Opinion

FREDONIA: There are ways to help business

The OBSERVER’s View

On an evening when the Chamber of Commerce in Fredonia honored businesses and individuals for their service to the community, a trustee made a plea to those in attendance: sign her petition. Just like she did March 20 at the village board meeting, Trustee Kara Christina is making an effort to ...

Direct care workers deserve more

Peoples column

Editor, OBSERVER: I think that it’s unfair for fast food workers to make more money than direct care workers. Direct care workers care for our disabled population and our most vulnerable people. It’s not fair that Gov. Cuomo is not putting out dollars for this year’s budget to help ...

Taking the lead on the economy

Commentary

If any 20th-century economist was an up-to-date person, it was Friedrich Hayek. Clearly, he made fundamental contributions to the field of economics. His powerful contributions are most relevant in our economy of today. Hayek was the best-known advocate of what is now called Austrian ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago – 1987 Barbara Yochym of Forestville, Jacqueline Grant and Joyce Haines of Fredonia, and Harry Szewczyk of Dunkirk, all members of the adult figure skating class at Fredonia State University College, have returned from seeing the 1987 World Figure Skating Championships in ...

Numbers still show exodus

The OBSERVER’s View

There’s barely been a whisper — even from this newspaper until now — on some unsettling news from the U.S. Census Bureau regarding Chautauqua County. According to the most recent figures, population is down again. This time, it falls under the 130,000 mark. The most recent number is ...

People’s Column

Peoples column

Don’t grades matter in state tuition plan? Editor, OBSERVER: Why can’t the free tuition plan proposed for New York state by our governor be based on academic merit rather than income? KAREN SCHRADER, Fredonia Runaway prices ail many users Editor, OBSERVER: Lawrence ...

Health care debate impacts state, county and neighbors

Commentary

I am writing to express my concern over the posssible repeal of the Affordable Care Act and the effects on Chautauqua County. According the state Department of Health, there are currently 15,200 Chautauqua County residents enrolled in the health care act. This represents 11.5 percent of ...

Westfield plans for water line will spur sprawl

Commentary

Some people love puppies. I like puppies, but I really love beautiful old vintage buildings and want to adopt every abandoned and abused one I see. I also feel the same way about vineyards and landscapes. I have learned, through my interest and study of historic buildings and landscape ...

Loss of Great Lakes funding threatens our area resource

Commentary

This is an open letter to U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, who represents District 23: The Local Economic Development Committee of the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation strongly supports maintenance of the present level of funding for the EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Your ...

Reverse funding cuts for libraries

Commentary

As a regular patron of the Cattaraugus Free Library, I stand in opposition to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s continued and sustained attacks on New York’s public libraries – and therefore, his attacks on all New Yorkers. While Cuomo describes his recently unveiled spending proposals as ...

Pain of smoking also impacts family

Commentary

An open letter to those of you who smoke: Do you feel lucky, punk? (In the immortal words of Clint Eastwood) I don’t understand cancer any more than anyone else. I’ve known people who smoked, ate all the wrong things, breathed in carcinogens and lived a long life before succumbing to ...

Highs and Lows: Some of the best, worst of the week

The OBSERVER’s View

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST ATHLETIC TRAINING — Congratulations to Amanda Benson. A Dunkirk native, Benson recently received the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award from the Southeast Athletic Trainers Association. Benson is the assistant program ...

From politics to baseball

Commentary

For the last several months, the news has been filled with the aftermath of the presidential election, the furor over alleged Russian involvement in defeating Hillary Clinton, wiretapping and hacking. But, now its spring and major league teams are preparing for the new season where the only ...

Life helped by others

Commentary

People have been so kind to me! My refrigerator is full of food and desserts! I have to keep track of all the plastic containers. Some of the food comes from people who read the column, some from friends — I’m so old! Most of my friends are gone! Last week, I was talking to Vicki who ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago – 1987 Someone appears to have stolen a piece of Chautauqua County history. An oil portrait of one of the most prominent men in early Fredonia and Chautauqua County history is missing from the Gerace Office Building in Mayville and is presumed stolen. The portrait is of Dr. ...

JOBLESS: Rate not full story

The OBSERVER’s View

President Donald Trump has received an enormous amount of criticism — much of it justified — for some of his off-the-cuff comments. One, about unemployment in the United States, was right on target, however. Earlier this year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the nation’s ...

Cat declawing is not always a bad thing

Commentary

In regard 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 ...

Sing to me some happiness

Commentary

“The bluebird carries the sky on his back.” God bless Henry David Thoreau for such an apt sentiment. Don’t we all immediately associate this lovely little bird with the “bluebird of happiness?” Noticing its rusty breast, however, the settlers of Plymouth Colony called it the “blue ...

Think village costs are rising now?

Commentary

Fredonia’s decision earlier this decade to effectively back out of a potential north county water district is something its residents may rue for years to come. Back then, the district was planning to financially help the village with its troubled water system if it became a partner. Its ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago – 1987 Talks are under way which could lead to the sale of the former True Temper plant in Dunkirk. A basic agreement has been struck with Allegheny International Inc. (owner of True Temper plant), but Allegheny and Greater Buffalo Press and its related independent company, ...