Opinion

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Unfortunately for many lakeside residents, the first true spring conditions last weekend were flooded not with the smell of plants and flowers, but with the odor of fish and it had nothing to do with the conclusion of Lent. While taking a drive along Route 5, it was ...

lunches Can’t force students to eat

The OBSERVER’s View

There are many people who are up in arms over the U.S. Agriculture Department’s decision to change federal nutritional standards for breakfasts and lunches served to schoolchildren. The rules that have some so up at arms scaled back standards requiring that only whole grains be served, ...

State testing system is flawed

Commentary

It is a shame that for the second time in two years the computer based grades 3-8 state ELA exams have been interrupted by technical issues. More times than not, during the past decade, there has been some issue with either the state math or the state ELA exams, be it content, scoring or ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 An effort is under way to restore Dunkirk’s King Neptune fountain. After 116 years, the statue, once the centerpiece of a fountain in Washington Park, is now in a fragile state. The seven-foot zinc sculpture suffered with maladies ranging from a broken arm to a ...

Use caution: Take a brake behind wheel

The OBSERVER’s View

Warmer temperatures mean a rush to the outdoors. It also means as motorists, we need to be a bit more cautious. Wintertime is simple. We slow down due to slush and snow. Springtime? We seem to lose that defensive driving. There is plenty of reason to give it a brake. Construction season is ...

Why reparation for slavery is a bad idea

Commentary

Why reparation for slavery is a bad idea Leading Democratic Presidential candidates support reparations for slavery or a commission to study reparations. This includes Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Julian Castro, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 When the University at Buffalo Bulls take the field on Sept. 11 for their first game as a member of the NCAA football’s Division 1-A, Pine Valley graduate Josh Roth will be among them. The 5-11 junior fullback led the Bulls in rushing last season with 806 yards and ...

spring break Yes, we still have calendar issue

The OBSERVER’s View

You may have noticed that a number of schools are on a two-week break, which started this week. While that is welcome for many, it does not solve a problem of working together. The Board of Cooperative Educational Services calendar is not the same as those districts, including Dunkirk and ...

Jumping into the deep end with words

Commentary

Words have meaning. That is certainly a simple statement. If they didn’t have meaning they would not exist. Without words, could our lives progress in any way? Words portray, and are symbols of thoughts. By the same token, if a mosquito never existed, we would have no such word in our ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 New owners may resurrect the former Reiter’s Motel on Route 5 in Sheridan. Jerrold and Susan Katrein of Buffalo are considering purchase of the property. They would like to open a six-room motel on the site for fishermen and family friends. The currently empty ...

Pay RAISES Public service and a price

The OBSERVER’s View

Voters do not get to approve raises for their representatives. Even if they did, we’re not quite sure how they would vote. Representatives and people always seem more generous when the money is not coming right out of their pockets. But the pay raise for the state governor and lieutenant ...

Progress in Dunkirk? Where’s that?

Commentary

At the last city of Dunkirk council meeting was a resident from another municipality who claims to be a previous resident of the city of Dunkirk and owns property in the city. She couldn’t say enough and was giving high praise to this administration for the progress that has been made in the ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Two-time Oscar-nominated actress Mary McDonnell will be the commencement speaker at Fredonia State University College on May 15. The star of movies, plays and television is a 1974 theatre graduate of Fredonia State and the 1992 winner of the Outstanding Achievement ...

SCHOOL BUDGETS: Fredonia takes lead on reserves

The OBSERVER’s View

Board of Education members in the Fredonia Central School district did a commendable thing. With a comfortable fund balance, members decided to do the right thing: keep the tax rate flat. “Basically what the state has told us is, we’re fat. We’re obese,” said board member Brian ...

Not quite passing the smell test

Commentary

The ever-chubby North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has a plan to make his country great again. It involves the populace of his nation performing at almost super-human levels. His plan will require an amazing effort on part of the average NoKo citizen. The plan is no joke. Apparently, there is ...

The short, but long way, home

Commentary

In his later years, before he stopped driving altogether, my dad would ask me to drive him to Erie if he needed to go there. “I ain’t drivin’ in the big city no more,” he’d say. Well, let me tell you about driving in the “big city,” of which Erie is not one. I just completed ...

Why build a new Brooks?

Commentary

Editor’s note: The Brooks-TLC Hospital System is planning on building a new hospital at the former Cornell Cooperative Extension site in Fredonia. Since the announcement in January, there have been a number of questions from the community regarding the proposal. Here are some frequently asked ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Eason Hall in Westfield was packed with residents, boating enthusiasts and business owners concerned about the shallow water depth of Barcelona Harbor. The economic future of Barcelona Harbor depends on whether or not the town of Westfield can find the dollars to ...

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 FISHING SHOW SUCCESS — A special thank you to the hundreds of people in the community who came out this year to the OBSERVER’s annual fishing show. There were dozens of vendors, multiple presentations, volunteers and more. ...

People’s column

Peoples column

Editor, OBSERVER: I don’t think the New York state Department of Transportation took a proper car count on Routes 60 and 20. That roundabout will have traffic, will be backed up to Vineyard Drive and the other way past McAllister Road. The state needs to blacktop Route 20 from Fredonia to ...