Opinion

Loving role of fathers

Commentary

Years ago, I attended my daughter’s high school graduation ceremony. What a glorious milestone in her life and the lives of all graduates. This article is not intended to extend profundity to the throng of graduates. My focus is on dads. At the graduation, an administrator requested that ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 David C. Mancuso, president and CEO of Lake Shore Savings, a Chautauqua County-based, locally owned and operated financial institution, has announced plans to open Lake Shore’s second Jamestown location to take place within the past year. The new branch site at 115 ...

LILY DALE: Butterfly idea spreads wings

The OBSERVER’s View

Some of nature’s greatest gifts somehow seem to be under constant attack. Recent reports of a tiny mite affecting the honeybee population is of concern as well as the Emerald ash borer, which has the ability to kill a number of trees. So last month’s opening of a butterfly habitat in Lily ...

Comments on hiring issue ‘tactless’

Commentary

The OBSERVER offered its readers a commentary titled “Best job candidates are qualified.” This commentary (June 26) was written by Richard Makuch. The commentary posed statements I made in a false light, stating that I wanted a bilingual person to automatically be appointed to the ...

Road projects get in gear

Opinion

Motorists may not like the delays, but vehicles are likely in for a smoother ride as road construction season has kicked into high gear throughout the county and state. In Fredonia, Main Street is getting a makeover of sorts as crews have been taking paint off the road since last week. Other ...

Ignorance is mankind’s enemy

Commentary

There is a great gulf between what one may think and what one may know. It has been said that when a person thinks they know enough, is when they quit learning anything new. Generally it’s easier to just ignore things that are the easiest to ignore and get on with our lives. As I’m out of ...

Retrospective July 11

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 A local waterfront study involving the city of Dunkirk has attracted the interest of the state. Last week, the city took steps to accept a $35,000 grant from New York state to prepare a local waterfront revitalization plan. The grant will be used to cover the cost of ...

Top dollars at prime posts

The OBSERVER’s View

Some of the highest paid positions in our communities, especially the rural ones, are the school superintendents. And having 18 school districts countywide puts this position at a premium. In recent years, however, districts have found superintendents who are staying close to home. That’s a ...

Taking a stand for the pledge, U.S.

Commentary

I recently received a 2009 photo of a group of state lawmakers in action — and inaction — in Albany. The picture is sad indeed. It shows some of those elected not standing up for our Pledge of Allegiance to our flag. Mind you, these are elected officials who are supposed to represent ...

BROCTON-PORTLAND ‘Consharidation’ making strides

The OBSERVER’s View

It is getting to the point of urgency for the village of Brocton and the town of Portland governments when it comes to working together. At meetings in June, leaders from both communities who attend the Town Board and Village Board meetings, talked about what many municipalities did not two ...

People’s Column

Peoples column

Chorus of help for Bach event Editor, OBSERVER: On behalf of the 1891 Fredonia Opera House, I want to extend our sincerest appreciation to all those who supported our Bach & Beyond Baroque Music Festival – our 22nd – last month. Because of the gifts and support from ...

Cuts impact seniors

Commentary

Much of the country is focused on the debate around repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. However, what hasn’t received nearly as much attention is that the House also passed deep cuts to the federal-state Medicaid program as part of the ACA repeal bill, despite that having ...

Humor: About those superpowers …Nothing but the hole truth

Commentary

Those darn Russians are at it again. I had written a major piece of incredible literature for this July but they meddled and now you’re stuck with what follows instead. Sorry but I tried. ¯ Hillary Clinton is now on her blame tour signaling out everybody else for her defeat to the ...

Negative voices killing Ripley

Commentary

I consider myself to be a fairly reasonable person, slow to anger, quick to forgive. Today I am seeing red. I hope this column makes sense and follows a logical progression because I am a bit wound up. There is a book out, with a follow-up, written by a former Ripley school teacher who lives ...

Building skills to better our work force

Commentary

I see it everywhere I go: We need better job opportunities in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes. People regularly tell me about how their children and grandchildren have left because they cannot find good jobs where they grew up. We need to help people get the training they need for the ...

Should the Bills rebuild now to prepare for a future playoff run?

Commentary

For years now, (17 to be exact), the Buffalo Bills have been the poster child of mediocrity in the NFL having not had a playoff appearance since 1999. A year where The Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears and Sixpence None the Richer (“Kiss Me”), all had hits on the Billboard Top 100. Over ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 The August R. Jankowski Memorial Building at Camp Gross in Cassadaga is finished and plans and programs are ready for the dedication ceremony on July 12. Thanks to the generosity of many friends at Camp Gross, the funding is close to the final goal and officials have ...

HIGHS AND LOWS: Some of the best, worst of the week — July 8

Opinion

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST REPORTED BURGLARIES — Over the holiday weekend, three residents in the Ripley area were burglarized during the overnight hours, while the residents were home asleep. In all three cases, residents had left their doors unlocked. ...

Faith, friendships: Advice for the better

Commentary

Thanks to everyone for the kind thoughts. It has been a very special birthday week because of all of you. I’d like to share some words of wisdom that are my thoughts as well: Go where you are celebrated, not tolerated. Don’t waste all your energy moaning about the problem. Look for ...

Reading between lines with city library

Commentary

In 2015, the Dunkirk Free Library held a vote for additional funding. This was due to rising costs, a shrinking population and other factors. The public showed their support for this aged, venerable institution by voting — yes! The word “free” was removed and it became the Dunkirk Public ...