Opinion

People’s Column

Peoples column

Manners missing at meeting Editor, OBSERVER: High-jacked! What was slated as a Town Hall with Congressman Tom Reed turned into organized mob rule. It was an embarrassing display of many rude and obnoxious liberals shouting and using orchestrated chanting to drown out Reed’s remarks. ...

Paying for it

Commentary

I hope many of you remember the magnificent weather we were blessed with for much of mid-January. I know it wasn’t a complete anomaly for I recall last year at about the same time hearing a bunch of locals say how grateful they were to have passed up their usual winter trek south. They had ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 The Brocton Main Street Revitalization Committee recently held the first of an anticipated ongoing series of meetings at the new Portland Town Hall on Route 20. Chairman David Travis said the focus of their work has been established and invited business people in the ...

Issues hit peak at Pine Valley

Local/Region

School districts have a knack for providing plenty of drama. Remember the 2009 saga that dogged the Westfield Academy and Central School with its previous Superintendent Mark Sissel? At the time, there were plenty of questions from residents — and some from the school board — on expense ...

NRG PILOT: More time needed after public hearing

The OBSERVER’s View

On Friday, Feb. 24, a public hearing was held at the SUNY Fredonia Incubator regarding NRG’s Payment in Lieu of Tax agreement until the plant is upgraded. During the hearing, a representative read from a document, but did not say how much the interim payments would be. A note at the bottom of ...

Sending love and care to our troops

Commentary

On behalf of the Blue Star Mothers, NY Chapter 4, thank you for making our Christmas wish come true through your generous donation and support for our organization as we work to support our military. This year we experienced two things we had never dreamed possible! First is that on Dec. 3, ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 Alice Anacheka-Naemann, visiting student minister, will guide the Unitarian Universalist Society of Northern Chautauqua in an exploration of the role of liberal religion. The service will be followed by a congregational meal celebrating the 14th anniversary of the ...

Taxes just piece of puzzle

The OBSERVER’s View

Looks can be deceiving — and that is exactly what the report from the New York State Association of School Business Officials reveals. At first glance, the report seems positive. An early analysis of school budget plans show 98 percent of the districts are staying within the state tax cap. ...

Voice your concerns on Brooks’ site

Peoples column

Editor, OBSERVER: Reading the front page (Feb. 25), it was a beautiful sentimental article, “Rooted in Love,” telling how Brooks employees were to wed beneath a copper beech tree in front of Brooks Memorial Hospital! What does this title tell us? It shows all of us what our hospital ...

Technology, orientation a dilemma

Commentary

With improving technology, it is only a matter of time before parents can (largely) determine their children’s sexual orientation. When they can do so, should they refrain from having gay children? Depending on the theory, sexual orientation focuses on desire, behavior, or ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 The winner of the 1984 American Book Award, Native American writer Maurice Kenny delivered a reading in Thompson Hall on the campus of Fredonia State University College. While it was his Pulitzer Prize-nominated “Blackrobe: Isaac Jogues” and “The Mama Poems,” ...

Open to taking your money

The OBSERVER’s View

Attention, anyone who works in New York state — starting July 1, you’ll be bringing home a little less in your paycheck. Just don’t ask how much money you’re losing when payroll deductions begin for paid family leave. The state doesn’t seem to know that yet because the maximum rate ...

Intelligence exists beyond the brain

Commentary

With all of our knowledge, there are some things we stuff in the drawer for another day labeled “unknowable.” We don’t waste time on it, because we don’t know where to start. Perhaps we are not equipped to look for an answer. I appeal here not to John Doe, but to the scientists, who ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 Representatives of Chautauqua County’s four housing preservation groups were in Albany to join with groups across the state in informing legislators of the severe local impact of Gov. George Pataki’s 1997 budget cut which slashes funding to the program by 75 ...

FOOTBALL: No passing up a combination

The OBSERVER’s View

With one season in the books, the Fredonia-Brocton-Westfield football team merger is a winning idea and will continue for another season. That was the sentiment announced by Fredonia Superintendent Paul DiFonzo last week, who admitted there needs to be some minor adjustments next fall. “In ...

Help Americans, not illegals

Commentary

Let’s look at the Democrats in Albany. They are looking at a law to reform antiquated voting rules in New York state. They want to make it easier for more people to cast a vote. My question is, why was it so hard to cast a vote before? Look at the other blunder of the Albany Democrats. The ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 If all goes according to plan, the remaining city-owned properties at the intersection of Main Street and Lake Shore Drive East will be demolished this month. In January 1996, the city purchased a total of seven buildings from David Civilette for $285,000. Plans ...

FREDONIA: Damage isn’t all visible

The OBSERVER’s View

How stable is the village of Fredonia and its finances for the future? If you want just a small indication, look no further than the Fredonia Fire Hall, which is located on Main Street. On the outside, you can see the exterior damage from the lack of upkeep on the building. Decisions were ...

People’s column

Peoples column

Without media, freedom lost Editor, OBSERVER: The media is an enemy of the American people? Really? Is the OBSERVER an enemy of the American people when it reports on public employees who embezzle funds or steal equipment? Or on elected officials who meet in secret rather than in open ...

Let’s hear it for Mondays!

Commentary

Those of the optimistic persuasion look at each day as an opportunity. Monday through Sunday seems to hold possibilities large and small. Unlike our current generation, our parents took a different view of the days of the week. Instead, for homemakers especially, every day had a set list of ...