Opinion

Defense mechanisms of addiction

Commentary

OK, so for the last five months, you, the readers who have followed this column have been introduced to the basic principles of Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy. Now the total application of these principles will begin to be put into use. The ideas that set REBT apart from other therapies, ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 In a column by Jerry Reilly, Dunkirk Board of Education President Robert Barlette denied he led the movement to oust former Dunkirk High School athletic director and varsity football coach Mike Sarratori. Barlette, a former DHS standout in football and track, insists ...

Still cleaning a big mess

The OBSERVER’s View

Ho-hum. Another day, another secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. So, what else is new? Precious little, and that is the problem. This week, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Robert Wilkie as VA secretary. He becomes the second person in the position in just 18 ...

Just a tree

Commentary

Drawing my attention to it each time I passed the window, I still couldn’t figure out what I was seeing. Even when it wasn’t snowing, the scene blended into its gray and white background. On the foreground was an island — at a distance. On that island there seemed to be a large ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 The Buffalo Bills training camp, a fixture at Fredonia State University College since 1981, provides a boost to the regional economy by creating summer jobs, increasing retail sales in the area and attracting customers to local restaurants. The Fredonia Chamber of ...

Region still missing boat with waters

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Dick Mirth knew the lure of Dunkirk and the waterfront before many here actually quite understood it. The former city resident moved back to the area in 2001 after he retired for the scenic views, sunsets and, quite frankly, the affordable cost of living. While here, he also attempted to do ...

Program’s future now in limbo

The OBSERVER’s View

New York officials love to pay for programs without adding it to the state budget. Sometimes, it’s by using state agencies and authorities to carry out state programs. This is the way the Buffalo Billion was paid for — an avenue that invites fraud, waste and corruption because the ...

It’s not all about appearances

Commentary

Years ago I met an unforgettable gentleman named Madison. His initial reason for seeking therapy was depression. He had set a late afternoon appointment to satisfy his schedule due to sleep disturbance. He arrived promptly for his appointment at 4 p.m. Physically, he was an imposing specimen of ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Shirley Janes, the newest member of the Silver Creek-Irving Chamber of Commerce, held a grand opening this month. A ribbon-cutting was held in front of the coffee shop located at 24 Howard St. in Silver Creek. Co-owners and sisters Eileen Fucina and Karen Bartoszek ...

Fredonia: Entrance tells a sad story

The OBSERVER’s View

Just how bad are the village of Fredonia’s finances? Judging by the Church Street entrance to Village Hall, it’s a lot worse than the caution tape. For more than a year, the right staircase to the entrance has been closed to residents due to unsafe steps. The left side, however, closed ...

States driving legalization of marijuana

Commentary

It might appear that sooner or later states legalizing the use of marijuana, contrary to federal law, will be crushed in federal courts. After all, federal laws, according to Article IV of the U.S. Constitution, are the supreme laws of the land and pre-empt state laws. But wait. States, not ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 The Cemetery Road bridges in Stockton have received a reprieve. At least for now, they will not be abandoned as the Chautauqua County Department of Public Works proposed be done in earlier contacts with town officials. This information was relayed to two rooms full ...

Talking proud about Westfield

The OBSERVER’s View

Last week’s battle for the Little League girls 8-10 state softball title in Dunkirk was filled with excitement, especially with a hometown team battling. Westfield opened with a loss in the double-elimination tournament, but fought hard — all the way until Saturday in the semifinals. In ...

Salvation through science

Commentary

There are perhaps three determining studies we pursue in our lives, politics, philosophy and science. (I am including religion as a philosophy). Politicians, as a general rule look to control the populace, and in their efforts they must do what they can to maintain power. They are not as ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 In 1843, there were only 23 states in the union and the Gold Rush was six years away. On July 16, 150 years ago, the village of Gowanda was founded, exactly one month and 16 days after the village of Silver Creek just 20 miles down the road. The Gowanda ...

Weathering those winters

The OBSERVER’s View

We remember how rough and long the 2017-18 winter was. Cold temperatures mixed with plenty of snow and lots of wind. Hanover beach residents continue to see the remnants of the harsh season. Last week, OBSERVER reporter Mary Heyl noted large amounts of rocks and gravel had washed up on some ...

‘Bleeding hearts’ should protest windmills

Commentary

Chautauqua County is a beautiful county. All of the trees in bloom. It’s not like other states where it is barren wasteland. But when you drive around Chautauqua County admiring the countryside, then you look up into the distance and you see ugly-looking giants taking up the countryside. ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Andrew W. Dorn Jr. of Fredonia is part of a group of local businessmen who plan to establish a new bank in Buffalo, called Greater Buffalo Savings. The group includes Louis Sidoni and Mr. Dorn, who launched Jamestown Savings Bank in 1995 and built the bank into a ...

No repowering, higher costs

The OBSERVER’s View

NRG’s failure to repower here does nothing to help high electric rates in our region. On Friday afternoon, around 5 p.m., Western New York was paying some of the highest rates for power in the state. According to the New York Independent System Operator zone maps, our area was paying $51.92 ...

Peoples Column

Peoples column

Fredonia board ignores public Editor, OBSERVER: Several years ago a member of the Fredonia school board resigned her position as a member. The board quickly and rightfully so filled the position with the next highest vote getter in the election – Cristina Gegenschatz. The board did this ...