Opinion

Our entrance into war

The OBSERVER’s View

Seventy-six years ago today at around 2 p.m., radio bulletins began interrupting a football game between the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers and “Sammy Kaye’s Sunday Serenade”: The United States had been attacked. “We have witnessed this morning the attack of Pearl Harbor and a ...

Storytelling that brightens spirits

Commentary

The high season of storytelling is upon us. It’s easy in this month of holidays and long nights to seek and find tales that nurture us. So many good stories, both in print and on screen, come alive at this time of year-ours to feast upon, like the Ghost of Christmas Present. Some books, ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 The Grand Prize winner of $100 in the OBSERVER 1997 Recipe Contest is Helene Murphy of Dunkirk who submitted a recipe for Skillet Chicken Paella in the Main Dish category. Top winner in the Side Dish category was Diane M. Dorler of Forestville for her Potato Soup. ...

Strong class for the Hall

The OBSERVER’s View

There’s plenty of history tied to the 37th induction class of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame. Last week, those set to be honored in February were named. They include Dick Cole, Curt Fischer, Lori Franchina, Sheilah (Lingenfelter) Gulas, Jim Riggs, Fran Sirianni, Clem Worosz and Phil ...

Changing culture in working world

Commentary

As a young girl living in a house made up mostly of women, we slept with our doors unlocked, didn’t worry about walking home alone after dark, and most of all never thought about being sexually harassed. As a young woman entering the world of work, things changed. What was accepted 20 or 30 ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 A front page story features Luther Gates, a drummer boy and soldier in the Revolutionary War. Mr. Gates died in Pomfret in 1826 and is buried in Fredonia’s Pioneer Cemetery on East Main Street. When the American Revolution began, he enlisted at the age of 14 and ...

Hazard filled storage site

The OBSERVER’s View

Dunkirk firefighters — and neighbors — were lucky a fire at a Pelican Street home last week brought only structural damage. The incident, which occurred right behind the city’s Eagle Street station on Nov. 29, could have been much worse. According to those on the scene, there were ...

Safety in the nuclear agreement

Commentary

Every three months the Iran Nuclear Agreement Act obliges the American administration to certify to Congress that Iran is complying with the terms of the agreement by following the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. President Trump has threatened to withhold certification despite the fact the ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 In yet another repeat of its past performances, this past October The Brocton Review, the newspaper produced by Brocton Central High School students, was presented with 13 awards at Syracuse University. This year, the Review received six golds for the highest level ...

Athenex: Ramping up for future

The OBSERVER’s View

Northern Chautauqua County’s skeptical attitudes about the future Athenex site are being tempered with recent items in the news. First, site plans for the facility are being looked at by the Dunkirk Town Planning Board. Chairman Jay Warren acknowledged the significance of the meeting last ...

People’s Column

Peoples column

Candidate sends best wishes Editor, OBSERVER: I would like to take this opportunity to thank Bob Scudder, Melanie Mann, Doug and Julie Essek, Roger Britz Jr., the League of Women Voters, the Republican Committee and caucus. I also thank the people who allowed me to put signs in their yards, ...

Our turning point in World War II

Commentary

It was an early Sunday afternoon. The date was Dec. 7, 1941, when from the small table radio in our farm family kitchen came these shocking and devastating words “we interrupt this program to bring you a special news bulletin from Washington, DC.... The Japanese have attacked Pearl Harbor, ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 Data released by the U.S. Census Bureau indicate a downward population trend in Buffalo and Chautauqua County’s cities and villages. In Chautauqua County, the cities of Dunkirk and Jamestown have each dropped roughly five percent. Smaller reductions are ...

Fredonia Village took away officer

The OBSERVER’s View

Fredonia school residents are justified in speaking their minds in seeking the return of a school resource officer. But in doing so, they are taking it out on the wrong entity. On April 13, 2015, Village Board members Janel Subjack, Joseph Cerrie and Phyllis Jones decided to terminate the ...

People’s column

Peoples column

Open invitation for wreath event Editor, OBSERVER: Every year thousands of volunteers lay wreaths at the headstones of those that fell in defense of our great nation. Wreaths Across America is in need of donations for wreaths. Visit their website — Wreaths Across America. Once again ...

Who is the enemy with fake news?

Commentary

As anyone who logs on to Facebook regularly can tell you, what was designed as a convenient means of communicating among friends has become a hot-bed source of public opinion. It is often a slugfest between parties who advocate, for lack of better terms, liberal and conservative ideologies. ...

Wind, solar aren’t full-time alternatives

Commentary

Mark Twitchell’s article (Nov. 19) nails it about wind power. lt is an income redistribution scheme, disguised as renewable energy. Here are some energy facts that few people know. See the articles “How much oil does the world have left?” by Jude Clemente. The world has 1.7 trillion ...

Why Net Neutrality matters to you

Commentary

By MARIE TOMLINSON Do you like to surf the Internet? Do you like to watch videos of people cooking? Or rock hunting? Or tinkering? Be glad for Net Neutrality. The “Open Internet” is the greatest tool for innovations and communications in the history of man kind. Net Neutrality is what ...

Class struggle and rights in U.S.

Commentary

“Freeman and slave, patrician and plebeian, lord and serf, guild-master and journeyman, in a word, oppressor and oppressed, stood in constant opposition to one another, carried on an uninterrupted, now hidden, now open fight, a fight that each time ended, either in a revolutionary ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 The parishioners and friends of St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church gathered last month at the Colony Restaurant in Irving to honor the Rev. Gerald P. Sheehan on the occasion of his 10th anniversary as pastor of St. Rose of Lima Church in Forestville. Rev. Sheehan ...