Opinion

In the eye of the beholder

Commentary

I doubt if I’ve ever before had the opportunity to make the acquaintance of a creature whose formal first name is “Beautiful.” I found that appellation particularly curious because, to my eyes, Beautiful is not. What it is is a very strange looking moth: the Beautiful Wood Nymph ...

Overall, 54 percent of students who attend county schools are on a reduced or free lunch plan.

Lunch says lots about economy

Commentary

More than two years after the closing and loss of more than 400 jobs from the Carriage House plants in Dunkirk and Fredonia, the financial stress factor for families in this region continues to grow. According to the U.S. Census bureau, about 18 percent of those living in this county are doing ...

Retrospective — July 21

Opinion

Twenty years ago — 1997 The renovation of the Graf Building in downtown Dunkirk should be under way by October. Plans to relocate several county offices to the building are progressing and the design process is almost complete. The final floor plan for the Health Department office is ...

DEBT: Hidden costs of big spending

Opinion

Talk among the politicians in Washington often seems to focus on why the government needs to spend more. If the justification is not national security, it probably will be health care. There seems to be precious little thought given to a serious, growing threat to both our welfare and ...

Truth and Trump’s skeletons

Commentary

It is said the father of our country could not tell a lie. Most people fancy themselves worthy of that claim. We bandy about the truths of our time, evoking the sources of information we esteem as true to bolster our argument when there are disagreements. But there are still disagreements ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 This year the Gowanda area is fortunate to have two youngsters participating in the Western New York Children’s Touring Chorus. Dixie Forbes, daughter of Carl and Judith Forbes of Versailles and Meghan Hinkley, daughter of Kevin and Barbara Hinkley of Gowanda, have ...

DUNKIRK: Celebrating city’s movie tie

The OBSERVER’s View

Dunkirk takes center stage, so to speak, this week. On Friday, the movie “Dunkirk” by filmmaker Christopher Nolan will premiere around the nation. Of course, our city bearing the same name, has plenty of history to go with what many will view. Nolan’s movie highlights the evacuation of ...

Four years later, little is different

Commentary

This commentary was first written and published in the OBSERVER four years ago. Sadly not much has changed. The swamp is still the same, the in-fighting on Capitol Hill continues, and the powerful are still finding ways to pad their own nests, the rest of the world be damned. Maybe the ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 Nearly 400 students from 34 high schools all over New England and New York — including Dunkirk —stretched themselves beyond what they thought possible for eight days at Camp Freedom ‘97. Ten Junior ROTC cadets from Dunkirk spent more than a week at the Devens ...

Dunkirk: Let governor send message

The OBSERVER’s View

No one needs to speak for state Gov. Andrew Cuomo, especially in Chautauqua County. During the Dunkirk Common Council meeting, city Mayor Willie Rosas reported good news regarding the NRG Energy Inc. repowering and the Athenex project. However, the follow-up comments were not needed about the ...

When silence isn’t golden

Commentary

The House of Representatives were set and ready to hold hearings on legislation to deregulate the sale of firearm silencers on the morning of the mass shooting targeting members of Congress at that baseball field in Virginia. Now the Senate has a bill as well. They call it the SHUSH Act, and ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 Pauline Newman of Dunkirk has been a teacher for the Dunkirk Public Schools for the past 28 years and was honored by being named in “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers 1996.” All of the 121,032 teachers honored were selected by former students who are listed ...

Coaching change brings noise

The OBSERVER’s View

It is not often the Fredonia School Board hears protests from parents and students. But last week’s meeting did bring plenty of concerns and questions from those who attended. On June 27, the school board quietly approved a number of coaching appointments for the athletic teams. Missing ...

Big benefits of small towns

Commentary

Some call it “Living at the time of the Walton’s.” I call it “Living now in our small town.” And this is the way it is … Nothing embodies America more than the sedate settings of small towns across America. Indeed, western New York is fortunate to have a rich variety of small ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 Karen Ann O’Brocta, daughter of Mrs. Elaine O’Brocta of Dunkirk and the late James F. O’Brocta Sr., recently earned a master’s degree in deaf education from Canisius College in cooperation with St. Mary’s School for the Deaf in Buffalo. Miss O’Brocta ...

GOVERNMENT Job openings tough to fill

The OBSERVER’s View

Here is one more reason to consolidate our local governments: no one really wants to be at the table. Last week, Fredonia officials lamented the fact that since former Trustee Marc Ruckman resigned, there has been no one who has stepped forward for the position. “I don’t have anybody to ...

Peoples Column

Peoples column

Get food trucks off area menu Editor, OBSERVER: With approximately 10 restaurants in Fredonia that pay local taxes, increasing water and sewer fees, electric, gas, maintenance, etc., why do we need food trucks in our village? It makes me laugh when I hear the mayor say we need to bring ...

Officials in Erie County have always chosen later for Zoar Valley Road.

Rough ride is from years of neglect

Commentary

In an old TV commercial, an auto repairman posed a question to a car owner: “You can pay me now, or you can pay me later.” When it comes to maintaining Zoar Valley Road, Erie County officials have for decades opted to deal with it later. The condition of this road over the past ...

On June 27, the Fredonia school board decided against reappointing Carol Zirkle as one of the coaches for the cross-country team.

‘Damaging’decision affecting runners

Commentary

The Fredonia school board has made the sudden and surprising decision not to reappoint Carol Zirkle as coach for the 2017 cross country season, putting the entire season in jeopardy for about 40 athletes who are currently signed up for the boys and girls teams. We are asking the school ...