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Opinion

Big cleanup makes progress

The OBSERVER’s View

It was a proud cornerstone to Dunkirk’s past. The Al-Tech Specialty Steel plant provided work for thousands of city residents when it was going full gear. But, as with many other factories over the past five decades, it closed shop and left a major problem. Over the past year, a major ...

After divorce, a long healing

Commentary

Remember our young adolescent girl? She has relocated from the family house. She and her mom have a small apartment that contrasts greatly with the nice home they once shared with her dad. She doesn’t see him. She doesn’t have any communication with him. She knows that she misses her ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 Fists flew for 10 youth bouts as the Northern Chautauqua County Boxing Program hosted the fourth Dunkirk Super Show. The fights were held at the Chautauqua Opportunities Connections North Gym. Three Dunkirk fighters won their bouts, as Jason Quinones (65 pounds), ...

Reversal proves reform need

The OBSERVER’s View

ethics The recent reversal of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s corruption conviction is just the latest reason why New York state needs tougher ethics laws. Silver had been convicted, in short, for his role in a three-part scheme that used his position as Assembly Speaker to make ...

Media is no enemy of the people

Commentary

In the past few months we have heard raging insults against journalists, media, and what is now being called “fake news,” many coming directly from the White House, and all seemingly forgetting our First Amendment and its vital importance to our democracy. That Amendment reads in part: ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 A dedication ceremony was held July 23 at Hidi Park on Miller Street in Gowanda to commemorate the efforts of the late Theodore Palcic in the park’s improvements. His family, including his wife, Adeline Palcic, and two daughters raised the flag on the flagpole ...

EFFICIENCIES State aware of successes

The OBSERVER’s View

There was at least one familiar face listening to Chautauqua County’s proposal in the Municipal Consolidation and Efficiency Competition last week in our state capital. Right before the major Athenex announcement in 2016, Dierdre Scozzafava spoke at the annual Dunkirk Chamber of Commerce ...

A universe of confusion

Commentary

I guess I get confused too easily, but I’m sure I’m not alone. It’s not a rare condition among we the people. I take my consolation in the idea that we all have our areas of confusion. I was watching a TV show titled “How the Universe Works.” They expounded many intelligent ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 High Lake Erie water levels and tides have done more than wash out beaches this summer. The latest wave of destruction has caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage to the sea walls of lakefront homes in Van Buren and Greencrest bays. If owners want the walls ...

DUNKIRK: Recalling city’s kindness

The OBSERVER’s View

Dunkirk’s history with its sister city of France has been in the spotlight for more than a week. With filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster “Dunkirk” movie raking in huge audiences, there could be even more nostalgia to come. That would be a good thing for our city. On Friday at ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 A delegation of government leaders from Poland has arrived in Fredonia as part of a two-week study tour of the United States. The 16-member group will be spending today at Fredonia State University College and will focus on regional governance issues. The theme for ...

DUNKIRK ‘Union peace,’ higher costs

The OBSERVER’s View

By all accounts, the little the public and this newspaper know about the approved contract between the city of Dunkirk and its firefighters is fair. The four-year deal, retroactive to July 1, includes no pay hike for this year, a 0.5 increase for 2018, 1 percent in 2019 and 1.5 percent in ...

Peoples Column

Peoples column

Pothole makes for rough visit Editor, OBSERVER: On April 2, after attending Lenten church services and visiting in Dunkirk, on my way home to Hamburg, I hit a pothole which I like to describe as a “crater” at Lake Shore Drive and Main Street. Extensive damage was done to my vehicle ...

County takes opioid crisis seriously

Commentary

As the opioid crisis continues to take more lives here in Chautauqua County, I commend both The Post-Journal and OBSERVER for reporting on efforts to combat this expanding scourge. It is important to educate the community as to the extent of the problem, as well as inform them of measures ...

People, not computers, know patients best

Commentary

The Petya cyber attack that infected Nuance has brought to light the plight of the medical transcription profession in this country, which has been hollowed out by medical transcription companies that touted the virtues of voice recognition technology and convinced well-meaning hospital ...

Closer officials not always better

Commentary

“The government closest to the people serves the people best.” So goes a popular myth. With their drinking water supply at risk from construction of National Fuel’s proposed Northern Access natural gas pipeline, how well have southtown governments served their residents? In 1987 the ...

Years add up when you’re young at heart

Commentary

“Getting old ain’t for sissies,” or so Bette Davis said. I think she may be right. At 66, I don’t consider myself old, but my body is telling a different story. I seem to be falling apart one piece at a time. You’ve seen the joke, inside every old person is a young person saying, ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 Adrienne M. Larimer, daughter of Alan and Sandra Larimer of Fredonia, has been selected as a Rotary International District 7090 exchange student. She will travel to Kimberley, South Africa this week to begin a one-year stay. She is the only exchange student that ...

HIGHS AND LOWS: Some of the best, worst of the week — July 22

Opinion

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST FAIR TIME — Get your tickets and head to the Chautauqua County Fair! The fair opens on Monday. New this year, rising Nashville star Ruthie Collins, a Fredonia native will be singing opening night. Of course there will be many ...

Living an enriched life

Commentary

Margaret shares a vintage column this week. I have been so excited because through Dr. Bernie Siegel’s book “Love, Medicine & Miracles,” I have found the answer to a question I’ve always had about my life: “How come I have lived a happy, healthy and long life?” Without knowing ...