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 EGG HUNTS — Some young children had a great time last weekend at SUNY Fredonia for Kappa Sigma’s annual egg hunt. If you missed it, there are some more today. Laona is hosting a community egg hunt at 10 a.m.; Park United ...

Notre Dame de Paris: More than timber and stone

Committed Christians believe in an all-powerful God whose majesty and beauty cannot be comprehended, much less matched. Yet on rare occasions, humans are moved to incredible feats of creation as testaments of the depth of their faith. More than 850 years ago, on an island in the Seine River ...

lunches Can’t force students to eat

There are many people who are up in arms over the U.S. Agriculture Department’s decision to change federal nutritional standards for breakfasts and lunches served to schoolchildren. The rules that have some so up at arms scaled back standards requiring that only whole grains be served, ...

Use caution: Take a brake behind wheel

Warmer temperatures mean a rush to the outdoors. It also means as motorists, we need to be a bit more cautious. Wintertime is simple. We slow down due to slush and snow. Springtime? We seem to lose that defensive driving. There is plenty of reason to give it a brake. Construction season is ...

spring break Yes, we still have calendar issue

You may have noticed that a number of schools are on a two-week break, which started this week. While that is welcome for many, it does not solve a problem of working together. The Board of Cooperative Educational Services calendar is not the same as those districts, including Dunkirk and ...

Pay RAISES Public service and a price

Voters do not get to approve raises for their representatives. Even if they did, we’re not quite sure how they would vote. Representatives and people always seem more generous when the money is not coming right out of their pockets. But the pay raise for the state governor and lieutenant ...

SCHOOL BUDGETS: Fredonia takes lead on reserves

Board of Education members in the Fredonia Central School district did a commendable thing. With a comfortable fund balance, members decided to do the right thing: keep the tax rate flat. “Basically what the state has told us is, we’re fat. We’re obese,” said board member Brian ...

Highs and Lows: Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST FISHING SHOW SUCCESS — A special thank you to the hundreds of people in the community who came out this year to the OBSERVER’s annual fishing show. There were dozens of vendors, multiple presentations, volunteers and more. ...

Security, Mixed messages stall process

Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen’s resignation early this week had tongues wagging all over Washington and in the news media. Why did she step down? Personal differences between her and President Donald Trump? One of those power struggles among White House aides? Frustration that ...

new york budget Upstate wins in school aid

Those who believe downstate and upstate New York need to be separated might be surprised to know just how aid distribution works out for schools. While downstate has the majority of New York’s population, about 60 percent, it only receives about 52 percent of the aid for education, according ...

HANOVER: Serving youth in the summer

It is obviously not too early to be thinking about summer. Popular youth programs in Silver Creek and Forestville were a topic at a recent Hanover Town Board meeting due to construction issues. According to Town Board member Lou Pelletter, both school districts have building projects that will ...

SABRES: Another year, another coach

­One thing you can count on under the reign of Terry Pegula as owner of the Buffalo Sabres is a coaching carousel. Since 2011 when he purchased the team, there has been no continuity behind the bench. Even the longest-tenured Sabre Coach Lindy Ruff was sent packing. Today, the team is looking ...

BODY CAMERAS: Raw footage shows sad reality

It is horrifyingly sad to view what happened when a Fredonia police officer shot another man in self-defense on a cloudy December Monday afternoon. The video, released during the press conference on Friday in the village where county District Attorney Patrick Swanson announced the officer would ...

ROUNDABOUT: It seems too late for ‘compromise’

It appears as though justice was not served last week in the case between Fredonia McDonald’s owner Enrico Francani’s case against the state Department of Transportation over the proposed Routes 20 and 60 roundabout. During the hearing on Wednesday in state Supreme Court in Buffalo Judge ...

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

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST HORVATH RETIREMENT — It was a bitter sweet announcement Thursday, when Fredonia State President Virginia Horvath announced she would be retiring on July 1. Dr. Horvath was Fredonia State’s first female president and has more ...

Second Amendment: Another side to gun issue

Gun control is not the one-sided argument its proponents claim. In addition to the Second Amendment, there are practical considerations. For example, as a federal judge in California recognized recently, there is the very real potential for new limits on firearms to be harmful. California ...

HOCKEY: Appreciation for the end

You may have lost interest like everyone else, but tonight is the final home game for the Buffalo Sabres. Almost fittingly, they face off against another team facing a number of trials and tribulations in the Ottawa Senators. Take away the month of November, and there is nothing to cherish ...

STEEL: Investment keeps plant strong

For years, Empire Steel on Brigham Road faced plenty of troubles. Cash was always tight. Jobs were never certain. In 2001, it closed its doors. Many thought the plant would never recover. Then came Universal Stainless Steel, which has run the plant since 2002. Since taking over, nearly 300 ...

weather Spring playing us for fools

April Fool’s Day came a bit early for Western New York. What a downer it was to awake to a dusting of snow Sunday morning. Fortunately, however, temperatures are trending up for most of the next two weeks. What Monday brought, was much more welcoming. Brilliant sunshine that made a ...

PROPOSALS Government keeps on growing

Things may be looking up in northern Chautauqua County with some recent projects, but the fact remains population continues to decline — as does the tax base. So, it is disappointing to see our two largest municipal governments seeking to gain a greater footprint in the community. In ...