Opinion

Left keeps up its sore-loser campaign

Commentary

Let’s take a look at the acts of the left in Washington, D.C. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer made a speech on how President Trump has not accomplished anything while in office. Let’s take a hard look at that remark. President Trump made decisions on jobs for thousands to work even before ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1987 Although many city of Dunkirk residents may not be aware of it, today marks the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of the village of Dunkirk. It was May 15, 1837 and the area that had previously been known by such names as Chadwick’s Bay and — for a short time ...

School BUDGETS If within cap, eliminate vote

The OBSERVER’s View

Today’s newspaper is filled with information about your school budget vote, which takes place on Tuesday at area districts. In every case locally, the proposed spending plan is within the state-imposed tax cap. As noted in this space earlier, the only district holding the line on rates is ...

Don’t forget Mom on her day!

Peoples column

Editor, OBSERVER: Often the first smile we see, and the first voice we hear is that of our mother. She nurtures us, cares for us, consoles us when we are hurt and worries about us when we are not there. Our mothers are our greatest champions, the ones who love us no matter what we do. ...

United Kingdom full of flavor

Commentary

Two nations separated by a common language – that’s what America and the United Kingdom are; two countries that speak the same language and cannot understand a word the other is saying. I have been in England and Wales for the past 17 days and have learned some interesting differences in ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1987 Nearly 750 students will receive bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the 129th commencement ceremony of Fredonia State University College on May 16 in Steele Hall. College President Donald A. MacPhee will confer degrees. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan will give the ...

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 FARM FEST FUTURE — A month ago, there were pleas that volunteers were desperately needed for the Fredonia Farm Festival. In fact, if no volunteers stepped up, there was no guarantee the festival would continue. But in true ...

People’s column

Peoples column

Today notable in U.S. history Editor, OBSERVER: Because I am a member of the Jamestown Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, I received an e-mail from the New York VIS Committee about the Cannon Trail Monument to be unveiled at Crown Point Historic Site today. The email ...

Remembering mom on Mother’s Day

Commentary

Mothers Day is coming! What a wonderful celebration when you had a great mother! We had a great mom! I was the last of eight kids. My mother had a great attitude! Nothing was too much trouble. My mother used to stay up at night and work the night through making bread and meals for the week. ...

Guess who benefits from health plan?

Commentary

“A great victory for the American people. We are finally on the path to fixing our broke and broken health care system. The (American Health Care Act) upholds protections for pre-existing conditions and the expansion of Medicaid, which help our most vulnerable populations. The bill will also ...

Graduates, careful in your protests

Commentary

It is the job of parents to prepare their children to enter the adult world as knowledgeable and responsible adults. College should be the interim between living at home and entering the world with the knowledge and skills to launch into a position with the potential of upward mobility and ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1987 The Silver Creek Historical Society recently dedicated a bronze plaque on the Swift Mansion. The mansion, on the grounds of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church on Central Avenue in Silver Creek is used as a parish center. It is one of the village’s most stately and ...

$100,000 gamble of 1866 was winner

Local/Region

It is a lesson that Fredonia and its residents must never forget. As told — and documented — by one of the village’s most prominent deans of the past and present in Sam Drayo Jr., the start of the State University of New York at Fredonia was not humble at all. It was a major gamble that ...

HEALTH CARE: Time to begin the tweaking

The OBSERVER’s View

It is a measure of the mixed feelings many in the House of Representatives had about a proposal to repeal and replace the Obamacare insurance fiasco that the bill passed Thursday only by the thin margin of 217-213. No Democrats voted for it. Twenty Republicans joined them. Waiting for the ...

A little on the wild side

Commentary

The excitement in her voice was palatable as she approached, a neighbor indeed but not, regrettably, one I knew at all well. I no longer recall the exact words of that conversation. I’m betting it was more than a year ago, possibly much longer. (Days nowadays have an annoying habit of ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1987 Phil McGan, a Dunkirk native and former OBSERVER reporter, will be the keynote speaker at the third annual Dunkirk Historical Society Recognition Dinner. Mr. McGan has titled his talk “To Make Dreams Come True.” Born in Dunkirk, he is the son of Mary McGan of ...

A college is born in Fredonia

Publisher’s notebook

Did you ever wonder what events and forces led to the establishment of a State College in the Village of Fredonia? It's an interesting history and one which the people of the Village should be proud of. The following article outlines this impressive and memorable period in the history of the ...

Legislation: Make Kendra’s Law permanent

The OBSERVER’s View

In 1999, Andrew Goldstein, then 29, while off his medication, pushed Fredonia native Kendra Webdale to her death in front of an oncoming train at the 23rd Street station in New York City. Her death prompted discussions about what to do with regarding individuals with untreated mental illness ...

Toll of divorce has lasting impact

Commentary

Here’s a vignette that’s becoming all too often a reality. A new student enters the school year after the Christmas holiday. She transferred from another school district. She knows no one in this school. She’s 15 years old, quiet, reserved and a tad overweight. Her clothes are clean ...

Retrospective — May 11

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1987 While potential buyers from at least two foreign countries have reportedly taken a look at the Roblin Industries plants in Dunkirk and North Tonawanda, to date, no buyers have been found. The Dunkirk plant appears to be the company’s most viable entity and the ...