Opinion

Enablers allow problems to continue

Commentary

As was stated in the last article, chemically dependent people almost always have families – wives, husbands, mother, father, son, daughter and the addiction does touch all of their lives. Unfortunately, many times these people are part of the problem, not the solution. Anyone out there ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 The Gordon W. Scott VFW Post 1395 has received permission to construct a fraternal meeting and storage facility at 3606 Straight Road in Pomfret. The trailer that currently occupies that site and is in poor condition will be demolished after the new building is ...

Our shameful U.S. discourse

The OBSERVER’s View

As U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley pointed out Thursday morning, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford have one thing in common: Both are victims of the viciousness that has taken over our public discourse. Grassley, R-Iowa, was opening a ...

It’s not just for the birds

Commentary

I stopped feeding my beloved birds. Squirrels. Chipmunks. I’m being eaten out of house and garage one filled feeder at a time. I’ve gotten so flustered I even find myself hollering at the long-tailed varmints. Of course that does no good. If they do skedaddle, they’re back the minute I ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 The Christopher Wellness Center, located at 715 Central Ave., Dunkirk, the site of the former Cardinal Mindszenty Gross Mansion, recently held its grand opening. Activities during the event included line dancers, Elvis impersonator “Sterling,” and the ...

Membership growing for $100,000 club

Page One

Let the number crunching begin. Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello kicked off the fall budget season by presenting his first proposal to the Legislature on Wednesday evening. From this point, legislators will look at where they can begin chopping before they put forth a final plan to ...

n.y. state Change climate remains cool

The OBSERVER’s View

Despite his connection to the corruption in the Buffalo Billion and his continued efforts to be unfriendly to business with the minimum wage hikes, this corner has been fairly complimentary of state Gov. Andrew Cuomo. But his recent comments about residents leaving because of the weather seems ...

A parent’s struggle with his son

Commentary

Last article, we met Bill, married to Margaret and father to Bo. A late call delayed my drive home. The combination, a fairly normal voice of Bill and a loud, expletive-rung voice of Bo brought my attention to the immediacy of the call. A return call found Bill ready to reach out for help. I ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Plans for a CVS pharmacy in Dunkirk are still awaiting final approval after the zoning board of appeals asked for the building to be turned so the front side faces Main Street. Currently, the site plan calls for the side of the building to face Main Street with the ...

Old building not just fine

The OBSERVER’s View

Have you noticed all the black and white televisions people are watching around our region nowadays? How about the rotary phones that remain popular in northern Chautauqua County? We definitely do not see these devices because in our personal lives we want the best — HD televisions and ...

New media is very unsocial

Commentary

Social Media has taken over our world. Our younger generation is no longer taught to make eye contact when speaking to others, and asking them to put their smart-phone down or in their pocket during a family gathering is akin to starting World War III. From hash-tag this to hash-tag that, ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Citing “roadblocks and criticism,” the group working to bring a World War II-era landing craft to Dunkirk has announced it is dropping the proposal. The Dunkirk Historical Lighthouse and Veterans Park Museum issued a release stating the USS Sphinx project has ...

Making difference here at home

The OBSERVER’s View

With the beginning of the fall season comes an annual reminder of giving: it’s time for the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County fund-raising campaign. Already in progress, Tops of Silver Creek recently made headlines for being a pacesetter. That is a business and its employees that ...

Summer readers benefit from support

Peoples column

Editor, OBSERVER: The Anderson-Lee Library in Silver Creek is deeply grateful to the following businesses and individuals, who through donations and gifts helped our library offer a fun, educational, and rewarding summer reading experience. These groups include: Friends of Anderson-Lee ...

Science is no laughing matter

Commentary

I’m no scientist. But I do know a few (including some friends and family members who may disown me after reading this). Based on much empirical evidence, I set out here to characterize the scientific community at large in an effort to educate the general public. First of all, we should ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Two members of the Chautauqua County Highway Department are lucky to be alive after a train collided with the machinery they were using on Middle Road in the town of Dunkirk. The eastbound Norfolk Southern train ripped a disabled shoulder-making machine into pieces ...

Fredonia: Site cleanup is welcome

The OBSERVER’s View

A longtime eyesore of the village of Fredonia has gone through a major improvement. For years, the Department of Public Works location off Eagle Street had the resemblance of a dump, instead of a working headquarters. But in recent weeks, plenty of cleanup has taken place. The largest ...

People’s column

Peoples column

Seeking answers on bicycles Editor, OBSERVER: I have often wondered what happened to those abandoned and unclaimed bicycles collected by the city of Dunkirk. As someone who has seen lives enhanced and even changed by something as basic as a restored bike, I have often felt compelled to pose ...

Take time to appreciate wonders

Commentary

Remembering and treasuring those remembrances is special indeed. This is a time when I often remember and treasure many of the amazing persons and events which have been and are so much a part of my life. I recount here only several of the many such persons and events that are so meaningful to ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. has proposed a program known as “Home In The City” in an effort to increase home ownership. The program offers financial assistance with closing costs and home repairs as well as a series of classes to educate and prepare ...