Opinion

FREDONIA: Damage isn’t all visible

The OBSERVER’s View

How stable is the village of Fredonia and its finances for the future? If you want just a small indication, look no further than the Fredonia Fire Hall, which is located on Main Street. On the outside, you can see the exterior damage from the lack of upkeep on the building. Decisions were ...

People’s column

Peoples column

Without media, freedom lost Editor, OBSERVER: The media is an enemy of the American people? Really? Is the OBSERVER an enemy of the American people when it reports on public employees who embezzle funds or steal equipment? Or on elected officials who meet in secret rather than in open ...

Let’s hear it for Mondays!

Commentary

Those of the optimistic persuasion look at each day as an opportunity. Monday through Sunday seems to hold possibilities large and small. Unlike our current generation, our parents took a different view of the days of the week. Instead, for homemakers especially, every day had a set list of ...

Government intervention ups the cost

Commentary

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as ACA, or Obamacare, has been back in the spotlight since Donald Trump was elected as president of the United States. Regaining control of the presidency and both houses of legislature, the Republican party has deemed it a priority ...

Where’s the U.S. outrage?

Commentary

I am writing to express my deep concern regarding the findings of the Intelligence Community as stated in the report “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent U.S. Elections.” The report, conducted by our top intelligence agencies including the CIA, FBI, and NSA concluded ...

Reed event protesters lacked class

Commentary

I want to thank U.S. Rep. Tom Reed for continuing to hold town hall meetings despite the organized and disruptive protests occurring across the country. I attended Rep. Reed’s recent town hall in Cherry Creek, the first one in my life, and as reported in the New York Times, The Buffalo News, ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 Everything 13-year-old Julia Glovack of Perrysburg touches turns to gold. Or so it seems that way. The seventh grader at Gowanda Central School is an honor student, an accomplished pianist and a championship figure skater in both pairs and singles. She and her pairs ...

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 OPIOID CLINIC — Dunkirk city officials recently learned of a proposal to locate a drug and alcohol clinic in the Flickinger Building, located on Washington Avenue between Second and Third streets. First of all, Dunkirk needs a ...

Life is filled with many experiences

Commentary

Have you noticed the older you get, the more people you rely on? Last week I had a doctor’s appointment. My regular driver had an appointment of her own so I needed a ride. Thank God for my church! Mike took me. He even went into the doctor’s office with me. My doctor said I looked fine and ...

Runaway costs add to higher education fees

Commentary

Recently there has been a great deal of discussion about the rising costs of higher education and the crushing burden placed on graduates in repaying their student loans. Various solutions have been suggested and a recent case in point is Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s pledge to provide free tuition at ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 Rodney Bloomquist, plant superintendent of Better Baked Foods in Westfield, recently reported on the progress of the company’s facility on Jefferson Street. Construction workers are installing steel support beams at the site of the planned main bakery building ...

Health care: System needs to be cured

The OBSERVER’s View

You have to give former President Barack Obama credit for one thing: He and those in Congress who aided and abetted him did everything in their power to ensure Obamacare’s most glaring flaws could never be eliminated. They did so by crafting perhaps the most massive income transfer in U.S. ...

Gusts of dissent in wind plans

Commentary

ARKWRIGHT — Patti Greenstein was encouraged by the words of Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan during last week’s Legislature meeting in Mayville. Before announcing he would not be seeking a second term in November, Horrigan gave a State of the County update regarding the ...

Another singular goose

Commentary

The hunters had been in the cornfield for the last weeks in December. There are never more than three and they never seem to appear until the final hour or two of waning daylight. They are close enough I can easily see them dragging their bags of decoys, identifying them as geese as they are ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 The possibility of creating a new water district along Route 5 in the town of Sheridan drew about 50 people to an informational meeting at the town hall. The purpose of the meeting was to present information on the process and determine if there is enough interest in ...

Government: Less is more

The OBSERVER’s View

In November, there will be 182 elected seats up this fall. That’s not all the seats, by the way. Our founding county fathers apparently loved democracy, because we have over 500 county elected officials spread out over 17 towns, two cities, 13 villages and 18 school districts. When ...

Sometimes, there is too much on our plates

Commentary

Eating in America is not for the faint-hearted; there’s a lot to chew over. Too much, too processed, too lopsided, too modified. Especially in situations we can’t control. Certainly, cooking and eating at home are moderating factors; it’s eating out that brings bad habits to the ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 The student-run newspaper at the State University of New York College at Fredonia , The Leader, recently received its highest honor: The Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Medalist Award. Each year The Leader staff submits several issues of the paper to the ...

Efficient system is paying off

The OBSERVER’s View

An article over the weekend once again proved of the benefits of not going at it alone. Both the village of Silver Creek and the town of Hanover have teamed up in one contract to receive police protection from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department. It was not too long ago some in the ...

Real to some, but ‘fake’ to others

Commentary

I had a sister-in-law who believed everything she read, regardless of where or in what publication she read it. Today, we have a president who only believes what he chooses to believe regardless of in what publication it is printed. Whether a Republican or Democrat, we are all Americans first, ...