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VILLAGES: Mayors need to support dissolution

The OBSERVER’s View

When it comes to sharing services, many elected officials are open arms. But when it comes to consolidation, it’s another story. Take, for example, the village of Brocton. Mayor Richard Frost thanked Portland Supervisor Dan Schrantz for attending a recent village board meeting. At the ...

Small talk, big rewards

Commentary

Once upon a time, I was calling a business and a receptionist answered. I told her the reason for my call and spontaneously asked, “How are you?” I sensed a hesitation in her voice. She then said, “I’m fine and how are you?” I replied and asked her if callers ever ask her how ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 The Seneca Nation of Indians is making final plans to collect fees on gasoline and diesel fuel sold on its Cattaraugus and Allegany reservations. The fee implementation is planned by the end of this month on fuel sales at all tax-free businesses located on Seneca ...

Bring your ideas tonight

The OBSERVER’s View

Plenty of conversation has been had regarding Central Connection — an idea to bring the village of Fredonia, city of Dunkirk and the State University of New York at Fredonia together — to boost the region. Tonight, at 6:30 p.m. in the Dunkirk High School gym, residents are encouraged to ...

Big future choices face SUNY Fredonia

Commentary

The State University of New York at Fredonia has declining enrollment and it faces a decision. It can emphasize student quality or quantity and shape its identity in so doing. Fredonia has had at least 5,000 students per year and usually more than 5,300 students from 2000-2013 (roughly, ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 The city of Dunkirk is considering borrowing $1.8 million because the bills are coming due before the taxes come through. Property tax payments which represent 60 percent of the city’s general fund balance, will not be available until April. Minus this revenue, the ...

Still paying for the past

The OBSERVER’s View

Former Forestville elected officials never hesitated to point out what a great job the former Streets Department foreman was doing on a fairly regular basis. As with most things those board members said, it turned out to be untrue. What the town of Hanover has found is plenty of neglect at ...

Getting past the distractions

Commentary

I don’t know where the expression referring to the “mind’s eye” came from, but I’m sure we all have it. I assume it refers to believing in, or becoming aware of something that we didn’t know we knew. There are people who make a good case for the fact that we know more than we ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 Ryan Harrington, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael (Patricia) Harrington of Mayville attended the National Young Leaders Conference held Feb. 4-9 in Washington, D.C. The theme of the conference was “The Leaders of Tomorrow Meeting the Leaders of Today.” Throughout the ...

COUNTY: Another plus to sharing

The OBSERVER’s View

Chautauqua County is making progress when it comes to regional solutions. The most recent evidence of this is the county is one of six finalists for a $20 million grant from New York state. Last week, area officials found out they were one of six to become a finalist for the best government ...

Society’s slant is quite evident

Commentary

Our colleges are a breeding place for dissension and the brain-washing of our vulnerable young adults by those so-called education people who are not dedicated to the interest of this country. This is a dangerous atmosphere for this generation, who can very easily adapted to the teachings of ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 Over the years, they went through their biggest victories and most frustrating losses together. And earlier this month, when Jim Kelly announced his retirement, he and the Buffalo Bills cried together. In making the announcement, Kelly stopped several times to keep ...

Higher, but not all better

The OBSERVER’s View

Just what do we take from the recent state Education Department report regarding recent graduates? Only that we are getting a little bit better in Chautauqua County. As we noted last week, the graduation rate of the 2016 class fared 1 percent better than those in 2015 with 84 percent making ...

Former Dunkirk Mayor Richard Frey, who faces jail time for wire fraud, served the United States in the Korean War.

EX-CITY MAYOR ALSO A WAR HERO

Commentary

I have known ex-mayor Dick Frey since seventh grade – DHS class of 1949. As mayor, he did a super great job and with little to work with. Dunkirk certainly is not the rich city of when we were young. So he supposedly transferred some campaign money to a personal account – so big deal ...

An important renaissance for our country

Commentary

Every Black History Month, I’m reminded how fortunate I was to have had an American history professor at SUNY Fredonia, Dr. Bill Chazanof, who took time to teach us about one of the most significant yet little known periods in our cultural history, the Harlem Renaissance. While we were ...

Ruling likely to affect future candidates

Commentary

Except for the grace of God or luck, there goes a lot of elected officials in our county. Every single countywide official, county legislator, city elected, Fredonia elected, and Pomfret Town elected are absolutely required to make full financial filings with the state board of elections ...

U.S. must put families first

Commentary

When I gave birth, I needed time. Time to recover. Time to learn how to nurse and care for my baby. But if you’re a working mom, then odds are you didn’t have that time. Instead, after a very short stay at home with your new baby, you probably had to make this choice: You either ...

‘Ban’ on immigrants is un-American

Commentary

Stephen Kershnar (Feb. 8) has a lot of nerve to call critics of his right-wing nationalist agenda “unbelievably ignorant”; hardly a professorial or philosophical argument, I think. And a lot of local conservatives and populists wrongly seem to assume that a professor must have his ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 Despite rumors to the contrary, 3rd ward councilman Paul Van Den Vouver says Dunkirk city firefighters have not received overtime pay for more than three months. “They have not taken a penny in overtime since October of 1996, based on my review,” he said. ...

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 BOWLED OVER — Congratulations go out to Fredonia Hillbillies bowling team. For the first time in school history, the team won the Section 6 Class C high school bowling championship. It’s Tom Battaglia’s 16th year coaching ...