Opinion

Peoples Column

Peoples column

Get food trucks off area menu Editor, OBSERVER: With approximately 10 restaurants in Fredonia that pay local taxes, increasing water and sewer fees, electric, gas, maintenance, etc., why do we need food trucks in our village? It makes me laugh when I hear the mayor say we need to bring ...

Rough ride is from years of neglect

Commentary

In an old TV commercial, an auto repairman posed a question to a car owner: “You can pay me now, or you can pay me later.” When it comes to maintaining Zoar Valley Road, Erie County officials have for decades opted to deal with it later. The condition of this road over the past ...

‘Damaging’decision affecting runners

Commentary

The Fredonia school board has made the sudden and surprising decision not to reappoint Carol Zirkle as coach for the 2017 cross country season, putting the entire season in jeopardy for about 40 athletes who are currently signed up for the boys and girls teams. We are asking the school ...

No cure for exodus of physicians

Commentary

New York state recently received the dubious distinction as the worst state in which to be a doctor. We have the highest medical liability cost and twice as many total payouts as the second highest state Pennsylvania. Yet, instead of addressing this problem, a one-sided bill was passed ...

Loyalty often goes to the dollars

Commentary

A reality of the modern world, one taken for granted, is the existence of corporations and their effects on the economy, politics, the environment and society in general. Unlike partnerships, where groups combine their resources to create businesses, the group both owned and operated, the ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 A front page photo shows Buffalo Bills running back Thurman Thomas, who stopped his golf cart to sign autographs after a morning practice at training camp being held at Fredonia State University College. This year, there is a new offense in town for the Buffalo ...

HIGHS AND LOWS: Some of the best, worst of the week

Opinion

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST WRETCHED GROUP TRIBUTE — The Wretched Group rock and roll band is returning to the local area for two performances — July 20 at Rookies on the Lake and July 22 at The Clarion Dockside Cafe. These performances will be a bit ...

Take an inventory of bad habits

Commentary

This week, Margaret is sharing a classic column. I became aware of binge drinking from seeing it on CNN night after night. Binge drinking is drinking with the goal of purposefully getting drunk. There are millions of young people doing this. It’s rampant in the colleges and many under-age ...

Needy get shaft with health bill

Commentary

The Senate has released their version of the health care bill. The bill essentially takes from the most vulnerable and gives to the more wealthy. Major cuts to Medicaid are included in this bill. Who does Medicaid help? Twenty percent of all Americans on Medicaid — 39 percent of all ...

Tax cost much more than you think

Commentary

We often pay taxes without realizing it. As an example, in New York state school districts and municipalities receive state aid for capital projects and because it doesn’t come out of local taxes, taxpayers are encouraged to think it’s a “freebie” that someone else pays for, when in ...

Retrospective — July 15

Opinion

Twenty years ago — 1997 Twenty-eight excited youngsters from Brooklyn, Queen and the Bronx arrived by bus in Westfield the evening of July 10. The children are participants in The Fresh Air Fund Friendly Town Program and they will spend between two and four weeks living with host families ...

CAPITAL: Step in getting the job done

Opinion

Most Americans have to stay at work until whatever tasks need to be completed are finished. The knowledge we have to do that makes us work harder and smarter. It makes our bosses schedule tasks realistically. That isn’t how life works on Capitol Hill. Regardless of how many critical issues ...

Major decisions for Minor

Commentary

It seems like I’ve been making choices all my life. I have to say, however, that very few (if any) of my decisions have been a matter of life or death. But now I’m facing a big one. Life or death indeed — though I have no more knowledge of the “when” than anyone else. Still, it’s ...

Retrospective — July 14

Opinion

Twenty years ago — 1997 The Collins Pumpkin Festival Committee has canceled the annual fall event, claiming that Gowanda’s Sesquicentennial is having an effect on the Collins festival. The committee stated that the 1998 Gowanda event is drawing off not only monetary resources, but also ...

In 10 years, government lessens

Opinion

What a difference a decade makes. At this time in 2007, Chautauqua County and its municipalities were digging in their heels and fighting any possible discussions on downsizing or consolidation. Today, it is a much different story. Government locally has been reduced and there is a lot more ...

State will help with costs

The OBSERVER’s View

Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week announced three communities that recently held dissolution votes will all get funding. The three communities are Hanover (for Forestville), Cherry Creek and Sherman. Both Forestville and Cherry Creek voted to dissolve, while Sherman rejected dissolution by two ...

Loving role of fathers

Commentary

Years ago, I attended my daughter’s high school graduation ceremony. What a glorious milestone in her life and the lives of all graduates. This article is not intended to extend profundity to the throng of graduates. My focus is on dads. At the graduation, an administrator requested that ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 David C. Mancuso, president and CEO of Lake Shore Savings, a Chautauqua County-based, locally owned and operated financial institution, has announced plans to open Lake Shore’s second Jamestown location to take place within the past year. The new branch site at 115 ...

LILY DALE: Butterfly idea spreads wings

The OBSERVER’s View

Some of nature’s greatest gifts somehow seem to be under constant attack. Recent reports of a tiny mite affecting the honeybee population is of concern as well as the Emerald ash borer, which has the ability to kill a number of trees. So last month’s opening of a butterfly habitat in Lily ...

Comments on hiring issue ‘tactless’

Commentary

The OBSERVER offered its readers a commentary titled “Best job candidates are qualified.” This commentary (June 26) was written by Richard Makuch. The commentary posed statements I made in a false light, stating that I wanted a bilingual person to automatically be appointed to the ...