The OBSERVER’s View

HIGHS AND LOWS: Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST COLD AS ICE — These colder temperatures have at least one good thing from them — they’ve allowed Chautauqua Lake to be cold enough to construct an ice castle for the annual President’s Day Weekend Winter Festival in ...

Our burden keeps growing

We Americans are failing to cope with a serious crisis, and it has little to do with border security. It is the national debt, which topped $22 trillion this week. For most people, it is difficult to become too concerned about mere numbers on paper or expressed digitally. But the debt is more ...

Protest: Send honest message on Brooks

We wholeheartedly advocate for residents protesting and making their voices heard. A group plans to do just that at 4:15 p.m. Friday in front of Brooks Memorial Hospital on Central Avenue in regard to the facility’s planned relocation from Dunkirk to Fredonia. Residents have a right to be ...

Five wrestlers are fantastic

There is a lot of pride and history in the Fredonia wrestling program that has been built through a winning tradition. This year, another chapter has been written. Four team members over the weekend made it to the section finals, with two winning section titles and heading to Albany later ...

Hopes not yet out in cold

In last November, many were toasting the 10-game run of the Buffalo Sabres. Today, though only points out of a playoff spot, the team looks like toast. Since that magical run, the team only has 25 points and it’s getting desperate. A seven-game homestand that ends this week has been ...

NEW BUILD: Our strange fear of traffic

Traffic congestion seems to scare residents here in northern Chautauqua County. It is probably because we are accustomed to getting to where we have to be with only minor inconveniences, such as stop signs and red lights, slowing progress. But wherever there is growth in the United States, ...

Village taking ‘forward’ steps

“Moving forward” was the theme of Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis’ State of the Village address last week. It brought an optimistic tone — as well as some real examples of progress. Most notably, the news regarding the location of a new Brooks Memorial Hospital at the former Cornell ...

Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST IDOL WORSHIP — We have our fingers crossed for Dylan Carlson. The Dunkirk resident recently shared his story, how he was able to audition in front of celebrity judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie to appear on the ...

Reasons remain to be skeptical

President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un are planning a second summit meeting. The date and place have not yet been arranged. But the question the two will discuss is clear: Is Kim keeping his pledge to dial back on North Korea’s runaway militarism? North Korea already ...

Dunkirk: Banking on more aid from state

There is much not to like in state Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent budget proposal and State of the State message, especially from a county that supported his opponent Marc Molinaro last election. However, there was some bright news for the city. During his January address, the governor indicated ...

Grad formulas begin at home

Chautauqua County schools all have reason to be concerned when it comes to graduation rates. According to the state Education Department, while the state rate was up slightly in 2018, county schools were down to 82 percent from 83 percent. Leading the list in terms of declines was the Dunkirk ...

Our February fortunes turn

How was Dunkirk Dave so right, so fast? An early spring, our favorite fortune-teller exclaimed. We just did not think it would be the next day. Temperatures hit 60 in some parts and Monday continued another balmy day by February standards. But the warm spell won’t last long. Cooler temps ...

SCHOOLS: State aid puts halt to mergers

Gowanda schools are looking for a partner in a potential merger, but neighboring small schools will never consider it. North Collins, Pine Valley and Forestville districts are always open to sharing services, but why merge? New York state and Albany provide the answer. As noted in this corner ...

DUNKIRK Timbs’ utopia doesn’t exist

If Boards of Education want a shoulder to cry on, they can count on Dr. Richard Timbs to be there for them. For years Timbs has gone across the state parrotting a familiar refrain: school districts need more money. What a revelation. The Dunkirk school board heard Timbs last Tuesday at a ...

Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST P-TECH GRADUATE — Congratulations goes out to Jordan Butterfield, a 17-year-old Lake Shore Central School District graduate and WNY P-TECH student who recently landed a job with Lakeside Precision Inc. The WNY P-TECH, which is ...

Presidency: Getting back to briefings

Presidents of the United States are big news, whether they want to be or not. President Donald Trump is a more riveting story than many of his predecessors. Yet Trump has broken with the tradition, established in recent years, of regular press briefings at the White House. Reportedly, he told ...

CLOSINGS: For many today, it’s great indoors

There is no doubt area schools and organizations made the right call. It is downright cold outside — and many institutions that were shutdown Wednesday will continue to be today. But looking out the window the previous morning was far from the full story. Despite little snowfall, windy ...

A ‘no’ vote for accountability

A recent vote on funding to assist Lakewood in a loan for stormwater implementation project was a step forward for some Chautauqua County legislators. In a 13-4 vote, dissension came from Legislator Lisa Vanstrom, R-Ellicott, regarding just how much the village would be paying as part of the ...

Gillibrand was less than honest

Turns out, Chele Farley was right about U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s presidential ambitions. After more than a year of denying that she was planning to run for president in 2020 while vowing to serve her entire six-year term if elected last November, Gillibrand reversed course last week ...

DUNKIRK: Revisiting policies for closing

Dunkirk community members have spoken out on social media, some in fairly rude tones we might add, regarding the decision to keep schools open Friday on a blustery winter day while neighboring districts were closed. Those individuals are not alone in their frustrations, we learned on Sunday. ...