Opinion

Too full of themselves to lead

Commentary

Back in the so called “olden days” of my youth (the 1930s, if you will) my teacher used to say, “Pride is concerned with WHO is right. Humility is concerned with WHAT is right.” You know, my teacher surely knew what she was talking about. And what she said then about pride is truly ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 The Dunkirk Police Department has announced the promotion of Mark E. Polowy to the rank of sergeant. The promotion was effective on March 29. Sgt. Polowy has been a member of the Dunkirk Police Department since 1989 and has served as the department’s narcotics ...

Hearing views on pier plans

The OBSERVER’s View

Change does not come easy. So proposed alterations to the Dunkirk Pier were met by some with opposition in a meeting last month. Held at the Dunkirk High School, some 60 community members came out to see the drawings — and voice their concerns during the event. The initial concept depicts ...

Peoples column

Peoples column

Coverage boosts Art Trail Editor, OBSERVER: The OBSERVER is truly a hometown newspaper serving our Chautauqua community well! In addition to giving the news about town, it supports the efforts of many groups by featuring articles related to events. The North Shore Arts Alliance ...

Courses may be lost in city

Commentary

Editor, OBSERVER: Dunkirk teachers have advocated and will always advocate for student opportunities. In light of recent events, we believe it is imperative that we, representing the students of Dunkirk High School, address concerns that have come to light across the district. While many ...

‘Silly’ commentary filled with attacks

Commentary

This is a response to the May 14 commentary headlined, “Hard work to help someone else.” What a silly piece based on ignorance, a piece not worthy of our democracy. Anyone who reads it should know this is not about money. It’s not about “decent” people who work and others who ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 The city of Dunkirk and the towns of Dunkirk and Sheridan will have a new tool for attracting and promoting business as they have been designated an Economic Development Zone by the state. The EDZ program was created to stimulate economic growth through various ...

Some of the best, worst of the week

The OBSERVER’s View

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST 30 SPECIAL YEARS — On Wednesday, more than 350 athletes from eight area schools gathered at SUNY Fredonia to participate in this year’s Special Olympics. The event marked the 30th time students have gathered to compete. We ...

Is society responsible for shootings?

Commentary

Unfortunately, school shootings are becoming part of the fabric of our lives. For me the issue isn’t that so many of these crimes involve the use of guns because they could just as well involve the use of knives, high explosives or baseball bats. The real cause for concern is that violence in ...

Irrational thinking in people and at home

Commentary

Last week, we listed the first seven irrational beliefs of 13. Here are the remainder: 8. I should be comfortable and without pain at all times: Client self-talk usually is “It’s just too hard, or “I don’t need this aggravation” or addicts cry “I hate pain.” In REBT terms, ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 The Jamestown Community College North County Center has released architectural drawings of the new training and conference center to be created in the current NAPA Auto Parts building adjacent to the center’s existing Bennett Road location. The 10,000-square-foot ...

There’s no going back

The OBSERVER’s View

Social media is like alcohol, in some respects. When not handled with care, it can loosen inhibitions and affect judgment adversely. But also like alcohol, social media need not be harmful if used intelligently and in moderation. Ask Roseanne Barr about that. The entertainer’s career is a ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Town and county officials will be meeting with representatives from the National Weather Service to determine if the winds which whipped through the Brocton area today causing injuries and property damage were tornado force. Brian Furman was attempting to flee with ...

Collaboration, effort drive development

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As the Local Economic Development Summit was winding down last month, event organizer Jane Fischer asked a six-member panel of elected and community officials to mention one positive development they would like to see in the region for the coming year. Bill Gugino, president of Erie Land ...

Fredonia: Special honors by Post 59

The OBSERVER’s View

In this area, Dunkirk’s Memorial Day festivities receive the greatest amount of publicity. It includes a 40-minute memorial service and a one-hour parade that runs on Central Avenue from Lake Shore Drive to Fifth Street. But the Fredonia ceremonies, done by American Legion Post 59, are also ...

Weak logic, ideas on college majors

Commentary

On May 2, Stephen Kershnar, a philosophy professor from SUNY Fredonia, submitted an opinion piece to the OBSERVER regarding what he deems to be “weaker” college majors. So I will be rebutting his piece point by point. Kershnar prefaces his article by asserting that weaker majors should be ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 The former Hose Co. No. 1 building on East Fourth Street was sold for $70,000 during an auction at Dunkirk City Hall. Robert Bird, a Fredonia real estate agent, was the successful bidder for the property. Mr. Bird said he purchased the property for a company. He ...

Dairy farms: Long term needs addressing

The OBSERVER’s View

The plight of dairy farmers tends to fly under the radar, and it shouldn’t. Chautauqua County ranks sixth in New York state in number of dairy farms and 13th in the number of milk cows, according to Cornell Cooperative Extension. The sale of milk and other dairy products accounted for ...

Men behaving badly

Commentary

Following the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, the Me Too movement burst forth. The movement was designed to publicize and reduce sexual violence and sexual harassment. It is associated with a hashtag (#MeToo) that in October 2017 exploded onto social media. The movement highlighted ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 The appointment of a new director of development and planning for the city of Dunkirk was approved by the Common Council. Council members unanimously supported Mayor Robert Kesicki’s decision to name Christine Kinn of Urban Road, Dunkirk to the post. The ...