Opinion

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 RED CROSS PARTNERSHIP — The new partnership between the American Red Cross and the city of Dunkirk is a positive step. Through the new agreement, Dunkirk firefighters can install alarms in city residents’ homes at no cost. ...

The benefits and frustrations of growing older

Commentary

I’m working on a problem. You know I have to have oxygen 24 hours a day. My portable machine wasn’t working well, so the company took it to repair it. They never replace it – they just repair it. We waited for weeks and nothing happened. Finally, I got it back. It had masking tape on it. ...

Tree doesn’t make or break Christmas

Commentary

Throughout my early years our family always had a real Christmas tree. The tree was always a large one that required guy wires to keep it in place in our large living room.  Festooned with multiple strings of colored lights, ornaments, garland, icicles and topped with an angel it was always ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1996 Dr. Charles B. Mosher was surprised at the Crossroads Business Association’s 10th anniversary celebration held this month at the Fireside Restaurant when he found out that he was the honoree. Stories were told by former co-workers and the doctors who attended. ...

Program needs adjustment

The OBSERVER’s View

A bill introduced in the House of Representatives a few days ago, by Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Texas, probably will go nowhere. No one in Washington wants to touch the “third rail” of politics, after all. The title was bestowed years ago, by those convinced any tampering with the Social ...

Cooking for Christmas

Commentary

Oh, my, but the time doth fly! I had such fun discovering the two old Warren Cook Books (1908 and 1937) that I wanted to get back quickly to write a follow-up, beginning, as I recall, with a lesson on how to boil water. Huh? Hmm. Well, 10 months later, I’m back and eager to explore ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1996 The Web revolution that promised to forever change how we live and work is nearly here — and working furiously to get out the kinks. It takes too long to log onto and download Web text and fancy graphics via phone networks originally built for voice calls. Only ...

Be safe in snow and cold

The OBSERVER’s View

Be safe in snow and cold The last few Decembers, our area has been more “green” than white. This year, a white Christmas seems guaranteed. But along with the beauty of a white Christmas comes some dangers as well. We are in a winter storm warning today and Friday, not only because of ...

Keep on giving, even after the holidays

Commentary

What if we believed only what other people’s pets said about them? At this time of year, that’s the crux of the message heard from pulpits and practitioners of most religious traditions, especially those celebrating sacred winter holidays. Usually, the message is framed by familiar ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1996 A plan to recycle slag and steel from the former Roblin Steel landfill at South Roberts and Urban roads was unveiled to the Dunkirk Town Board. The landfill is pretty much clean fill comprised of ferrous metals. It is profitable to remove the metals (for recycling) ...

A champion for our region

The OBSERVER’s View

Our area is mourning this week for not only a caring person, but one who always seemed to get things done. Saturday, Carol A. Kozlowski died unexpectedly while at the Dunkirk Senior Center, an institution and group she had been a part of since 2006. She was 76. Throughout her life, she put ...

Handling result, grown-up style

Commentary

A fight has broken out over how university administrators should respond to Donald Trump’s election. Underlying the fight is the question of how universities should view students. A number of university presidents responded to Trump’s election by reporting students’ traumatic feelings. ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1996 Dunkirk Radiator Corp., one of the nation’s leading producers of residential boilers, is looking at South America as part of an effort to expand its market and level out production. In November, vice president of sales and marketing Ronald Passafaro took a trip to ...

Getting a jump on start times

The OBSERVER’s View

Good for the Gowanda school board. For years, we have seen studies and heard reports on how teenage students need more sleep. During a recent meeting the board discussed the issue, even with one board member considering starting the school day at a later time. While the proposal was not ...

Our world has no common ground

Commentary

I was getting ready to go out on some errands. Although the TV was on, I hadn’t been watching. As I was dressing, Mayor Bill DeBlasio of New York City was speaking in defense of his sanctuary city agenda. In the part I heard, he was talking in grandiose terms of the virtue of inclusivity of ...

Restrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1996 The lone funeral home operating in Silver Creek has expanded its facilities. An additional 1,200 square feet has been added to the Hole-Parker Funeral Chapel located at 160 Central Ave. Heated sidewalks along the entrance to the home have also been installed and new, ...

Roundabout: Comments count with DOT

The OBSERVER’s View

There is a sentiment, and it could be correct, that the state Department of Transportation will go-ahead with a roundabout at Routes 60 and 20 in Fredonia no matter what area residents want. We do know, however, last week’s meeting in Fredonia was quite one-sided. No one in attendance ...

Turbines threaten natural beauty

Commentary

As you drive on Vineyard Drive toward Route 60, you will notice this ugly wind turbine next to the Thruway. That is one ugly thing to look at. Now with taxpayers’ money, a corporation is attempting to destroy our countryside and build a wind farm. Chautauqua County is really a beautiful ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1986 From Just Between Us ..... It’s easy to see what’s important to William “Bill” Buckley Jr., political columnist and editor of the National Review. Interviewed on CNN’s Larry King Live, Mr. Buckley spoke of first things first — namely, his love of ...

Getting by for the year

The OBSERVER’s View

One comment made last week put a lot of perspective on all budgets put together annually by the schools and municipalities. Consider this statement by Dunkirk Councilwoman Stacy Szukala. “By passing this budget tonight, we’re only getting through another 12 months,” she said. “We ...