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Saying good bye

July 11, 2013 Dear readers, While I chose to take over as editor of the Westfield Republican and Sentinel-News quietly, I cannot in good conscience take my leave without saying good by. more »»

Saying good bye

July 10, 2013 Dear readers, While I chose to take over as editor of the Westfield Republican and Sentinel-News quietly, I cannot in good conscience take my leave without saying good by. more »»

Shared superintendent worth a try locally

July 3, 2013 Two schools in Niagara County will share school superintendents in the coming school yea. more »»

Get children to open a book this summer

June 26, 2013 In a few days, summer officially begins and the school year ends. But that does not mean the learning should stop. more »»

Help keep the watershed clean

June 19, 2013 It's disturbing enough that water chestnuts and hydrilla are a threat to Chautauqua Lake. Hydrilla was found in Tonawanda Creek, less than 80 miles from Chautauqua County, last summer. more »»

Individuals and corporations ought to pay their fair share

June 12, 2013 Some champions of the free market insist Congress simply can't abide with success. That is why so many lawmakers want to increase taxes. Well, it is not quite that simple. more »»

Tuition plan brings results

June 5, 2013 Ripley school district taxpayers are already reaping the rewards of a plan to tuition students in grades seven to 12 to Chautauqua Lak. more »»

Chautauqua Lake groups must come together

May 29, 2013 There is an alphabet soup of organizations looking for some way to improve Chautauqua Lake. more »»

No longer a need for superintendent

May 22, 2013 According to, Ripley Central Schools Superintendent Karen Krause earned $123,000 in 2012. more »»

Try again, lawmakers

May 15, 2013 At another time, in a different context, Sens. Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey might have been successful in a proposal they and two other senators offered last week. more »»

High taxes in county tied to poverty problem

May 1, 2013 A panel discussion on poverty was an unfortunate eye-opener for many last wee. more »»

Finding a cure for lake weeds

April 24, 2013 A pretty convincing case has been made for controlling weeds on Chautauqua Lake. Every year, weeds begin to choke off access to Chautauqua Lak. more »»

Agreement should be applauded

April 17, 2013 Months of hard work by Ripley and Chautauqua Lake school officials have paid off with a tuition agreement between the two school districts allowing Ripley students in seventh through 12th grades to... more »»

Educating the public local governments work is a good idea

April 10, 2013 Few people not connected directly to municipal government understand how it works. That can lead to misunderstandings, lost opportunities and avoidable problems. more »»

Shared services takes time, patience

April 3, 2013 In today’s instant feedback, instant gratification world, the glacial pace of government often makes it seem as if nothing’s happening. more »»

Taxpayers have a right to know

March 27, 2013 For decades there was little opposition to making taxpayer-funded pension information available to the public. It was hard for regular citizens to get their hands on the information. more »»

Dressing up a poor plan for county’s DPW Sherman shop

March 20, 2013 A bikini on an orangutan. That is what the recent flip-flop of not closing the county’s Department of Public Facilities in Sherman amounts to in the big picture for Chautauqua County taxpayers. more »»

Time to shield against hackers

March 13, 2013 During the Cold War, the peace was assured by fear of the accepted concept of MAD — Mutually Assured Destruction by nuclear weapons. more »»

Radio upgrade is long overdue

March 6, 2013 Good news continues to roll into the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department. more »»

Closing Sherman shop would benefit county

February 27, 2013 Sherman Mayor John Patterson said it's likely the Sherman Department of Public Facilities shop will remain open this summer. more »»



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