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Medicaid not only major expense rising

August 28, 2011 New York state has approved a 2 percent property tax cap. All of our state representatives from the area — state Sen. more »»

Resignations pad pockets

July 31, 2011 Two resignations accepted by local school districts this month have put the spotlight on the misuse of public funds. more »»

‘Regional’ plan still a merger

June 26, 2011 Approval by the state Senate for a regional high school is another small step toward improving future educational opportunities for students of area district. more »»

Actions endorse higher taxes

May 29, 2011 A recent Siena Research Institute Poll finds New York state residents support a property tax cap. Great. more »»

Fredonia teachers help with pay freeze

April 24, 2011 Even after a New York state budget was completed on time — with some aid returned, many area schools are facing tough financial times. more »»

We complain until election day

March 28, 2011 When it comes to paying taxes in our area, many area residents will tell you they are too hig. more »»

Cuomo seeks sacrifice from all

February 27, 2011 In the weeks leading up to the election for New York state governor, endorsements began coming in for Democratic candidate Andrew M. Cuomo. more »»

Forestville lacks facts in fire pact dispute

January 30, 2011 When it comes to sorting out fire contract talks between the town of Arkwright and the village of Forestville, it comes down to two things: fact and opinion. more »»

Newsmaker of the month: Looking back on 2010

December 26, 2010 With the end of 2010 less than one week away, it is time for the OBSERVER to look back on the newsmakers for the past 11 month. more »»

Inflation only in government

November 28, 2010 Our nation, especially during this holiday season, is optimistically hoping there are signs of an end to a long — and not so great — recession. more »»

Don’t worry, be happy

October 31, 2010 Before receiving the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce’s Person of the Year award, former state Lt. Gov. more »»

Can Cuomo ignore Paladino?

September 26, 2010 Taxpayers are frustrated. Businesses are frustrated. Now, it finally seems as if voters across the state are frustrated. more »»

In tough times, federal funds flow

August 29, 2010 If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. more »»

Unions protect salaries, not jobs

July 25, 2010 With the dirty work out of the way, members of some area teacher unions wasted no time in approving new contracts — with generous pay raises — from their school boards. more »»

Seeking solutions, not excuses

June 27, 2010 It is not often Chautauqua County plays a major role in a race for governor. more »»

State has no say in local pacts

May 30, 2010 A sentiment that “blames Albany” for our area’s problems is sometimes short-sighted and almost laughable. more »»

Support grows for freezing wages

March 28, 2010 A case for freezing salaries of state workers — and all public employees — is gaining momentum. more »»

Team effort gets tall order done

February 28, 2010 They came from Forestville, Sheridan, Fredonia, and especially Dunkirk. But where they were from really did not matter. more »»

One more reason 25 is too many

January 31, 2010 Can’t the Chautauqua County Legislature get anything right? They cannot decide on reducing the number of legislators from the already too high 25. more »»



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