Opinion

Make mine Merlot

Commentary

I don’t listen to enough TV or major radio to keep up on the secondary news so was grateful to a dear friend who alerted me to the story on grapes and Mozart. Turns out that, for over a decade now, the owner of a vineyard in Italy has been piping Mozart into one of his vineyards. And, it ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1987 Robert C. Pine, plant superintendent at the Gowanda Psychiatric Center, is one of 15 statewide award winners in a newly-established state program designed to recognize and reward significant achievement by management/confidential employees. The awards were made for ...

One storm’s avalanche of worry

Local/Region

Albany’s hierarchy can be frustrating, especially when it comes to the weather worries that spanned from Long Island to Western New York earlier this week. Conditions, as evidenced by major lake-effect snow events, are rarely the same in one region to the next. So distressed was state Gov. ...

Prosecutor was making strides

The OBSERVER’s View

Anyone concerned with corruption in New York state government can’t be happy that Preet Bharara has been fired by President Donald Trump. For all of the talk about ethics reform emanating from the state capitol over the past several years, it was Bharara — not any law or regulation ...

Women still breaking barriers

Retrospective

Why does it take so long for the accomplishments of entire groups of people to get the recognition they deserve? History is filled with doers of great deeds, people who were part of something big but never recognized because those who wrote the record found them unworthy. Some of the most ...

Meeting halfway on gun law

The OBSERVER’s View

New York state has always been two states — New York City and the rest of the state. It’s good to see the state Legislature accepting that reality. Last year, the state Legislature approved, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed, a minimum wage increase that is higher in New York City and other ...

Where’s freedom on health care?

Commentary

What should we replace Obamacare with? Perhaps we should try freedom. The freedom to choose inexpensive insurance free of government dictates. The freedom to save unlimited amounts in a health savings account. The freedom to buy insurance across state lines. The freedom for all ...

It’s time we leave the clocks alone

Commentary

Another catchy phrase to make one think that changing the time is not such a big deal — “spring forward” they say. Well, springing forward maybe easy for some, but not if you own a dog. Dogs don’t know the first thing about losing an hour of sleep as we are forced to “spring ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1987 Student of the Week is Timothy Simmons, a sophomore at Ripley Central School. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Simmons of 5 North State St., Ripley. A math/science and art major, he is vice president of the Student Council and the school band. He is a member of ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1987 Boy Scout Troop 254 recently held the Eagle Investiture of Kenneth J. Mekus in Seton Hall. The son of Mrs. Alice Mekus, 602 Park Ave., Dunkirk, Kenneth is an active Scout and avid camper who assisted in many troop and Eagle Scout service projects. His own Eagle ...

Three not always a crowd

The OBSERVER’s View

Sharing a school superintendent is not a foreign idea to other districts outside of northern Chautauqua County. Close to home, Bert Lictus oversees both the Clymer and Panama school districts. The sharing is one of the reasons the two are considering a merger. Closer to downstate, however, ...

Ill consequence face many with repeal

Commentary

This past Saturday our Congressman Tom Reed held four town hall meetings in Ithaca, Ovid, Manchester, and Pultney, The day started real early for those attending the Ithaca meeting. Tickets were issued at 6 a.m. with the doors opening at 7. The actual meeting didn’t occur till 8 and only ...

COUNTY: Just who will be in race?

The OBSERVER’s View

We are less than eight months away from the next election for Chautauqua County executive. Just who will be running? Current Executive Vince Horrigan announced last month that he would not seek a second term and thus far there are a couple of names that have been floated to the OBSERVER that ...

Excellence in our back yard

Commentary

What busy and productive learning, teaching, and research activity is located at the State University of New York at Fredonia. Indeed, the university is a cultural and economic powerhouse: exemplar in teaching, creative in research, and dedicated to service with a creative cultural and ...

Wheels spin on bike shop

The OBSERVER’s View

There’s a void in the Dunkirk area that will become even more evident once the warmer temperatures really kick in around April. Our region, with the March 1 closure of Spoke Folk, is without a bicycle shop. It comes, for certain, at a bad time especially when you consider the strides being ...

People’s Column

Peoples column

Build workers, not wall Editor, OBSERVER: Recently, at the Conservative Political Action Conference, President Donald Trump said, “The GOP will be from now on the party ... of the American worker. First, we need to define what this great, great unprecedented movement is and what it ...

Dunkirk’s Muscato family had boxing, winning in their blood

Commentary

I hope you find this story as interesting as I did. Dunkirk’s Mayor of Central Avenue told it to me one afternoon in February. That gentleman is Joe Muscato. I sat down with Joe at The Studio, the beauty salon that he and his wife, Sally, have operated for nearly 54 years. He detailed ...

State’s tuition plan invests in the future

Commentary

This newspaper recently ran a compelling Publisher’s notebook by John D’Agostino (Feb. 17) on the subject of “free” college, discussing the hotly debated (and incredibly nuanced) Excelsior Scholarship Program. It warned of hidden costs lurking in the shadowy sub-text of any such ...

Once turbines arrive, say goodbye to peace, quiet

Commentary

I sat in my living room reading this article last night with painfully throbbing ears and a headache, due to turbine noise that penetrates through the walls of my house. The noise kept me awake until 3 a.m. I had to write a reply to the tripe that was published in the OBSERVER (Feb. 19). I ...

Work force is getting stronger

Commentary

In January, New Flyer of America, Inc. opened its doors in Chautauqua County, in a facility developed through the renovation of a grocery store at 220 Fluvanna Ave. The high-tech manufacturer of transit busses is a leader in its industry and as part of its opening, has promised 40 new jobs. ...