Opinion

Reed didn’t solve shutdown

Commentary

Does anyone living in the 23rd congressional district really believe that Tom Reed is any kind of “Problem Solver?” At what point does it become crystal clear that false claims and misinformation is a political tactic that Mr. Reed takes comfortably from the President Donald Trump playbook. ...

Catholic Charities relies on region’s giving ways

Commentary

We are honored and excited to serve as chairs for the 2019 Appeal in support of Catholic Charities. We have been involved with Catholic Charities for years as parishioners at St. Mark’s Parish in Buffalo and as donors and Appeal volunteers. We have learned and experienced firsthand how the ...

‘Accountability’ missing at Brooks

Commentary

While Brooks Memorial Hospital may be a private, not for profit entity, the current board seems unaware, oblivious to the fact that previous boards have come to the area businesses and residents to support their needs, expansions. I am sure in a perusal of past years newspaper articles there ...

Board abandons ‘obligation’

Commentary

I respectfully address this to the board members of Brooks Memorial Hospital: Chairman Chris Lanski; James Wild, M.D.; Louis DiPalma; Virginia Horvath, Dana Anderson, M.D.; Jay Bishop, M.D.; Andrew Burr; Hon. Timothy Cooper; Christina Jimerson; Mary LaRowe, CEO; and Steve Przybyla, Esq. On ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Cornelius Bennett says he and his former Buffalo Bills teammates partied away their chances of winning any of the four Super Bowls they lost in the early 1990s. He called the Bills that dominated the AFC from 1990 to 1993 the “party team of the 1990s” and ...

Some of the best, worst of the week

The OBSERVER’s View

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST P-TECH GRADUATE — Congratulations goes out to Jordan Butterfield, a 17-year-old Lake Shore Central School District graduate and WNY P-TECH student who recently landed a job with Lakeside Precision Inc. The WNY P-TECH, which is ...

Double standards in U.S. have to stop

Commentary

The Mueller investigation has been going on for two years now, and haven’t found one piece of evidence to show that Donald Trump colluded with the Russian government. If they’re looking for collusion, look no further than Hillary Clinton. When she was subpoenaed to testify, she destroyed ...

A special formula to winning

Commentary

Editor’s note: This is the second of two parts George Bernard Shaw stated, “There is one thing worse than winning all the time, losing all the time.” Somewhere there needs to be a balance of both. When we were kids in the ’50s and ’60s coming up in Little League, Babe Ruth League, ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 In an effort to ensure that her “district work” is second to none, Sen. Pat McGee (R-C, 56th District) announced that she has appointed Kevin Muldowney of Dunkirk as her deputy district director and office manager of her Chautauqua County office in Jamestown. Mr. ...

Achieving mayors have their critics

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Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas kicked off the 2019 campaign season last week in his State of the City address. Toward the end, Rosas left no question on his intentions to seek another term. “My administration and I have been working very, very hard for our city residents and our city ...

Presidency: Getting back to briefings

The OBSERVER’s View

Presidents of the United States are big news, whether they want to be or not. President Donald Trump is a more riveting story than many of his predecessors. Yet Trump has broken with the tradition, established in recent years, of regular press briefings at the White House. Reportedly, he told ...

Answers … more or less

Commentary

You know, I still don’t know. Twan Leenders of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute identified my thing pretty quickly as an oriole nest. Photos he rapidly raised on the internet confirmed the shape and size. In his hands, it opened to reveal the nest inside — twigs purposely arranged ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 The Dunkirk Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously granted permission for Mary K. Ruge and Jean R. Ruge to operate a gift shop and cafe known as Books & Co. Gift Shop at 318 Lake Shore Drive East. The building was previously owned by Mary Ruge’s father who ...

CLOSINGS: For many today, it’s great indoors

The OBSERVER’s View

There is no doubt area schools and organizations made the right call. It is downright cold outside — and many institutions that were shutdown Wednesday will continue to be today. But looking out the window the previous morning was far from the full story. Despite little snowfall, windy ...

People’s column

Peoples column

History, environment still an issue Editor, OBSERVER: I am unsure what is getting local officials so excited about this time in Chautauqua’s history. They killed one golden goose when they demolished the national landmark Amphitheater to build a $42 million replica, and now the other ...

Humans play role in climate change

Commentary

Karen Engstrom has done so much for Chautauqua County through Snowshoe Films, and has been so strong on environmental issues, that it’s sad to see her letter in the OBSERVER (Jan. 3) denying human factors in climate change. It’s true that the earth’s climate has changed from hot to ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Bob Palcic has been named the first offensive line coach for the expansion Cleveland Browns. The Gowanda native was offered the position after interviewing with Browns head coach Chris Palmer. The two men previously worked together with the Toronto Argonauts where ...

A ‘no’ vote for accountability

The OBSERVER’s View

A recent vote on funding to assist Lakewood in a loan for stormwater implementation project was a step forward for some Chautauqua County legislators. In a 13-4 vote, dissension came from Legislator Lisa Vanstrom, R-Ellicott, regarding just how much the village would be paying as part of the ...

Show up and be happy

Commentary

Every now and then there is so much going on that it is difficult to focus on those things that are most important. Should we be celebrating the end of the 35-day shut-down of our federal government? Is it time to weep for the unborn in New York state as their numbers multiply due to the new ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Nobody was more surprised than Joe DiMaggio when he saw a television report that he had died. DiMaggio was watching a tape of “Gunfight at the OK Corral” at his home with his lawyer and neighbor, Morris Engelberg. They happened to stop the tape just when the ...