Opinion

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 ...

Silver Creek fence, board is divisive

Commentary

I recently had the opportunity to attend the village of Silver Creek’s Zoning Board of Appeals meeting. I attended having concerns over certain zoning issues. I knew many of the board members by face, as there were no name plaques or introductions. The issue that evening was over the ...

Fearing for our democracy

Commentary

We need to put recent national events in historical perspective. We are all supposed to learn from the past and so it is painful to see so much of America has failed to learn from its own history. The Nazis were evil. Just plain evil. Their Aryan race superiority nonsense proved to be ...

Lots of noise, but is anyone being heard?

Commentary

Listening is a lost art. How many times have you tried to tell someone something only to be interrupted before you finish by that someone telling you what they think you’re going to say? Or worse, having the conversation move on to something totally unrelated, completely ignoring your ...

Retrospective — Sept. 24

Opinion

Twenty years ago — 1997 Dedicating Better Baked Foods’ new bakery facility and all of his accomplishments to Josephine and Henry Miller, his late mother and father, founder and chairman Robert S. Miller addressed about 200 company associates and invited guests at a ceremony held recently ...

With aid, city at state’s mercy

Newsmakers of the Month

Declining populations cannot keep up with growing budgets for municipalities and schools. It is one reason the tax cap in New Yok state has been so effective. It forces these institutions to look at other avenues instead of just asking residents to pay more annually. Dunkirk, however, is ...

highs and lows: Some of the best, worst of the week

The OBSERVER’s View

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST FLIGHT DATA TRACKER — We can text and surf the Internet while on a plane, so why can’t we get data from “black boxes” on planes to be constantly backing up? That was the question SUNY Fredonia professor Junaid Zubairi ...

Sharing thoughts from the garden of life

Commentary

Here is another classic Margaret Valone column If only teachers realized the respect they have from the community because of the impact they have on their students’ lives! My son Dan thought Dr. Stanley hung the moon. My son Rusty was sure it was Jim O’Brien. I had contact with both of ...

Feathered friends can adapt

Commentary

My wife and I made our annual trip to Cape Cod back in July. On the Cape, this year there was a story making the rounds about Piping Plovers. You might ask, what is a Piping Plover? Well, they are small birds that resemble sand pipers. They run in short starts and stops and get their name ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 Two local women recently were chosen to be members of the 1997-’98 Buffalo Jills, the NFL professional cheerleading team for the Buffalo Bills. Katie O’Connell and Danelle Arnold, both of Westfield, auditioned for the professional cheerleading team in May. The ...

Golden era of TV sales nearing end

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Dick Golden was always up for a challenge when it came to repairing and servicing televisions for his customers. But there was one trip to a Dunkirk home he remembers that just about drove him bananas. “I walk in and I see a monkey sitting in his diaper,” Golden recalled, noting the ...

VENEZUELA: Many ignoring nation’s plight

The OBSERVER’s View

President Donald Trump has been accused of using hyperbole too freely. But his speech to the United Nations this week did not fall into that category. Sadly, he merely presented the facts. “The Venezuelan people are starving and their country is collapsing,” Trump told U.N. delegates. That ...

Longlegs, but not a spider

Commentary

The picture in my hand is of an unearthly blob. A pink blob, to be sure. Does that matter? It’s the shape that intrigues — and its . . . well . . . IT. My closeup shows it close to an inch long. Think momentarily of a docking facility on the space station or probably any space movie ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 The Pomfret Town Board honored a former town official and a recent retiree during its regular monthly meeting. Pomfret Councilwoman Patricia Christina presented a color portrait for former Supervisor Larry McQuiggan in recognition of his 16 1/2 years of service to ...

Damage is getting worse

The OBSERVER’s View

The fight to protect the county’s lakes from invasive species has gotten a lot of attention over the past several years. New York’s trees need similar attention. Five prominent species of ash tree in the eastern U.S. have been driven to the brink of extinction from years of lethal ...

Parties play acrobats on health care

Commentary

Let the games begin. Proving that it’s never too early or too late for political theater, the major players are assuming their positions in the legislative circus: Republicans in this ring; Democrats opposite; and finally, occupying the center ring, the main attraction — health ...