Opinion

COCKAIGNE: Some hopes for the slopes

The OBSERVER’s View

Let’s hope it is all downhill from here, ski fans and Cherry Creek community. News that a Cockaigne Ski Area may be at hand is truly good news for our county — in terms of the economy and tourism. “It’s a prime area. It’s a great ski area,” said Chautauqua County Industrial ...

Bullying can be all around us

Commentary

The life of a bully is not one of self-confidence or even happiness, it is a life filled with fear of not fitting in, not being accepted for who they are or the type of person they truly want to be. The life of a bully is one of restless discontent and an uncertainty of when they will be faced ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1987 Student of the Week is Rebecca Burghardt, president of the Student Council at Silver Creek High School. The daughter of Donald and Phyllis Burghardt of Angell Road, Silver Creek, she also is treasurer of the Girls Varsity Club and vice president of the AFS. Becky ...

Putting limits on leadership

The OBSERVER’s View

We wish we could say a Republican-led effort to impose term limits on leadership positions in the state Legislature would result in sweeping changes. It simply isn’t so. Look no further than legislation, which was approved last week by the state Senate that would impose eight-year term ...

Herb gardens are tasty fun!

Commentary

Some people are born with a green thumb and look forward to the growing season to raise their own vegetables, fruits, and flowers from seeds. Well, that’s not me. I’d rather be cooking than tending a large backyard garden. My type of farming is on a micro scale, and ties in with my love ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1987 A Polish jetliner with 183 aboard, including 30 American residents, crashed in a forest outside Warsaw, Poland, today killing all aboard. LOT, the national airline, reported the Sovietbuilt Hyushin-62 aircraft developed technical problems soon after departing Warsaw. ...

Silver Creek: Forward thinking by a mayor

The OBSERVER’s View

After years of porous village leadership, particularly at the mayoral position, a Silver Creek trustee stepped forward in 2013. A the time, village finances were a mess. Flooding had created a number of crises. And, tempers normally flared at village hall meetings. Current two-term Mayor ...

U.S. spirit, dedication at home

Commentary

We are now in the fifth month of the year 2017. Each one of us has never, ever experienced this precise moment in time before. We can learn from the past, and hopefully, grow wiser in the future. And that is how we keep going and change happens: One gesture. One person. One moment at a time. ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1987 On today’s front page, an OBSERVER photo shows Layne Hall of Silver Creek, who will be 107 years young next week and is still going strong. He is shown accepting from Frank Halicki the keys to the truck he purchased from Halicki Motors in Dunkirk. Mr. Hall also has ...

DUNKIRK: No perfection in a contract

The OBSERVER’s View

Contracts in the public sector are far from perfect when viewed by the common taxpayer. When compared to their counterparts in the private sector, those who work for municipalities, schools, the state and county, have it pretty good. Consider this: the median income per household in ...

People’s Column

Peoples column

Logic lacking in school breaks Editor, OBSERVER It’s time for common sense to prevail! The two largest school districts in northern Chautauqua County have decreed a two-week spring break rather than one week in February and one around Easter. There is no benefit either educationally or ...

City hospital quietly avoiding questions

Commentary

In August, 2015, I expressed my opinion in this newspaper for Brooks Memorial Hospital to engage the Dunkirk-Fredonia area about the future of our beloved care center. I concluded my remarks “to please help us to help you by providing a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities ...

Teachers’ jobs get tougher each year

Commentary

The term “teacher” can be substituted with instructor, educator, tutor, trainer, guide and coach. But to capture the full impact of what a teacher is, one must really precede that titular name with appropriate adjectives. Coming quickly to mind are caring, dedicated, patient, ...

Car-braking options deserve a hand

Commentary

You’ve seen the shattered windows, the busted doors, the smashed in front or side of the house, heard or read about the deadly careening into a crowd, the other fatalities; or arrive at the corner store, you park in front of solid pillars of metal barriers narrower than your car’s width ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1987 Kirby, a 1-year-old Norwegian Elkhound, was adopted by the people residing at 116 Temple St., Fredonia in December 1986 and the adoption has brought positive change to the residents as well as to Kirby. The adoption was made possible by the Lakeshore Humane Society ...

Highs and Lows: Some of the best, worst of the week

The OBSERVER’s View

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST DRUG BUSTS — Police have been very busy lately, cracking down on drug dealers. Dunkirk saw two major drug busts in the past week alone. It’s easy to negative and focus on the never-ending cycle of illegal drugs coming into ...

Memories are being made all the time

Commentary

On Friday, I went to Carol McCormick’s 60th birthday party. She looks more like 30! Her sister Donna’s husband came and picked me up. You should hear him brag about her! She’s smart and beautiful. Then I learned he was a pilot at the age of 20! What a couple! Carol and her sister are so ...

Free speech reduced to selective

Commentary

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter was recently blocked from speaking at UC Berkley by the university administration. At institutions of higher learning across this nation, Conservative and Republican speakers are being disinvited, harassed and shouted down. These occurrences are a sign that ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1987 The Lakeshore Humane Society recently held a photo contest in conjunction with “Be Kind to Animals Week.” The first place winners, each receiving $25 are: Earl Arnold of Brocton for most original; Donald C. Raupp of Lily Dale for most unusual; and Rhonda H. ...

North Korea: Country good at keeping distance

The OBSERVER’s View

Asked about the possibility of U.S. officials offering to engage in negotiations with North Korea over that rogue nation’s missile buildup, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer replied that for such talks to happen, Pyongyang would have to show signs of “good faith.” Lots of luck ...