Opinion

NEW YORK: Borrowing cycle rolls on

The OBSERVER’s View

Anyone familiar with the old Popeye cartoon remembers the character Wimpy J. Wellington, a portly fellow with an insatiable appetite for hamburgers but a limited ability to pay for them. Wimpy would utter his catchphrase, “I’ll gladly repay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.” Inevitably, ...

Senator has nothing to hide in returns

Commentary

Transparency is the cornerstone of open and honest government, and it is one of my top priorities. I fundamentally believe that it is part of the commitment I make every year to the people of New York state. Intending to lead by example, I became the first member of Congress to post my ...

Poor will suffer in state tuition plan

Commentary

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Excelsior Scholarship makes college tuition free for the middle class. This is an embarrassingly stupid idea. Full disclosure: I am a professor at a state university. In the last election, presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton put forth plans to ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago – 1987 Dunkirk First Ward Councilman Randal Goss and three other property owners whose property was taken through condemnation for the city’s harborfront project have filed suit seeking the return of their land. Mr. Goss, along with Fiore F. Conti Jr., and John and Lois ...

The other hot topic

The OBSERVER’s View

Fredonia schools may be a leader when it comes to being open to mergers and sharing of services, but it fails when it comes to the calendar. Recently, the district decided to stick to a two-week spring break instead of the Board of Cooperative Educational Services recommendation of one week ...

The wisdom that comes with age

Commentary

An open letter to area youth: Hi kids; I know as a general rule you don’t always have much concern for us old fogeys. We’re no longer active in anything. So who cares what we think? I’m one of those old fogeys. In October, I’ll chalk up my 90th birthday, but give me credit that ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago – 1987 In separate issued statements, the Rev. Bruce A. Buchanan announced his plans to leave the pastorate of the First United Presbyterian Church of Dunkirk and his wife, Ms. Carol Adams, announced she has submitted her resignation as executive director of Chautauqua ...

Fredonia: Vocal minority was appreciated

The OBSERVER’s View

No area superintendent has ever been as outspoken as recently retired Paul DiFonzo of Fredonia. DiFonzo, through nearly 15 years in the top spot, did not mince words when talking about opportunities for students as well as the region. He had seen the decline of his district in terms of ...

Liberal way of thinking is lunacy

Commentary

Let’s continue discussing this Liberal way of thinking. I just hope that it isn’t too late to bring this country back to the way this country should be. Common sense: love this country, love this way of life, defend our way of life. Always remember what our forefathers had said when they ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago – 1987 Rep. Jack Kemp of New York formally launched his long-shot bid for the Republican presidential nomination today, pushing conservative ideas on defense and abortion. The 51- year-old nine-term congressman from the Buffalo suburbs and former professional football ...

We celebrate new beginning

The OBSERVER’s View

Even during the coldest and snowiest winters, we in Western New York can look forward to a pleasant spring and summer. We didn’t have a particularly bad winter this year, but it certainly has been nice to have warmer weather recently – grass began turning from brown to green and a few ...

Water line is ‘win-win’ for Westfield

Commentary

As the debate goes on about the desire to have municipal water lines run to West Main Road, I felt I had to reply to some of the “alternative facts.” First and foremost, the topic of a waterline was brought up by the Grape Discovery Center due to the fact that there is a plan to finish ...

World War I took toll on Wilson

Commentary

Woodrow Wilson must have felt pretty good on the day of his second inauguration. The Virginia Democrat’s first term had been wildly successful with the implementation of several of his Progressive policies. The Federal Reserve Act, Federal Trade Commission Act, Clayton Anti-Trust Act ...

In war, peace is often irrelevant

Commentary

There are 1.8 billion Muslim followers of Islam. We have 8-plus million Muslim Americans in this country Question: How can we fight an ideological war with weapons? How can we ever end this war? The Jihadist ideology that is talked about is an ideology. How can we ever win this thing if it ...

Once unwelcomed, again on the side of immigrants

Commentary

The international press has news that the Catholic Church, led by Pope Francis and senior Bishops, is emerging as an influential opponent of right-wing immigration crackdowns in the U.S. and Europe. The Pope’s pro-immigrant judgment is seen in his speeches, sermons, and personal generosity. ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1987 Student of the Week is Laura Jacques, a senior at Brocton Central High School, and the daughter of Delos and Janice Jacques of Cemetery Avenue, Portland. She has played basketball and softball for four years and is a member of the Block B. Varsity Letter Club. Laura ...

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 STILL GOING STRONG — Happy birthday wishes go out to Helen Grande, who turns 106 on Wednesday! Grande has been alive for over 38,700 days and has seen countless milestones in our nation’s history. Staff at the Chautauqua ...

People’s Column

Peoples column

An Easter message from the Dunkirk mayor Editor, OBSERVER: As many of us travel for this holiday season, I wish each and everyone a most cheerful and blessed Easter. This is a time that is meant for hope, rebirth and renewal. It is those sentiments that I feel for the city of Dunkirk. We ...

Your story isn’t over yet

Commentary

“If you know someone who’s depressed please resolve never to ask them why. Depression isn’t a straightforward response to a bad situation; depression just is, like the weather. Try to understand the blackness, lethargy, hopelessness and loneliness they’re going through. Be there for ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago – 1987 The Ripley Fire Department has bestowed its first Fireman of the Year Award. Taking part in the ceremonies were Ken Cave, fireman of the year; Richard Archer, fire chief; and Gary Skinner, first assistant fire chief. Navy Petty Officer John Visosky, 27, of Dunkirk is ...