Opinion

MILK CRISIS SPILLS OVER

Commentary

In recent weeks, on the U.S. side of the border with Canada, much noise has been made about a festering dispute with our Canadian neighbors over ultra-filtered milk in U.S.-Canadian dairy trade. Ultra-filtered milk is condensed skim milk; a high protein, fat adjusted, reduced cost ...

Russia’s ties to vote are a threat

Commentary

I am writing in support of an independent investigation into the Russian interference into our elections, disrupting and undermining our system of democracy. The intelligence community had clearly and specifically concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin himself ordered the cyber ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1987 Ten mid-size Japanese firms will be visiting the Dunkirk-Fredonia area next week. They are looking for investments, for sources of supply for various products and for possible sites for plants. The Sheridan industrial site owned by Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation ...

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 BELATED HAPPY BIRTHDAY — We wanted to wish Dorothy “Dot” Patterson a late happy birthday. The Chautauqua Nursing Rehabilitation Center resident turned 107 years old! When asked what is the secret to long life, she simply ...

How was your Mother’s Day?

Commentary

Did you have a nice Mothers Day? I did. I don’t know where my son and daughter-in-law find those beautiful cards! I hope I live up to all those praises! Russ and I tried to be good parents. I know he was great! Then David Kaus, a friend from my Bible class, took me out for lunch after ...

A ‘Generation’ worth saluting

Commentary

A while back, I watched the William Wellman movie “The Story of GI Joe,” which is the story of war correspondent Ernie Pyle who won the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting from North Africa and Italy during World War II. But it is also the story of the GI’s who carried the war to the enemy ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1987 The highest-ranking award for New York State Volunteer Firemen has been presented posthumously in honor Daniel VanVlack. At the annual Silver Creek Fire Department Banquet at the Jackson Street Firehouse, the Medallion of Valor was presented to Mrs. Anne VanVlack in ...

UNITED NATIONS: A whisper to North Korea

The OBSERVER’s View

One could almost hear the “ho-hum” from North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un Tuesday, after the U.N. Security Council voted to condemn his most recent missile test. And by the way, the Security Council added, all countries should implement previous U.N. requests for sanctions against North ...

Expecting mother goose

Commentary

The original photograph has been enlarged and framed and hangs in my hall. I took a number of pictures when she originally caught my eye — one goose sitting in the yard, not terribly far from water’s edge. Her mate stands alert and on guard perhaps six feet away. He also faces the water ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1987 About 60 Marauder 3R Club members gathered to honor their mothers at the seventh annual “I Love Mother” banquet held at Shorewood Country Club with about 100 people attending. The club has 300 members in grades 9-12. Channel 7 personality Linda Pellegrino was the ...

Thinking positive about failures

Local/Region

Creativity is what drew Dr. Roger Firestien to Western New York. Originally from Colorado, he came to Buffalo to receive a Master of Science degree from the International Center for Studies in Creativity in 1979. He was a trailblazer of sorts. Back then, he was the seventh person to earn that ...

County can be more open

The OBSERVER’s View

The Internet has put a wealth of information at our fingertips. Applause to Legislator George Borrello, R-Silver Creek, for trying to put a little more of that information out to the public. During a recent county Industrial Development Agency board meeting in Dunkirk, Borrello proposed ...

Tensions too high at the movies

Commentary

There’s a lot to ponder in any given day’s headlines. Oddly, a day at the movies yields much the same. Aren’t theaters supposed to be venues of escape from the harsh circumstances of life? Movies like “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” provide that needed sojourn in the ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1987 Nearly 250 employees of Fredonia State University College honored J. Carter Rowland at a reception for his 15 years of administrative leadership as vice president for academic affairs. Dr. Rowland resigned from the post early this year and will begin a sabbatical ...

Water: Crisis puts focus on project

The OBSERVER’s View

Western New York rarely has to worry about water — since there is so much surrounding our region. But drinking water is presently a problem for Brocton, the town of Portland and a portion of the town of Pomfret due to the major water leak that occurred Monday on Central Avenue in the ...

Is race a choice today?

Commentary

Recently, in the feminist journal Hypatia, philosopher Rebecca Tuvel argued that what allows people to change their gender (transgenderism) also allows them to change their race (transracialism). More specifically, she argued, the same reason that society has to recognize that people can change ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1987 A banquet on May 31 in St. Anthony’s Church in Fredonia will honor Sister M. Nancy Zuchowski, CSSF, a Felician nun for 50 years. Planned by members of St. Anthony’s and St. Joseph’s parishes, the tribute has former Fredonia mayor Charles St. George as general ...

Mixed message in legislation

The OBSERVER’s View

There is no health-based reason why New York should not raise the age at which one can buy cigarettes to age 21. There is no disproving that smoking causes a multitude of health problems and creates a drain on public health programs. Legislation proposed in the state Senate is good policy ...

Problems persist in politics

Commentary

I don’t like to be negative; that’s why I shun writing about politics, but sometimes I lose my cool, and froth at the mouth. Most people have their trenches dug anyway, and I don’t expect to change anyone’s mind. Furthermore, to me the future of mankind doesn’t depend on our ...

TOWN HALLS Accountability in showing up

The OBSERVER’s View

It was another full house — in Dunkirk and Busti — for Tom Reed in hosting his town hall meetings earlier this month. That is a good sign for democracy and one that shows many here are taking an active interest in what’s happening in Washington. To be certain, nothing is perfect in ...