The OBSERVER’s View

An alarm over lack of aid

New York state has often noted in recent years its concerns for the work force and the needy. In recent years, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has established a higher minimum wage, which continues to increase each year, and has proposed free tuition to those of lower incomes to State University of New York ...

DUNKIRK: Control board not far away

What happened in Buffalo and Erie County caught the attention of many back in the mid 2000s. Both entities faced financial uncertainty and a control board took over. When that happened, the belt buckle on the finances got much tighter. Members of the board actually looked at the figures — ...

highs and lows: Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST SHOTGUN SEASON — Good luck to all the deer hunters heading out this morning. Today marks the opening of firearm season. Remember the basic rules of hunting safety: Treat every gun as a loaded gun. Never let the muzzle of a ...

Politics: An open book on 2016 vote

Turmoil has been the order of the day among leaders of both the Republican and Democratic parties. Listing all the many concerns of millions of voters who have been loyalists of either party would require a book. But a book by Donna Brazile, formerly chairwoman of the Democratic National ...

MERGER: Long live independence?

Things really do not have to make sense in Chautauqua County. Rather than work together, we’ll maintain a divide if it’s north-south, municipal neighbor or even school district. At least that’s the way it looks from the Clymer perspective. As seen in the merger vote Monday between ...

Reform Plan needs adjustments

If a bipartisan assessment of the U.S. Senate’s tax reform bill is accurate, lawmakers need to go back to the drawing board. A measure being billed as tax relief should not force millions of Americans to pay more. Analysts for Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation have concluded the ...

Area proves it remembers

On Friday, this corner listed six men from Dunkirk, who left to serve in Vietnam, but never returned. Those men included: Curtis Eugene Crawford, William Fellinger, Dahl J. LaPorte, Harry Kaus Jr., Vincent James Rossotto and Robert Samuelson. We forgot one — and plenty of readers let us ...

No consensus for director

Adding a human resources director in Dunkirk does not sit well with many who follow the happenings of the city government. The position comes at a high cost, potentially close to $85,000 in total compensation. Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas believes the human resource director is needed for the ...

DUNKIRK: Budget moves to back burner

Maybe it has been due to the elections or the recent $2.5 million in Smart Growth funding from New York state to assist the city in building its lakefront. But one thing is certain: Dunkirk council members have done very little when it comes to the examination of the budget. And, if there has ...

highs and lows: Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST VETERAN ACTIVITIES — A number of schools and organizations have held events this past week in honor of Veterans Day, which is today. It’s important to remember our veterans and the sacrifices they have gone through. It’s ...

VETERANS DAY: Give thanks and remember

On Saturday, our community celebrates and offers gratitude toward our veterans. They served our country in the military, overseas and at war. If you never were in battle, it’s tough to imagine the emotional aftermath of a U.S. serviceman or woman. Many current veterans, especially those ...

Guns: Shooter found easy loophole

In 2012, an Air Force court martial found Devin Patrick Kelley guilty of assaulting his wife and child. He served a year of confinement before receiving a bad conduct discharge. That should have disqualified him from purchasing firearms. Yet he was able to do so. He used them to massacre 26 ...

Sharing: Being smart, not stubborn

Chautauqua County has broached the topic of having district courts — eliminating those in municipalities — for a more efficient system. And, while some local leaders will fight to protect their turf — as is often the case, others are open to the idea. One of those entities includes ...

Quick action in flooding

Heavy rains that hit our area on Sunday came with warning, but it still created a fear among residents who lived close to areas where flooding occurred. Around 8 p.m. is when the first indication came that waters were high. Routes 60 and 83 had to be closed. Within another hour, the bridge on ...

One more day to consider

It is not exactly the calm before the storm, but it is the last day for candidates to get the word out on where they stand on issues by going door to door. Tuesday is Election Day and polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. There are no major national or state races. However, there are ...

Errors abound in demolition

It seems as though the charges filed by the state Department of Environmental Conservation in regard to the demolition of a former commercial building stem from more than one error. Charged is the current owner of the site — and the outgoing town Supervisor Louis Delmonte. But he received ...

highs and lows Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST BEREDA 5K — Last weekend the weather was less than perfect to say the least. But that didn’t stop more than 200 people in the Westfield community for coming out to participate in the Run for Bereda 5K event at Welch Field. ...

Key races around region

We are offering no endorsements in these contests, but note there are some excellent races taking place on Tuesday in the area towns. In Pomfret, incumbents Brett Christy and Christopher Schaeffer face a challenge from Michael Reynolds. Voters will choose two candidates on this line. Reynolds ...

Our selections for Fredonia

On a statewide level, our region has benefitted from Democratic leadership. Who would have thought, before 2011, current Gov. Andrew Cuomo would have put so many resources — and dollars — into Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Chautauqua County? It has been an impressive investment. In the ...

Four get nod in Legislature

There are four contested races for Chautauqua County Legislature in our region. Legislators Robert Bankoski, District 2 in Dunkirk; Christine Starks, District 4 in Fredonia; Terry Niebel, District 5 in Cherry Creek, Sheridan and Villenova; and Mark Odell, District 7 of Brocton and Portland, are ...