Opinion

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 Some Catholic clergy concede they eat steak and pot roast on Fridays these days, but many favor a return to meatless Fridays to improve penitence and unify America’s 61 million Roman Catholics. Roman Catholics used to be required to abstain from meat on Fridays, ...

Area proves it remembers

The OBSERVER’s View

On Friday, this corner listed six men from Dunkirk, who left to serve in Vietnam, but never returned. Those men included: Curtis Eugene Crawford, William Fellinger, Dahl J. LaPorte, Harry Kaus Jr., Vincent James Rossotto and Robert Samuelson. We forgot one — and plenty of readers let us ...

We don’t even have to think about it

Commentary

I am not educated in the functions of anatomy. I write here what appears to me as self-evident. I realize that for years people thought it self-evident that the earth was flat, and if one sailed too far he risked going over the edge. So much for what may seem self-evident. So write me off as ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 A thoroughly revised and enlarged edition of Daniel D. Reiff’s book, “Architecture in Fredonia,” which was first published in 1972, will be issued next month by the Fredonia Preservation Society. The fully-illustrated study, which has been out of print for a ...

No consensus for director

The OBSERVER’s View

Adding a human resources director in Dunkirk does not sit well with many who follow the happenings of the city government. The position comes at a high cost, potentially close to $85,000 in total compensation. Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas believes the human resource director is needed for the ...

Our elites need to look in the mirror

Commentary

I am fed up with the bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. Let’s take a hard look at these so-called lawmakers. Consider a proposed 28th amendment to the Constitution that states: “Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 An idea whose time has come — a long overdue tribute to Americans who helped win World War II, a war that has been called the defining event of the 20th century. That is the proposed World War II Memorial, planned to be built on the Mall in Washington, D.C., where ...

DUNKIRK: Budget moves to back burner

The OBSERVER’s View

Maybe it has been due to the elections or the recent $2.5 million in Smart Growth funding from New York state to assist the city in building its lakefront. But one thing is certain: Dunkirk council members have done very little when it comes to the examination of the budget. And, if there has ...

People’s column

Peoples column

Simplify our tax code Editor, OBSERVER: Maybe it’s time to convert to a consumption tax instead of a “reformed” income tax. Under a consumption tax, everyone contributes, with no exceptions. It’s an absolute disgrace that we have a 16,000-page tax code with tons of loopholes to ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 Elizabeth Strychalski, daughter of Drs. James and Irene Strychalski of Dunkirk, will be staying in Thailand until April 1998 as a Dunkirk Rotary Club exchange student. She noted that students in Thailand go to school from 8 to 4 and attend extra classes on weekends ...

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 VETERAN ACTIVITIES — A number of schools and organizations have held events this past week in honor of Veterans Day, which is today. It’s important to remember our veterans and the sacrifices they have gone through. It’s ...

People’s column

Peoples column

Even if battle over, vets still fight on Editor, OBSERVER: Veterans past and present, thanks for you for preserving our freedoms. You lost your comrades. You lost your youth. You lost your sight. You lost your limbs. You lost your hearing. You lost your minds. Many were ...

Veterans promise transcends generations

Commentary

Today, we will once again commemorate the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 marking the formal end of World War I. This day observed annually, once known as “Armistice Day,” was renamed in 1954 and is now known to all as Veterans Day. There will be ceremonies and ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 The Silver Creek Village Board authorized the purchase of the old Hanover Town Hall at 239 Central Ave. for $1 during the regular board meeting. The building was purchased to be used as a community center to house village departments and programs like the village ...

VETERANS DAY: Give thanks and remember

The OBSERVER’s View

On Saturday, our community celebrates and offers gratitude toward our veterans. They served our country in the military, overseas and at war. If you never were in battle, it’s tough to imagine the emotional aftermath of a U.S. serviceman or woman. Many current veterans, especially those ...

Reed, Collins fail constituents

Commentary

Washington’s “tax reform” proposal is being rushed through Congress with little discussion and transparency. Why? Because if Americans knew the facts, it would be dead on arrival. The plan is a death blow to New York State. This federal scheme proposes to cut taxes for the richest ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 An attempt to thwart the tenure of Brocton Central High School principal EvaDawn Bashaw fell flat when Ms. Bashaw’s appointment received the board’s unanimous approval. Prior to the meeting, a number of people were seen carrying signs on the sidewalk across the ...

Guns: Shooter found easy loophole

The OBSERVER’s View

In 2012, an Air Force court martial found Devin Patrick Kelley guilty of assaulting his wife and child. He served a year of confinement before receiving a bad conduct discharge. That should have disqualified him from purchasing firearms. Yet he was able to do so. He used them to massacre 26 ...

Second impressions also matter

Commentary

In the last article, we met Jasper, a 40-ish, employed, married man. Jasper’s telephone introduction was high-pitched. His initial session, too, was at a high, feverish pitch. I had to interrupt him in order to clarify what he shared in mass doses. Much of the information he provided was ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 The town of Collins won’t have to change its name back from Van Pelt for at least another week. Buffalo Bills quarterback Alex Van Pelt will remain the starting quarterback after helping the team to a victory over the Miami Dolphins in an unspectacular performance ...