Opinion

Answers … more or less

Commentary

You know, I still don’t know. Twan Leenders of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute identified my thing pretty quickly as an oriole nest. Photos he rapidly raised on the internet confirmed the shape and size. In his hands, it opened to reveal the nest inside — twigs purposely arranged ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 The Dunkirk Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously granted permission for Mary K. Ruge and Jean R. Ruge to operate a gift shop and cafe known as Books & Co. Gift Shop at 318 Lake Shore Drive East. The building was previously owned by Mary Ruge’s father who ...

CLOSINGS: For many today, it’s great indoors

The OBSERVER’s View

There is no doubt area schools and organizations made the right call. It is downright cold outside — and many institutions that were shutdown Wednesday will continue to be today. But looking out the window the previous morning was far from the full story. Despite little snowfall, windy ...

People’s column

Peoples column

History, environment still an issue Editor, OBSERVER: I am unsure what is getting local officials so excited about this time in Chautauqua’s history. They killed one golden goose when they demolished the national landmark Amphitheater to build a $42 million replica, and now the other ...

Humans play role in climate change

Commentary

Karen Engstrom has done so much for Chautauqua County through Snowshoe Films, and has been so strong on environmental issues, that it’s sad to see her letter in the OBSERVER (Jan. 3) denying human factors in climate change. It’s true that the earth’s climate has changed from hot to ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Bob Palcic has been named the first offensive line coach for the expansion Cleveland Browns. The Gowanda native was offered the position after interviewing with Browns head coach Chris Palmer. The two men previously worked together with the Toronto Argonauts where ...

A ‘no’ vote for accountability

The OBSERVER’s View

A recent vote on funding to assist Lakewood in a loan for stormwater implementation project was a step forward for some Chautauqua County legislators. In a 13-4 vote, dissension came from Legislator Lisa Vanstrom, R-Ellicott, regarding just how much the village would be paying as part of the ...

Show up and be happy

Commentary

Every now and then there is so much going on that it is difficult to focus on those things that are most important. Should we be celebrating the end of the 35-day shut-down of our federal government? Is it time to weep for the unborn in New York state as their numbers multiply due to the new ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Nobody was more surprised than Joe DiMaggio when he saw a television report that he had died. DiMaggio was watching a tape of “Gunfight at the OK Corral” at his home with his lawyer and neighbor, Morris Engelberg. They happened to stop the tape just when the ...

Gillibrand was less than honest

The OBSERVER’s View

Turns out, Chele Farley was right about U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s presidential ambitions. After more than a year of denying that she was planning to run for president in 2020 while vowing to serve her entire six-year term if elected last November, Gillibrand reversed course last week ...

Finding silver lining to gray days

Commentary

I don’t think there is such a thing as a typical winter around here. We might generalize that, compared to most other places, ours are harsh and unpredictable. Certainly they are the subject of great public interest, and local TV meteorologists enjoy a higher-than-normal level of celebrity ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 As of Jan. 1, Chautauqua County District Attorney James Subjack received a pay raise of $20,800 under a state program he said was an unfair and unfunded state mandate. Subjack also said “refusing the raise is simply not an option I wish to pursue.” The raise ...

DUNKIRK: Revisiting policies for closing

The OBSERVER’s View

Dunkirk community members have spoken out on social media, some in fairly rude tones we might add, regarding the decision to keep schools open Friday on a blustery winter day while neighboring districts were closed. Those individuals are not alone in their frustrations, we learned on Sunday. ...

Making dreams a reality

Commentary

“When you have a dream, keep walking in that direction.” When I was a boy, that was the advice I would be given by some of the “old timers.” I have never forgotten those words. I believe the source of that advice came from conviction based upon experience. You know, the “old ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Earlier this month, Andrew Woloszyn began a one-year term as the clerk of assessors for the city of Dunkirk, having been elected this past November in an uncontested special election. He is completing the unexpired portion of the term of John Mackowiak, who was ...

DUNKIRK: City maps plan for 2019

The OBSERVER’s View

Mayor Wilfred Rosas once again highlighted some of the best of Dunkirk in his State of the City address. He showcased the summer events and festivals. He talked about development in and around the city. He also made a plea for 2019: he wants more cooperation with neighboring municipalities as ...

People’s column

Peoples column

City leadership lacks in vote change Editor, OBSERVER: Am I confused? Isn’t the process of adopting a new law in the city of Dunkirk very clear? The council adopts a resolution, it’s presented to the mayor and it becomes law if not vetoed. Why then wasn’t there a referendum for ...

Ripley, restaurant part of a revival

Commentary

As Mark Twain once said, “Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated,” or something similar to that. That quote is often misquoted. Likewise reports of Meeder’s Restaurant in Ripley closing are also untrue. In fact, Meeder’s, along with Sheila and Bob Bentley and crew, is alive and ...

Cuomo puts politics ahead of health

Commentary

How’s this for an incredibly stomach-turning irony? Governor Cuomo wants more people to move into our state. For the past four years, New York has been in the top 10 states that lost the most citizens-along with all their economic output and growth. Yet the governor fast-tracked the ...

‘Nuisance sound’ takes toll on lifestyle

Commentary

I am writing in response to the front-page story on delivery-truck noise in The Post-Journal on Jan. 19. Having written or co-authored several pieces during the past two years about the management of Chautauqua Lake, I see a similarity between lake weeds and noise. If weeds can be defined ...