Opinion

An alarm over lack of aid

The OBSERVER’s View

New York state has often noted in recent years its concerns for the work force and the needy. In recent years, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has established a higher minimum wage, which continues to increase each year, and has proposed free tuition to those of lower incomes to State University of New York ...

Gratitude for our tight-knit area

Commentary

Thanksgiving is a time “we gather together” and recount our many blessings. There is much for which all of us can be thankful, including the spirit of giftedness all around us. Look around in your surroundings, you will discover a treasure of giftedness. Recently, I was privileged to ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 Members of the Dunkirk Common Council have indicated they will support a plan to restore the youth and recreation director position to the 1998 city budget. The position is one of six proposed for elimination by Mayor Margaret Wuerstle. During a recent workshop ...

DUNKIRK: Control board not far away

The OBSERVER’s View

What happened in Buffalo and Erie County caught the attention of many back in the mid 2000s. Both entities faced financial uncertainty and a control board took over. When that happened, the belt buckle on the finances got much tighter. Members of the board actually looked at the figures — ...

People’s column

Peoples column

Board member appreciates votes Editor, OBSERVER: I would like to take this opportunity to thank the town of Sheridan residents for their vote on Nov. 7. I appreciate very much everyone’s support and I look forward to continuing to serve on the Sheridan Town Board. TOM WIK, Sheridan ...

Making a connection with voters

Commentary

In his Publisher’s notebook “We want change ... until it’s time to vote” (Nov. 10), John D’Agostino writes: “Michael C. Barris did no campaigning (for a Fredonia trustee’s slot), turned down a spot on the ballot for the Concord line, had no signs or literature and was victorious ...

Good sports in the high court

Commentary

The Supreme Court approves of bended knee. The protests of some professional football players during the display of the American flag and the National Anthem has pointed a finger at self-proclaimed “patriots,” including the President, who neither understand nor accept the First Amendment ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 Walter Falvey of 20 First St. in Westfield, is the oldest surviving veteran in Chautauqua County and possibly in New York State. Born to David and Clara Lavinia Falvey on Nov. 24, 1893, Mr. Falvey will soon be 104 years old. He was among the first American troops ...

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 SHOTGUN SEASON — Good luck to all the deer hunters heading out this morning. Today marks the opening of firearm season. Remember the basic rules of hunting safety: Treat every gun as a loaded gun. Never let the muzzle of a ...

That Thanksgiving the Harlem Globetrotters came to town

Commentary

Back when I was a boy, on a long-ago Thanksgiving Eve a rumor began circulating in the small town our family called home that the Harlem Globetrotters would be playing a game in the school gym on Thanksgiving night. Why the Harlem Globetrotters would come to a small town in eastern New York, a ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 The Cattaraugus County Legislature authorized a $5,000 marketing study for the vacant Nestle plant in South Dayton through a partnership among several entities. Vacant for about three years, the plant’s closure resulted in the loss of nearly 60 jobs and eliminated ...

Politics: An open book on 2016 vote

The OBSERVER’s View

Turmoil has been the order of the day among leaders of both the Republican and Democratic parties. Listing all the many concerns of millions of voters who have been loyalists of either party would require a book. But a book by Donna Brazile, formerly chairwoman of the Democratic National ...

Making one’s wishes

Commentary

According to all I’ve been reading, the tradition of the wishbone began with the Etruscans. But who, exactly, were the Etruscans? Was there once an Etruscia? and if so, where? Actually it was Etruria and an ancient country located between the Arno and Tiber Rivers on the western side of ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 Crossroads Business Association is honoring two gentlemen this year: Hyman Zeplowitz of Dunkirk and Joseph J. Trusso of Fredonia. These men were chosen because of how they gave themselves to the community for more than 50 years in accordance with one of the most ...

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Laurel Hotelling with participant Rose Carr from the 2016 Laurel Run event.

Laurel, parents create lasting legacy

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Editor’s note: Laurel Hotelling died on Monday, but her life, legacy and spirit will live on forever. A memorial service will be held at 10 this morning at the First United Presbyterian Church, 35 Park Place, Silver Creek with Pastor Thomas Burian officiating. In April 2015, The Resource ...

MERGER: Long live independence?

The OBSERVER’s View

Things really do not have to make sense in Chautauqua County. Rather than work together, we’ll maintain a divide if it’s north-south, municipal neighbor or even school district. At least that’s the way it looks from the Clymer perspective. As seen in the merger vote Monday between ...

Why we cherish Thanksgiving

Commentary

It’s time to write your Thanksgiving primer. Even if it isn’t your favorite holiday — a favorite many people do claim — the day offers a unique opportunity unmet by any other holiday. It’s not attached to any particular religion, so there are no sacred obligations or conflicts over ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 Brooks Memorial Hospital today announced it is launching a $1.8 million capital campaign to support a $6 million renovation and expansion project. A primary focus of this project is the reorganization and expansion of the hospital’s existing 3,000-square-foot ...

Reform Plan needs adjustments

The OBSERVER’s View

If a bipartisan assessment of the U.S. Senate’s tax reform bill is accurate, lawmakers need to go back to the drawing board. A measure being billed as tax relief should not force millions of Americans to pay more. Analysts for Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation have concluded the ...

Keeping a microscope on Trump

Commentary

The ruling class has gone to war against Donald Trump. The Bush presidents, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, establishment media, Wall Street, deep state, and leading Hollywood lights have denounced him in hysterical terms. He’s driven members of the Republican establishment (consider, for ...