Commentary

Village decision disregards youth

By PATRICIA YOKOMThis letter has been sent to Fredonia school and village officials as well as the police chief:Unfortunately, I was not able to attend the recent village of Fredonia board meetings regarding the school resource officer position at Fredonia Central School and the budgetary ...

Test ‘trickery’ unfair to students, teachers

By RACHEL WEAVERThere are many reasons why parents have refused the standardized tests. But perhaps the best reason is because the tests are developmentally inappropriate for our children.Test questions are written with ambiguous answer choices. The test manual actually states that students ...

With investment can bring luck

Many people dream of being a millionaire. These days, it is not that high a bar to jump over.Monetary authorities have depleted the value the dollar so that it is worth a small fraction of what it was when the term was used to describe the very-rich. Still, the million-dollar mark is a ...

Make memories for your children

How the weeks fly by! Sunday, a group of young dancers from the e.da.co Eclectic Dance Company, located on the second floor of 112 W. Main St., Fredonia came to perform for us at the WCA Home. They ranged in age from 5 to 16 years of age. There are so many different levels of experience for the ...

Grange marks century of service today

Editor's note: An open house at the Grange at 58 W. Main St. in Fredonia is being held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. today.It is well that we take a moment to recognize the 100-year anniversary of the Fredonia Grange Hall, and congratulate the members of Fredonia Grange 1 for preserving this historic ...

Getting back to old habits

The last rains are over and the surface of the water calm again. Though showing minor tinges of green above, the wavy reflections of the trees across the lake shimmer in shades of brown and gray.The male mallards seem to be holding a confabulation in the middle of the lake, three or four heads ...

Sales tax hike more harm than good

Let me begin by letting Chautauqua County residents, through the press, make judgment of how the increase of our sales tax to 8 percent will help us, or hurt all of us!I will quote from the Dunkirk Community Chamber of Commerce Book we received at the Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce breakfast, ...

What we need in next president

Who's in and who's out? We've entered a political season that will surely have no rivals. There are 19 Republican presidential hopefuls today, and a few Democrats wringing their hands waiting to see if Hillary is truly the heir apparent. It reminds me of a joke from the American Legion magazine ...

The elephant in the room

American lawyer and poet, John Godfrey Saxe, (1816-1887) wrote a poem about six blind men who went to see an elephant. As they each approached it from a different place, they each encountered a different feature of the animal. The one who came upon the elephant's leg thought the beast to be ...

Your liquor, adult entertainment tab keeps growing

Our elected officials in Albany - or should I say our liberal elected officials - have done it again.This time they have again put the New York state taxpayers in a precarious position in reference to the welfare system. State Assemblyman Andy Goodell introduced the amendment that would have ...

An eye-opening experience

By LISA GOODELLJust imagine that you can't see for an hour or two, that you are abandoning vision in exchange for a new, multi-sensual dining experience; Welcome to Dining in the Dark.This is an event that enhances your senses of taste, smell, touch, and hearing by asking you to abandon one ...

City library details lacking

By CLAUDIA CONIGLIOI would like to respond to the recent commentary in the OBSERVER (March 29) written by Joseph Price, president of the Dunkirk Library board of trustees.It is very nice of Mr. Price to submit information regarding the upcoming vote where local taxpayers will have to make a ...

Added thought on food lawsuit

By SHAUN?P. HEENANThis letter is in response to the recent article headlined "Food fight" (March 29).Knowing that this article was spotlighted, due in part to my position as county legislator, I would like to respond to some of the points mentioned in said article. As the sole financial ...

Disinterest leading to demise of local democracy

By DEBRA S. PUCKHABERThis is an open letter to fellow citizens:I would like to thank you for electing me two years ago as one of your representatives on the Westfield Village Board of Trustees. It was an honor and a privilege to represent you doing what I believe to be in the best interest of ...

It’s OK to ask questions

Some of the responses I get from this column are priceless. I received a letter from a young man (they are all young to me). They probably refer to me as "the old lady." How true! But that title isn't all bad. Somewhere along the way, we learn a few things and I try to pass them on.In the ...

Enjoy America’s pastime

Baseball is back. After a cold, dark winter playing fields are green again, glowing in the bright spring sun.Under a warm sun on ball diamonds in Florida and Arizona players have been sharpening their skills in preparation for a new season. Opening day came and went. I have my ticket behind the ...

If only world leaders could be 4

In the past week or so people have been coming out of the woodwork to show their interest in running in the 2016 presidential election. The news channels are tossing their questions and opinions around in each station.Conversations of who is endorsing who, or what each of their "real" agendas ...

To roll with — or against — the moss

If this year's growing season is as rainy as the past two, I will again be faced with the conundrum of moss. Two or three kinds grow prolifically through my gardens, certainly with more vigor than any of things I plant or would prefer to see there.What, I keep wondering, can I do to rid my ...

History must include ‘rest of story’

The study of United States history is becoming more inclusive. That development should be mirrored in contemporary American life.The present is the stuff of future history. The past offers lessons for living that can be gleaned from the treatment of historical topics in scholarly work. One can ...

Policing our law enforcement

The recent spate of videotaped incidents highlights intertwined problems: out-of-control police violence and constant government overreach.By now everyone has seen the recent video of the shooting of Walter Scott in South Carolina. Scott was stopped for a broken taillight. After he fled from ...