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American resolve still resonates Editor, OBSERVER: I remember watching Eric Sevareid in the mid 1960s on CBS interviewing Eric Hoffer about his new book. It had a quote that has come back to me many times over the years. Sevareid asked Hoffer what he thought made Americans different from ...

The Gospel according to … Who?

Commentary

It has been 12 months of facts and commentaries about the Reformation, as the Lutheran Church culminates the year-long celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Much has been written about Martin Luther, his history in the Church, as well as how God’s truth shapes our ...

Venus and Mars: Two worlds…One home

Commentary

Here is another classic Margaret Valone column. This column is going to be geared toward the male readers. I understand there are a lot of you and I thank you for it. I was thinking about how many times we are judged by ourselves and society by what we do for a living. This is especially ...

Weinstein and others need help

Commentary

Here we are again, America, forced to face ourselves and wincing at our reflection. We now know, through reporting by The New York Times and The New Yorker, that Harvey Weinstein — one of the most powerful men in Hollywood and a big-time Democratic donor — bullied, demeaned and sexually ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 Fredonia Mayor Frank Pagano has scheduled a special meeting with officials from Fredonia State University College and Water Street bar owners to discuss ways of resolving recent problems with crowd control, underage drinking and litter in the Water Street area, which ...

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New York again invested in Dunkirk last week when it handed out $2.5 million for Smart Growth.

Even with goodwill, state can’t win

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Some day down the road, Chautauqua County residents might actually get past a delusional mindset that New York state hampers the way our local governments deliver services. Despite a stronger presence from state Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Albany in recent years — from Dunkirk to Jamestown — ...

HOLLYWOOD: Dark behind the curtains

The OBSERVER’s View

Entertainers are eager to point out the alleged moral failings of the rest of us. Meanwhile, they inhabit an incredibly sordid culture, the likes of which would not be tolerated in other businesses. Revelations about entertainment mogul Harvey Weinstein continue to tumble out in a steady ...

The very sociable Cedar Waxwing

Commentary

The very sociable Cedar Waxwing It might seem strange to pick October to highlight a bird usually spotted around here (if at all) in July and August and, sometimes, September. And spot it you should for it’s certainly one of our most stunningly colored birds. The first Cedar Waxwing I ...

BUDGET: Drugs take toll in county

Opinion

Discussions over the Chautauqua County Health and Human Services Department’s 2018 budget quickly turned to drug abuse — and with good reason. Christine Schuyler, county Health and Human Services director, told legislators roughly 75 percent of the county’s 360 Child Protective Services ...

Photo by Gene Pauszek: The Lake Erie water level was visibly low at Chadwick Bay Marina on Wednesday afternoon.

More rain needed to attract trout

Commentary

Locally we are going to need some more rainfall like we had on Wednesday evening, to attract a decent run of trout in the smaller local streams. This columnist did a little investigation on Wednesday and noticed that the water in Canadaway Creek up into Fredonia was gin-clear and at a low ...

What about the college non-athletes?

Commentary

ESPN, the sports channel, a couple years ago paid homage to the multitude of high school seniors picking their colleges to play football. Time was spent beyond my imagination to determine the top 300 prospects. When some were identified, they donned the hats of their intended choices. Parents ...

Retrospective — Oct. 12

Opinion

Twenty years ago — 1997 An effort to keep the lights shining at the Dunkirk Lighthouse is now under way. The Dunkirk facility is among eight Great Lakes lighthouses that would be shut down under a plan by the United States Coast Guard. The Coast Guard has decided the lighthouses are not ...

COUNTY: This is when legislators work

Opinion

Chautauqua County Legislator Terry Niebel of Sheridan made some interesting points in a commentary on Sunday regarding the status of the proposed 2018 budget. He believes that legislators owe constituents a tax cut. We agree. To be honest, we were a bit disappointed with the proposal by ...

We can draw the line on guns

Commentary

On any given day one can open a conversation with, “how ya doin’?” and find that the next five to 10 minutes are spent listening to a diatribe of what is wrong with them, their world and everything under the sky. Isn’t it about time we begin to look on the brighter side of things? ...

Retrospective — Oct. 11

Opinion

Twenty years ago — 1997 A feature story by Doug Fenton relates that the original rectory for Trinity Episcopal Church at 29 Day St. in Fredonia, built in 1853-54, is a straightforward Italian-style house with an interesting history and some famous former tenants. The family of Samuel ...

Regional help to non-participant

The OBSERVER’s View

Crews from the city of Dunkirk and town of Pomfret came to the aid of the village of Fredonia and its Department of Public Works. For whatever reason, the village was inundated with a number of water main breaks from Wednesday evening until Friday morning. Fredonia faces what every other ...

Game should not be political statement

Peoples column

Editor, OBSERVER: The football players and those who adhere to their disrespect for what true Americans stand for are aliens of this country and should be treated with disdain. President Donald Trump was right for calling them out and chastising them as he did. When the Buffalo Bills ...

Anti-Trump segment can’t let it go

Commentary

It’ll be almost a year since Donald Trump ran and won the presidential office of our nation. But the bitterness felt by the losers has continued unabated. Disappointed writers fill the press and other media by slanderous, angry attacks, without regard for the office he represents. Their ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 4-H is taking root and branching out in Chautauqua County. There are currently 38 clubs throughout the county with a total membership of about 650 young people between the ages of 9 and 19. The clubs are spread out, with one located in every village and city in the ...

COUNTY: A celebration of achievement

Opinion

Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce President and Executive Director Todd Tranum made it clear that our area needs an attitude adjustment. Instead of negatively reacting to potential economic development, whether it be Athenex or the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, residents need to ...