Archive for September 12th, 2012

There are two county-wide primaries tomorrow; for the Independence Party line both Assemblyman Andy Goodell and County Judge John Ward; for the Conservative Party line just Judge Ward, and in both regards we hope they will both get your votes.

And the choices couldn’t be more clear!

In one race it’s the choice between John Ward, a man of integrity and a solid record of upholding the law with a high regard for constitutional fealty, and Coughlin, a man without integrity, a sordid record, and one who uses and undermines the law.

(and the choice between Ward is has been endorsed by, and clearly is, the conservative candidate vs Coughlin who is a very partisan liberal democrat yet ironically wants the “conservative” line.)

In the other race it’s the choice between Andy Goodell, a man who as a first term Assemblyman has already gained a great deal of respect in Albany because he has also already become highly effective. He did not fall in line, nor take a backseat, but rather challenged the status quo not only with regards to his own party leadership, but especially the NYC liberal leadership. He is fighting hard against graft, corruption, waste, and out of control state programs that are some of the worst and costliest in the country. He is working exceptionally hard to bring NYS from one of the worst business and highest tax environments in the nation, to being a state that can actually compete, become prosperous again, and stop the highest ratio of people leaving a state of anywhere in the country over this last decade.

vs. Rudy Mueller, a former county legislator with a very mediocre record to be kind. During his tenure he had more failed ideas (or ideas too unrealistic, again being kind, to even consider), than he did successful ones. He tries to take credit for accomplishments not his own, has asserted legislative authority he did not have, has interfered with town-village issues outside his purview, has contributed the most to making a mess out of the issue of redistricting, among many other issues. His tenure as a legislator was so ineffective and unsuccessful that he allowed his seat to be won by a republican without even being challenged. On that note it’s a surprise that many of his own democrats would still support him. Finally, Mueller now running for a state office, has some very dangerous and even radical ideas. On healthcare (refer to his own book), why beat around the bush, he is a socialist and pushing ideas even to the left of Obama. He wants the government to run everything to the point that it will outright destroy the private sector insurance industry, which will destroy private sector jobs and harm our economy (both nationally and in our state). We understand that the bulk of his medical practice is paid for by government programs so go figure. With medicare approaching insolvency sooner than later, and NY medicaid being the costliest entitlement system in the country, Mueller wants more of the same of both!


From the Board of Elections, be sure to check your polling place because the BOE has consolidated them for the primaries and your normal pollsite may be different than it will be in November:

Consolidated Pollsite List for Thursday, September 13, 2012 Primary

Thursday, September 13, 2012 Primary (sample) Ballots


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9/11 “IN MEMORY 11 years later”


Do you remember where you were when you learned of the 9/11 attacks on our country ?

Observer Poll 09-11-2012 (Do you remember, 11 years later!)

  1. Yes
  2. No

Pausing today to remember

September 11, 2012 The OBSERVER

We will never forget where we were 11 years ago this morning.

As America looked on in shock and disbelief, jets flew in to the World Trade Center towers, crashed into the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania. More than 3,000 died in the attacks.

Today, we all should pause to remember those who have lost their lives in the war on terror, which started on Sept. 11, 2001. Remember those who perished in the attacks. Remember those who have perished while defending the United States. And, remember those who are currently serving across the globe.

September 12, 2012 It has been 11 years since the terror attacks and many remember as if it were yesterday. The Dunkirk Firefighters Local 616 held its annual 9/11 remembrance ceremony to ensure we did not forget…

Sherman, JCC Hold 9/11 Memorials

September 12, 2012 By Remington Whitcomb (rwhitcomb@post-journal.com)

SHERMAN – The playing of “Taps” is reserved for solemn occasions…

TIES TO TAPS According to Ginestre, “Taps” has a powerful connection to Sherman…

‘VERY APPROPRIATE’ Many students at Tuesday’s ceremony were too young to remember the attacks when they happened. However, three seniors – Breanna Stoddard, Danielle Reed and Julia Rater –  offered their memories of the event…

Much Left To Do To Ensure Our Safety

September 12, 2012 As Americans marked the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on our nation, President Barack Obama urged us to think about how much more secure we are now.  Well, yes and no…

Number of visitors to Pa. Flight 93 memorial grows

September 10, 2012 Associated Press

KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — More and more people are visiting the Flight 93 National Memorial in rural western Pennsylvania, authorities say, and new construction is scheduled to begin next year.

At the current pace, more than 1,000 bus groups will visit the park this year, almost double the number in 2011, said King Laughlin, vice president of the Flight 93 National Memorial Campaign. More than 200,000 people are expected to visit this year…

WTC memorial magnificent, but at a steep price

September 10, 2012 Associated Press

DAVID B. CARUSO and DAVID PORTER, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — With its huge reflecting pools, ringed by waterfalls and skyscrapers, and a cavernous underground museum still under construction, the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center is an awesome spectacle that moved and inspired some 4.5 million visitors in its first year.

But all that eye-welling magnificence comes with a jaw-dropping price tag. The foundation that runs the memorial estimates that once the roughly $700 million project is complete, the memorial and museum will together cost $60 million a year to operate.

The anticipated cost has bothered some critics and raised concerns even among the memorial’s allies that the budget may be unsustainable without a hefty government subsidy…

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