Opinion

More benefits, courtesy of tax returns

Commentary

It is tax time again for those of us who pay taxes so those who live off of us can survive and enjoy the same life that we do, only they don’t have to pay into it. My question is: why do these individuals receive tax refunds when they don’t work? Their tax refunds are more than a working ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Because of encroachment from fast food restaurants and other commercial development, the Lake Erie Regional Grape Research Center in the town of Pomfret (East Main Road, across from Fredonia Central School) will eventually have to move. The Chautauqua County ...

Dunkirk, creating plan for facility

The OBSERVER’s View

Around 80 people protested Friday with signs regarding the potential relocation of Brooks Memorial Hospital from Dunkirk to Fredonia. Another hundred vehicles honked their horns in support of the protesters. But this process by the Brooks-TLC partnership has had wheels in motion for more than ...

People’s Column

Peoples column

Overwhelmed by support Editor, OBSERVER: On Jan. 26 I found out just how many people care about me. My sister and mother planned an awesome benefit raffle along with help from many other friends and family. The weather was bad but the turnout was heartwarming. I’ve had so much support ...

Steep hills of life’s dreams

Commentary

A leading sociologist summarized “The Deep Story,” the “subjective prism,” shared by folks she interviewed over several years, reflecting their hope, fear, pride, resentment, and anxiety-all Tea Party friends who agreed with her metaphorical story. “We all have a deep story” (135);* ...

Forecasts come pouring in

Commentary

You know what really fries my frijoles?!! These weather forecasters that break into my favorite programs with their “doomsday” forecasts. Here I am sitting on the sofa, ready to do my couch-potato act, gripping a bag of Fritos corn chips and can of near beer, in front of the boob-tube ...

We’re responsible for lake’s future

Commentary

Several weeks ago, members of the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy Conservation Committee convened a meeting to discuss compiling a statement of concerns regarding the health and condition of Chautauqua Lake. Eighteen participants attended that meeting, including representatives from CWC, ...

An orphan meets his grandfather

Commentary

My father was 9 by the time he found out that his name was Armenian. Before then, he had never heard the word, much less knew of such a people as Armenians. The place was the Bronx. The year, 1940. The same year that the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Detroit Tigers in seven games to win its ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 A quarter of a century ago, a low-budget film called “Gone in 60 Seconds,” the brain-child of the late H. B. “Toby” Halicki, a Dunkirk native, brought recognition to Dunkirk and became a cult classic. The film, which cost less than $250,000 to produce, was ...

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 COLD AS ICE — These colder temperatures have at least one good thing from them — they’ve allowed Chautauqua Lake to be cold enough to construct an ice castle for the annual President’s Day Weekend Winter Festival in ...

Who is accountable in the city?

Commentary

In April 2018, I was contacted by a district attorney out of Erie County and learned I was being investigated on a petition I turned in to the Board of Elections. The investigation was started because the Board of Elections and Don Williams, First Ward councilman, wanted me charged with a class ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 The long-awaited arrival of Applebee’s restaurant on Vineyard Drive in Dunkirk is now a reality as a ribbon-cutting ceremony was recently held. Taking part in the festivities were Tom Barresi, Northern Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce coordinator; Pam Lydic, ...

Our burden keeps growing

The OBSERVER’s View

We Americans are failing to cope with a serious crisis, and it has little to do with border security. It is the national debt, which topped $22 trillion this week. For most people, it is difficult to become too concerned about mere numbers on paper or expressed digitally. But the debt is more ...

Exploring possibilities in animism

Commentary

I welcome back any who were here for last week’s introduction to animism which is, basically, a belief that inanimate objects can have life. That is, they can feel or sense, or know. One of the experiments I devised and did while a student at the University of Colorado in 1959 asked my ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 It only took a moment for Ron Brennan to make a difference. Mr. Brennan, a Forestville mail carrier, aided an elderly Forestville woman who was trapped outside her home. When he stopped to put mail in her mailbox, he heard her cries. The woman had been down for about ...

Paving the way for visits to our waters

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What is the best way for motorists or tourists to arrive at Dunkirk’s waterfront? That question has been a focal point by leaders and consultants in the effort to build on the city’s reputation of being a summer destination. Planners in recent years have held meetings and group sessions ...

Protest: Send honest message on Brooks

The OBSERVER’s View

We wholeheartedly advocate for residents protesting and making their voices heard. A group plans to do just that at 4:15 p.m. Friday in front of Brooks Memorial Hospital on Central Avenue in regard to the facility’s planned relocation from Dunkirk to Fredonia. Residents have a right to be ...

Pain, concern in a relationship

Commentary

Last article we met Dakota, a recently retired gentleman whose primary care physician referred him for therapy. An angry outburst in her office was one of untold nubers Dakota had expressed. His initial statement of “… being a dead man walking” introduced vital information. His anger, ...

Lessons in history and love

Commentary

By RAY LENARCIC Every February, when Washington’s birthday and Valentine’s Day roll around, I’m reminded of sixth grade at Church Street Elementary in Little Falls and my teacher, the late John Homrighaus. He was also my fourth-grade teacher and we all loved the guy. He was young, ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 The Chautauqua County Horsemen’s Association recently held its 20th annual sleigh rally — on wheels instead of runners. There wasn’t enough snow for the sleighs, many of which are expensive antiques. So people showed up with buggies and wagons instead. It was a ...