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Transgender Rights Should Be Left For The States To Decide

Regarding Mr. Rabb’s article about the President’s despicable act of betraying our national commitment to equal rights for all, including transgenders. I admire his fortitude however I found his article a bit melodramatic and inaccurate. His reason for jumping on Trump seems a bit wanted ...

Public Opinion Does Not Dictate Outcome Regarding The Cell Tower Application

I read the editorial in Sunday’s paper from three trustees from the village of Lakewood regarding the recent cell tower application in Lakewood. As the deputy chairperson of the Lakewood Zoning Board of Appeals, I feel it is necessary to set the record straight. I was requested to conduct ...

Sewer Action In Mayville Promising

Those interested in sewer improvements around Chautauqua Lake were heartened recently by actions affecting the North Chautauqua Lake Sewer District (North District) in Mayville. As reported in this newspaper, the County approved a $3.9 million bond issue which will enable the District to ...

Lakewood Trustees Speak Out In Favor Of Cell Tower Plan

Lakewood Village Trustees Ellen Barnes, Sue Drago and Randy Holcomb wish to set the record straight regarding the proposed cell tower on the Lakewood Fireman’s Grounds located to the south of East Summit Avenue between Woodlawn and Linwood avenues. During the last year and a half, the ...

Trump’s Comment On Health Law’s Complexity Is Surprising

I just watched a video of President Trump commenting on his amazement that health care was such a complicated subject. I am wondering how that came as a surprise to him, when the subject of health care has been so studied and debated by so many people for so many years who do grasp it’s ...

There Could Be A Lot Of Spilled Milk

Federal Milk Marketing Order# 1, (FMMO 1) which encompasses the Northeastern U.S. will be facing a huge surplus of milk production this spring, as it has in the previous two years. The result will overwhelm the milk trucking and milk processing infrastructure and will result in, at least, ...

Trump’s Administration Has Only Been In Office One Month; Give Him A Chance

Regarding the article “Trump Doesn’t Look Like The Man Who Campaigned”— the writer’s whole article is based on the false assumption that Trump has completely abandoned many of his campaign themes. His reason being Trump has surrounded himself with those Wall Street power players that ...

Half-Truths, Lies Do Not Make America Great

Hypocrisy is in the eye of the beholder. Case in point: Pay for Play. Hillary Clinton was vilified for allowing wealthy foreigners to support The Clinton Foundation because it could have had influence on decisions of State while Hillary was Secretary. I agree that is not good optics. ...

Russian Ties To Trump, Election Should Lead To Probe

I am writing to express my deep concern regarding the findings of the Intelligence Community as stated in the report “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections”. The report, conducted by our top intelligence agencies including the CIA, FBI, and NSA concluded ...

Help Stop The Fleecing Of Taxpayers

Southern Tier TEA Party Patriots (STTPP) launched “Operation Push Back” in fall 2016 with its document (request a copy at sotierteapatriots@gmail.com). The NY state government dictum is “We Create, You Pay!” Policies and spending levels are mandated without examining their consequences ...

Effort Should Be Used To Protect All Animals

In regards to recent news articles indicating that New York and New Jersey may institute bans on the declawing of cats, it would seem to me that the time and effort to enact these laws would be better spent working on legislation to protect other animals who suffer far worse cruelties. While I ...

Trump Deserves Benefit Of The Doubt

Regarding the article “Will Trump Make American Great Again.” I do not have reason for concern like the writer suggests. Give Trump a break. We have heard it all. He has been in office for two weeks. What the heck do you want from the man? As far as his cabinet nominees drawing ...

Westfield Is Full Of Hard-Working Residents

As winter marches towards spring this is also the season when villages and school districts form their operating budgets for the upcoming fiscal year. Over the course of this winter two important articles appeared in both the OBSERVER and Post-Journal, which should cause residents of Westfield ...

It Matters Where The Tower Goes

It was a wonderful thing to sit at the zoning board meeting in Lakewood on Thursday night and see democracy in action. This is governance at its best: villagers gathered in an old room with a dusty wood floor where the business of our local government has been discussed for many years. Good ...

Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina

Early in my experiences penning this column (and using today’s title as the opening line of a 2010 piece, which carried a similar theme), I was approached by many people who were offering me condolences over “The Decision,” by LeBron James as to where he’d be taking his basketball ...

National Soup Month Comes To A Close

Tis the time of year for soup contests and chili cook-offs. It is amazing to see the recipes that people come up with. In a local contest they featured a photo of a spicy lentil soup that looked delicious. I am sure that I would enjoy it because I like Indian spices. Although it did not ...

Birds Of A Weather

The rest of the year it’s quite an ordinary tree. Large, growing here long before my home was even a dream, and some kind of pine – it stands just west of the deck beyond the room where I eat, and basically live. Its top stretches higher than I can see above the transom unless I were to ...

Taxpayers Should Keep An Eye On Lawmaker

I think we all know New York is a large and complicated state. Outside of the fact that they belong to the same state, the interests of Western New York aren’t all that similar to New York City and its surrounding regions. The economic and cultural disinterests are striking and easily ...