Opinion

Caucus, Reed have brought few results

Commentary

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed likes to tout his membership in the Problem Solvers Caucus. Reed’s ads — on television, radio, and Facebook — frequently mention that he is the co-chair of this apparently exemplary group. Reed’s status as a leader of the Problem Solvers is, in other words, put ...

People’s column: Thoughts on Tuesday’s vote

Commentary

Einach is voice of courage Editor, OBSERVER: I am a member of NYSUT and on Tuesday, I will be voting for Judy Einach for the state Assembly. Incumbents always have an advantage in that they can use their voting record to solicit endorsements from special interest groups and those groups ...

Save your future, vote for Mitrano

Commentary

As a retired senior, I am very concerned about the threat to Medicare and Social Security that is looming just as predictably as the thunder clap follows the lightning and the storm ensues. According to a recent article in the AARP Bulletin, a Republican plan to change the Social Security ...

‘Magical money’ costing us down road

Commentary

Over many years and many instances, Congress has stolen Social Security funds to use for other purposes. The way they do it revolves around government bonds being issued from Social Security funds, with proceeds being used to fund other government expenses. This allows politicians to fund ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Chautauqua County voters elected a new family court judge on the Democratic Party line, unseating a 20-year Republican incumbent in the only contested countywide race. Democrat Judith Claire, matrimonial referee and confidential assistant to State Supreme Justice ...

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week:

The OBSERVER’s View

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST FREDONIA HARDWARE — Congratulations goes out to Bob Scudder. For 32 years, Scudder has been “Bob at the hardware store.” This past week, Fredonia Pro Hardware officially closed its doors. But that’s not the end of the ...

People’s column: Voices on the vote

Peoples column

Quattrone has record to lead Editor, OBSERVER: I am a lifelong Chautauqua County resident. In 2017 I retired as a lieutenant from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office after 32 years of service. I currently serve as the mayor of the village of Falconer. I have known both sheriff ...

Taking on a tough opponent

Commentary

Editor’s note: This is the second of two parts. Part one was published Oct. 27. In 1991, I was working as a chemical dependency counselor at “Friends of Cazenovia Manor” on Legion Drive in South Buffalo. We had 18 males in the house that stayed with us for a year. It was amazing that ...

Where does our country go from here?

Commentary

The “mid-year” elections are upon us where the entire House of Representatives is up for election along with thirty-five seats in the Senate. Will it be a red wave, a blue wave or a shade in between that sweeps the nation? At the state level there are races for governor, attorney general, ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Players and coaches from the Dunkirk Midget Marauders football team were honored during a recent city council meeting for their championship season. The team captured the title in the Lake Shore League. Mayor Robert Kesicki said this was a “proud moment for the ...

Race for seat in the spotlight

The OBSERVER’s View

One Western New York race is in the national spotlight, thanks to some potential wrong-doing by the incumbent. Congressional District 27, which includes Erie County, has become a major battleground between U.S. Rep. Chris Collins and Nate McMurray. Before Aug. 8, many thought Collins had it ...

Peoples Column

Peoples column

Mitrano presents healthy choice Editor, OBSERVER: Like many independent small business owners, we have been buying our own health insurance for a long time. The costs have risen every year since we lost company benefits, and we were concerned about the impact of the Affordable Care Act. In ...

Deer tracks

Commentary

RANCOR: Resentment, ill will, malice, spite, venom, malevolence, malignity, vindictiveness; hatred, abhorrence, distaste, abominable; antagonism, fury, anger, pique; bitterness. As you might well imagine, the list goes on. And on. The word “rancor” isn’t even in my old (1940) ...

Mitrano is best voice for our region

Commentary

Our tax dollars have been wasted in the 50-plus times the Republicans have gone after to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, a reform which by definition is the improvement of what is wrong, corrupt or unsatisfactory. Therefore, it was a beginning of helping ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 The first shovels of dirt flew early this morning during a ground-breaking ceremony for the Chadwick Drive project at the industrial park in the town of Sheridan. Participants in the ceremony were George Wheeler, vice president of Allegany-Erie Inc., developer of the ...

In game of politics, incumbents call shots

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Political debates are hardly ever a party decision. Instead, those discussions are almost always dictated by the incumbent. This year, state Gov. Andrew Cuomo decided on only one face-off with challenger Marc Molinaro. It occurred on the evening of Oct. 23 in the WCBS-TV studios in New York ...

ELECTION: Tiny governments, very few races

The OBSERVER’s View

Election time often shows the 129,000 who live in this county why so many small local governments become rubber-stamping and tax-revenue suckers. Many residents do not want the job of being an elected official. If they do, they do not want to make the tough decisions. “Yes” is the herd ...

People’s column

Peoples column

Reed’s bill short-sighted Editor, OBSERVER: Introduced by Rep. Tom Reed (R-Corning), the Diabetic Vision Loss and Blindness Prevention Act (H.R. 6639) would provide Medicare coverage and reimbursement for retinal imaging of seniors with diabetes in the primary care setting with remote ...

Road trip filled with present, past

Commentary

Traveling through any significant chunk of this country gives you a chance to encounter the unique complexities of American life. A recent visit to Winchester, Va., took me down highways and byways of this nuanced America. There are several ways to get to Virginia. The “quick” way ...

For cooperation, elect Quattrone

Commentary

I am a retired Chautauqua County sheriff’s lieutenant and former head of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force. As such, I have participated in and supervised over literally hundreds of successful narcotics investigations here in Chautauqua County and throughout Western New York. These ...