Opinion

People’s column

Peoples column

Today is Saturday, Sept. 8, the 251st day of 2018. There are 114 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 8, 1974, President Gerald R. Ford granted a “full, free, and absolute pardon” to former President Richard Nixon covering his entire term in office. On this ...

Reform New York primary elections

Commentary

Any time — not just primary-election time — is a good time to recall why New York should reform how political parties select candidates for governor and lieutenant governor. Some states elect governors and lieutenant governors entirely separately. Sometimes those elected this way work ...

Runaway costs for education

Commentary

A recent OBSERVER Publisher’s notebook made for interesting reading. The message was that many school boards and administrators are not acting wisely in the face of declining enrollment and ever-increasing school budgets. Budget increases that outpace the inflation rate are putting ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 A group of Fredonia Central School District parents approached the board of education to request a slight change to the hillbilly mascot in response to events in schools across the country. The parents commended students who built a sculpture depicting the hillbilly ...

Little hope for countries

The OBSERVER’s View

The paradises promoters of socialism promise often turn out to be bottomless pits of misery. Even questioning the totalitarian regimes can be dangerous. Central and South America are proving to be incubators of repression and economic want because of socialism. In Venezuela, which should be ...

What did you with the kids?

Commentary

Summer Solstice. June 21st. “Fledgling: a young bird just fledged.” All right. Let’s go try that again: “Fledged: having the plumage or feathers necessary for flight.” Or let’s try fledge (which my computer won’t even acknowledge as a word): “to bring up (a young bird) until ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 The idea of casino gambling in the city of Dunkirk came up a winner with the majority of people participating in a petition survey. Eighty-eight percent of people signing the petition were in favor of casino gambling in the city. A total of 1,058 people signed the ...

No ‘squabbling’ with district’s team effort

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PORTLAND — Pomfret town Supervisor Don Steger, in his exuberance, did not need a microphone. A podium had been set up for the speakers as part of the “Turn on the Tap” event that took place Wednesday morning in front of the blue water tower off Route 5. He shrugged off the audio — and ...

City’s dilemma with position

The OBSERVER’s View

If you’re Warren Kelly, you come into a job with little expectations. That is because your predecessor, who has apparently been terminated, did nothing but put out lawn-mowing orders. Such is the position of a code enforcement officer in Dunkirk. If you look around, there’s no big eyesore ...

Washington’s impacting our home

Commentary

We are living in monumental times. Does that sound like hubris? Bear with me; I make this claim sincerely. A nearly palpable excitement is fueling the growing optimism of free-thinking Americans. We have been through some dark times. For a long time. But people are seeing light at the end ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 From Just Between Us .... Carla Waclawski of Dunkirk was recently named a United States National Award Winner in science and will appear in the United States Achievement Academy Official Yearbook, published nationally. A student at Dunkirk High School, she was ...

Grape Crop: Good news on the vines

The OBSERVER’s View

Grape expectations? According to Terry Bates, director of the Cornell Lake Erie Research & Extension, area growers are reporting “average” expectations. That’s a good thing. “We really worry if either the crop is way too low or way too high … A lot of our research is how to do ...

Lessons from a Catholic scandal

Commentary

Like Lucy, the Catholic Church has some ’splainin to do. This year, a Pennsylvania grand jury released a report that found that in six of the eight Roman Catholic dioceses there were over 1,000 identifiable child victims of sexual abuse. It guessed that there were thousands more. It ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 A proposal to locate a church in a building at 268 Lake Shore Drive East has been rejected by the City of Dunkirk Planning Board. During a special meeting, board members denied an application from Iglesia Pentecostal y Misionera Inc. to move into the building on a ...

A new year begins today

The OBSERVER’s View

It is a day filled with excitement, anxiety and a bit of disappointment. Today marks the first day of school. That means buses will be out in force. Some children will be walking. And, there will be a greater energy to our downtowns with the additional traffic. There also are hazards. Bus ...

Reminders of everyday fortunes

Commentary

Years ago I was lost. I wasn’t sure where I was. My car was crashed against the concrete abutment of a railroad bridge that crossed over the road at the bottom of the hill. It seemed that there was someone in it that needed an ambulance, but I couldn’t recall who, or why, or whether there ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Shortly after midnight on Vineyard Drive in Dunkirk, cars jammed the Blockbuster parking lot and a quiet line of customers — most of them female — snaked its way from the front of the store all around the perimeter of the building. They came from near and far to ...

LABOR DAY: Our changing job dilemma

The OBSERVER’s View

Typical during the campaign season is the call by those seeking elected office for more jobs in our area. Fact is, at this moment, unemployment rates are at their lowest levels in years. Even in this region, the number of those seeking work are declining. In Chautauqua County, the ...

State in losing battle with Cuomo

Commentary

What has happened to sanity in our state capital of Albany? Some 24,000 parolees were pardoned by state Gov. Andrew Cuomo to restore their right to vote. I always thought as in the past that when a person violates our laws they no longer have that right. But Cuomo thinks in his own mind that ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 In an effort to improve housing opportunities and the quality of life in neighborhoods, Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. is preparing to launch a new program aimed at increasing home ownership in the city of Dunkirk. COI will purchase and rehabilitate homes for resale, ...