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Opinion

Proof is in the numbers

The OBSERVER’s View

Sluggish passenger numbers have put a halt to the latest airline to occupy the Chautauqua County Airport in Jamestown. No one should be surprised that Southern Airways Express isn’t meeting the federal government’s 10 passenger a day minimum to receive Essential Air Service subsidies. The ...

Not everything can be laughed at

Commentary

It’s high time we made sense of a whole bunch of things. Like the football season. And hashtag-me-too. Which leads to the Oprah for President movement. How about a winter without sunshine? If it weren’t for the generous locals who have kept their lights burning well past Christmas, these ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 The rapid development of the Vineyard Drive area may soon include a new grocery store. Dunkirk Common Council members recently approved water and sewer service for a proposed Aldi food store on Vineyard Drive in the town of Dunkirk. The proposed store would be near ...

New York State: Local burden evident again

The OBSERVER’s View

We already knew New York state faced a $4.4 billion deficit. State Gov. Andrew Cuomo made those remarks in his annual State of the State address on Jan. 3. What we again continued to hear on Tuesday was the problems regarding the federal government during the budget address. Cuomo remarked ...

A path of ‘ignorance’ for America?

Commentary

While the world is watching what appears to be dysfunctional chaos here in America over these past few days, people in cities, towns and villages have been busy honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King; and President Trump is Tweeting! (Mentioning these two men in the same sentence might be ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 The former Cardinal Mindszenty school building and faculty house on Central Avenue in Dunkirk have been sold to an organization headed by a Dunkirk-Fredonia area native. The Diocese of Buffalo announced it has sold the buildings to Renaissance of WNY Inc., which is ...

Making grade with greeting

The OBSERVER’s View

Classes at the State University of New York at Fredonia are not yet in session for the spring semester, but one group at the institution has already scored with the community: the Blue Devil hockey team. On Jan. 8, the team greeted elementary students at Fredonia Central Schools. It was an ...

Does everyone have a choice?

Commentary

“Nobody forced him to do it. You know, if you do the crime, you got to do the time. After all, he made the choice …” These statements represent a typical conclusion drawn by those of us caught up in a discussion about an individual, especially a teenager, who has committed some kind of ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 The decision by AL Tech Specialty Steel Corp. to voluntarily seek Chapter 11 protection was the focus of a meeting of the United Steel Workers of America Local 2693. AL Tech Chief Executive Officer met with union members to discuss last week’s decision by the ...

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.: Keeping the dream alive

The OBSERVER’s View

There’s days our region embraces diversity. Other days, not so much. You could say the same about our great country — the United States of America. It is a great melting pot, but it has a poor history of inclusion for all nationalities and races. Even at this time, division is quite ...

Optimist always sees an opportunity

Commentary

In the early days of my youth, I remember well a speech by Winston Churchill heard on radio. In his speech, Churchill eloquently stated: “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” At that time, I thought his idea was good, ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Blood donations to the Red Cross have been in decline recently. Only four percent of the county’s population donate blood and Amil Manzella of Silver Creek is one of those who takes the time to help others. “For the last eight years, I’ve been going to donate ...

WESTFIELD: A questionable state reward

The OBSERVER’s View

Last week, the Westfield Police Department received a state grant of $7,541 to either purchase recording equipment to conduct video interrogations or replace existing systems that are either faltering or in need of upgrade. Is that really good use of taxpayer dollars? New York state, through ...

People’s column

Peoples column

Article placement on hero was ‘sad’ Editor, OBSERVER: I am with Make A Mark self-advocacy group out of Dunkirk. I think that is a shame that Officer Craig Lehner’s article was on the back page of the OBSERVER when it should of been on the very front page of the newspaper on Oct. 26 ...

Offices and objects of desire

Commentary

Here’s a New Year’s resolution. Let’s help Hillary Clinton find a country where she can call herself Madame President. The poor lady desperately wants that title. Hillary expressed that desire during an interview on “Now This,” which is an online news outlet (true). If an ...

Resolving to enjoy life, our world

Commentary

There are three things in life certain to set you up for failure: The Barbie doll, a womanly image presented to little girls that can never be achieved; Martha Stewart, the quintessential overachiever, also unachievable; and New Year’s Resolutions. Have you ever kept a New Year’s ...

Area loses ‘gem’ in profession

Commentary

Here is another voice from the many patients who were professionally treated and well served by Dr. Thomas McTernan. Along with literally hundreds of others, I was saddened to learn of his leaving the General Physicians, PC group. Dr. McTernan is truly a gem to the medical profession. I was ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 A two-year study entitled “Safe Havens: The Contributions of Youth Organizations to Healthy Adolescent Development” has concluded what many voluntary sector youth service organizations have long believed: Children served by community youth development agencies ...

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 PRESTIGIOUS AWARD — Kelly Zimmerman the Pine Valley Elementary School principal was recently awarded Niagara University’s Educational Leader of the Year. Chandra Foote, the Dean of College Education at NU, said Zimmerman was ...

The purpose of Christmas (Christ’s Coming)

Commentary

Jesus, the Son of God, was born into human flesh, God’s gift to humanity, to become one of us in every way except having no sin of His own, so He could be the perfect sin sacrifice for us and die on a cross for the forgiveness of our sins. This is the gift we celebrate each Christmas Day: ...