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Stepping up for Forestville legion

Commentary

Memorial Day celebrations remind us of the many men and women who have given their lives for our American way of life. On May 24, we lost one of our comrades, Richard Mosher. The man was an absolute saint, his love of family attendance and participation at St. Peter’s Church and his ...

A Catch-22 to competent reasoning

Commentary

To a group of younger officers, World War II Major General Orlando Ward acknowledged, “It has been my observation that most generals are unware of their most peculiar peculiarities.” Unfortunately, he didn’t always apply this judgment to himself. The self-regulation needed to evaluate ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1987 Former Dunkirk Mayor Gilbert Snyder was endorsed by the Dunkirk Republican City Committee for that party’s nomination in the November election. Mr. Snyder won the endorsement over Councilman-at-Large William Schlichter in a 23-5 city committee vote. Shortly after ...

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 TRACK AND FIELD — There were some very talented track and field students this year. First and foremost, we congratulate Dunkirk’s Emilee Hanlon for winning the state title in high jump for Division II. The high school junior ...

Some things change, others don’t

Commentary

This another one of those columns about issues and happenings that recently piqued my interest. ¯ It’s hard to believe that a year ago James Comey was the highly respected director of the FBI. Then he was respected by Democrats and Republicans alike and seen as an example of the best in ...

Moving day is here again

Commentary

Things are happening at my house! Tuesday morning I’m going to see Dr. Alam. Then I’m going to have lunch. I’ve made up my mind to go back to the WCA Home. I was there before. I wanted to see if I could take care of myself. I stayed home for two years. I’ll be so glad when I’m ...

Retrospective — June 17

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1987 It took hundreds of people and many hours of labor, but the Creative Playground in Silver Creek was completed on schedule. Located on the grounds at Silver Creek Elementary School on Bennett State Road, it is open to the public. An example of a well-organized ...

Morning mysteries

Commentary

Could it be? What do they do — take turns? Or is perhaps my little yellow-bellied sapsucker simply tired today? Nursing a splitting beak of a headache perhaps? Or tired of the clouds, cold and rain? I know I am. His song, for whatever reason, was slower this morning and — worse! — ...

America Some statements cross the line

Retrospective

James T. Hodgkinson wanted to know whether the members of Congress practicing baseball at a field in Alexandria, Va., were Republicans or Democrats, according to multiple media reports. Told they were GOP lawmakers, Hodgkinson walked back to his car. He retrieved a rifle and opened ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1987 Among the many awards presented at the recent senior awards program at Dunkirk High School were those received by Pam Bain, Bob Roncska, Amy Callahan, Tim Bartkowski, Jennifer Tarnowski and John Uszacki. The senior class gift is a wooden swing for the courtyard. ...

Fewer tips of hats to grads

Publisher’s notebook

Discussions on consolidating or merging schools is never simple arithmetic when emotions get factored into the equation. With the annual celebration of high school graduation only a week away, just how much smaller are those classes locally today than they were more than a decade ...

Zoning Board approval was correct

The OBSERVER’s View

Recently the Dunkirk Zoning Board of Appeals approved Todd Ellman to construct a three-bay car wash at the corner of Doughty and Bucknor streets. That area is not zoned for commercial use. Zoning boards need to be careful when voting on businesses in non-commercial districts. But this one ...

Is there a healthy choice for plans?

Commentary

American healthcare is in crisis mode. At times of crisis, adversaries are surprised to learn that “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.” Unlikely allies are rallying around an increasingly obvious truth: The Democrats’ Affordable Care Act, the Republican rallying cry of “Repeal and ...

ZOAR VALLEY: Repair to road is pricey

Opinion

Is the fix worth it? That is the question local and Erie County officials need to figure out before fixing the horrendous Zoar Valley Road. As noted in the Sunday OBSERVER, it is not a fun ride — even for someone who represents that region. “It was a ride from hell,” said Erie County ...

Racism in relationships prominent

Commentary

Recently, students forcibly took over Evergreen State College claiming that it was awash in racism. Students at University of California at Berkeley, Middlebury College, and Claremont McKenna College prevented public intellectuals Milo Yiannopoulis, Charles Murray, and Heather Mac Donald from ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1987 Former Fredonia resident Mark Merchant was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates as the second player overall nationwide in the amateur free agent baseball draft. Much of his early baseball training came from his father, Bob, who was a basketball official in Chautauqua ...

Drugs: Accuracy needed on overdosing

The OBSERVER’s View

The depths of Chautauqua County’s drug problem may be worse than thought. In late April, Dr. Victoria Hall, a Centers for Disease Control field officer, presented research from her team’s review of death records in the Minnesota Department of Health’s Unexplained Death surveillance ...

Human ethic and the cat’s meow

Commentary

Some thoughts on two unrelated topics: ¯ I was talking to a friend the other day, and his complaint was, “What has happened to the work ethic in the country today?” Well, I retired at the age of 62 back in 1989. That was almost 30 years ago, so I don’t know much about people’s ...

DUNKIRK: Get vacations under control

The OBSERVER’s View

Use it or lose it. That is how a majority of private-sector businesses treat vacation time for their employees over a 12-month period. Not so in the public sector. Just look at the city of Dunkirk. At a recent personnel committee meeting, officials talked about how those working for the ...

Voting with no skin in the outcome

Commentary

As we all know that our schools and gathering places such as churches are targets for those who want to do harm to this country. Security is the first line of defense. Security needs to be on the minds of all those who are responsible such as our schools. Our children are cherished parts ...