Opinion

LABOR DAY: Our changing job dilemma

The OBSERVER’s View

Typical during the campaign season is the call by those seeking elected office for more jobs in our area. Fact is, at this moment, unemployment rates are at their lowest levels in years. Even in this region, the number of those seeking work are declining. In Chautauqua County, the ...

State in losing battle with Cuomo

Commentary

What has happened to sanity in our state capital of Albany? Some 24,000 parolees were pardoned by state Gov. Andrew Cuomo to restore their right to vote. I always thought as in the past that when a person violates our laws they no longer have that right. But Cuomo thinks in his own mind that ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 In an effort to improve housing opportunities and the quality of life in neighborhoods, Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. is preparing to launch a new program aimed at increasing home ownership in the city of Dunkirk. COI will purchase and rehabilitate homes for resale, ...

Take detour for welcome

The OBSERVER’s View

On Friday, New York state celebrated the opening of the Western New York Welcome Center. But just because it has been built does not mean tourists will come. Located in the town of Grand Island and between the cities of Buffalo and Niagara Falls, the Western New York Welcome Center is ...

Peoples column

Peoples column

Reed reports run rampant Editor, OBSERVER: It’s hard not to notice the sudden plethora of articles in the OBSERVER about Tom Reed. As he attends his fundraisers, he schedules a visit to an area food bank or farm to have an empathy photo op, yet his voting record shows that he consistently ...

Leader was part of a war that left many veterans bitter

Commentary

As a combat veteran of the Vietnam War, I’ve been through many changes in attitude toward Vietnam veterans in particular, and veterans in general. At first, one had to be careful even admitting Vietnam service, as it might cause a negative reaction from many people, and on a few occasions, ...

Senator had respect Trump is missing

Commentary

This week is completely about Sen. John McCain. Agree with his politics or not, it is undisputable that this man lived and died with service to his country being his most important goal as he traveled his path on earth. He was the first to admit his imperfections and often used them as ...

Division makes country weaker

Commentary

I’d like to broach a subject with you today that is not discussed nearly as much as it needs to be. I wish to talk about Sept. 11, 2001 and it’s lasting impact on us as a nation, as a collective population. This is a topic that is either avoided or given superficial acknowledgement draped ...

Plenty of choices for Democrats

Commentary

Though the general election actually decides who will represent us, Democrats have never been shy about having a free-for-all in the primary elections. It is part of the “fun” of being a Democrat. In the federal Democratic Primary Election for Congress held in June here in the Southern ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 The New York State Department of Health released the results of a population-based study investigating chance incidence and prevalence near 38 landfills with soil gas migration issues. The study covered New York State residents during the period 1980-1989. One of the ...

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 FILL THE BOOT — A special thank you to our local fire departments who once again spent part of their day this upcoming Labor Day weekend, collecting loose change to go to the fight against Muscular Dystrophy. For many years ...

People’s column

Peoples column

Editor, OBSERVER: I think it’s shameful that the death of John McCain, a man who gave all for this country, was reported on Page 8 of the third section on Aug. 26 by this newspaper. REBECCA VASS, Fredonia resident, U.S. Navy veteran

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 The Fredonia Baptist Christian Nursery School will open its doors Sept. 8 for its 36th year. Started in 1964 to serve children of church members, the mission now receives students from Brocton, Forestville, Dunkirk and Fredonia. Its main objective is to see that each ...

Quiet Fredonia homicide haunts family, friends

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His final text arrived to her phone at 2:30 a.m. July 21. It was a meme with a saying, “Don’t let a man’s social media fool you. I’m here, I exist. ...” Ellyn Mancuso of Dunkirk will not delete that note or the string of communication that preceded it. They are the last of many ...

Doing best for the U.S.

The OBSERVER’s View

The key question being raised over President Donald Trump’s agreement with Mexican officials on a new trade pact points straight to the reason why so many Americans are unhappy with the current system of regulating trade between our country and others. Trump said this week Mexican officials ...

What’s all the buzz?

Commentary

Editor’s note: This column was first printed in August 2015. He saw it before I did. Well, it was under the lip of the carport and that isn’t a place I go very regularly. Firewood in the winter and some storage there but, for the most part, it isn’t a spot I pay much heed to. Till, ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 State, county and local dignitaries joined a number of community residents to help kick off the $400,000 fund drive for a new library in Sinclairville. A $10,000 donation had been made by Edward and Harriet Terry which went for the purchase of the property. The cost ...

Athletics: Area teams back in action

The OBSERVER’s View

A special time of year for students and athletes began earlier this week: high school athletics. Even though it may have been a bit too hot on Monday and Tuesday, soccer teams took to the fields and volleyball teams hit the courts. Swimming and tennis also will be getting under way. But on ...

Finding role model in woman’s journey

Commentary

Over the years during conversations with friends, family and colleagues, the topic of children’s role models was a popular one. Spirited debates often resulted as suggestions ranged from athletes to celebrities to educators to politicians to family members and neighbors. Heck, I can ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Sports columnist Jim Rush points out that Fredonia State men’s basketball coach Greg Prechtl is adding another cap to his duties with the Blue Devils — athletic director. Prechtl replaces Dr. Tom Prevet, who served as athletic director for the last three terms. ...