Opinion

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago – 1987 New York state residents forked out 67 percent more local and state taxes than other Americans in 1985, according to a new study by the Center for Governmental Research. Statistics showed New York ranked No. 1 in the nation in 1984 in real tax burdens. State ...

Not all fine with nine

The OBSERVER’s View

Pine Valley is a unique school district in our county. It is one of the few that has a Tractor Day celebration. Its students have an excellent work ethic and the community is closely connected to its successes. One other unique trait is simply this: its school board has nine members, which is ...

People’s Column

Peoples column

Labels only confuse issues Editor, OBSERVER Could we please stop saying “Repeal and Replace?” Words matter. As long as that is the mantra, Republicans will be trapped by a rallying cry that failed and Democrats will refuse to cooperate. Meanwhile, thousands of people are anxious ...

Mayor Athanasia Landis says she “will not apologize for using common sense.”

Landis defends water rate hike, police facility

Commentary

After seeing my picture next to the word “jail” on the March 24 edition of the OBSERVER, and a subsequent editorial in the March 27 edition, I feel it’s my responsibility to set the record straight. Here are the facts as supported by evidence. Let’s start with the water. I did ...

Community’s voice in comments

Commentary

I found some of the comments to the article “Numbers still show exodus” (March 26) quite interesting and informative about your community. The article addressed the shrinking population of the county and the need to “draw people back.” One commented: “Now if we could just get ...

Silicon Valley’s similarities with Soviets

Commentary

It may seem strange, but there are people in Silicon Valley who have significant characteristics in common with Soviet dictators of the last century. Of course they don’t seem to have the tendency toward brutal repression and violence, but what they do have is the mindset that things are ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago – 1987 The Western New York Education Service Council has recommended the merger of the Westfield Academy and Central School and the Mayville Central School District. The merger, as recommended by the study team, would consist of utilization of both school buildings. 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 SHAVING SUPPORT — Being diagnosed with breast cancer is difficult to say the least. But it can be easier when people are walking beside you in support. That’s what’s happening in Westfield for one school official. Dr. Mary ...

People’s Column

Peoples column

Residents get heated over zoning Editor, OBSERVER: This is an open letter to Mayor Willie Rosas; Patrick Corbett, owner of Great Lakes Cold Storage; members of the Zoning and Appeals Board; Bob Bankoski, legislator; Rebecca Yanus, development director, city of Dunkirk. You have ...

Temptation an issue in everyone’s life

Commentary

This morning we’re going to deal with our temptations. Everybody has them. We’ll look at the most common. Be honest – don’t blame others for your weaknesses. It’s normal to look for a scapegoat. It all goes back to the Bible and the Garden of Eden. Adam said to God, “The woman you ...

Volunteer firefighters have role in area

Commentary

Just the other day I was sitting at a local restaurant with my family when I overheard a conversation. There was some talk about the Dunkirk firefighters. There’s been word going around that the department is going to be letting go our local volunteer firefighters. While I’m not a volunteer ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago – 1987 From Just Between Us ... Several Sidey’s Store clerks/buyers returned from a recent New York buying trip convinced it really is a small world. When a NYC cab driver asked them where they were from, they replied, ”From a place you probably never heard of – ...

Healthcare: Proposal lacked problem solving

The OBSERVER’s View

Though the intent was good in the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, the proposal itself was full of flaws. That very thing is what killed it. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, with President Donald Trump’s backing, proposed a bill that would have addressed just ...

Forgetting to remember

Commentary

Writing about how some perceive the Virginia Stickseed as improving memory, my eyes fell on an article from an old “New Yorker” magazine. Daniel Zalewski wrote in “Life Line” about the stranger effects of memory on all of us. I’ll quote extensively from the portion of one paragraph ...

We can keep 18 districts, but we cannot field high school 
teams without combining 
athletes from those districts.

No optimism from Census figures

Local/Region

Numbers always provide a greater insight on truth than what area elected officials will tell you. Representatives here, far too often in the past, have painted a picture of progress and prosperity on the horizon. They were sadly misguided then. But one thing is certain today: there are 5,000 ...

Calls make a difference

The OBSERVER’s View

Want to help clean up crime in your neighborhood? One of the easiest things you can do is call police when you see suspicious activity. That was the case in Westfield. Earlier this month, police received a tip about possible drug use at an apartment on South Portage Street. The Westfield ...

SUNY has potential to grow again

Commentary

I read with great interest Stephen Kershnar’s column (Feb. 23) in the OBSERVER concerning SUNY Fredonia’s future options. I grew up in Western New York, am a graduate of the SUNY system and my brother is a SUNY Fredonia graduate. I also have worked closely with several SUNY schools over the ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago – 1987 The Silver Creek Kiwanis Club recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. The club was organized on March 27, 1937. George Guay was the founder of the club. In June 1937, a meeting was held at the Silver Creek Motor Boat Club, now the Jackson Street Firehouse, to ...

Blazes spark worry in county

The OBSERVER’s View

Smoke hung heavy in the air Saturday morning after firefighters finished dousing the last of six fires that had been intentionally set over the course of 48 hours. Every firefighter in the Jamestown Fire Department was called in Friday night and early Saturday morning, when the worst of the ...

Comments add insult to injury on comp cases

Commentary

A commentary headlined “Workers’ Compensation Reform — we need it now,” by Todd J. Tranum, president and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce appeared on March 19 in the OBSERVER. In his comments, Tranum calls for reform of the New York Workers’ Compensation Law on the ...