Opinion

Hooping it up in the region

The OBSERVER’s View

Western New York has joined the madness again. After a decisive win in the Metro Atlantic Conference final, the University of Buffalo will take on either St. John’s or Arizona State as a sixth seed in the West at 4 p.m. Friday. Both the Red Storm and Sun Devils have a play-in game on ...

Your limitless horizons in America

Commentary

You cannot hold intelligence in your hand. You cannot smell it or taste it. Awareness of it exists, but only to human minds. All life exists as a form of intelligence. Life is the only thing in creation that is self motivated to modify its environment for its own satisfaction. Other life has ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 An OBSERVER editorial addressing the vandalism to the beautiful Mark Fountains in Fredonia’s Barker Common suggests that both fountains should be brilliantly illuminated with spotlights as soon as possible. It notes that vandalism is reaching the proportions that ...

County What leader is next in line?

The OBSERVER’s View

Let us jump the gun just a bit regarding Chautauqua County government. Currently, we have a strong executive in George Borrello, who is more than capable of representing us in the New York state Senate District 57. But if he is looking to leave his current post, who is ready to fill his ...

People’s Column

Peoples column

Brooks board’s actions are major disservice Editor, OBSERVER: I really enjoyed Richard Ketcham’s remarks in the OBSERVER (Feb. 24). He was so right on target. The Brooks Hospital board did a disservice to both Dunkirk and Fredonia and has done more to divide these two communities than ...

Putting a new standard to the test

Commentary

This a quote from a disgruntled taxpayer: “I work. They pay me. I pay my taxes and the government distributes my taxes as they see fit. But in order to get that paycheck, in my case, I am required to pass a random urine test, with which I have no problem. What I do have a problem with is my ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 While the golden age of Lake Erie shipping has passed with time and changes in transportation, 999 Films Inc. of Dunkirk plans to recapture the era with a documentary entitled, “Lake Erie Legacy — The Maritime Age.” 999 Films principals David Andrews and John ...

DUNKIRK: Board size can be reduced

The OBSERVER’s View

In three months, the Dunkirk school board is losing a member. Adam Reisenweber, who has served five years, announced at last week’s meeting he will be leaving in June. “It’s not personal. We’re just not going to be in the district anymore,” Reisenweber told the OBSERVER following ...

Differing voices on Brooks’ move

Commentary

Process has been ‘ridiculous’ Editor, OBSERVER: I try to read the many articles regarding the relocation of Brooks Hospital with an open mind, but the “people in power” make it so difficult. One statement made by the current hospital chief executive officer was the hospital ...

Hidden causes of student failure

Commentary

Public interest in school curriculum is often only about troublesome topics. Subjects like biology (evolution), health (sex education, vaccination), language arts (i.e., controversial literature) and history (e.g., correcting myths about the Pilgrims) generate more public interest than other ...

Putting it all into words

Commentary

I always had a thing for libraries. Maybe it was the shelves of books and the freedom they represented. There one would be transported beyond the present existence to other worlds and times and live another life between the pages. I was reading books very early in my life to the point of ...

New world for area without Young

Commentary

Things will change with the retirement of Catharine Young. It is not often that our region has an elected official who achieved the level of political leadership that she did in Albany. Among Republicans, you may have to go back to when Joe McGinnies of Ripley was Speaker of the Assembly ...

Wealthy life was no perfect fit

Commentary

By GEORGE SEBOUHIAN Compiled and edited by Damian Sebouhian Abandoned as an infant in 1931, Roy Sebouhian was taken into the care and custody of the New York Foundling Hospital. The hospital set Roy up with foster homes, one home after another until his biological father would eventually ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 This year, the Variety Club Telethon featured 4-year-old Brittany Dunlap of Cassadaga as the Dunkirk satellite child. The telethon, which aired on WKBW-TV Channel 7, featured vignettes of Brittany throughout the broadcast. Brittany, the daughter of David Dunlap and ...

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 SPOKE FOLK DONATION — Dunkirk’s Spoke Folk has a history of getting bicycles in the hands (and feet) of people who need them locally, but can’t afford them. They’ve taken their passion around the globe by getting bicycles ...

Separating state is our only hope

Commentary

This is in response to the Publisher’s notebook from March 1 regarding the possibility of “separating the state.” John D’Agostino stated how we are tied financially to the New York City area. I believe it. So, if the upstate region cannot survive without the downstate region ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. Peter Pett has been named Deputy of the Year for 1999 by the New York State Sheriff’s Association. He is the 21st recipient of the statewide honor established in 1977 and given annually to a deputy sheriff who has displayed ...

Democrats lose key candidate

The OBSERVER’s View

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, established his credentials as a liberal Democrat on most issues long ago. So, his failure to gain traction in an abortive bid for the presidency ought to be viewed by Democrats all over the nation as an alarm bell. Brown’s appeal in the Buckeye State has ...

The luck of the Irish

Commentary

There must be something to the saying for, in the 16 years I’ve been keeping daily weather records, the sun has always shone on March 17. The day may be “partly sunny” but seen there definitely some time which is a record I suspect few, if any other, dates can match. Not here in ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 The creation of an assisted care facility for senior citizens was the focus of discussion for the Dunkirk Housing Authority at a recent meeting. The board discussed the possibility of a housing unit where seniors live independently while services such as cooking and ...