Opinion

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 In observance of Italian Heritage and Culture month, the Chautauqua Italian American Organization is honoring Mrs. Louis Conti, a virtuous woman who exemplifies this heritage and culture. She was a loving wife who worked alongside her late husband, Ross, on their ...

justice Due process has been lost

The OBSERVER’s View

Entertainment mogul Harvey Weinstein was chosen long ago as the poster pervert for the #MeToo movement. Yet this week, he became a reminder that justice in America is for everyone, not just people we like. Weinstein has been accused by many women of having used his power to victimize them ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Surroundings Art Gallery and Framing has dedicated an art exhibit entitled “Chautauqua Art Teachers and Their Students” to the memory of Fredonia Elementary School art teacher Alisha Marie Kolet. Ms. Kolet, 26, who died tragically in a Sept. 27 car accident in ...

Can there be limits to free speech?

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Freedom of speech can be a fine line. As Americans, we often take it for granted. We can say what we want, when we want. It is a part of who we are, thanks to the First Amendment. But those benefits do come with disadvantages. People who disagree with an opinion can provide a different view ...

An attorney’s thoughtless remark

The OBSERVER’s View

A projected annual cost of $1,500 was already too much to take for Ripley property owners who turned out in full force for a recent meeting on the sewer project. Those in attendance spoke of the hardship this project would be, even if it meant future development for the town. Enter attorney ...

Another impact from drugs

Commentary

The second session included Bill and his wife, Margaret. She offered her take on the concerns expressed by Bill. Much of her description of Bo, their son, matched Bill’s interpretation heard at the first session. One startling difference was her straightforward, professional air. Unlike Bill, ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 This week’s People in Profile features Robert Harris, a local historian and former Dunkirk Historical Society president. Mr. Harris played a vital role in the preservation of Dunkirk’s history and was one of the major players involved in helping to establish the ...

Dark cloud sparks worry

The OBSERVER’s View

It was an eerie sight on Monday morning. Thick, black smoke was rising over the Dunkirk waterfront. Onlookers rushed to the pier. A boat, which was planning on a daylong fishing excursion, had caught fire. Besides destroying the 41-foot vessel, there was damage to the docks. For 45 minutes, ...

We’re still in overboard mode

Commentary

Opposition, Indifference, Hostility! #Me Too! Innocent until proven guilty! Left-wing liberals and right-wing radicals! I was sexually assaulted 36 years ago, it was him! No, I wasn’t even there, it wasn’t me! Teenagers drinking at a party at the ages of 14 and 16, maybe some younger ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Ripley Central School’s baseball and basketball coach, Jeff Buchholz, is saying good-bye to the coaching profession. After 29 years on the bench and dugout of Ripley athletics, Mr. Buchholz has decided it’s time for someone else to take the reins. “It’s time ...

Football: Area ready for big game

The OBSERVER’s View

Three days. That is the amount of time until the rivalry game of the year happens — Dunkirk vs. Fredonia-Brocton for Class B football supremacy and big-time bragging rights. On Friday night in Fredonia, a packed house will greet the contest — the 126th in the series. Some commenters in ...

Are there any healthy conclusions

Commentary

Here is an unfortunate scenario, one that is highly unlikely in the real world yet might serve to illustrate the some of the complexities surrounding the health care debate and American values. There was a bad car wreck in a rural area. Each car contained one middle-aged driver and no ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Dunkirk Police officers Ken Sikorski and Sgt. David Ortolano were honored this week for their distinguished service to the community. Chief John Yannie noted both officers have volunteered many hours to various programs. Officer Sikorski was credited with raising ...

Fredonia: Another chance for historic site

The OBSERVER’s View

Thanks to a local landscaping service, the White Inn site in Fredonia does not have the look of an eyesore. Without the mowing of the lawns, it could look a lot worse. But last week’s announcement brought hope for a village icon. The Western New York Regional Development Council listed the ...

Consider character when voting this year

Commentary

Character counts in all aspects of one’s life. At home, work, school, or wherever and whenever, one’s character is central to one’s life. And the character of the individual is the virtuous cornerstone of one’s life. We are now in the throes of a national and local election season. ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 The New York State Thruway Authority is moving closer to selecting Ripley as the site of a possible Gateway Plaza, according to town Supervisor John Potter. Mr. Potter relayed communication from both the Thruway Authority and the Chautauqua County Legislature during ...

POLICING Old facilities behind times

Opinion

Dunkirk Police Department’s updated communications center was a long time coming — about 30 years. But it is a small bandage to a much bigger problem that is not going away anytime soon. Its headquarters are still antiquated. Yes, it is a community issue — and something that has needed ...

People’s column

Opinion

Why Mitrano needs support Editor, OBSERVER: When people are young, they may be driven by idealism, passion, and energy. This is good, and as it should be. What young people can’t always foresee is how easily the quest for perfection can become the enemy of what is merely better or good. ...

Are you prepared for emergency?

Commentary

Today marks the beginning of Fire Prevention Week. The city of Dunkirk Fire Department, along with members of the Fire Service across the nation promote the importance of fire prevention and fire safety. During this past week, we have educated all elementary students in the Dunkirk School ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 The final variance needed for a CVS drugstore at the corner of East Fourth and Main streets in Dunkirk has been granted by the zoning board of appeals. The variance will allow the building to be constructed with its main entrance facing the corner of Fourth and ...