Opinion

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago - 1996The D & F Players recently presented the first D & F Players/Richard Henneberry Scholarships. This annual scholarship is given in honor of Richard Henneberry, who lost his life in an accident in November 1995. The two area graduates receiving the ...

Markings seem misplaced

The OBSERVER’s View

Recently in the city of Dunkirk there have been some new pavement pictures called "sharrows." The pictures show a bicycle and above it are two arrows pointing the direction to go with traffic. The sharrows are on Route 60, in the center of both lanes.According to the New York State Department ...

Learning, but not preparing

Commentary

My most recent article briefly referenced a plea from Pope Francis for youth to "get off the couch" and put away tech toys. He urged youth to get involved in their communities. School-aged children have returned to their formal studies. I'm remembering a discussion with a friend, a former ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago - 1996Craig Chaytor, of the Ministry of Natural Resources of Ontario, Canada, was loading rabies bait into bins this morning at the Dunkirk Airport. The bait was loaded onto two planes for a planned drop into wildlife areas of Chautauqua County. However, this morning's rainy ...

LAWSUIT: Education verdict adds up

The OBSERVER’s View

Eight city schools, including one in Chautauqua County, came up empty in an attempt to receive more state aid dating back to 2007.Despite the claim by the districts that the state was denying the students' constitutional rights to a sound basic education by not fully funding its own school aid ...

Why we question immigration

Commentary

The debate over Muslim immigration and terrorism highlights the yawning gap between the American people and the political elite.This past weekend, it appears that a Muslim immigrant, citing Islam, set off bombs in the New York metropolitan area. On the morning of Sept. 17, one of the pipe bomb ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago - 1996What will it take for Chautauqua County to successfully attract and retain businesses? A 35 percent reduction in local taxes, according to the Northern Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce. The chamber has sent a release to all mayors, supervisors, school superintendents and ...

Small change avoids problem

The OBSERVER’s View

More changes are coming tonight to the city of Dunkirk. A new Department of Public Works chief and city attorney will be named.That is all small potatoes.The bigger problem is the upcoming 2017 budget, the financial piece to the city. Without NRG Energy Inc.'s $4 million in revenue, no change ...

Galaxy of unknowns

Commentary

There was an article in the OBSERVER by Seth Borenstein some time ago. He reported that the scientific community has released a new study saying they now believe there may be 300 sextillion stars in the universe. That's three times what they had previously believed. Isn't it comforting to see ...

Retrospective

Commentary

Twenty years ago - 1996Working for legislative change for farming and agriculture as part of the Villenova Grange 604 has long been an important part of Jared and Martha Woolley's lives. The Woolleys' family dairy farm, which is also home to nearly 25 sheep, originated back in 1845 with Jared's ...

Energy: Tough pitch for renewables

The OBSERVER’s View

During Congressional candidate's John Plumb's visit to Dunkirk last week, he announced a call for creating and maintaining jobs in the region. While no one can disagree with his point, the reality is elected officials have little to do with bringing in new development.One of Plumb's major ...

Our nation, through challenges, remains great

Commentary

Editor's note: This is the third of three parts.I'll close this series with one more option and then some musings.Sixth Option: Clinton wins and carries with her Democratic majorities in both the Senate and the House.Were this to happen, Bernie Sanders would feel vindicated, for the political ...

Politics is a whole other language

Commentary

Well folks, it's happened. Stupidity has prevailed again, this time in New York City.The cab drivers there don't have to learn English. That's right, you heard me right and read it correctly.The cab drivers in New York City don't have to learn English. I had to repeat this because it is so ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago - 1996Statements from city officials expressing support for a downtown location for Chautauqua County's north offices has at least one business owner in the D & F Plaza upset. "All we're asking for is a level playing field," said Phil Pelletter, owner of the Book Nook, ...

Seeing light as leaders

The OBSERVER’s View

Other than doing just enough to maintain a struggling status quo, what else do municipalities do to better the lives of their residents?That has to be a question for many who attend or speak at town or village meetings - or just sign a petition in an attempt to make something happen. One of ...

People’s Column

Peoples column

Donors, stores help veteransEditor, OBSERVERThe Charles Tinley Post 142, Dunkirk, recently had a forget me not fundraiser and would like to thank Walmart on Bennett Road, Fredonia, and Tops Markets, Vineyard Drive, Dunkirk.Without these businesses allowing us to set up outside their ...

Plenty of pieces in play besides just presidency

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Editor's note: This is the second of three parts regarding the November election. Part one was published Saturday.Let's get right to more speculation about what may happen policy-wise as a result of the presidential election and possible reshuffling of the Congress, House and Senate.Third ...

County’s deal on cheese firm full of holes

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By NATE WILSONThe current bankruptcy of Empire Specialty Cheese, LLC, should be no surprise. The greater wonder is that Chautauqua County government and the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency, became so desperate for economic development that they hoodwinked themselves into backing ...

Taking pride in town’s top dog

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I am a very proud member of the Brad Anderson Recognition Committee and also a trustee for the town of Portland. I'm happy to devote my time to the town of Portland and also the happy to be proud wife of Jim Farrell.The opinions in my letter are strictly mine and I am only speaking for myself.I ...

Is character a problem for us all?

Commentary

Public choice economics analyzes government policies based on the understanding that politics usually involves benefits that are concentrated for a lucky few, while the costs are dispersed over a wide base. It makes sense for those few to expend a lot of resources getting the policies that will ...