Opinion

A bad bet on impact

The OBSERVER’s View

A few years ago, New York took a gamble on casinos to provide an economic boost. In 2013, state voters approved a constitutional ballot referendum that allowed the state Legislature to authorize as many as seven new casinos in the state. The proposition was couched as an economic development ...

On the road without family

Commentary

Meet Hal. He is stout, sporting a goatee and is balding on top. He generally wears jeans, a T-shirt and well-worn boots. He doesn’t shave daily. Hal can point to a few guys as friends. However, by his own admission, he sees them rarely and talks to some by phone occasionally. Some might ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 The Fredonia State College Faculty Student Association purchased the Daniel Putnam house for $195,000, according to records in the Chautauqua County clerk’s office. The Central Avenue house is next to the main entrance of the college (north side) and will be ...

GAS WELL: Digging in for history

Opinion

Can Fredonia dig it this weekend? An archeological dig is planned for Friday and Saturday at the gas well location at 85 W. Main St. “Michelle and I are members of the Hart Gas Well Committee, which is a citizen’s group here in Fredonia dedicated to achieving historic site status for what ...

An uncomfortable, realistic constant

Commentary

It seems that the only real thing that is constant is that of change. Change in who we are and what we believe in comes as we grow and learn about the world in which we live. Change in our environment comes whether we want it or not, and that is what is happening today. If you are a believer ...

Retrospective — Sept. 13

Opinion

Twenty years ago — 1997 Citing its importance to industrial, commercial, educational and tourism traffic, the City of Dunkirk has endorsed a plan to designate Central Avenue as a county highway. There would be several advantages for the city. While city crews would continue to plow the ...

Today’s votes set the stage

The OBSERVER’s View

Today marks a decision, but not a final one. Voting party members in Dunkirk and Hanover go to the polls to decide on judges, a council seat in the city and supervisor in the town. In Dunkirk, five are vying for judge and each party line — with one exception — is crowded. Today’s ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 More than 50 years ago, Herman A. Jakubiec, known to many as Sam Jackson, was fighting his way across Europe during World War II. Last month, the Dunkirk resident received a medal honoring some of his efforts. It was for his service liberating France during the ...

SEPT. 11: Take time to remember

Opinion

Sixteen years ago this morning, Americans watched in horror in their homes, schools and workplaces as terrorists showed no mercy in attacking our country. Evil men piloted planes into landmarks and buildings in Washington and New York killing thousands of innocent citizens while bringing grief ...

University off to ‘remarkable’ beginning

Commentary

A new academic year is well underway at SUNY Fredonia. In the words of Frank A. Pagano, Chairman of the College Council, (OBSERVER, Aug. 27) “this years’s freshman class is the second largest in Fredonia’s history ... and we did not lower our admission standards to achieve this goal.” ...

Retrospective — Sept. 11

Opinion

Twenty years ago — 1997 A feature story by Pat Holcombe recalls Dunkirk’s golden age of boxing. In an age before everyone had a television set, between the Great Depression and World War II, Dunkirk was the leading amateur fight town in the east. The matches took place in the boxing ring ...

AREA COURTS: Better system can be found

Opinion

Chautauqua County in August began a process that makes a great deal of sense, especially to a number of attorneys: a potential reduction in the number of municipal courts. As many readers know, we still have too much small local government. An ingredient of that is the court system. For every ...

People’s column — Sept. 10

Opinion

Ashley a fit as town judge Editor, OBSERVER: I believe that residents should vote for the candidate that has paid his dues. One who has spent the majority of his life in service to the town he lives in, and in many of the local police facilities that have existed over the past several ...

Barking orders takes on new meaning

Commentary

Here’s something to look forward to in 2027. A scientist at DeVry University claims that you will be able to have a conversation with your dog in about 10 years. I can imagine one of the first things your dog might tell you is, “Hey, how about getting me a doggie dish for some water? ...

County’s big drug lawsuit is a sham

Commentary

A front-page article (Aug. 24) clearly praising the Chautauqua County Legislature appeared describing their actions to sue the major pharmaceutical companies for the opioid epidemic, as it’s called now. Really? This is praiseworthy? In my opinion it’s the action of a body that is ...

Helping those with mental illness

Commentary

Sixty percent of upstate New York adults feel people are caring and sympathetic to those who suffer from mental illness, according to recent research findings. A closer look at the data reveals a less rosy view from people who have mental health issues. Using self-reported survey data from ...

One of the crowd, again, in Minnesota

Commentary

The Great Minnesota Get-Together, otherwise known as the Minnesota State Fair is over, but it was so much fun! Minnesota was my home for 30 years and I still miss it. The State Fair is one of the three largest in the country, along with Ohio and Texas. On opening day, when I attended this ...

Retrospective — Sept. 10

Opinion

Twenty years ago — 1997 Eleven teachers and teacher aides in the Bridges for Education English Language Camp in Tuchola, Poland, gathered at the home of Jan Bell in Fredonia for a reunion and picture exchange. Jan Bell and Kathy Damiano, also of Fredonia, took part in the volunteer teaching ...

HIGHS AND LOWS: Some of the best, worst of the week

Opinion

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST BUILDING COMMUNITY — A dilapidated home in Westfield is reaping the rewards of some dedicated volunteers. Habitat for Humanity has taken on bettering the Beckman Avenue house for a future family. If you’re looking for ...