Opinion

Major issues with a minor opinion

Commentary

I don’t know how many readers follow your university professor’s column or how many find his reasoning persuasive, but in case many have been impressed by his recent argument about college majors (May 2), I think it useful to present another view of the matter. Your columnist claimed ...

Have we lost reason in emotional era?

Commentary

Modern America is populated by boggarts. This folkloric creature of undefined form is a shapeshifter, assuming at will the appearance of whatever is feared by anyone who encounters it. In real life, as measured by cultural propaganda and social media memes and narratives, people are divided ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 The former Hose Co. No. 1 Fire Hall on East Fourth Street will be offered at public auction this week. By a 5-0 vote, the council authorized an auction at city hall, with a minimum bid requirement of $65,000 and the city reserving the right to reject any and all ...

Honors: Community work, service lauded

The OBSERVER’s View

Two area residents received deserving honors for their work in promoting democracy this week. At the annual meeting of the League of Women Voters of Chautauqua County, Judi Lutz Woods and Stephen Keefe were recognized for their efforts and community mindedness. Keefe was honored with the ...

Shining light on cost for solar

Commentary

Global warming — or climate change — is the post-1950s increase in the Earth’s surface temperature. On some projections about the 21st century, the surface temperature is expected to rise somewhere between 0.5 to 8.6 Fahrenheit. Consider, for example, a 2013 study by the Intergovernmental ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 A group of about 20 residents rallied outside Dunkirk City Hall to call attention to what they say is a need for two bilingual police officers in the police department. The group carried signs and marched outside city hall for more than an hour before taking its ...

Campaign takes center stage

The OBSERVER’s View

There is some merit to pieces of legislation approved recently in both the state Senate and the state Assembly. Unfortunately, because the state budget is finished and campaign mode has begun, one-house bills are all the public is likely to see this year. The Assembly approved legislation ...

Voices of reason in life, technology

Commentary

There aren’t a lot of people around older than I, who can still function on their own. It is exceptionally good however to be my age, and be independent of the business world. I do not have to please anyone in order to get myself a bit of breakfast. Every day is my own to do with as I please. ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 The Seneca Nation of Indians vote allowing the tribe to enter into casino talks apparently will stand after being nullified, then reinstated by the nation’s president. Seneca President Michael Schindler used his executive powers to nullify the vote. But the next ...

Dunkirk: Keep proposal moving forward

The OBSERVER’s View

It is reassuring to see Dunkirk City Schools is moving ahead with a potential reconfiguration of its elementary buildings. At a recent meeting, the district discussed getting comment from the community as well as those in the buildings of School 3, 4, 5 and 7. Last December, the plan ...

People’s column

Peoples column

‘Pompous’ piece full of falsehoods Editor, OBSERVER: As a SUNY Fredonia alumnus, I’d like to think the commentary “Some majors are quite minor” (May 2) was written satirically. I regret it is not. I note his own field, philosophy, is conspicuously missing from his gunsights. ...

Hard work to help someone else

Commentary

Let’s take a look at how the everyday American citizens have been ignored by our politicians. First, they are treated as second-class. They have to pay for all the mistakes made by those in public office, especially those in The Swamp of Washington. The liberals go out of their way to ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Jim White’s auto dealership, located on Routes 5 & 20 in Irving, has been in business there for the last 26 years. Jim White, the owner, started the business in 1972 with only two cars on the front lawn and a dream. It has since expanded immensely over the ...

Trash talk is piling up

The OBSERVER’s View

There is way too much effort being put forth regarding Cassadaga’s compost site. At recent Village Board meetings, members have approved the $6,000 purchase of a wood chipper and the possibility of erecting a fence. But that does not mean the site’s biggest problem will go away. Some are ...

Brooks’ staff a ‘treasure’ for area

Commentary

On a recent Wednesday, I discovered how great a treasure Brooks Memorial Hospital is for Northern Chautauqua County. I was suffering severe abdominal pain and my wife drove me to Brooks. She had me sit on a bench outside the ER entrance while she went inside to get a wheelchair. While I sat ...

New battles really brewing in D.C.

Commentary

Once again I have to apologize. I got tied up with my lawyer which resulted in getting this column to you late. We were finalizing the details on getting a lease for the island on the future roundabout at 20 and 60. We have a certain money-maker planned for that spot; a construction of a ...

Keep city leaders out of back yards

Commentary

In a recent edition of the “Around the Area” Dunkirk Councilman Michael Civiletto was quoted as asking for clarification on the city’s existing “fire pit law.” Mr. Civiletto stated it was vaguely worded and states no open burning is permitted except for cooking. The fire chief ...

Dog’s recovery takes toll

Commentary

On Thursday, May 3, our precious sweet girl, Zoey, crossed the Rainbow Bridge. We will always love her and hold her in our hearts. She is forever a part of us. The best way I can share our journey is to give you diary updates I made for the last month. Bear with me as I recount the love of a ...

Celebrating moms: A wonderful, yet bittersweet, day

Commentary

Editor, OBSERVER: I had a mom Just like you. It was terrible She died before her and I were through. I know that’s the way It’s supposed to be. I am grateful for the time She gave to me. She was so young, so was I and daily, I still cry and wonder why my mom had to ...

Voice of a Rose

Commentary

By DAMIAN SEBOUHIAN dsebouhian@observertoday.com Since moving back to the area last year, hardly a week goes by when I don’t meet somebody, who, upon learning my last name, asks, “Are you related to Rose Sebouhian?” After responding “Yes, Rose is my mother,” the next thing that’s ...