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Build workers, not wall Editor, OBSERVER: Recently, at the Conservative Political Action Conference, President Donald Trump said, “The GOP will be from now on the party ... of the American worker. First, we need to define what this great, great unprecedented movement is and what it ...

Dunkirk’s Muscato family had boxing, winning in their blood

Commentary

I hope you find this story as interesting as I did. Dunkirk’s Mayor of Central Avenue told it to me one afternoon in February. That gentleman is Joe Muscato. I sat down with Joe at The Studio, the beauty salon that he and his wife, Sally, have operated for nearly 54 years. He detailed ...

State’s tuition plan invests in the future

Commentary

This newspaper recently ran a compelling Publisher’s notebook by John D’Agostino (Feb. 17) on the subject of “free” college, discussing the hotly debated (and incredibly nuanced) Excelsior Scholarship Program. It warned of hidden costs lurking in the shadowy sub-text of any such ...

Once turbines arrive, say goodbye to peace, quiet

Commentary

I sat in my living room reading this article last night with painfully throbbing ears and a headache, due to turbine noise that penetrates through the walls of my house. The noise kept me awake until 3 a.m. I had to write a reply to the tripe that was published in the OBSERVER (Feb. 19). I ...

Work force is getting stronger

Commentary

In January, New Flyer of America, Inc. opened its doors in Chautauqua County, in a facility developed through the renovation of a grocery store at 220 Fluvanna Ave. The high-tech manufacturer of transit busses is a leader in its industry and as part of its opening, has promised 40 new jobs. ...

Why we just can’t all get along

Commentary

The classic movie, “South Pacific,” is a powerful story of love and war set in the Solomon Islands of the South Pacific during World War II. The crux of the film is the song “You Have to be Carefully Taught,” which producers wanted to cut from the production. Song writers Rodgers ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 A Dunkirk patient of renowned cancer doctor Stanislaw Burzynski said he is “pleased and upset” about the trial results in the federal government’s case against the doctor. Randy Goss testified on behalf of the 54-year-old Polish native last month. Mr. Goss had ...

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 SUCCESS ON ICE — Congratulations to the Dunkirk-Fredonia Steelers. Last weekend, the team won its second consecutive state championship! In order to win, the team had to beat the Iroquois Chiefs, which beat them 6-1 when the ...

Lots of harm in repeal of health care plan

Commentary

The Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, has such a vast array of benefits, many people are not even aware of. Why repeal and replace? Would people even know all that would be taken away? I would like to focus on just one aspect, Medicare, as an example. There is the obvious ...

Battle to read can be rewarding

Commentary

Recently the OBSERVER ran a poll question asking if readers had read a book in the last week and it kind of stirred up memories of my own reading history. Like most people of my age I was introduced to reading in the first grade with the “Dick and Jane” books. I think that I made normal ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 The Rotary Club of Dunkirk recently celebrated last year’s Home and Garden Show and the annual FLY-IN Breakfast at the Dunkirk Airport. This group of local business and professional men and women continue to actively support a wide variety of community youth ...

Military: Begin attack on the waste

The OBSERVER’s View

President Donald Trump wants to boost defense spending by $54 billion a year. He is right to point out the armed forces need better equipment. But before shoveling that much money into the military-industrial-political complex, Trump and Congress ought to mount a surprise attack on defense ...

People’s Column

Peoples column

Manners missing at meeting Editor, OBSERVER: High-jacked! What was slated as a Town Hall with Congressman Tom Reed turned into organized mob rule. It was an embarrassing display of many rude and obnoxious liberals shouting and using orchestrated chanting to drown out Reed’s remarks. ...

Paying for it

Commentary

I hope many of you remember the magnificent weather we were blessed with for much of mid-January. I know it wasn’t a complete anomaly for I recall last year at about the same time hearing a bunch of locals say how grateful they were to have passed up their usual winter trek south. They had ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 The Brocton Main Street Revitalization Committee recently held the first of an anticipated ongoing series of meetings at the new Portland Town Hall on Route 20. Chairman David Travis said the focus of their work has been established and invited business people in the ...

NRG PILOT: More time needed after public hearing

The OBSERVER’s View

On Friday, Feb. 24, a public hearing was held at the SUNY Fredonia Incubator regarding NRG’s Payment in Lieu of Tax agreement until the plant is upgraded. During the hearing, a representative read from a document, but did not say how much the interim payments would be. A note at the bottom of ...

Sending love and care to our troops

Commentary

On behalf of the Blue Star Mothers, NY Chapter 4, thank you for making our Christmas wish come true through your generous donation and support for our organization as we work to support our military. This year we experienced two things we had never dreamed possible! First is that on Dec. 3, ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 Alice Anacheka-Naemann, visiting student minister, will guide the Unitarian Universalist Society of Northern Chautauqua in an exploration of the role of liberal religion. The service will be followed by a congregational meal celebrating the 14th anniversary of the ...

Taxes just piece of puzzle

The OBSERVER’s View

Looks can be deceiving — and that is exactly what the report from the New York State Association of School Business Officials reveals. At first glance, the report seems positive. An early analysis of school budget plans show 98 percent of the districts are staying within the state tax cap. ...

Voice your concerns on Brooks’ site

Peoples column

Editor, OBSERVER: Reading the front page (Feb. 25), it was a beautiful sentimental article, “Rooted in Love,” telling how Brooks employees were to wed beneath a copper beech tree in front of Brooks Memorial Hospital! What does this title tell us? It shows all of us what our hospital ...