Opinion

Vermont: Making school mergers happen

The OBSERVER’s View

Proponents of school consolidation need to pay attention to something happening in Vermont. A few years ago, Vermont state legislators approved Act 46, a school district consolidation law that gave schools within the state three years to consolidate voluntarily. Voters and school boards were ...

Trouble in paradise, business

Commentary

Please meet Oscar. He called a week ago and said he’d like to meet with me. He resides out of state and had been conducting business in Pittsburgh. He set a three-visit schedule to meet his time crunch. So, Oscar, I asked as we greeted in the waiting area, how was your drive? “Longer than I ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 The Brooks Memorial Hospital Auxiliary recently held its annual Tree of Lights ceremony with refreshments and carolers from the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Folk Choir directed by Sam Mancuso. The festivities concluded with the official lighting of the hospital tree. The ...

Aiding buildings, not infrastructure

The OBSERVER’s View

Gowanda school district voters will be deciding on a $30.5 million project Thursday. A portion of it focuses on important safety items, while other aspects address energy efficiency and a new turf field. That’s a huge price tag the district will take advantage, courtesy of New York state ...

Original sin, not Christmas, is the problem

Commentary

The war on Christmas is an attempt by the government and private companies to avoid mentioning Christmas or its religious content. Schools, stores, and advertisers are soldiers in the war. Partly in response to the war, some religious folk encourage people to keep Christmas focused on Christ. ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Area children will be able to dial 679-XMAS on their telephone to talk to Santa Claus live on Time Warner Cable Channel 5 seen in Brocton, Cassadaga, Fredonia and Stockton. This is the eighth year that Fredonia Local Access 5 community volunteers, the Academic ...

Somber moment in the village

The OBSERVER’s View

Shocking and sad. How else do you describe what happened on Monday afternoon on a normally quiet Liberty Street? Residents who were out in the aftermath described a simpler time — and a family atmosphere in the neighborhood when everyone seemed to look out for everyone else. Those were much ...

Audit shines light on village finances

Commentary

While the auditors will make a public presentation regarding the village’s finances, I am pleased to report that we are heading in the right direction. The audit not only shows that the village is financially sound, it also serves as strong confirmation that abolishing the administrator’s ...

Intelligence is likely all around

Commentary

I would have titled this piece, “What is intelligence,” but that would imply that I was prepared to give the answer, and I cannot. I’ll just chew on it awhile and see what develops. For starters I will boldly say something we don’t always think about. “All life is the essence of ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Property tax rates will not increase in 1999 under the city budget officially adopted by the Dunkirk Common Council. The property rate will be $15.88 per $1,000 of assessed value, which is the same as 1998. However, the rate local industries pay to have sewage ...

SILVER CREEK: Dialogue turns a bit unhealthy

The OBSERVER’s View

A pair of enthusiastic individuals approached the Silver Creek Village Board to talk about a healthy initiative known as “Complete Streets.” One was a member from the Chautauqua Health Network while another was a village resident. Their plea was to basically make the village more ...

Where do your wages go?

Commentary

How can people who have no jobs live off of the taxpayers? They live better than those who are responsible for their daily existence. To live a very irresponsible life in this country, it seems that the politicians think more of these free-loaders than they do of the people who pay the ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Burlington Coat Factory recalled hundreds of winter parkas from its stores after discovering they were trimmed with the fur of dogs slaughtered in China. The Burlington-based chain, which operates more than 250 stores nationwide, said it was duped by an Asian vendor ...

Dunkirk Can’t shrug spending hike

The OBSERVER’s View

Silence is never golden when it comes to approving municipal budgets. Fortunately, in the city of Dunkirk, one councilman spoke up regarding passage of a $23 million plan. Last week, Councilman Shaun Heenan voted no to the unacceptable plan. On the other side, Council members Don Williams ...

People’s column

Opinion

Clarifying items on Pearl Harbor Editor, OBSERVER: Dr. Robert Heichberger’s excellent account (Dec. 2) recalling the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor contained a few items that warrant clarification. First, the Japanese carrier fleet was just 220 miles north of Oahu, not the amount ...

Weighing in on politics, love

Commentary

Poor Barbra Streisand. She’s getting fat because of President Trump. She told the New York Times that his tweets and pronouncements upset her so much that the only way she can find peace again is to eat pancakes. I thought that was quite reassuring when I first heard that statement by Babs. ...

WCA event brightens holiday

Commentary

A big thank you to the Dunkirk-Fredonia and surrounding communities for making The WCA Home’s eighth annual “Gently-Used Christmas” sale a huge success! The Friends of WCA Auxiliary were very pleased with the generous donations of Christmas items for the sale. There was a large ...

Frustrations arrive before Christmas joy

Commentary

’Tis the season of peace on earth and good will toward men. Well, for a day or so this past week, with the passing of President George Herbert Walker Bush, that was true. By now we’re back to the hustle, bustle and stress of the Christmas season. I stopped sending Christmas cards years ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 The annual St. Lucy Day breakfast was held today at Chautauqua Day Care on the Fredonia State campus. This holiday program is based on the Swedish holiday traditionally celebrated on Dec. 13 in which the oldest girl in the family awakens family members at daybreak ...

Some of the best, worst of the week

The OBSERVER’s View

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST EMPTY BOWLS — Once again, the community came out in droves to support the Empty Bowls project. Last weekend, hundreds of people came to the Clarion in Dunkirk to purchase a bowl and have it filled with soup or chili made by ...