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Best job candidates are qualified

This is in reference to the front page of the OBSERVER (June 19) headlined “Lost in translation: Firefighter issue not yet settled.” It seems that Councilman Adelino Gonzalez is supporting a bilingual firefighter for the city of Dunkirk. I have no problem with that idea as long as they ...

This photo, courtesy of Virginia Becker, shows the building on fire. Becker’s letter brings additional information to the June 4 article published in the OBSERVER.

Grange fire was major setback for Sheridan

By VIRGINIA T. BECKER Until now, the story of the fire at Sheridan Grange 235 has been told through my family’s anecdotes. “Before you were born” (which took place in January 1951) or “late 1940s” was the approximate timeframe. After years of guessing, the time has come to reveal an ...

City school taxpayers get good deal with library

First, I want to thank the residents of Dunkirk for their support. With your help we have increased our open hours to 54 hours a week including nights and weekends. The computer education program has returned and has a dedicated full time staff member leading the program. In the last year, ...

With turbines, assets could be gone with wind

By JONI RIGGLE Why should the wind companies be allowed to jeopardize our greatest assets? ¯ Please note the eye-popping, downright chilling, excerpts from the minutes of the Chautauqua County Planning Board from the Nov. 10, 2015, meeting, regarding the Arkwright Summit wind farm project ...

Making regionalism pay off

Making regionalism pay off

Chautauqua County’s attempt to win $20 million from New York state for its efficiency efforts is a big deal. Considering just how much money it costs to operate the city of Dunkirk each year — about $23 million — there is a realization this application is not small potatoes. This ...

Great ideas aren’t always the best

Summer is here and my yard is a mess. But I’m going to make it great again! First, I’m going to drain the swamp. There is a seasonal creek along my property line. It only flows in late winter and early spring when the field across the road drains. Then it refuses to do anything the rest ...

Fathers can make the difference

Lifestyles assistant note: Margaret and her son Dan express appreciation for the outpouring of love from the community through the numerous birthday cards that she has received. She will turn 92 on Wednesday. Dan requested that a treasured Fathers Day column of Margaret’s be run this week. ...

Best prescription for back pain

If there is a feeder system for developing future opioid addiction, it includes narcotic treatment for back pain without medical justification. More than 80 percent of adults will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives according to a Univera Healthcare review of upstate New ...

Rotten to the core

It was just another tree in a copse of similar trees. Hardly numerous enough to be called an orchard, the trees were there long before I. While only one held apples worth the effort, their gorgeous blossoms heightened my pleasure each spring. Steps from the house, it was easy to enjoy the ...

Teachers are well worth investment

Another school year is nearing a close. The weather is getting warmer, which acts as a distraction for students and yes, even teachers yearning for outdoor activities. Teachers are challenged to complete curriculum including class projects and final exams. This newspaper ran an article in ...

A divided, violent nation

While one would hope that people could come together and would be able to move beyond their differences in order to find a positive way forward for everyone, that is simply not the case. Too often it takes a tragedy before people realize the danger of their words. Such was the case this past ...

Is our government out of control?

When I woke up last Wednesday to the headlines blaring about the shooting that occurred at the Republicans baseball practice, I was shocked at first, which then turned to sadness for all involved. Soon my sadness turned to wonderment as I thought what kind of person could do such a heinous ...

Another step for our future leaders

What a momentous occasion is about to unfold! In many of our public and private schools, graduation is just around the corner. We can almost hear the downbeat of the familiar strains of “Pomp and Circumstance.” What a joy-filled occasion for the graduates and for their families. Our youth ...

PRIDE

Small group in city helps build pride

Five years ago with a grant from Lake Shore Savings Bank and the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation, a group of residents from the 600 block of Main Street in Dunkirk calling themselves “The Main Thing: This Block Matters” committed themselves to neighborhood improvement. One element ...

Sheila Lawrence, left, stands with John and Irma Schilling, who she met while living in Youngstown, Ohio.

Honoring our dads, and father figures

Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you (Deuteronomy 5:16 NIV). Thus it is right that we have special days set aside honoring both fathers and mothers. If ...

Stepping up for Forestville legion

Memorial Day celebrations remind us of the many men and women who have given their lives for our American way of life. On May 24, we lost one of our comrades, Richard Mosher. The man was an absolute saint, his love of family attendance and participation at St. Peter’s Church and his ...

A Catch-22 to competent reasoning

To a group of younger officers, World War II Major General Orlando Ward acknowledged, “It has been my observation that most generals are unware of their most peculiar peculiarities.” Unfortunately, he didn’t always apply this judgment to himself. The self-regulation needed to evaluate ...

Some things change, others don’t

This another one of those columns about issues and happenings that recently piqued my interest. ¯ It’s hard to believe that a year ago James Comey was the highly respected director of the FBI. Then he was respected by Democrats and Republicans alike and seen as an example of the best in ...

Moving day is here again

Things are happening at my house! Tuesday morning I’m going to see Dr. Alam. Then I’m going to have lunch. I’ve made up my mind to go back to the WCA Home. I was there before. I wanted to see if I could take care of myself. I stayed home for two years. I’ll be so glad when I’m ...

Morning mysteries

Could it be? What do they do — take turns? Or is perhaps my little yellow-bellied sapsucker simply tired today? Nursing a splitting beak of a headache perhaps? Or tired of the clouds, cold and rain? I know I am. His song, for whatever reason, was slower this morning and — worse! — ...