Opinion

Retrospective — Sept. 30

Opinion

Twenty years ago — 1997 Conrail has announced that the recent train derailment the occurred in the town of Dunkirk will cost about $1 million to clean up. The 36-car train spilled more than 6,000 gallons of sulfuric acid and 25,000 gallons of oily wastewater. A Conrail spokesman said part of ...

JFK ASSASSINATION: Allow release of documents

The OBSERVER’s View

Despite conclusive debunking of most of the conspiracy theories regarding the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, many Americans believe our government has not told us everything. It hasn’t. At all levels, federal officials insist the basic facts are established: Lee Harvey ...

Too bee or not

Commentary

Twenty years in this house and I’ve never before seen a bee. Inside, that is. But now the basement floor is scattered with them. Conveniently dead of course, but more than I could possibly count. Before continuing with the bees, I should make one thing clear. I have lived in homes — ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 Dennis J. Hefner was recently installed as the 12th president of Fredonia State University College during a formal investiture ceremony in King Concert Hall attended by 41 official delegates from educational institutions throughout the United States. Dr. Hefner, 51, ...

STATE: No balance in its scrutiny

Opinion

It is a pretty common occurrence to see New York officials sue the federal government these days. The state has threatened to join lawsuits over repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, changes to environmental regulations and U.S. Rep. Chris ...

Falling into a trap in life

Commentary

The last article introduced the reader to Hal, a trucker by profession. We learned that Hal’s lengthy work career has been financially successful. However, Hal is arguably in denial about other important elements in his life that include health, family and possibly a gambling ...

Retrospective — Sept. 28

Opinion

Twenty years ago — 1997 The Dunkirk Common Council has given local businessman Pat Bumpus the green light to operate an auction house in downtown Dunkirk. Mr. Bumpus, who owns Bum’s Bargains, has a lease with American Legion Post 62 to use the club’s Central Avenue facility for an ...

DUNKIRK: Time to revisit school officer

Opinion

Dunkirk has more than 30 police officers on its force. They patrol a city of 12,000 residents. But in a building that has about 600 people, the police presence has been lost. In the wake of last week’s stabbing, the question needs to be posed again: Does there need to be a resource officer ...

Let us kneel, and pray

Commentary

To kneel or not to kneel, that is the question! Of all the problems that exist in our country and beyond our borders it is more than disheartening for our president, supposedly the most powerful man in the United States if not the world, to detract from serious issues by calling out players of ...

Retrospective — Sept. 27

Opinion

Twenty years ago — 1997 A raspberry-flavored lollipop loaded with a narcotic pain killer for treatment of cancer patients was recommended for federal approval despite concerns about accidental poisoning of children. A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted unanimously that the ...

Some calm after chaos

The OBSERVER’s View

It was no secret Friday was a tough day for the city of Dunkirk and its school district. After a stabbing near Washington Park on Thursday afternoon, more city police officers patrolled the area around the high school and later that evening at the football game. Two students were injured and ...

Is Trump undergoing transformation?

Commentary

Whether you like Donald Trump or don’t, it seems apparent now that he is operating on a different wave length at least when it comes to partisan politics. On paper, his party controls both houses of the federal legislature, yet he recently signed off on a deal to keep government running with ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 Repair and maintenance efforts are continuing at the former Cardinal Mindszenty High School property. The Dunkirk Planning Board had earlier given the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, the owners of the property, until Sept. 1 to complete repairs and maintenance work. A ...

DOG PARK: Small steps for city, pets

Opinion

Does progress in the city of Dunkirk include a dog park? You bet it does. Through the work of volunteers and the support of the Dunkirk Purina plant, a new facility for man’s — and woman’s — best friend is not far off. Last week, the city announced a location at 855 Main St. Extension ...

It’s all about attitude

Commentary

Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. But attitude, ah yes attitude, determines how well you do it. It has been said that attitude often determines one’s altitude. And this seems to be the bottom line of that which happens in much of life. The ...

Retrospective — Sept. 26

Opinion

Twenty years ago — 1997 The developer of a proposed housing project in the 1st Ward will have to complete a full environmental impact statement after a decision of the Dunkirk Planning Board. By a 3-0 vote, the board ruled a project proposed by developer Fred Gregory could have a ...

ATHENEX: Delays are minor bumps

Opinion

Doubting residents of any potential progress in the area always like to point to delays in the Athenex project. The most recent news, revealed last week, was another delay in the ground-breaking schedule. But that is not the worst-case scenario when you consider an update from Dunkirk Town ...

People’s column — Sept. 24

Opinion

Where were votes from Teamsters? Editor, OBSERVER: This letter is regard to the 29 percent cut in the Teamsters pension on Oct. 1 and the 20,767 fellow Teamsters who didn’t have an extra 30 minutes in their life to read the material, circle either yes or no on the ballot and send in ...