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Opinion

DAMAGE Making quick call for aid

The OBSERVER’s View

Over the weekend, U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand made a call for a quick response by the federal government in terms of storm damage across New York state that occurred on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. In our region, the greatest damage was done near Dunkirk and Sunset Bay. In the ...

Coming apart in Civil War

Commentary

I recently rewatched Ken Burns’ outstanding Civil War documentary. It raised the interesting issue of whether the Constitution allowed Southern states to secede. The legal status of secession is independent of its moral status. Slavery was a monstrous evil and eliminating it justified ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1989 Dunkirk High School’s Jennifer Kubiak will compete in the Section VI Diving Preliminaries in the Alumni Arena natatorium on the University of Buffalo campus in Amherst. Jennifer recently won her third Chautauqua County diving championship in Frewsburg. Forty ...

NEW YORK STATE Age limit appears to do something

The OBSERVER’s View

Last week, a new law went into effect in New York state regarding the age at which smoking is allowed from 18 to 21. Of course, it was the knee-jerk thing to do. If New York was serious about smoking or vaping for that matter, it could make these items unlawful. It will not do that with ...

School professionals are major contributors

Peoples column

Editor, OBSERVER: In 2007, the New York State Legislature officially established the third Tuesday of November as “School-Related Professionals Recognition Day.” This Recognition Day is today, Nov. 19. We would like to publicly acknowledge the hard work that these men and women do every ...

It’s not always about control

Commentary

A proverb in the Bible’s book of Proverbs says effectively, “As a man thinketh in his heart so is he.” Our body is made up of many parts, which are all controlled by our brains. All creatures have a brain which unconsciously controls their life functions. What about our our minds, ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1989 The winner of Marine Midland’s “Show Off Your Kids!” contest was Jason Bishoff. He received a $200 U.S. Savings Bond in a random drawing of participants. Jason is the 4-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Bishoff. They reside on Lincoln Avenue in Dunkirk. Jason ...

ELECTION Let the final count begin

The OBSERVER’s View

Barring some unusual occurrence, it could be the final day of the 2019 voting season as absentee ballots will be counted in Mayville by the county Board of Elections. There are a number of races that hang in the balance, most notably is in the city of Dunkirk where incumbent Mayor Wilfred ...

Time stood still as nation mourned

Commentary

It was a clear, brisk day in November 1963. The eastern horizon was lit with silvery rays of sunlight on this bright Friday morning. As usual, teachers and students greeted each other at the Main Street School in East Aurora. I was the school principal at the time. Little did any of us know, ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1999 Filming has been finished in Hollywood for “Gone in 60 Seconds 2000,” a remake of Tony Halicki’s low-budget cult classic of 1974, but movie-goers will have to wait until March for its release. While Dunkirk native H. B. “Toby” Halicki’s film cost less ...

SUNDAY SHOUTOUT: Fantastic four steals Albany show

The OBSERVER’s View

Young adults from northern Chautauqua County were saluted and cheered while attending a gathering in Albany. Casey Cannon, Wilfredo Santana, Jessica Vara and Mallory Wojcinski shared their stories with hundreds of youth workers at the Association of New York State Youth Bureaus’ and The ...

DUNKIRK Getting answers on city project

The OBSERVER’s View

For the second time within a month, the Dunkirk Senior Citizens are meeting to discuss the proposed work on its facility at 45 Cliffstar Court. The upgrades are part of a $750,000 grant from New York state that was presented last year to the organization. However, there is some anxiety from ...

People’s column

Peoples column

Wind comments are hot air Editor, OBSERVER: In response to Dr. Ellen Banks thoughts concerning offshore turbines, it is not true that the turbines will not affect the fish industry. She said the cod fish are starting to come back, why did they leave in the first place? These turbines ...

All energy options driven by greed

Commentary

By GEORGE H. BURNS III In the growing battle over wind turbines it would be wise to consider man-made events over the past 100 years that have caused significant, if not permanent scars to our natural environment. Some of these were unintentional and involved ignorance or negligence. Others ...

Confrontation from reunion with family

Commentary

Editor’s note: Former State University of New York at Fredonia professor and OBSERVER columnist George Sebouhian was preparing to write his life story when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2013. He died three years later, having left behind hundreds of pages of research notes, poems and ...

Some need to upgrade licenses

Commentary

I would like to clear up rumors and misinformation that has been circulating about Real ID compliant driver’s licenses. I have received many inquiries from county residents about information that they heard on news broadcasts and from TSA agents at the airport. Beginning in October 2020, ...

There’s limits to our freedoms

Commentary

Should we trade freedom for protection? We already have. They’re called laws! Laws are at least intended to protect some of us from others of us (e.g., zoning, criminal law, noise ordinances, clean food laws, etc,). Many of the functions of good government are premised on the need to ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1999 The Dunkirk-Fredonia Lions Club recently celebrated its 58th Charter Night with special recognition being given to two of its members. Bert Bullock was the recipient of the Multiple District 20 Robert J. Uplinger Distinguished Service Award and is the highest honor ...

STUDY Agency findings behind times

The OBSERVER’s View

Should one need further proof that the federal government and its bureaucracy are dangerously behind and out-of-touch with reality, take a look at the “revelation” presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week. It turns out, childhood trauma — or Adverse ...

I can see the stars

Commentary

Very well aware of the old saw about the alternative, I can still state I am very grateful I don’t ever have to turn 80 again. I heard the doctors at the hospital saying I was in superb health . . . for my age. Then why was I there? and why again? I probably haven’t visited since my ...