Opinion

Petition drives city interest

The OBSERVER’s View

To say that there is interest in a petition to keep Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk would be an understatement. According to a note from Dunkirk’s Frank Beach on Facebook, the person who began collecting signatures, the number of signers has risen to 2,000. In making the case for ...

Finding order in the long term

Commentary

I believe there aren’t actually many atheists; it’s just that they are busy enough in their lives, that they haven’t had the time to give the question ample consideration. It is also confounded by the wide range of theological dictates, which when taken as a group tend to confuse the ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Dunkirk Radiator Corp. is expected to merge with a Utica firm in a move that will create the third largest manufacturer and distributor of boilers in North America. The announcement was made by Dunkirk Radiator Corp. and The Utica Company as the two firms signed a ...

New York State: Still no help coming for SUNY

The OBSERVER’s View

State University of New York at Fredonia officials face some tough decisions in the coming week. In November, the administration outlined a list of 20 graduate and undergraduate degree programs that are being considered for elimination. Unsurprisingly, this has brought some protest from ...

With Dems in control, state has the blues

Commentary

I would like to take this opportunity to commend the Dunkirk OBSERVER for the reporting of the results of the Democrat-controlled New York State Legislature for the 2019 session. Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins stated that we are going to tell the rest of the country that New York is about ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Village of Cassadaga Trustee Mike Ferry has been endorsed by the village’s independent Taxpayers Party as a candidate for the mayor’s seat up for election in March. Mr. Ferry is currently completing the first year of a two-year term as trustee on the village ...

HOSPITAL: With site chosen, be more open

The OBSERVER’s View

Some residents are pleased with the new proposed location for Brooks Memorial Hospital at the former Cornell Cooperative Extension site on East Main Street in Fredonia. Others, unsurprisingly, are not. Change is never easy — and Brooks leaving Dunkirk is a bitter pill to swallow for some. ...

People’s column

Peoples column

Hospital moves, city sits still Editor, OBSERVER: What is happening to Dunkirk? This is in regard to the relocation of Brooks Memorial Hospital to Fredonia. 1) Brooks Hospital has always been in Dunkirk since its inception by the Brooks family. 2) Why didn’t Mayor Wilfred Rosas and the ...

State cannot afford publicly financed campaigns

Commentary

It’s a new day in New York. On Jan. 1, the Senate Republican Conference, our state’s last line of defense against tax-and-spend, downstate-centric policies, assumed its new role as the minority party in the New York State Senate. While many in New York are cheering this change, many ...

Another side to town’s meeting

Commentary

I’m writing to take issue with the article in the paper today titled, “Wind turbines continue to cause tension at Arkwright Town Board meeting” (Jan. 17). I’m afraid objective reporting went out the window and was replaced by hyperbole and sensationalism. I was in attendance at the ...

Social democracies and liberal welfare states

Commentary

“Social” and “liberal” democracies share important traits. First, liberal democracies foster freedom and equality, free elections, and independent judiciaries. Social democracies are equally liberal, but their “social assistance” provisions often lead them to be recklessly denounced ...

Wall brings ‘false sense of security’

Commentary

It wasn’t too long ago that President Reagan in a speech in Berlin exhorted the leader of the Soviet Union to “tear down this Wall!” Now we are talking about building one of our own along the entire Mexican border. I must admit early on that I am not much of a fancier for walls ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Plans to build an Eckerd Drug Store on property at the D & F Plaza are scheduled for review by the city of Dunkirk’s planning and zoning boards. Eckerd currently operates a drug store in the Hills Plaza on Vineyard Drive in Dunkirk. Several businesses have ...

Some of the best, worst of the week

The OBSERVER’s View

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST WINTER FESTIVALS — Let’s be honest; unless you’re an avid snowmobiler or skier, the winter months can be long. But festivals this time of year can be nice to get out and do something. This year, Dunkirk is holding its ...

Dunkirk couple had great respect for life

Commentary

Robert and Hannelore Russell were members of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Dunkirk. They were so very special to many in our community. They were not only pro-life but they respected all life, every day of their lives. As individuals and as a couple they actively supported the Pro Life ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 The Northern Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce has announced the appointment of Gene Bailen, president of the Red Wing Company in Fredonia, to the board of directors of The Business Council of New York State. This is the first time a representative from Northern ...

A congressman’s troubling remarks

The OBSERVER’s View

U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, insists his recent remarks to a New York Times reporter have been mis-characterized. Whether that is true can be judged best by King’s constituents, who know him better than anyone in the national media or, for that matter, in Congress. But regardless of what ...

Minor problem, daily dilemma

Commentary

I have talked before about Minor’s accompanying me when I walked down for the morning papers. It’s a long trek — I believe I’ve counted 130-some steps on a lovely spring day. It takes longer of course when my route is icy and/or snowy. The paper tubes are too high for a golden ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 A local law to lower the speed limit to 15 mph in school zones will be considered by the Dunkirk Common Council. The issue of a lower speed limit in school zones for safety reasons has also been proposed by the Dunkirk Board of Education. It would be up to the city ...

No comedy in errors for city resolution

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For starters, let’s place the blame evenly when it comes to how Dunkirk Common Council and the county Board of Elections have handled a botched resolution on a referendum to increase terms of office in the city from two years to four. That guy on the left — yours truly — watched as the ...