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 FREDONIA HOOPS — It was a great year on the hardwood. On Friday, the Fredonia Lady Hillbillies basketball season came to an end, making it to the final four in the state championship! It was an amazing run! Because the team won ...

Bringing two sides at one site

Peoples column

Editor, OBSERVER: In this time of increasing polarization of views and demonization of opponents, a small group of local citizens has been meeting to find common ground among people who voted for Secretary Hillary Clinton and people who voted for President Donald Trump. We believe that our ...

Mother’s presence still felt after all these years

Commentary

I think of my mother so often. I feel her presence. We were so lucky to have a mother with a good sense of humor and good philosophy of life. She took everything in her stride. Nothing was too much for her. She’d say in Italian, “What’s it take?” Nothing was too much trouble. What a ...

Fishing for the truth with Trump

Commentary

The Trump administration has become widely identified with deceptive stock phrases. Ironically, his claims about immigration at the Mexican border is itself “fake news.” For example, immigration from Mexico peaked in 2005. And since 2009, Mexicans (and their U.S. born children) have been ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1987 Carol Haas Bedford, a Dunkirk native, was named Counterpart “Woman of the Year” during a recent luncheon at the Holiday Inn in Spring Lake, Mich. Counterpart is an organization of women in the Tri-Cities of Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg, Mich. The ...

FDA: Leader can change culture

The OBSERVER’s View

One of the villains in last year’s scandal over EpiPens sold by Mylan Pharmaceuticals was the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as we pointed out. That agency is about to get a new director. Public outrage focused on Mylan for its pricing of the EpiPen, a device used to inject a drug that ...

Make mine Merlot

Commentary

I don’t listen to enough TV or major radio to keep up on the secondary news so was grateful to a dear friend who alerted me to the story on grapes and Mozart. Turns out that, for over a decade now, the owner of a vineyard in Italy has been piping Mozart into one of his vineyards. And, it ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1987 Robert C. Pine, plant superintendent at the Gowanda Psychiatric Center, is one of 15 statewide award winners in a newly-established state program designed to recognize and reward significant achievement by management/confidential employees. The awards were made for ...

Prosecutor was making strides

The OBSERVER’s View

Anyone concerned with corruption in New York state government can’t be happy that Preet Bharara has been fired by President Donald Trump. For all of the talk about ethics reform emanating from the state capitol over the past several years, it was Bharara — not any law or regulation ...

Women still breaking barriers

Retrospective

Why does it take so long for the accomplishments of entire groups of people to get the recognition they deserve? History is filled with doers of great deeds, people who were part of something big but never recognized because those who wrote the record found them unworthy. Some of the most ...

Meeting halfway on gun law

The OBSERVER’s View

New York state has always been two states — New York City and the rest of the state. It’s good to see the state Legislature accepting that reality. Last year, the state Legislature approved, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed, a minimum wage increase that is higher in New York City and other ...

Where’s freedom on health care?

Commentary

What should we replace Obamacare with? Perhaps we should try freedom. The freedom to choose inexpensive insurance free of government dictates. The freedom to save unlimited amounts in a health savings account. The freedom to buy insurance across state lines. The freedom for all ...

It’s time we leave the clocks alone

Commentary

Another catchy phrase to make one think that changing the time is not such a big deal — “spring forward” they say. Well, springing forward maybe easy for some, but not if you own a dog. Dogs don’t know the first thing about losing an hour of sleep as we are forced to “spring ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1987 Student of the Week is Timothy Simmons, a sophomore at Ripley Central School. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Simmons of 5 North State St., Ripley. A math/science and art major, he is vice president of the Student Council and the school band. He is a member of ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1987 Boy Scout Troop 254 recently held the Eagle Investiture of Kenneth J. Mekus in Seton Hall. The son of Mrs. Alice Mekus, 602 Park Ave., Dunkirk, Kenneth is an active Scout and avid camper who assisted in many troop and Eagle Scout service projects. His own Eagle ...

Three not always a crowd

The OBSERVER’s View

Sharing a school superintendent is not a foreign idea to other districts outside of northern Chautauqua County. Close to home, Bert Lictus oversees both the Clymer and Panama school districts. The sharing is one of the reasons the two are considering a merger. Closer to downstate, however, ...

Ill consequence face many with repeal

Commentary

This past Saturday our Congressman Tom Reed held four town hall meetings in Ithaca, Ovid, Manchester, and Pultney, The day started real early for those attending the Ithaca meeting. Tickets were issued at 6 a.m. with the doors opening at 7. The actual meeting didn’t occur till 8 and only ...

COUNTY: Just who will be in race?

The OBSERVER’s View

We are less than eight months away from the next election for Chautauqua County executive. Just who will be running? Current Executive Vince Horrigan announced last month that he would not seek a second term and thus far there are a couple of names that have been floated to the OBSERVER that ...

Excellence in our back yard

Commentary

What busy and productive learning, teaching, and research activity is located at the State University of New York at Fredonia. Indeed, the university is a cultural and economic powerhouse: exemplar in teaching, creative in research, and dedicated to service with a creative cultural and ...

Wheels spin on bike shop

The OBSERVER’s View

There’s a void in the Dunkirk area that will become even more evident once the warmer temperatures really kick in around April. Our region, with the March 1 closure of Spoke Folk, is without a bicycle shop. It comes, for certain, at a bad time especially when you consider the strides being ...