunkirk Director of Development Steve Neratko will be moving upward to a new job. more »»

Beaches need to be treasured

September 6, 2015 I’m visiting from Florida and it saddens me that the city of Dunkirk in which I was born many years ago is being neglected in many parts of the community. more »»

Social Security has history of service

September 6, 2015 Social Security has provided critical financial help to people of all ages for the last 80 years, and despite our age, we’re far from retiring! As the Social Security program celebrated its historic... more »»

Ban a flag and then what?

September 6, 2015 Brian and I have been trying to make the best out of the last few days of summer by doing outdoor activities: drive-in movies, dirt track racing, barbecuing ... more »»

Let’s laugh again

September 5, 2015 Let’s laugh again. Most are one liners. After our honeymoon, I felt like a new man. My wife said she did too. Fibber McGee said, “My wife and I had words, but I never got to use mine. more »»



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