Opinion

Some of the best, worst of the week

The OBSERVER’s View

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS — The holiday season is upon us. A number of local communities have or will be holding Christmas-themed events. Last weekend Dunkirk lit the Christmas tree. This weekend Gowanda, Fredonia, Cherry Creek and ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 Conrail recently completed cleanup efforts from September’s train derailment but the cause of the accident remains under investigation. Temple Road between Willow Road and Route 5 in the town of Dunkirk recently reopened after being closed for two months. This ...

Shopping: Your gift to the area

The OBSERVER’s View

On Monday, did your children or grandchildren get to tell a virtual Santa Claus what they want for Christmas? Did you try to guess how the magician you watched on your smartphone made the rabbit disappear? And, how about that ice skating app? Pardon our sarcasm, please. It is aimed, if you ...

People’s column

Peoples column

Forums help in voter decisions Editor, OBSERVER: I’d like to say thank you to both the OBSERVER staff and the League of Women Voters for their excellent efforts in promoting awareness and coverage of candidates and important issues leading up to the recent elections. Once again, the ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 Brooks Hospital is pleased to announce three new members to its health care team. Dr. Raman Sood, who was born in India, is board-certified in internal medicine and is in the process of becoming board-certified in medical oncology. Dr. Joseph Askar, who was born in ...

Some winds of change for the better

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Progress continues to be made by a number of area municipalities when it comes to efficiencies and regional partnerships. That’s the view from here when examining the city of Dunkirk, towns and villages that make up the OBSERVER’s readership area. Over the past year, there has been a ...

Hunting: Decisions were irresponsible

The OBSERVER’s View

Safety with weapons is every hunter’s responsibility — which is what makes it so discouraging to see that responsibility abdicated three times in less than two weeks here in Chautauqua County. The first incident came roughly two weeks ago when two Kennedy men were charged with illegal ...

Still plenty of benefits to natural gas

Commentary

It is with relative certainty that there is unanimous support by mainstream, as well as extreme environmental groups that coal is the enemy in the climate change debate. We won’t make an assumption that all of these groups understand that coal’s demise is primarily due to the cheap, ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 An open house was held Nov. 25 to formally announce the partnership of Evans & Evans, perhaps the only mother-daughter legal team in Western New York. Sue M. Evans and her daughter, Lydia V. Evans, greeted guests at their offices at 131 Temple St., Fredonia. Sue ...

Happy returns for prevention

The OBSERVER’s View

A photo on our front page Saturday spoke volumes. It featured village of North Collins officer Phil Tremblay standing in front of a number of prescription drugs and needles. It was not everything the department collected, but it was enough. On Oct. 28, the department reported a four-hour ...

Who should wait for organ transplants?

Commentary

The shortage of organs for transplantation results in some people having to be at the end of the line. For some, this will result in their dying for lack of an organ. In response, some people have discussed whether people who have destroyed their organs or have unhealthy lifestyles should get ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 Janet R. Jarvis, Children’s Librarian at the Dunkirk Free Library, was honored by the community at a reception at the Dunkirk Moose Lodge on Nov. 16. More than 300 people attended the celebration to thank Mrs. Jarvis for enriching the lives of their children ...

More turnovers in the area

The OBSERVER’s View

Once again, high school football will take on a different look in the area. As noted in our Friday edition, it appears that Westfield will be teaming with Chautauqua Lake to field a team. “In terms of the parent meeting, it was pretty unanimous that parents thought Chautauqua Lake would ...

Our road map of intelligence

Commentary

There is an old adage I’ve been thinking about recently; “We can’t see the forest for all the trees.” I think I first heard it as a teenager, and it temporarily confused me, but after a while I figured it out. We are all so taken up with what we are trying to do that we sometimes lose ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 The roomful of Stockton residents who turned out for a recent zoning board of appeals hearing spoke almost with one voice against allowing any more junkyards in the town. Furthermore, these same individuals want the ones that are illegally existing to be cleaned up. ...

Make change for kettle effort

The OBSERVER’s View

The Salvation Army provides help to those who need it all year. To make that help possible, the organization needs your help for the next month. One way to help is to spread holiday cheer while ringing a bell near one of the Salvation Army’s red kettles. Bell ringers can now be found ...

Spending the money others earned

Commentary

What can be done about those who have lived off of the taxpayers in this country and live a full life with no responsibilities of their own? These people receive more from our state and our government to live an enjoyable life. They do it on the backs of the hard working men and women who pay ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 An $800,000 renovation project at Jamestown Community College’s North County Center in Dunkirk will be presented to the JCC Foundation board on Dec. 3. The North County Center has seen rapid growth and is out of room. It is currently renting room next door at ...

BRIGHAM ROAD: It is time for truck ban

The OBSERVER’s View

It is a sight many in Dunkirk have witnessed far too often. A tractor-trailer, while traveling on Brigham Road, gets stuck and damaged after attempting to go under the CSX crossings between Second and Fourth streets. The most recent incident, on Nov. 17, did more damage to the truck than the ...

People’s column

Peoples column

No beef over meat party Editor, OBSERVER: Thank you to all our volunteers, patrons, donators, Auxiliary, VFW guys, and staff who made our Fall Meat Party a success. Thank you to Jennifer Lemke for doing a great job as our mistress of ceremonies. I know we need to tweek some things like ...