Commentary

Convention can benefit troubled state

It was with great disappointment that I read the OBSERVER’s editorial (Oct. 27) endorsing a “no” vote on the constitutional convention. Although the paper certainly has a right to endorse positions it believes appropriate, the reasoning provided was incomplete and unconvincing. In ...

FERGUSON: We need more transparency, leadership from county IDA

The county of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency has lost its focus on attracting businesses to Chautauqua County. By splitting a single staff to work through both the IDA and the Chautauqua Region Economic Development Corp. (CREDC), the organization has spent a great deal of its time in ...

BORRELLO: Vote to keep momentum

Chautauqua County is a beautifully unique place. I think of that every time I watch a sunset over Lake Erie. I feel it when I attend an event like the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival where A-List entertainers perform in our little corner of the world. This is why I chose to serve the people as ...

Voters can stop Fredonia’s downward spiral

Friends, as a taxpayer and resident of the village of Fredonia, please allow me to speak to what I heard at Wednesday’s League of Women Voters candidate debate. After two years of a Mayor Athanasia Landis administration (where the Democrats have held the majority) we are no better off than we ...

Executive needs to be someone ‘in the arena’

County government, in its simplest terms, is a $280 million a year enterprise. However, there is nothing simple about it. Having a multitude of jobs with self proclaimed success, does not qualify someone to oversee it. Political campaigns allow for candidates to proclaim anything they choose. ...

Pros, but more cons, to convention

On Tuesday, in addition to voting on local and county offices, the voters of New York State and Chautauqua County will be voting on whether New York State will hold a Constitutional Convention. Except for the signs I’ve seen on lawns urging a no vote, I really knew little about what a ...

We cannot count on state to fix the ills

Chances are good that the folks reading this have already heard that on the Election Day ballot they will be asked whether to call a citizens’ convention to re-work our state’s foundational governing document. The other half of the electorate, regrettably, still knows nothing about this ...

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About 150 people turned out for the debates in Dunkirk and Fredonia that were sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

Candidates not sitting back in final days

Area candidates can finally see a finish line. In four days, voters will make their decision at the polls from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. For those seeking office, it is a six-month journey that begins at a slow pace in the spring and heats up when the leaves start to fall. Over the last two weeks, a ...

There needs to be a test for truth

Is it possible to pinpoint truth? That may sound like a deeply philosophical query, but in reality, it’s an everyday concern. Consumers of news and information have as much interest in the matter as students of epistemology. Lest I be accused of arbitrarily throwing big words around, let me ...

Enjoying the little things

On July 4, 1953, Monie (Monica) and I were married by a minister, in the yard of her parent’s home. Our chapel was the semi-circle of tall poplar trees that arched around the garden and lawn. She was a widow with three young boys aged 4, 5, and 6. Some of my friends thought I was crazy, ...

Tax reform helping those at top

Republican leaders in Congress, which includes our district’s representative, Tom Reed, are proposing a tax plan that they claim will save the middle class (you and me) a tremendous amount of money on our taxes. Let’s do the numbers and see if that’s true. This Republican tax plan ...

What’s wrong with the Pledge of Allegiance?

This commentary is in regard to a meeting that took place in the city of Dunkirk called Revitalize Dunkirk. The meeting took place in the SUNY Fredonia incubator, located in the city Oct. 19. In attendance were approximately 20 people. This committee decided to take a vote with those ...

Four things to OBSERVE midseason

ORCHARD PARK — Entering Week 8, the Buffalo Bills boast a 4-2 record. Every single move before this was an indicator that a 2-4 record, or worse, was more likely than what the Bills have become. New administration and coaching staff, trading away marquee players (including Marcell Dareus ...

One reality and many opinions

If you drive a car very fast into a sharp curve in the road, you may really want to keep the vehicle under control. You may sincerely believe that you can, but that is determined by the condition of the road and the vehicle and on all of the forces working upon them. Vehicles, trees, and people ...

Facility large part of city’s ‘pulse’

As a lifelong Dunkirk resident and retired registered nurse, I oppose the relocation of Brooks Memorial Hospital from the city of Dunkirk. I believe it is the life-giving pulse that gives meaning to our quality of life in Dunkirk-Fredonia and the surrounding areas. It joins our communities ...

A difference of opinion on the Pledge

I wish to address — calmly and politely — an incident that occurred at the October meeting of Revitalize Dunkirk, of which I am a dues-paying member. The opinions expressed here are my own; I am not speaking for the organization. Previously, another active, dues-paying member had ...

Ferguson has experience to be our executive

I would like to share the pleasure I have had meeting and discussing issues with Mike Ferguson, a candidate for Chautauqua County executive. I can see that Mike is a leader with a positive and proactive agenda, he will get things done. Mike knows what it takes to provide the type of ...

City, harbor benefit from Borrello

The Dunkirk Harbor used to be dredged on a regular basis. When coal stopped being delivered on lake barges to NRG, that all but eliminated the commercial lake traffic that is necessary for regular funding for harbor dredging from the federal government. After a few years with shallow lake ...

What can I do with a pumpkin?

I was surprised at how many uses there are for a pumpkin. Read on. Unlike some of the birds and many of the wildflowers, I don’t need to describe a pumpkin. Oh, really? Well, all right then. Let’s start with defining a pumpkin as a cultivar which I now know means a variety of plant ...

First talker makes an impression

Meet Jasper. Each person has a story. Each person has a unique character or personality traits. Jasper was a character to behold. His initial call was unforgettable. His distinctive loud voice boomed through the phone. “Hello doc, are you there?” Before I could reply, he spent minutes ...