Opinion

A greater good for U.S., world

Commentary

At this time of the year, when people are so busy buying presents and sending greetings to family and friends, it is perhaps too easy to forget those for whom such connections are missing. In particular, I’d like to remind the community that there are those in the country and county who ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1996 Army 1st Lt. Michael S. Kellogg, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth (Diana) Kellogg of Silver Creek, is doing his part to help maintain peace in Bosnia. Although the war there, at least for the time being, is over, he carries a gun and ammunition as he and nearly 20,000 ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1996 A feature article by OBSERVER Sports Editor Jerry Reilly pays tribute to the Rev. Joseph Dowdell. The story begins, “He may have been Padre Jose to the men, women and children in the Diocesan Summer Migrant Program when he first came to Chautauqua County in the ...

US must keep an upper hand

The OBSERVER’s View

President Barack Obama did something good and wise this month. He refused to veto a bill from Congress renewing authority for U.S. officials to use economic sanctions against Iran. Obama did major damage in agreeing — without lawmakers’ approval — to a deal under which Iran is supposed ...

Picture this in black and white

Commentary

For many this is the most joyful time of the year. Much of the world glistens (and, yes, even blinks) in reds, greens, silvers and golds. “All is bright” — indeed. But, not to throw a scrooge into things, this is also the darkest time (with daylight down to a scroungy nine and a half ...

helping hand Collections sought for fire victims

The OBSERVER’s View

Many of us are running around, getting that last minute gift, stocking our refrigerator for Christmas, and doing our best to find time to see all our friends and relatives. At the end of the day, we will have a home to go to. But for a Stockton family, it won’t be the merriest of ...

The give and take in our lives

Commentary

A memory of a former client came to light the other evening. She had sought guidance and direction. She was struggling with her marriage, described as “troubled.” Initially, she wanted to come alone. She was torn between staying or leaving her marriage. She told me that her husband had ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1996 A recent decision by the city of Dunkirk to increase water and sewer rates has renewed interest in the concept of marketing city water to outside sources in an effort to stabilize costs. Mayor Margaret Wuerstle said there is no doubt the city has the physical ...

No going back on some items

The OBSERVER’s View

There is a big flaw with public-sector contracts. Once something gets put in, especially something beneficial to the union, good luck on getting it out of future pacts no matter how much it hurts taxpayers. Dunkirk, for instance, once included a no-layoff clause in its city deals. Another ...

This season is more than gifts

Commentary

“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!” — Dr. Seuss, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” Yes, Christmas is finally just days away and many of us ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1996 Bosnian journalist Duska Jurisic is currently living in Fredonia. She came to Fredonia State University College several months ago on a professional development fellowship and is taking courses on communication and foreign policy while serving as an intern at a ...

Baskets of joy assist many

The OBSERVER’s View

It was a lot like Santa’s workshop, without all the elves. Instead, the Northern Chautauqua Catholic School was filled with families, students and volunteers. All with one goal: bringing Christmas to those in need. From Friday to Sunday, these individuals were part of the St. Elizabeth Ann ...

Fighting fake news

Commentary

“There can be no higher law in journalism than to tell the truth and to shame the devil.” — Walter Lippman. Everyone agrees that journalists must tell the truth. Yet lately the line between the truth and what is newsworthy has become blurred. We desire that the information we receive ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1996 Citing the need to make education more effective and cost-efficient, the Dunkirk Board of Education will consider closing one of the district’s elementary schools and abandoning the neighborhood concept. Currently the district operates five elementary schools on a ...

Christmas: Change is good when donating

The OBSERVER’s View

When you hear a familiar bell, remember that change is good. Pocket change, that is. As we reach the final week of the holiday season, the Salvation Army continues to staff bell ringers in front of the Tops and Walmart locations around Dunkirk-Fredonia with the hope of making the Christmas ...

The joy of the Christmas season

Commentary

Ah yes, the joy of the Christmas season in rural and small town America ... there is just nothing like it! In our lake plains, rolling hills, productive farm regions, small cities and friendly villages of the counties of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and southern Erie, most everyone knows their ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1996 Plans to bring a distribution center to the Chadwick Bay Industrial Park are moving forward. A formal request for proposals for the project is being prepared by Peter J. Smith Co. of Buffalo. Four letters of intent were received from various developers interested in ...

BOARDWALK: Keeping all options open

The OBSERVER’s View

Dunkirk’s Boardwalk, for city taxpayers, is a money pit. Each year, whether the building is full of shops — and it’s normally eight tenants — more money is going out than is coming in. It just adds to an already major deficit. The Boardwalk is in the red annually, in part, because the ...

Turbines tarnish scenic country

Commentary

We are writing this letter to express our opposition to the Ball Hill Wind Project. Our family, originally from Dunkirk, has owned property in the town of Villenova for more than 60 years. We use it for recreational purposes and part-time residence. We love the area and have enjoyed it ...

World War II heroes get a special day

Commentary

On Oct. 29 in the early hours of the morning, four Chautauqua County residents set out on a journey to see a memorial to the efforts they laid forth between Dec. 7, 1941 and Sept. 2, 1945. Veterans of World War II Richard Curtis of Sherman, Robert Johnson of Jamestown, William Pihl of ...