Opinion

New York: Burden is not lessening

The OBSERVER’s View

Tax filings are due Monday, and New York needs each and every one of those filings from state residents to keep lurching along. Wallethub, a personal finance website, recently released its 2017 rankings of tax burden by state. In order to determine which states tax their residents most ...

The comfort of old

Commentary

“As comfortable as an old shoe.” My toes will attest to the veracity of that adage. I imagine we all have our favorites. I’d always heard about the fellow who had a sweater — or maybe it was a jacket — he positively refused to let go. Perhaps even a dramatic rescue from the trash ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago – 1987 Brooks Locomotive No. 444 has arrived at its new home at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds in Dunkirk following a slow ride on a low-boy trailer from the Niagara Mohawk steam station where it has been stored since it arrived in the city last month. While there were a ...

HOSPITAL: A way to cure past mistakes

The OBSERVER’s View

Recent news that Brooks Memorial Hospital had another deficit of $3.5 million in 2015 is not surprising. At that time, it seemed as if the hospital was running itself into the ground. Much of that had to do with previous leadership. But with Brooks working as an affiliate with Kaleida ...

Finding our calling in life

Commentary

I was thinking about a first cousin who resides in Israel. He’s married, has children and lives his life. Now well into his 50s he left the love and safety of his family here in the United States. His father, my uncle and godfather, was killed in a hit-and-run accident close to their home. ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago – 1987 A “Do You Remember?” photo shows the Gowanda High School basketball team of 1946-47, which was undefeated (19-0) and Section VI Class A champions. They defeated Olean for the third time to win the Cattaraugus County Class A championship, beat Silver Creek for ...

RIPLEY: Partnership has benefits

The OBSERVER’s View

Making sacrifices does come with some rewards. For the Ripley school district, its seventh through 12th-grade students — through a tuition agreement with Chautauqua Lake — receive additional educational courses and programs that would never be available if they were not in Mayville. They ...

It’s spring! Time to pay it forward

Commentary

In America, we appear to be in the midst of a house divided, and a world that is in disarray. Our leaders can’t seem to agree, but are more than willing to fight the battle for the sake of getting their own way – regardless of what is right for the American people. I don’t like war, but ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago – 1987 The Ludeman Building, long considered the center of the business district in Silver Creek, will soon be torn down and replaced. Nearly 160 years old, this three-story brick structure has housed businesses, community programs and even church services. Built in 1828 by ...

Sounds good, but it’s not free

The OBSERVER’s View

Grants always get a good spin in the news. But there is a negative — and realistic side — as well. What’s forgotten, far too often, is a grant is taxpayer dollars that have been set aside on the federal or state level. It is the case with the money earmarked for Point Gratiot ...

Green energy goals unreasonable

Commentary

Governor Cuomo’s idealistic and unrealistic 50 percent renewable energy by 2030 plan would only leave New York state in greater debt, with sky-high electric rates, and little, IF ANY, reduction in CO2 levels, due to faulty cap and trade policies and the intermittent nature of renewables, ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago – 1987 The White Inn of Fredonia has entered into a Work Experience Program agreement with the Cassadaga Job Corps Center for its Culinary Arts students. Chef Richard Orloff of The White Inn sees the experience as a valuable educational opportunity for both the center’s ...

DEVELOPMENT: Breaking point on MVP Plastics

The OBSERVER’s View

It is hard to believe there are no lessons to be learned by county Industrial Development Agency officials as the final chapter closes on the debacle known as Jamestown MVP Plastics LLC. MVP Plastics had plans to produce environmentally safe products in Falconer, but the company never ...

Constitution guides our jurists

Commentary

We hear much about the U.S. Supreme Court these days. The undergirding purpose of the American judiciary is to interpret the laws of the land in light of their constitutionality. This underlying function is vital to the maintenance of our Republic and to sustain the blessings of liberty to ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago – 1987 All that remains is Fredonia High School Board of Education approval of David Polechetti as head boys varsity basketball coach following the recent announcement that he has been recommended for the job by the school’s athletic department search committee. Athletic ...

Can’t ignore job promise

The OBSERVER’s View

Dunkirk has a dilemma involving the proposed cold-storage facility being proposed on an 18.2-acre property bordering Central Avenue, Fairview Avenue and Main Street Extension. Do we need jobs or do we preserve neighborhoods? It is a complicated quandary. The neighborhood being considered by ...

People’s Column

Peoples column

Zoning board ignores issues Editor, OBSERVER: Thanks to the city of Dunkirk and the Zoning Board for throwing Fairview Avenue and neighboring streets “under the bus” by approving the Great Lakes Cold Storage. The majority was ignored. Much was not mentioned in the follow-up in your ...

Reed’s ways harm health of others

Commentary

This is an open letter to our U.S. Congressman: Dear Congressman Reed, It’s been an education for me and my neighbors to hear about your efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. While you provided your “positive” reasoning, there has been nothing in your response indicating that ...

Putting our best face on pets, potatoes

Commentary

Are you looking for a pet to snuggle with on a cold winter night? Well how about considering adopting a 2,500-pound buffalo? Sounds ridiculous? You can probably get one at Northern Chautauqua Huge Monstrous Bovine Rescue Mission. Well, there really ain’t such a place here in God’s Garden ...

Turbines won’t turn area around

Commentary

This letter is in response to a commentary “Arkwright’s wind plans in making for 13 years” (March 19). It’s a well-written letter, which brings out his personal point of view. So let’s take his point of view apart step by step. First calling the article and views of those opposed ...