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FORECAST: Summer not ready to end

Opinion

Friday’s forecast makes you want to take a double take on the calendar: sunshine with a high of 80 degrees on the first day of autumn. Where was this weather one month ago? For those of you who felt cheated at the end of August with cooler, fall-like temperatures, you can take some ...

Adding action to sensitive debate

Commentary

Following the Charlottesville debacle, there has been a constant discussion of racism as a major cause of the problems of the African American community. It is worth considering whether this is so. Princeton University sociologists Devah Pager and Hana Shepherd report that African ...

Retrospective — Sept. 20

Opinion

Twenty years ago — 1997 The Dunkirk School Board will study the possibility of reconfiguring its elementary schools following a board of education meeting. By a 5-4 margin, the board authorized a six-month study on the feasibility of grouping all fourth- and fifth-grade students together in ...

Going ‘proud’ for 50 years

The OBSERVER’s View

Fifty years of sweetness in the annual Festival of Grapes came to a conclusion on Sunday. The three-day event, which was well attended, highlighted the county’s famous crop, community organizations and past participants. It brought plenty of life to downtown Silver Creek. “We’re just so ...

Above it all in dreams

Commentary

One night many years ago I dreamed that I could fly all by myself. I didn’t fly in the traditional prone position like Clark Kent in Superman, but rather in a sitting position such as one might have in a low-slung sports car with one’s feet out in front of him. I’ve often wondered how I ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 Chautauqua County legislators are calling for the state to get their prisoners out of the county jail — and make room for higher paying tenants: federal prisoners. Every day, the county makes a $35 profit on each federal prisoner and loses $11 for each state ...

FREDONIA: Smart move on trustee

Opinion

Catherine Creeley has been there, done that — and it makes a lot of sense for the village of Fredonia. Last week, Creeley was appointed to the open trustee position previously held by Marc Ruckman until he resigned in June. It is a situation that is quite similar to when she was appointed ...

Lunacy in North Korea and at home

Commentary

By RICHARD MAKUCH Dangerous behavior from a radical state such as North Korea has been threatening this country and the world for decades. The past administrations did everything from kind words to embargoes and nothing has helped with a bully such as North Korea, which is insane. Its ...

Retrospective — Sept. 18

Opinion

Twenty years ago — 1997 Retired Stockton Postmaster Bessie Kelley spent 26 years in the community’s U.S. Postal Service facility located in a block of buildings near the hamlet’s four corners. She was among the estimated 125 people taking part in the grand opening of the new post office ...

HAFFA CASE: A stunning error at trial

Opinion

Anyone who has watched “Law & Order” more than once likely knows of the Brady rule, which stipulates that a prosecutor must turn over all evidence that may exonerate a defendant to the defendant’s attorney. That’s why it was so surprising earlier this week when a Brady rule ...

Reed’s confusing stance on gun law

Commentary

I am confused by U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, but, I must admit, this is nothing new. Reed voted against the federal Clean Water Act in support of independent state’s rights to manage water purity, even though water flows from state to state carrying pollutants with it. He has voted that air ...

Gateway plan met with mixed reaction

Commentary

Borrello plan is nothing new Editor, OBSERVER: We saw county Legislator George Borrello’s proposal for a Gateway in Ripley. Our excitement quickly turned to disappointment because this is no more than a retread of the 2013 proposal that is part of the county’s strategic plan, at ...

Submitted photo: CSEA had an information session for a week in August and focused on its efforts to defeat the convention vote.

More cons than pros to state convention

Commentary

The New York State Constitution (Article 19, Section 2) requires that every 20 years the following ballot question will be asked: “Shall there be a convention to revise the constitution and amend the same?” This question will appear on the ballot on Nov. 7. Voters should be aware that the ...

We must not disrespect the past

Commentary

Your article on about Texas College “could influence Confederate statue moves” (Aug. 22) caught my attention. I was a member of the 36th Division National Guard in World War II. Here’s the interesting question: How did a New York City boy end up in the Texas National Guard? I did train ...

Plan for the future, but live for today

Commentary

Hurricanes, forest fires, and other disasters demonstrate just how quickly new reality can alter the prospects for entire regions. It doesn’t happen only during major disasters, though. In the course of a few hours, everything a family owns can be lost to a home fire. An automobile ...

Retrospective — Sept. 17

Opinion

Twenty years ago — 1997 Lori Mrowka, a 1994 graduate of Dunkirk High School, spent this summer on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., working as an intern at the White House’s Schedule and Advance Office. The internship was granted through the Hesburgh Public Service Program at Notre Dame ...

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 RIPLEY PLAYERS RETURN — After a three-year hiatus, the Ripley Library Players will return tonight with a performance at Noble Winery in Westfield. The shows had been put on hold for several reasons, including the death of ...

Growing health group wants input

Commentary

What does the health of a community mean to you? Probably hospitals and doctors immediately come to mind, but a broader perspective brings all kinds of resources into play. Being healthy depends on the quality of life in a community where wellness, disease prevention, and aging in place ...

The school of life

Commentary

Here is another classic Margaret column I love to think about things because it gives one a better understanding about life. We call this time of year “fall” because the leaves fall. This is not true. Leaves don’t fall. They are pushed out so that when it snows, the snow will come ...