Opinion

On the seventh day of Christmas

Commentary

Call me a cock-eyed optimist. That part hasn’t changed from when I wrote this at the very beginning of January 2013. I figure I have to be for I doubt if many Bills’ fans found something good in having the final game of last year’s season blacked out. Unintended, but it worked for ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Plans to bring a summer festival back to the waterfront area of the city of Dunkirk are under consideration by city officials. The proposed event is entitled, “It’s Summer by the Bay,” would be held over a four-day period in June and include arts, crafts and ...

We’re still not at ease with backup plan

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It was supposed to be New York state’s greatest Christmas gift to Dunkirk and northern Chautauqua County. But five years later, it is — quite possibly — the city’s largest piece of coal in its stocking. How ironic. For decades, our region relied on that coal-fired power plant for ...

Sounding off in Arkwright

The OBSERVER’s View

Expect more noise from the opposition despite a recent study that found the wind turbines in Arkwright are within compliance. While Town Board members may be confident in the findings, those opposed to the turbines are just the opposite. The study, paid for by the town, was done in the middle ...

Adams Art Center coming back to life

Commentary

Where does hope reside? Surely it was present on a November weekend as the Decho Ensemble classical chamber music for two saxophones soared into the heights of the Adams Art Center with selections from Paul Hindemith to Astor Piazzola. The very next evening an overflow audience held their ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Puerto Ricans have rejected statehood in a vote that appeared to reaffirm a desire to retain U.S. citizenship and federal aid while enjoying some of the trappings of an independent nation. Final results of the non-binding referendum gave 50.2 percent of votes to ...

Bush was hero and true leader

The OBSERVER’s View

When former President George H.W. Bush passed away Friday, he left a legacy with much to recommend it. It is of a kinder, gentler nation fully capable of using an iron fist. Bush, our 41st president, was 94 when he joined his beloved wife, Barbara, who died earlier this year. Supreme Court ...

We all mourn a great leader

Commentary

As I have grown older, I have come to realize that there are very few who can truly be considered as heroes, men and women of integrity and with an unselfish sense of purpose to just simply be a good person. This past week our nation has lost one of these very few men; President George Herbert ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 An OBSERVER editorial notes that nothing Congressman Amo Houghton has done during his 12 years in office has come close to raising the ire of so many Republicans as his announcement that he favors censure and not impeachment of President Clinton. Houghton’s ...

Special spirit sweeps area

The OBSERVER’s View

Christmas events over the weekend — in Gowanda, Silver Creek and Fredonia — drew crowds and support for local merchants, which is excellent to see. “There’s so many people. I don’t even know where they all came from,” said Josh Richardson, who was in attendance during Christmas ...

Finding a lighter side to feedback

Commentary

To echo recent sentiment from OBSERVER columnist Renee Gravelle, I feel fortunate and grateful to have an outlet for my little brainstorms. One of the most interesting parts about publishing stuff is that the writer gets to read comments from the reading community. Hot-winded feedback is ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 The advent of electronic and online banking has contributed to the decline of “Christmas Club” bank accounts. The holiday clubs will be phased out at Key Bank beginning next year. Many people now do their banking through direct deposit and automatic teller ...

WASHINGTON: Caucus, country get major win

The OBSERVER’s View

During an August stop in Dunkirk, our U.S. Rep. Tom Reed knew the Problem Solvers Caucus was beginning to have an influence in Washington. Reed, at an OBSERVER editorial board meeting that day, almost prophetically said this group would make a major impact when it was about time to name the ...

Before 9/11, there was Pearl Harbor

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, D.C. ... The Japanese have attacked Pearl Harbor, ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 The Rev. Joseph Gatto, recruiting director at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora, announced that 10 young men from Colombia are now training at Christ the King Seminary. Rev. Gatto brought the Colombians in this fall and plans a second recruiting visit to South ...

AREA SCHOOLS Tough calls on snow days

The OBSERVER’s View

Let the second guessing begin. We are only two days into December and after two November snowfall events, parents and residents were criticizing schools for both closing and opening. On Wednesday — during the recent winter storm, only Fredonia and Dunkirk remained open. In the city, ...

People’s column

Peoples column

County losing a good sheriff Editor, OBSERVER: Several weeks have passed since the voters of Chautauqua County cast their ballots in the 2018 mid-term election, which included who our next sheriff would be in this county. I was a volunteer for Sheriff Joe Gerace’s campaign and came to ...

Even after votes, holiday grinch exists

Commentary

Focus! That is what I’ve been telling myself to do these last three weeks. With the midterm elections over, it feels somewhat like relief. And yet, I feel somewhat lost, I feel that I need to find a new focus to fill that empty spot. At the federal level, it is exciting that the House ...

Europe aware of American divide

Commentary

Since we were going to Scotland to visit friends, we voted absentee this year on election day. That also meant that we viewed the U.S. elections from abroad which was interesting in itself. Our Scottish friends are Conservatives (Tories,) and so each day we would read The Daily Telegraph to ...

Can there be common ground on guns?

Commentary

I would argue that the high rate of gun violence in the United States is primarily due to mental illness going untreated, e.g., the latest mass shooter was evaluated for a mandatory psychological examination and the examiner clearly erred on the wrong side and decided not to have him taken into ...