Opinion

We know what we’re getting from Reed

Commentary

I first met Tracy Mitrano at a local fund-raiser. I found her to be intelligent, knowledgeable and passionate, a breath of fresh air in the political arena today. While listening to her many accomplishments and ideas for our future, I felt she was what we have been sorely missing in congress, a ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 The Dunkirk Falcon Club will conclude its Diamond Jubilee year with a 5 p.m. Mass Nov. 5 at St. Hedwig’s Church, followed by a banquet at the parish social center. Guest speaker for the dinner will be William Parment, who has served with the New York State Assembly ...

Our choice for Congress

The OBSERVER’s View

Opponents of U.S. Rep. Tom Reed are consistent in their criticisms of the incumbent. They say he too often sides with President Donald Trump or he has not done enough for those he represents in our district. Reed, however, is not much different than our former U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins, who ...

Peoples Column

Peoples column

Mitrano will help save health care Editor, OBSERVER: Republicans in Congress, including Tom Reed, want to undo each and every protection of the Affordable Care Act. Reed voted to eliminate protections for pre-existing conditions, allow an age tax on older citizens, and permit annual and ...

Left goes to the extremes

Commentary

The American left have clear goals. However, their unprincipled pursuit of them is a troubling indication of what can be expected of them when they next regain power. Democrats have three central goals. First, they want to socialize as much of the economy as they can. In particular, many ...

Why I won’t be voting for Reed

Commentary

Every two years, during the Congressional elections, I submit an article about my first meeting with Congressman Reed. I feel that what he told me at our meeting is being verified by a series of events. I met Congressman Tom Reed after I saw a small article in the OBSERVER that stated he ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 The Kosciuszko Polish Home, on behalf of its members, officers and directors, recently made donations to local parent-teacher organizations in the city of Dunkirk. President Frank Grupa presented checks totaling $4,000 to representatives from the public and parochial ...

ENDORSEMENT DiNapoli has solid record

The OBSERVER’s View

Since taking office in 2007, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has served New York state and Chautauqua County residents very well. We back him for another four-year term in his race against Jonathan Trichter. DiNapoli, through numerous audits, has proven the importance of the office. Consider ...

Some things will not change

Commentary

George Washington, our first President, was born in 1732 and died in 1799. Just 10 years after his death in 1809, Abraham Lincoln, and Charles Darwin were both born. Darwin died in 1882. I cite these statistics only to remind us that Mr. Darwin lived in an age that never could have guessed ...

Sheriff has compassion for staff

Commentary

Joe Gerace is more than a sheriff to the residents of Chautauqua County. He is a father, coach, and the most altruistic human being that I know in a professional setting. Joe treats his employees in a manner that is always fair and impartial; he truly cares about the human side of life. ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 From the Sportsman’s Journal — Scott Gadra of Forestville has top bragging rights thus far, tagging a monster buck on Oct. 25. He was hunting near Forestville/Hamlet from his climbing tree stand when he first saw the big buck. The nine-pointer field dressed at ...

Endorsement: Farley offers an alternative

The OBSERVER’s View

We don’t expect Chele Farley to stand much chance of unseating incumbent U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, on Nov. 6. If she did, Farley would bring a pragmatic approach to the Senate that could be helpful to New Yorkers. Farley told The Post-Journal during a visit in early ...

Rough issues for state, city

Commentary

State Gov. Andrew Cuomo has no sympathy or comments for those who live here in the United States, especially in the south. People there were flooded out from their homes and some died. Where’s the sympathy for them, Cuomo, and why are you in a war with the Native Americans in western New ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 An article by Jerry Reilly notes that sometime in the next few months, members of United Steelworkers Local 2693 will be asked to decide the fate of AL Tech Specialty Steel Corp. They will be offered a contract by a new buyer, probably Universal Steel and Alloy ...

Cuomo gives and takes

The OBSERVER’s View

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s eight years as governor paint a confusing picture as voters decide Nov. 6 whether to give the governor four more years at New York’s helm. Cuomo has played Capt. Steubing from The Love Boat when it comes to steering money toward Western New York in the past eight ...

Peoples Column

Peoples column

Editor, OBSERVER: To listen to our current congressman Tom Reed, the speaker of the house Paul Ryan, and the leader of the Senate Mitch McConnell, the startling budget deficit is caused by our elderly and families who need health-care, food assistance, and education. How does Tom Reed solve a ...

Manufacturing remains strong

Commentary

October is Manufacturing Month. I was proud to work with organizations like the Manufacturing Association of the Southern Tier (MAST) to engage in conversations on what is needed to support Manufacturing in Chautauqua County. I have been asked: What is the county doing to help support ...

Defeat Brocton capital project

Commentary

The ink on my check for paying my outrageously high Brocton school taxes is hardly dry and the Board of Education and school superintendent are at it again. I received a flier from the school board. They want to spend more than $7.7 million on improvements to the buildings and grounds. Many ...

Left has caused enough woes in U.S., state

Commentary

Let the games begin. George Soros and all of his money couldn’t smear Brett Kavanaugh badly enough to keep him off the Supreme Court bench so now he will pay folks to protest and start riots when ever and wherever they can. Instead of doing good for humanity with all of his wealth, George ...

A magical find in Fredonia

Commentary

I happened to meet some friends for a bite to eat at A Sip and a Spell in Fredonia, none of us having any idea what was in store. Harry Potter fans, rejoice! Hogsmeade is alive and well and hiding in plain sight on Main Street, Fredonia. It’s Honeydukes Sweet Shop, Madam Puddifoot’s Tea ...