Publisher’s notebook

Is our community open to dialogue on race relations?

Going by the most recent U.S. Census numbers, Dunkirk could be considered one of America’s real melting pots. The city is filled with great diversity. Of its 11,849 residents, 31 percent are Hispanic or Latino while the African-American population is 6 percent. Educationally, the city ...

In game of politics, incumbents call shots

Political debates are hardly ever a party decision. Instead, those discussions are almost always dictated by the incumbent. This year, state Gov. Andrew Cuomo decided on only one face-off with challenger Marc Molinaro. It occurred on the evening of Oct. 23 in the WCBS-TV studios in New York ...

Kicking the can on the NRG gap

As Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas unveiled his 2019 budget proposal at a press conference in City Hall on Oct. 12, he made the same promise that has been made in previous years by other administrations: there will be no tax increase. On simple mathematics alone, it appears to be almost ...

Floundering GOP stymies Molinaro run

Marc Molinaro knew he was likely fighting a losing battle. In early April, the Dutchess County executive announced his intentions to run against Gov. Andrew Cuomo this November to lead the Empire State. “I won’t lie, the path ahead is not easy,” Molinaro admitted in the Poughkeepsie ...

Can there be limits to free speech?

Freedom of speech can be a fine line. As Americans, we often take it for granted. We can say what we want, when we want. It is a part of who we are, thanks to the First Amendment. But those benefits do come with disadvantages. People who disagree with an opinion can provide a different view ...

Job conundrum is a work in progress

Maybe the 50-year population exodus of residents from upstate has finally caught up with the region’s job market. A look at unemployment rates in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties reveals fewer people are working but the percentage is going down when compared to last year. According to the ...

Membership growing for $100,000 club

Let the number crunching begin. Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello kicked off the fall budget season by presenting his first proposal to the Legislature on Wednesday evening. From this point, legislators will look at where they can begin chopping before they put forth a final plan to ...

Deficits bring no worries for governments

DAYTON — This rural town of just under 1,900 in Cattaraugus County knows what it is like to be out of the media spotlight. Until recently, there was little that caught the attention of this newspaper other than minor infractions reported by the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department or the ...

In Catholic turmoil, priest keeps upbeat spirit

Right before the 11 a.m. Mass on Sept. 2 at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Dunkirk, the unexpected heavy rainfall let up. Rays of sunlight began to enter the sanctuary through the cupola above. It was a moment that did not go unnoticed by the Rev. Daniel Walsh, pastor. In welcoming the ...

No ‘squabbling’ with district’s team effort

PORTLAND — Pomfret town Supervisor Don Steger, in his exuberance, did not need a microphone. A podium had been set up for the speakers as part of the “Turn on the Tap” event that took place Wednesday morning in front of the blue water tower off Route 5. He shrugged off the audio — and ...

Quiet Fredonia homicide haunts family, friends

His final text arrived to her phone at 2:30 a.m. July 21. It was a meme with a saying, “Don’t let a man’s social media fool you. I’m here, I exist. ...” Ellyn Mancuso of Dunkirk will not delete that note or the string of communication that preceded it. They are the last of many ...

Mitrano facing uphill battle for Congress

It was a reintroduction of sorts earlier this week. Tracy Mitrano, winner of the Congressional Democratic primary in July after the counting of absentee ballots, was officially getting back to business and the campaign trail. In opening her first conference call with the media across the 23rd ...

County leads way in closed-door actions

Former Fredonia village attorney Sam Drayo recently brought to light an accepted practice by elected officials that is full of pitfalls for constituents. During one of last month’s contentious Village Board meetings, Drayo criticized the practice of holding caucuses. Normally, these sessions ...

It’s easy to get hooked on Lake Erie

Surrounded by storm clouds above Lake Erie, Dances with Fish charter Capt. Ron Duliba went to work. Charged with overseeing a crew of novices — with the exception of Jeff Jondle of the Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs — the Forestville resident was not fazed by the weather or ...

Grass-roots effort drives development

Weeks before its National Comedy Center grand opening on Wednesday, Jamestown was receiving plenty of positive national publicity. Chautauqua County’s largest city, once known for furniture manufacturing in the 1940s and ’50s, is now being recognized for laughs. On July 17, comedian Lewis ...

Region still missing boat with waters

Dick Mirth knew the lure of Dunkirk and the waterfront before many here actually quite understood it. The former city resident moved back to the area in 2001 after he retired for the scenic views, sunsets and, quite frankly, the affordable cost of living. While here, he also attempted to do ...

With Laurel in spirit, Run must go on

Around 6 this morning, three individuals began a 30-mile trek from Jamestown to Dunkirk. Rose Carr, Keith Gregoire and Lisa Glasier are familiar with the course. The trio made the run last year in what is considered the “Laurel-thon.” Later at noon, a victory celebration will kick off at ...

Council helped plot path of methadone clinic

Call it a reprieve of sorts — for at least three current Dunkirk Common Council members. On Wednesday, Mayor Wilfred Rosas announced that Hispanos Unidos of Buffalo would be seeking another location for its proposed opiod and methadone clinic in the city. It’s unfortunate the Park Avenue ...

Our coverage always hits close to home

Being a journalist is not always a comfortable profession, especially with the recent climate and upheaval around our nation. Reporters and editors here have to cover disturbing and tragic events that occur within the community where they live. They also regularly go to vehicle accidents and ...

Fredonia’s dysfunction spans a decade

Ten minutes. That is the amount of time former Fredonia Mayor Frank Pagano took Monday night at the Village Board meeting to lash out at the part-time elected officials. He directed his comments at Mayor Athanasia Landis, Trustees Michael Barris, Roger Britz Jr., Douglas Essek, James Lynden and ...