Opinion

Lending hand after Florence

The OBSERVER’s View

Two people from Chautauqua County are making a commitment of time and energy to assist those impacted by Hurricane Florence. Both Ron Chwojdak of Silver Creek and Nicole Roma of Jamestown are heading to the Carolinas to assist in relief efforts. You can help as well — even if you cannot be ...

Does the U.S. embrace diversity?

Commentary

The U.S. cultural elite constantly repeats the mantra: diversity is our strength. This idea supports affirmative action, a sizable diversity industry, and immigration policies (for example, the diversity lottery). Academia, businesses, and the military enthusiastically promote diversity. ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Senior citizens who own their homes are grateful for the New York State STAR program which provides property tax relief for eligible senior citizens. It reduces the tax bill significantly on their primary residence if they are 65 or older and their income does not ...

Helping those at colleges

The OBSERVER’s View

Applause to the State University of New York at Fredonia and Jamestown Community College for making sure their students have access to food in advance of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s December deadline. Earlier this year the governor announced his “No Student Goes Hungry Program” that mandated ...

The two sides of science

Commentary

Some may have mistaken what I have meant about the scientific communities theories regarding evolution and creation. It is only that the man in the street may be taking them as established law, simply because they were the best that science could come up with, and have not been refuted. They ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 A landmark barn on Route 60 south of Cassadaga lies in ashes after it went up in smoke and fire under a controlled burn conducted by the Cassadaga Volunteer Fire Department. The barn, built in 1860, had fallen into disrepair and the owner wanted it removed. In less ...

EVANS: Board must consider plan

The OBSERVER’s View

When 700 residents sign a petition, that is nothing to ignore. But that is what the Evans Town Board did last month when it was presented on the evening of Aug. 15. Stan Radwan, one of the members of the Evans Taxpayers United Group, criticized the three-member board for their lack of action ...

Free money is a costly problem

Commentary

After reading the front page of the OBSERVER, I had to comment on the article titled “More schools able to offer free lunches.” My concern is that nothing is free in this day and age. The people who are financing this program are the seniors who are only living on a fixed income, only from ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Three of the Stockton township’s oldest residents were honored at the 1998 Stockton Old Fashioned Days held at the Chautauqua County Firemen’s Grounds on Railroad Avenue. Ruth Putnam, 85, of Stockton received a medallion for the oldest woman to attend the opening ...

FREDONIA Rental plan is low priority

The OBSERVER’s View

Busy work. That is exactly what the Fredonia Village Board and its mayor have created by putting forth a proposal to change the rental housing codes. Are things really that bad in the village when it comes to students, other tenants and landlords in the village? A recent scan of police ...

People’s column

Peoples column

McCain made us all proud Editor, OBSERVER: I wonder if John McCain, or his family, or those who voted for him, or those who admired something about him, understood what his most important accomplishment was in his life. It is not that he was a senator. It was not that he almost became ...

Big trucks drive discontent

Commentary

As a resident of the town of Hanover, I must write to complain of the noise pollution and safety that our municipalities have failed to protect a two-mile span of road taken over by a construction and gravel company. Throughout the years, this company has won variances in our community with ...

Election really was (mostly) about race

Commentary

From replies to commentary in the online version of the OBSERVER: “The truth may be that we were a far better country before we opened our borders for the scum of the world to join us. The standards and values that were passed on to us by our ancestors are being destroyed . . . . The American ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

JAMESTOWN — With fall just around the corner, now is the time to stock up on birdseed to be sure your feathered friends visit your home throughout the winter. Thursday, Sept. 27, at 5 p.m. is the deadline for ordering bird seed and related treats from Audubon Community Nature Center’s ...

Some of the best, worst of the week

The OBSERVER’s View

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST TEAM USA — Congratulations goes out to Cheryl Burns, a Cassadaga Valley agriculture and CTE (career and technical education) teacher for being able to compete in Australia as a sprint distance runner for Team USA. She was one ...

Polka Fest an engine of opportunity

Commentary

What we saw Sunday, Aug. 12 in our city of Dunkirk was a rebirth of what we had years ago! We all believe our prayers are being answered! The Polka Fest at Blessed Mary Angela, with Chicago recording artists Lenny Gomulka and the Chicago Push had it all! People came from Cleveland, Erie, ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Two llamas visited the Chautauqua County Home in Dunkirk recently. Five-year-old Noah and one-year-old Virginia were escorted from unit to unit by their owners, Ed and Caroline Ludwig of Fredonia. Residents and visitors were both surprised and awed to see the llamas ...

schools Big spending, lots of trouble

The OBSERVER’s View

Politicians in the big-government crowd would have us believe that spending tons of money on public schools is the way to ensure children get good educations. Really? Ask parents in Detroit about that. At $14,259, Detroit public schools’ per-pupil spending is the eighth-highest of the 100 ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Judge Walter Drag was recently awarded The Vocational Service Award by the Rotary Club of Dunkirk. The award is given annually to an individual exhibiting the highest ethical standards in carrying out his or her professional duties. Judge Drag was chosen because of ...

In Catholic turmoil, priest keeps upbeat spirit

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Right before the 11 a.m. Mass on Sept. 2 at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Dunkirk, the unexpected heavy rainfall let up. Rays of sunlight began to enter the sanctuary through the cupola above. It was a moment that did not go unnoticed by the Rev. Daniel Walsh, pastor. In welcoming the ...