Opinion

IRAN Tensions on rise in Mideast

The OBSERVER’s View

Any number of individuals, organizations and even nations in the Middle East would not be displeased in the slightest at a military conflict between the United States and Iran. Islamic terrorist groups, for one, understand that would divert U.S. assets from targeting them, to at least some ...

A feather of a different color

Commentary

A photograph of a mallard male has sat on my desk waiting for my thoughts and observations ... apparently for a few years. The iridescence on his head is obvious in the picture, what I felt made him so spectacularly special. I have tried many times since to get more pictures but the birds ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 A retirement party was held at the Kosciuszko Polish Home for Mrs. Anthony (Bernice) Mleczko of Dunkirk, a fourth-grade teacher at St. Hyacinth School. Eighth-grade teacher Paul Rushboldt served as master of ceremonies. The investiture was given by Father Michael ...

Music, arts set tone for safe environment

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Dunkirk High School’s cafeteria had undergone a transformation. On a recent Friday afternoon earlier this month, it was no longer just a place for students to grab a bite to eat at breakfast or lunch. Instead, the room was filled with artists, educators, musicians, parents and about 35 ...

UPSTATE: Nothing funny about reality

The OBSERVER’s View

More than two weeks ago, a “Simpsons” episode took a number of shots at upstate New York. It made a mockery of the declining populations, the loss of Eastman Kodak in Rochester and also featured a beautiful image of downtown Buffalo in the evening that ended with a sudden snowfall. Gov. ...

People’s Column

Peoples column

Poppies support area veterans Editor, OBSERVER: Honor the fallen and support the living. Wear a poppy with pride. Donations are used to help veteran and military families in their need. They have given so much and this is a small way of letting them know we care and thank them. Look ...

A caution in communication

Commentary

The second session with Anna and Pedro was telling. She was surprised that he’d come to the first session. He knew that their relationship was in trouble. Her patience was waning. Her major complaint referenced a lack of communication. She talked freely, he was quiet. That Pedro opened up ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Joe Dispense, a Town of Dunkirk resident, has come up with an invention he calls “The Table Hand.” The retractable wheel assembly attaches to most conventional six-foot or eight-foot picnic tables. The Table Hand allows one person to easily move a picnic table ...

PUBLIC FUNDS: Even small thefts leave black eye

The OBSERVER’s View

It is one more violation of trust after the theft of public money, albeit small, from a local government agency. Debra Kelley, the former assistant treasurer of the Chautauqua County Water and Soil District, was charged with petit larceny after the state comptroller’s office discovered a ...

Neighborhood schools a healthy choice

Commentary

The OBSERVER’s view, “Tradition allows for struggles” (May 16) asserts: “In this day and age, we don’t need neighborhood schools.” The argument presented suggests that Dunkirk’s four elementary schools should be reduced to one, following practice in Chautauqua County central ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Village of Gowanda resident Mary A. Stelley has been named president of the New York State Business and Professional Women’s Club. After serving two years as the organization’s first vice president, she assumed her post as president today, a day which the Collins ...

MEMORIAL DAY: Making a call for the flags

The OBSERVER’s View

With Memorial Day only six days away, John Miga of the American Legion Post 62 sent us a reminder that’s worth repeating. American flags are being placed in cemeteries across our region near the graves of our veterans. Miga noted in an e-mail to the OBSERVER: “During the next several days, ...

Misfit characters are on TV, around us

Commentary

People my age tend to judge the younger generations based on what we recollect as a universal set of values from “back-in-the-day.” Of course there is always the risk of romanticizing the past. Memories can be selective without our knowing. Time is a prism through which images of the ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 A proposed $26.3 million budget was rejected by voters in the Dunkirk City School District. District residents defeated the proposed 1999-2000 spending plan by a margin of 672 to 558. The board will now consider two options — adopting a contingency budget of making ...

SINCLAIRVILLE: Petition interest is significant

The OBSERVER’s View

Slowly and surely, residents are chipping away at our burdensome system of too many municipal governments. The villages of Forestville and Cherry Creek in recent years have been dissolved by voter approval. When dissolving governments, it is best to start with the smallest. Within the last ...

A day of gratitude and remembrance

Commentary

Memorial Day will soon be here, and Armed Forces Day has just passed. Many of us recall the words of John F. Kennedy when he said “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 The Dunkirk Kiwanis Club’s 32nd annual Geranium Sale is being held this month. The annual fundraiser enables the Kiwanis to sponsor youth soccer, hockey and baseball teams, as well as assisting the Dunkirk Youth Bureau’s Summer Day Camp, and library and scouting ...

DUNKIRK Tense times need leadership

The OBSERVER’s View

Since late March when a shooting took place at an area establishment on East Second Street, there have been a number of other disconcerting incidents in the city of Dunkirk. On April 9, gunshots were reportedly fired in the area of East Beaver and Second streets. On May 7, there were ...

People’s column

Peoples column

Nuring home abuse shocking Editor, OBSERVER: I am sharing the following letter that I sent to the governor of Arizona: Dear Gov. Doug Ducey, I advocate for people with disabilities. I found an article dated Jan. 27 regarding violations increasing in Arizona nursing homes. I found it a ...

Swamp alive and well in your utilities

Commentary

The Federal Energy Regulation Commission (FERC) determines your electric bill, sets taxes on gasoline, regulates hydroelectric dams and the water behind them, and governs the building and operation of natural gas, oil lines, and high-voltage electric transmission lines. The agency was created ...