Opinion

Actions are an annoyance

The OBSERVER’s View

This week, the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency will consider a payment in lieu of taxes agreement for the proposed Dunkirk Great Lakes Cold Storage facility, which has already had its share of controversy. A first hurdle was overcome during a city hearing last month when the ...

The People’s Column

Peoples column

Editor, OBSERVER: The headline, “Pomfret moving forward with county water” (April 24), misrepresents the town of Pomfret’s water supply systems because it deals only with the Van Buren Water District. The town also operates the Chestnut Road, Berry Road, west side of Johnson Street, ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1987 Greater Buffalo Press is expected to expand its Chemical Process and Supply Company plant in Sheridan to about double its present size and purchase the former True Temper plant in Dunkirk for a research and development facility. “Today could be the day the city of ...

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 DRUG DROP-OFF DAY — Do you have unused prescriptions sitting in your medicine cabinet? Don’t flush them down the toilet or throw them in the trash. Instead, bring them to a participating drug drop-off location, taking place ...

Visitor from past a wonderful surprise

Commentary

I have to tell you my schedule. I have to hand in my column by Tuesday at 2 p.m. That means I’m early for some things and late for other things. I had to wait for Easter. My column came out Saturday and Easter was Sunday. My friend David (from my Bible class) was alone, too, so we went to my ...

Faces of the Reformation

Commentary

As an Augustinian monk, Luther fasted, prayed, attended and led Mass. Despite this holy life, he was in constant doubt of his salvation. Luther began concentrating his studies on the Bible rather than the Church Fathers. In 1514, while studying Paul’s letter to the Romans in his tower room ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1987 New life has been given to a vacant building in the village of Silver Creek. The Babcock Street Elementary School, which has stood vacant since the opening of the new elementary school in 1979, has been converted into apartments. Although the name in the concrete ...

Congress: ‘Shutdown’ card being played

The OBSERVER’s View

President Donald Trump’s critics insist he does not understand Washington politics and insists on getting his own way too often for the country’s good. Oh, really? Trump had been requesting that Congress approve funding to start work on a barrier to illegal immigrants crossing our ...

That lofty grackle

Commentary

I suppose I’m supposed to find something to admire in each of God’s creatures. I know snakes can be striking — even when they aren’t. Once I’ve stopped bolting and return for a second look, I can appreciate the colors and patterns they display. And a lot of “garbage eaters” — ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1987 Eric Pagano, a sixth-grade student at the Dunkirk Middle School, was the grand prize winner in the recent BOCES Elementary Science Kit Program logo contest. His entry will now be the official BOCES ESP logo soon to be used on letterheads, kit containers and numerous ...

Each time U.S. Rep. Tom Reed has won election, his opponent has emerged quite quickly.

Reed’s nonstop race for Congress

Local/Region

As is usually the case just months after the Congressional election, U.S. Rep. Tom Reed is wearing his customary bullseye again. As noted in this newspaper last week, the Democrats are looking to name someone — fairly soon — to run against the District 23 official who has won election three ...

Tough trade with neighbor

The OBSERVER’s View

It’s nice to see U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and President Donald Trump playing nicely together when it comes to securing a better deal for U.S. dairy producers trying to sell their wares in Canada. Recently, all three have protested regulatory plans by the Province of ...

In a hectic life, peace of mind

Commentary

My last column provided a profile of a family and the start of their day. You may know some family who closely resembles the profile. You may even realize “Oh, my God, that’s us.” That since more women are in the formal workplace complementing their spouse’s or partner’s employment, ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1987 From Just Between Us ... About 1,000 persons were in King Concert Hall at Fredonia State University College to view the film, “Poland the Enduring Dream.” Jefferson Westwood, director of Rockefeller Arts Center, welcomed the crowd, probably the largest gathered ...

Let’s be more respectful

The OBSERVER’s View

Disrespectful. How else would you describe the action by Fredonia resident Marcia Johnson who threw a $20 bill at Trustee Doug Essek during Monday’s Village Board meeting? Plainly stated, it’s out of line. “Twenty bucks means that much to you? Here’s $20,” she exclaimed, tossing the ...

Meet the candidate for county executive

Commentary

It is not uncommon for the grandson of a mayor to follow in the family footsteps, but what is uncommon is to find a politician with true blue collar roots, and a desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others. That’s George Borrello. And it is that desire that has motivated ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1987 The economic impact of the recent movie filming in the Gowanda and South Dayton area is difficult to measure accurately, but most estimates indicate “in excess of $75,000 was spent in the Gowanda and South Dayton area.” The economic impact of the movie production ...

Agency caught in the middle

The OBSERVER’s View

It is troubling that houses targeted by the Chautauqua County Land Bank are still occupied — not because of anything the agency is doing wrong, but because a home that pops up on the land bank’s radar probably should not be occupied. Gina Paradis, executive director, said recently there ...

A better chemistry for our planet

Commentary

The Science March on Earth Day provided us with an actual picture of the participating masses filled with an untiring enthusiasm in unity for the need to save our planet, for there is no planet B; we only have one chance and that time is now because time will run out for we are very close to ...

Another hurdle in progress

The OBSERVER’s View

Government will never be accused of moving too fast. But the Athenex announcement by state Gov. Andrew Cuomo in Dunkirk, which came some 14 months ago, is progressing. Most recently, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul in a stop in the town of Hanover announced the project that could bring up to 900 jobs ...