Commentary

Clock’s ticking with Iran

A writer to the OBSERVER last month had an interesting take on the ongoing negotiations with Iran over that nation's nuclear enrichment program.It seems that her partisanship has blinded her, along with most of the national press, to the realities of negotiations with Iran. Perhaps she is not ...

Where have all the taters gone?

I am not a gardener.Any who know me or read this column readily know I have no sweet touch with growing plants. I am a weeder and a happy one. But that's it.I had a good friend who was a Master Gardener and admittedly I was in awe of all he knew and the magic his hands could perform. That ...

Monofrax settlement a ‘huge difference’

I was so relieved to recently read about the settlement between IAM Local 2105, National Conference of Firemen and Oilers and RHI Monofrax. The union workers stood for what was right, putting not only their jobs, but their ability to care for their own family's welfare in severe jeopardy. I am ...

Keeping faith with religious holidays

The religious holidays earlier this month, Passover and Easter, raise interesting issues: Do the holidays' central stories make sense and, if they do not, then how should we view them?Consider Passover. Passover is an Exodus-inspired holiday in which Jewish people celebrate God's having ...

Despite haze, benefits of marijuana clear

When you hear the word marijuana, what do you think of? Reefer Madness?It tends to bring me back to the early '70s where you can smell it in the parking lots of the beach, where the waves were gently breaking and rolling onto the shores and pizza, Doritos, and tacos. Remember the "munchies"?How ...

A path to life’s highs

Most steep hills, tops of cliffs, and even mountain tops are within reach, but you need to climb each pinnacle, step by step. I learned this early in my youth, having spent my childhood in the highest location in the Boston Hills. I also learned not to be discouraged with challenges, but to be ...

Kent State horror lives on

Editor's note: May 4 marks the 45th anniversary of the shootings at Kent State University in which four students died during a rally against the Vietnam War.By RICHARD J. GOODMANIt was one of those rare years in Northeastern Ohio when spring arrived ahead of schedule. That fateful morning in ...

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 ...