Opinion

New leadership boosts hopes

The OBSERVER’s View

An improved economy means more jobs and better ones. Even those who claim our inaugurated President Donald Trump will be bad for low-income and unemployed Americans have to concede that. Now, the International Monetary Fund has revised its forecast for the U.S. economy during the next two ...

Politics on the lunch menu

Commentary

It’s a harmless little tag, to be sure, and probably helps keep the peasants from starving. Only — harmless or not — I find those little stickers on my fruit to be a royal pain. The geography lesson escapes me since I have to unpeel each label from its skin — so far apple, pear, ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 Chautauqua County Democrats tonight will celebrate President Bill Clinton’s inauguration with a party at Finnegan’s Restaurant, 41 West Main St., Fredonia. The 1996 election was just the fourth time in history that Chautauqua County voters chose a Democratic ...

Roundabout: Businesses need to be part of discussion

The OBSERVER’s View

If a roundabout gets constructed at the intersection of Routes 20 and 60 in Fredonia, many believe it will hurt local businesses. Who’s opinion is that? Local businesses, individuals, and now the Chautauqua County Planning Board. During a recent planning board meeting, Senior Planner ...

‘Complicated’ start, end for U.S.

Commentary

Reality is a funny concept. We live in a world of pluralities too often reduced to dualities. Perception of any phenomenon seems to allow for only two possibilities — pro or con, either-or. Good or bad, for or against. This is a distinctly Western way of looking at our world. It would ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 The former Cardinal Mindszenty High School building in Dunkirk has a prospective buyer. Bella Vista Group Inc. has entered into a three-month option with the Diocese of Buffalo to purchase the former school building at 715 Central Ave. and the nearby faculty house. ...

JAMESTOWN: Cuomo’s help is one-shot deal

The OBSERVER’s View

One Chautauqua County municipality that is thankful for state Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent State of the State message is the city of Jamestown. During his regional announcement in Buffalo, Cuomo earmarked $5 million for the National Comedy Center while adding another $2.5 million for economic ...

We must close the divide

Commentary

We are one nation, one state, one county and shouldn’t we be one community? So much has been said and written lately, whether by the editorial in the OBSERVER, the recent message from the Chamber of Commerce, or the governor’s State of the State address, it is time to come together. We must ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 The old stone house that sits beside Mill Creek on Sinclair Drive in Sinclairville is included in a book entitled “Nineteenth Century Houses in Western New York,” written by Helen Jewel Conover, assistant professor of art at Fredonia State University College. Ms. ...

Sharing wealth on water

The OBSERVER’s View

Northern Chautauqua County could be in for some additional funding, according to a recent proposal by state Gov. Andrew Cuomo. In his recent State of the State addresses, the governor called on local municipalities to come up with regional solutions to better the product and service of water ...

Repeal is an unhealthy decision

Commentary

“There is nothing in the record of the past two years when both Houses of Congress have been controlled by the Republican Party which can lead any person to believe that those promises will be fulfilled in the future. They follow the Hitler line—no matter how big the lie; repeat it often ...

IN MEMORY: King’s message still relevant

The OBSERVER’s View

Four days before the United States inaugurates a new president, our nation remembers a leader who focused on bringing people together, not driving them apart. Civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. empowered many to be a part of a movement of equality. At the time, his effort was ...

Balancing what life dishes out

Commentary

Most steep hills, tops of cliffs, and even mountain tops are within reach, but you need to keep climbing, step by step. I learned this early in my youth, having spent my childhood in the highest location in the Boston Hills. I also learned not to be discouraged with challenges but, to be moved ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 Representing the Northern Chautauqua County Boxing Club, 11-year-old Jason Quinones is headed for the National Silver Gloves Championship next month in Kansas City. He became the Region 1 60-pound open division junior champ last week in Saratoga Springs with a 3-2 ...

SHARED SERVICES: County is out in front

The OBSERVER’s View

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has empowered the county executives to make consolidations and shared services happen. It is not a perfect solution, but there is hope for more progress in Chautauqua County. As part of his State of the State initiatives, Cuomo wants the county executives to help drive ...

Union Relief project benefits from giving community

Commentary

The Union Relief Christmas Project has been completed for this year. We are so grateful for the support of our community! This year, we were able to provide food, clothing, gifts and toys to 41 seniors, 59 families and 140 children this year. Thank you to everyone who had a part in our two ...

State reforms begin with constitution

Commentary

The U.S. Constitution is the closest thing to a sacred text allowed in a secular republic.  It is treated with reverence, stored in a helium-filled, temperature-controlled case that is lowered every night into a waterproof, fireproof and bombproof vault. Like Holy Writ, the Constitution also ...

People’s Column

Commentary

Donations are library investment Editor, OBSERVER: The Gowanda Free Library would like to recognize certain members of the community who still believe that their public library is a valuable resource for their community. Recently the library conducted our annual mail solicitation ...

Preaching peace, common ground

Commentary

By WILFRED ROSAS On the third Monday of January each year, we celebrate a day of remembrance for Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King was known for his spirit of altruism and peace in the face of diversity. He called upon all of America to embrace love above hate, and giving above taking. He was ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 Fredonia students from grades four through eight recently participated in the annual Geography Bee sponsored by the National Geographic Society and the Middle School Social Studies Department. Seventeen students took part in the final competition. The winner was ...