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Our school spending spree

May 27, 2015 This past week New York voters approved of the budgets for 99 percent of the state’s 669 school districts. This beat last year’s 98 percent passage rate. This is a proble. more »»

Message behind prom promise

May 26, 2015 Some of us need laws to keep our behavior in check. Others just know the right thing to do. I do an awful lot of writing about the laws of this land and people who break them. more »»

This land is your land — and mine

May 26, 2015 As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. — John F. more »»

Pay tribute to noble service today

May 25, 2015 This is Memorial Day and we will not forget. Many of us recall the words of John F. more »»

Columnist confuses fanatics and religion

May 24, 2015 In his May 13 OBSERVER column, “A religion with deadly consequences,” Stephen Kershnar has fallen into categorical mistakes that shame a philosopher. more »»

Educating not all about exams

May 24, 2015 The opt-out movement that has blossomed in recent months strikes me as fascinating; it is a superb example of citizens understanding something better than the politicians that are supposed to lead... more »»

Sunday voices: Daniel McLaughlin

May 24, 2015 Everybody likes economic bubbles. During bubble times, investments rise, prosperity seems easy, and politicians can take credit for being such economic geniuses. more »»

The importance of Memorial Day

May 24, 2015 Without exception, my favorite weekend of the year is Memorial Day weekend. more »»

Giving and accepting help

May 23, 2015 It’s another school year gone by for college kids. I saw the picture in the newspaper of kids partying on White Street. It even showed my house, but nobody was home. more »»

Give assistance to dairy farmers

May 23, 2015 By ARDEN TEWSKBURY Lately I have received many calls from dairy farmers who belong to dairy cooperative. more »»

I’m not so big on the fig

May 22, 2015 The fig tree seems to be a permanent part of my life. Emitting a very nasty odor, it long ago ceased to be a favorite of mine. more »»

A giving, yet critical, spirit

May 21, 2015 It may not be Christmas, but the hope that swells with the blossoms of May inspires just such a spirit of good will and generosity. At any time of year, the giving impulse is known broadly as charity. more »»

America on the take is growing

May 20, 2015 It seems to me that in today’s society there are those who feel all should be equal, and if you have more than I do you should share regardless of how hard you worked or the fact that I did no. more »»

Little things mean a lot

May 19, 2015 I’m sorry, I hate to keep beating the same drum, but I am confounded. more »»

Group’s lawsuit wastes time, money

May 18, 2015 The New York state Civil Liberties Union is at it again. This time the organization is suing an upstate school district over the treatment of refugee students. more »»

Everyday workers penalized in system

May 17, 2015 This “great country of ours” always fails to think of the people that live here. I have worked since I was 16 years old. I worked sometimes two and three jobs. more »»

Lake offers priceless gift

May 17, 2015 I think about it every day when I take a shower. more »»

Fishing memories never get away

May 17, 2015 ’Tis the season for fishing. Night crawlers litter the grass after the spring storms rip through the skies. Floods come cleaning the earth’s surface from the winters shedding. more »»

County needs to target 5% cut

May 17, 2015 An important issue facing Chautauqua County is raising the sales tax from 7.5 percent to 8 percent. This half-percent increase will raise yearly revenues by $7.8 million. more »»



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