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Opinion

Patients are still losing power

Commentary

There has been a lot written about patient rights and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act laws are strictly enforced, which is a big step in the right direction. Plus being able to dictate end of life care via Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatments is wonderful. ...

Understanding an overdose

Commentary

From the staff at Chautauqua Alcohol & Substance Abuse Council Throughout the month of August, Chautauqua Alcohol & Substance Abuse Council (CASAC) will be promoting its “Friends Take Care of Friends” overdose prevention campaign. In support of that campaign, we all need to be ...

The problem with buying elections

Commentary

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer had a recent op-ed in the Progressive Liberal Democratic echo chamber called the New York Times. He seems to be asserting himself as the new voice of the Democratic party, with bold pronouncements of all of the new, progressive things he and his party are going to do for ...

DUNKIRK Put the brakes on meter issue

Retrospective

Government has always had a love, hate relationship with parking meters. On one hand they bring in much-needed revenue. But isn’t the expense greater, in terms of manpower and repairs? Recently, the Citizens Advisory Committee brought up the parking meters and just how out of date they are. ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 Chautauqua County spends most of its property tax revenues on welfare, according to County Executive Andrew W. Goodell. “The cost of welfare and Medicaid currently consumes about two-thirds of the property tax levy,” Goodell said. “That is, $25.36 million out ...

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 DRAG RETIREMENT — It’s still a few months away, but by the end of the year, Judge Walter F. Drag will no longer oversee the Dunkirk City Court. For more than 30 years Judge Drag has been Dunkirk’s judge. He’s decided ...

Cherish your loved ones every day

Commentary

This week’s classic column recalls Margaret’s days of speaking engagements several years ago. She had received a call with an invitation and agreed, noting she had done mother-daughter brunches and banquets before. She wrote “It is a wonderful opportunity to have a positive impact on ...

City problems not getting better

Commentary

Reading the OBSERVER (Aug. 1), I was upset of what our Dunkirk administration has accomplished since taking office. Nothing. It’s true. We almost lost the Athenex plant. Finally, we got the county and state to step in and get us back on track. Dunkirk was working with Fredonia, and ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 The Four Points Harborfront Hotel in Dunkirk is scheduled to reopen Aug. 6, ending a three-and-a-half month shutdown. GF Management, a New Jersey firm, will take over operation of the hotel. GF has formed Dunkirk Hotel Associates, a limited partnership, to operate ...

MILITARY: US facing real threats

Opinion

For decades, U.S. military strategy could be focused on the single nation capable of launching an attack on our mainland, the old Soviet Union. A secondary, though still important, consideration was China. There were no other major threats to Americans here in the United States. That has ...

Oh say, do you sneeze?

Commentary

Returning from a trip to Portland, OR, where my one family is now settling, I brought back little but the beginnings of a juicy head cold. Those who have observed my plight all tend to blame it on the airlines. Sorry, not this time, for I started cold pills the morning before my flight — ...

Retrospective — Aug. 4

Opinion

Twenty years ago — 1997 Another auto parts franchise store is coming to the Dunkirk-Fredonia area with plans for building a new store at the corner of Routes 20 and 60. Auto Zone would be located on Route 60 adjacent to the State Police barracks. Property owner Sandy Rotunda plans to ...

Bob Bankoski is leaving the post of Dunkirk’s Department of Public Works supervisor.

Still a rough road for DPW chiefs

Local/Region

More than a year ago, this space spotlighted a public-service position that was growing less popular by the day. As evidenced in our region’s two major population centers of Dunkirk and Fredonia in the last year, it may have hit rock bottom. On Monday night, Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas ...

Once closed, a quick exit

The OBSERVER’s View

JCPenney was beloved by many residents in this region. We were all hurt by the announcement of its closing — and felt like a jilted bride. Monday was the D&F Plaza store’s final day of being open. In the next 24 hours, all evidence of the business was gone. The sign had been removed. ...

Coming clean on house visit

Commentary

As a relative newcomer to this area, I see its treasures with heightened enthusiasm. In the meeting place between thwarted architecture and the local history of soap, even longtime residents will find a lustrous new treasure nearby. The Darwin D. Martin house has been in the public realm ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 The owners of the former Cardinal Mindszenty High School property in the city of Dunkirk will have until September to complete a cleanup project. The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, which owns the former high school and neighboring manse, requested an extension for the ...

Fredonia: Concert series in full swing

The OBSERVER’s View

Dunkirk is not the only place where you can enjoy music. On Wednesdays, the Gazebo Concert Series takes place in the village of Fredonia. Tonight, the band TPT is playing starting at 6:30 and those attending are asked to bring a chair. The rest of the schedule for the year includes: ¯ ...

Trumps’s ‘frustrating’ early tenure

Commentary

It is always interesting to me when a politician expounds upon their desire to be known as “not political.” Or when promises are made that everyone, including the “politician” know cannot be kept. These were some of the very things that our current president said and did when he was ...

EDUCATION: Making school mergers easier

The OBSERVER’s View

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is serious about pursuing local mergers and consolidation. The governor has done more than pay lip service to the idea. He has put taxpayers’ money behind the idea, offering incentives to consolidate and the opportunity for counties leading the best consolidation plans to ...