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When in need, family let down by Reed

Commentary

On July 3, my father-in-law passed away while on a trip in South America. He was a longtime resident of Steuben County and a veteran. One bit of "neighborly wisdom" I've often heard is, if you have a death in the family overseas, call your representative in Congress.Tom Reed boasts about his ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago - 1996Lisa Yuen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Yuen of Dunkirk, recently competed in the New York State Fair Talent Show in Syracuse as a vocalist. She placed first at the Chautauqua County Fair which enabled her to attend the state fair competition. On the first day of the ...

Tough decisions likely to loom

The OBSERVER’s View

When residents hear there are tough decisions in the coming months to be made in Chautauqua County financially, they need to remember legislators are not talking about a small amount of money. They will likely be talking about a $260 million plan.Yes, money will be tight. Isn't it always? Yes, ...

Politics and flavors of the day

Commentary

Now that Ted Cruz has cast aside his disdain for Donald Trump (because he can't support Hillary Clinton), it appears the world of the conservatives has turned upside down.The price of integrity in politics is obviously not as high as one may have thought, and it's more evident than ever that ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago - 1996Before a crowd of more than 150 residents, the Westfield Village Board voted against a proposed local law to create historic districts in the village. Many buildings and the village had been entered into the National Register of Historic Places in the early 1980s. The ...

Towns last line of defense

The OBSERVER’s View

What's happening at the Cassadaga Cemetery is not uncommon at other sites around the region. Maintaining burial grounds is a financial strain on the village or association - and something will have to happen in the future.Enter the town of Stockton."The cemetery in Cassadaga is in trouble, so ...

Can America be honest with itself?

Commentary

"I don't see color.".. "Then you don't see me."It's time to get real America. We can't keep pretending like we don't have a problem. Like any cancer, the cancer of racism must be eradicated at its very core.Yet in this nation, we seem to take our yearly dose of feel-good chemo and slip back ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago - 1996Safety in the workplace is first in the mission of the Northern Chautauqua Safety Council. The fledgling group kicked off its 1996-97 schedule of monthly meetings last week with a presentation by state officials on workers' compensation laws and an update on legislative ...

HOSPITAL: Keeping area in the loop

The OBSERVER’s View

For nearly eight years, whatever happened at Brooks Memorial Hospital was done under a shroud of secrecy. Since last March, things have definitely taken a turn for the better.Hospital administration and board members have become more open to the community, especially in light of more than $57 ...

Cherishing our autumns

Commentary

The calendar indicates that fall has now began. I so cherish the autumn season. It is the season that I reminisce about this time of the year.A dairy and vegetable farm in this rural region was the setting. A colorful autumn season was the timeframe back during the Depression years of the ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago - 1996A call for consolidation as a method to lower the tax rate ties in with the goals of the Chadwick Bay Region group, according to Fredonia Mayor Frank Pagano. "I'm a big proponent of consolidation," the mayor said. "I think we have too many layers of government ...

City needs bold move

The OBSERVER’s View

How serious is Dunkirk Common Council when it comes to dealing with its budget problems? We will see soon, especially since Mayor Willie Rosas has floated a proposal regarding a financial restructuring board for local governance.Rosas seems on board with the idea. Already uneasy about the major ...

People’s Column

Peoples column

Tax enginenot slowingEditor, OBSERVER:I just received my Brocton School tax bill. I could not believe how much my taxes went up again. I called the town of Pomfret assessor's office to make sure it was correct. The person I spoke to informed me that the Cassadaga and Fredonia school systems, ...

EMS discussions focus on costs, lack of volunteers

Commentary

During this period of need to hold level or reduce governmental expenditures, the Chautauqua County Legislature is being faced with adding a significant cost program.It is proposed that the county enter into the provision of Emergency Medical Fly Car Services throughout the county. The fly cars ...

Society lowers bar for parenting

Commentary

Last month I read a story about a 7-year-old boy from the Cincinnati area who was trying to sell a stuffed animal so he could buy food since he hadn't had anything to eat in days.It broke my heart.A child should never be hungry. They did not ask to be born. Parents should be more responsible ...

No funds for important positions

Commentary

Combined, Dunkirk and Fredonia school and municipal budgets total more than $105 million. In all that cash, however, no funding can be found for school resource officers.What a shame.While the situations in the village and city are not the same, they do involve some head scratching. Dunkirk ...

Retrospective

Commentary

Twenty years ago - 1996U.S. Coast Guard officials suspect a distress call from a 14-foot vessel allegedly taking on water on Lake Erie off of Silver Creek to be a hoax. The search for the distressed vessel has been called off. "It's like people who call false alarms out for the fire department ...

A billion spent, but no welcome center

Commentary

The Buffalo Billion project was supposed to bring a much needed boost to the economy here in Western New York. While the bulk of the money is to be spent in and around the Buffalo-Niagara Falls area, projects such as the Athenex drug research facility in Dunkirk might actually help Chautauqua ...

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:BESTSTUDENT EXPERIENCE - We want to applaud Savannah Karcz. The 17-year-old Sheridan resident got to spend 10 days in India, inspiring hope, spreading compassion, instilling knowledge and helping some of the country's most vulnerable, ...