Opinion

With trade deals, that 5 cents adds up

Commentary

This letter may sound like I am whining, but I am not. I have lived long enough to know that I am not unique. I am telling a story that could be told, with tiny differences in the details, by millions of other Americans. A few weeks ago, the OBSERVER had a piece on the opinion page that sang ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1996 Seneca Falls, NY, is the village which claims to be the model for the mythical Bedford Falls of the classic Christmas movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Seneca Falls in 1946 bore an intriguing resemblance to Bedford Falls, from its steel truss bridges, ...

CHRISTMAS: An evening to rejoice!

The OBSERVER’s View

It is Christmas Eve, and the hustle and bustle of preparing for the big day is nearly ended. Gifts have been purchased and wrapped. The Christmas tree is decorated, with special attention to treasured ornaments that have special meaning. Some of the food for tomorrow has been prepared and, ...

‘Count our blessings’ at holiday

Peoples column

“CHRISTMAS – IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN” By ART ASQUITH The glow of autumn has come and gone, The hardwoods are now bare, And stately firs stand proud and tall, As snowflakes fill the air. A hush descends upon the world, Thoughts of love and peace abound, And tinkling ...

America needs some decency

Commentary

Since the election, passions and tensions are running high on university campuses and in the general public. Part of this, of course, is that there were two candidates, both unpopular, and in theory, the more disliked candidate won. But here we are, a new president-elect, a Republican Party ...

History provides plenty of family stories for column

Commentary

Today is Monday. It should be Christmas! It’s a perfect Christmas day. Huge flakes are coming down. The limbs of the trees are covered with snow. It’s beautiful! I’m describing the outdoors. Inside I’m eating Italian fig bars John brought me. I remember one year, a radio program ...

A greater good for U.S., world

Commentary

At this time of the year, when people are so busy buying presents and sending greetings to family and friends, it is perhaps too easy to forget those for whom such connections are missing. In particular, I’d like to remind the community that there are those in the country and county who ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1996 Army 1st Lt. Michael S. Kellogg, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth (Diana) Kellogg of Silver Creek, is doing his part to help maintain peace in Bosnia. Although the war there, at least for the time being, is over, he carries a gun and ammunition as he and nearly 20,000 ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1996 A feature article by OBSERVER Sports Editor Jerry Reilly pays tribute to the Rev. Joseph Dowdell. The story begins, “He may have been Padre Jose to the men, women and children in the Diocesan Summer Migrant Program when he first came to Chautauqua County in the ...

US must keep an upper hand

The OBSERVER’s View

President Barack Obama did something good and wise this month. He refused to veto a bill from Congress renewing authority for U.S. officials to use economic sanctions against Iran. Obama did major damage in agreeing — without lawmakers’ approval — to a deal under which Iran is supposed ...

Picture this in black and white

Commentary

For many this is the most joyful time of the year. Much of the world glistens (and, yes, even blinks) in reds, greens, silvers and golds. “All is bright” — indeed. But, not to throw a scrooge into things, this is also the darkest time (with daylight down to a scroungy nine and a half ...

helping hand Collections sought for fire victims

The OBSERVER’s View

Many of us are running around, getting that last minute gift, stocking our refrigerator for Christmas, and doing our best to find time to see all our friends and relatives. At the end of the day, we will have a home to go to. But for a Stockton family, it won’t be the merriest of ...

The give and take in our lives

Commentary

A memory of a former client came to light the other evening. She had sought guidance and direction. She was struggling with her marriage, described as “troubled.” Initially, she wanted to come alone. She was torn between staying or leaving her marriage. She told me that her husband had ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1996 A recent decision by the city of Dunkirk to increase water and sewer rates has renewed interest in the concept of marketing city water to outside sources in an effort to stabilize costs. Mayor Margaret Wuerstle said there is no doubt the city has the physical ...

No going back on some items

The OBSERVER’s View

There is a big flaw with public-sector contracts. Once something gets put in, especially something beneficial to the union, good luck on getting it out of future pacts no matter how much it hurts taxpayers. Dunkirk, for instance, once included a no-layoff clause in its city deals. Another ...

This season is more than gifts

Commentary

“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!” — Dr. Seuss, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” Yes, Christmas is finally just days away and many of us ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1996 Bosnian journalist Duska Jurisic is currently living in Fredonia. She came to Fredonia State University College several months ago on a professional development fellowship and is taking courses on communication and foreign policy while serving as an intern at a ...

Baskets of joy assist many

The OBSERVER’s View

It was a lot like Santa’s workshop, without all the elves. Instead, the Northern Chautauqua Catholic School was filled with families, students and volunteers. All with one goal: bringing Christmas to those in need. From Friday to Sunday, these individuals were part of the St. Elizabeth Ann ...

Fighting fake news

Commentary

“There can be no higher law in journalism than to tell the truth and to shame the devil.” — Walter Lippman. Everyone agrees that journalists must tell the truth. Yet lately the line between the truth and what is newsworthy has become blurred. We desire that the information we receive ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1996 Citing the need to make education more effective and cost-efficient, the Dunkirk Board of Education will consider closing one of the district’s elementary schools and abandoning the neighborhood concept. Currently the district operates five elementary schools on a ...