Opinion

Gusts of dissent in wind plans

Commentary

ARKWRIGHT — Patti Greenstein was encouraged by the words of Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan during last week’s Legislature meeting in Mayville. Before announcing he would not be seeking a second term in November, Horrigan gave a State of the County update regarding the ...

Another singular goose

Commentary

The hunters had been in the cornfield for the last weeks in December. There are never more than three and they never seem to appear until the final hour or two of waning daylight. They are close enough I can easily see them dragging their bags of decoys, identifying them as geese as they are ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 The possibility of creating a new water district along Route 5 in the town of Sheridan drew about 50 people to an informational meeting at the town hall. The purpose of the meeting was to present information on the process and determine if there is enough interest in ...

Government: Less is more

The OBSERVER’s View

In November, there will be 182 elected seats up this fall. That’s not all the seats, by the way. Our founding county fathers apparently loved democracy, because we have over 500 county elected officials spread out over 17 towns, two cities, 13 villages and 18 school districts. When ...

Sometimes, there is too much on our plates

Commentary

Eating in America is not for the faint-hearted; there’s a lot to chew over. Too much, too processed, too lopsided, too modified. Especially in situations we can’t control. Certainly, cooking and eating at home are moderating factors; it’s eating out that brings bad habits to the ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 The student-run newspaper at the State University of New York College at Fredonia , The Leader, recently received its highest honor: The Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Medalist Award. Each year The Leader staff submits several issues of the paper to the ...

Efficient system is paying off

The OBSERVER’s View

An article over the weekend once again proved of the benefits of not going at it alone. Both the village of Silver Creek and the town of Hanover have teamed up in one contract to receive police protection from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department. It was not too long ago some in the ...

Real to some, but ‘fake’ to others

Commentary

I had a sister-in-law who believed everything she read, regardless of where or in what publication she read it. Today, we have a president who only believes what he chooses to believe regardless of in what publication it is printed. Whether a Republican or Democrat, we are all Americans first, ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 The Dunkirk Housing Authority has authorized collection procedures for $11,723 in unpaid rents from former tenants of DHA-owned properties. According to DHA Executive Director Judith Presutti, the DHA has retroactively figured how much it is owed from each of the ...

One facility worth effort

The OBSERVER’s View

Bigger is not always better, but often it is more efficient and cost-effective — and that is what Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas continues to look at when considering the future. Last week, Rosas brought forth a plan that could put the police and fire under one roof in the city. “We put in ...

NCCF grateful for corporate support

Commentary

Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation is pleased to recognize Corporate Philanthropy Day, which is observed on the last Monday in February. Celebrating corporate philanthropy raises awareness of corporate-community partnerships and inspires businesses around the world to engage further in ...

Immigrants contribute to U.S.

Commentary

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these homeless, tempest-tost to me; I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” — Emma Lazarus What is known to us, the Statue of Liberty, aka the “Mother of ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 Several members of the Chautauqua County Legislature are refusing to embrace a reduction or total elimination of sales tax on clothing, a measure ardently supported by consumers and store owners. Joseph Trusso (D-Jamestown) told members of the finance committee that ...

DUNKIRK: We all want to ‘pay less’

The OBSERVER’s View

We understand where Dunkirk Councilman Don Williams is coming from: the city has a lot to lose in a supplemental county payment in lieu of taxes agreement with NRG Energy Inc. Williams, in comments last week, noted the company wants to “pay less.” Well, who doesn’t nowadays? NRG, as ...

Reflecting on our nation’s leaders

Commentary

On this recently past Presidents’ Day, I took the time to remember. Until 1971, both Feb. 12 and 22 were observed as federal public holidays to honor the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. In 1971, President Richard Nixon proclaimed one single federal public holiday, ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 A $3.25 million project designed to protect Lake Erie’s fish has been completed at Niagara Mohawk’s Dunkirk Steam Station. Niagara Mohawk officials recently announced the completion of the project, which created a system by which millions of fish trapped in the ...

Taking path for progress

The OBSERVER’s View

Talk about going out on top. Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan has excelled and accomplished just about every goal he set to achieve since taking office in 2014. His start began with the controversial sale of the Chautauqua County Home in Dunkirk, which was approved by the ...

People’s Column

Peoples column

Fredonia police offer a hand Editor, OBSERVER: On Feb. 19, I had a car accident. The Fredonia Police Department stopped me. I told them my story and mentioned I had lost my billfold so I couldn’t give them my license. I told them if it was still there, it would be at the Walmart in ...

Area woman tells of fears, power of D.C. March

Commentary

In 1980, as an 18-year-old on summer break after my first year of college, I found myself pregnant. The man I was involved with wanted me to have an abortion, but I chose to bear and raise my child alone. A few years later, after I struggled through college as a single parent, I met and ...

Football memories endure for lifetime

Commentary

I would like to extend my congratulations to the Dunkirk High School championship football team of this past fall. As a former DHS football player (Class of ’71), I remember the feelings of joy and achievement of playing high school sports, especially when you have the opportunity to play ...