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Partnership comes with little buy-in

August 31, 2014 It appears one aspect in regard to the crisis at Brooks Memorial Hospital has nearly come to an end. more »»

Can Astorino shock state?

July 27, 2014 Have the state Republicans set up another candidate to fail? That question will likely be answered in a little more than three months when voters decide on the race for governor. more »»

Drive for a safer Route 60

June 29, 2014 It is nothing on the scale of a civil war, but Chautauqua County has maintained a tradition of the north-south divide. more »»

Lack of accommodation hurts hotel plan

May 25, 2014 There are no more mulligans for area governments. more »»

County’s handout rewards ineptitude

April 27, 2014 So when do area residents — and governments — become accountable for allowing poor decisions by current and past leadership? It almost happened in Forestville, until Chautauqua County swooped in wit... more »»

Area leadership: a reason for anxiety

March 30, 2014 Getting local elected leaders to agree on anything that involves working together is like mixing oil and water. more »»

Newbies miss microscope

February 23, 2014 It is tough operating a longtime business in the region and New York state. more »»

Who’s fit for Forestville?

January 26, 2014 If state Gov. Andrew Cuomo were to meet Forestville Mayor Linda Aures, he would consider her an exemplary leader, especially when it came to her efforts of consolidation. more »»

Little progress, still lots of problems

December 29, 2013 It was an eventful year in the region. Along with the normal poor local decision making, there were also some successes and some tough decisions in 2013. more »»

A dilemma of ‘transparency’

November 24, 2013 What does open government in the 21st century look like? If you heard a Nov. 12 discussion by the Fredonia Village Board, you would think it revolves around having a web site. more »»

Why schools can be money pits

October 27, 2013 Consolidation opponents, as usual, need a lesson even though it probably will not sink in. A hospital merger and a school merger are not the same thing. The following are some reasons why. more »»

‘Past’ no excuse for lack of plan

September 29, 2013 Development in the city of Dunkirk is apparently for the birds. At least for the pigeons, as pictured in the Dunkirk Local Development Corp.-owned vacant Flickinger building. more »»

‘Unfortunate,’ but necessary

August 25, 2013 Tough decisions, most often, are not popular ones. It is why few area politicians and elected officials make them. more »»

City may have tax dilemma

July 28, 2013 One of the largest community gatherings happened at Fredonia State University earlier this month when residents rallied by the thousands to show support for the $500 million repowering of the NRG... more »»

Applauding tough choices

June 30, 2013 When it comes to making progress on reversing the population drain from Chautauqua County, you have to start somewhere. more »»

Landscape changes in instant

May 26, 2013 On April 26, current Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards made an announcement that shocked just as many in the Republican party as it did the Democrats: he would not be seeking a third term. more »»

Worker gripes ignore demand

April 28, 2013 Ask any employee who works at a private-sector business about staffing levels and their response is almost always going to be, “We are understaffed. more »»

Youth can serve as lesson

March 31, 2013 There have been many reasons for hope regarding the village of Fredonia and city of Dunkirk working together in recent years. First, there was a plan for the village to purchase water from the city. more »»

Can spending spree stop?

February 24, 2013 Though far from perfect, the recent contract agreed to by the Dunkirk Police Benevolent Association and the city could be viewed as a template for future negotiations for all area municipalities and... more »»

Eliminate village Police Department

January 27, 2013 With the closing of the Petri Baking plant just a little more than two months away, Silver Creek residents and trustees are facing some tough times and decisions in regard to its future. more »»



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