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Heated times, dumb statements

We can all agree the political arena just keeps getting uglier in Washington. Last week’s failed repeal of the Affordable Care Act only adds to the divisive atmosphere. One of the strangest quotes of the weekend from the fallout, however, comes from Michael McAdams from U.S. Rep. Chris ...

FREDONIA: There are ways to help business

On an evening when the Chamber of Commerce in Fredonia honored businesses and individuals for their service to the community, a trustee made a plea to those in attendance: sign her petition. Just like she did March 20 at the village board meeting, Trustee Kara Christina is making an effort to ...

Numbers still show exodus

There’s barely been a whisper — even from this newspaper until now — on some unsettling news from the U.S. Census Bureau regarding Chautauqua County. According to the most recent figures, population is down again. This time, it falls under the 130,000 mark. The most recent number is ...

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

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST ATHLETIC TRAINING — Congratulations to Amanda Benson. A Dunkirk native, Benson recently received the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award from the Southeast Athletic Trainers Association. Benson is the assistant program ...

JOBLESS: Rate not full story

President Donald Trump has received an enormous amount of criticism — much of it justified — for some of his off-the-cuff comments. One, about unemployment in the United States, was right on target, however. Earlier this year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the nation’s ...

Falconer: Similar scene haunts Dunkirk

Falconer is in a state of shock. It is not much different than what happened on a winter evening in Dunkirk in February 2010. On that late afternoon in our city, a fire tore through the Masonic Temple on Central Avenue closing traffic on the strip of road for months in the heart of downtown. ...

Taxes: Welcome all payments

In a perfect world every homeowner would be able to walk into their local tax collection office and write a check every year to pay their taxes. As we all know far too well, ours is not a perfect world. Every year, there are people for whom writing a check for a large lump sum is daunting. ...

Tale of turkeys keeps growing

Already embraced by the neighborhood, the Central Avenue turkeys in Dunkirk have gained a following in the region. As we noted in an article on the front page last month, the birds have become quite popular with motorists stopping to take photos when they are spotted. “Everybody knows the ...

TUITION: Private schools are reaching

It is comical to see for-profit colleges and universities lamenting the effect of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Excelsior Scholarship Program. According to a news release from the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, adoption and implementation of “free tuition” at public ...

Helping fill a large gap

Making a push for more aid for the city of Dunkirk and its school district is an effort a number of residents — and employees — can appreciate. Last week, state Sen. Catharine Young announced that a budget resolution is designed to offset a chunk of the losses both entities and the county ...

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

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST FREDONIA HOOPS — It was a great year on the hardwood. On Friday, the Fredonia Lady Hillbillies basketball season came to an end, making it to the final four in the state championship! It was an amazing run! Because the team won ...

FDA: Leader can change culture

One of the villains in last year’s scandal over EpiPens sold by Mylan Pharmaceuticals was the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as we pointed out. That agency is about to get a new director. Public outrage focused on Mylan for its pricing of the EpiPen, a device used to inject a drug that ...

Prosecutor was making strides

Anyone concerned with corruption in New York state government can’t be happy that Preet Bharara has been fired by President Donald Trump. For all of the talk about ethics reform emanating from the state capitol over the past several years, it was Bharara — not any law or regulation ...

Meeting halfway on gun law

New York state has always been two states — New York City and the rest of the state. It’s good to see the state Legislature accepting that reality. Last year, the state Legislature approved, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed, a minimum wage increase that is higher in New York City and other ...

Three not always a crowd

Sharing a school superintendent is not a foreign idea to other districts outside of northern Chautauqua County. Close to home, Bert Lictus oversees both the Clymer and Panama school districts. The sharing is one of the reasons the two are considering a merger. Closer to downstate, however, ...

COUNTY: Just who will be in race?

We are less than eight months away from the next election for Chautauqua County executive. Just who will be running? Current Executive Vince Horrigan announced last month that he would not seek a second term and thus far there are a couple of names that have been floated to the OBSERVER that ...

Wheels spin on bike shop

There’s a void in the Dunkirk area that will become even more evident once the warmer temperatures really kick in around April. Our region, with the March 1 closure of Spoke Folk, is without a bicycle shop. It comes, for certain, at a bad time especially when you consider the strides being ...

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

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST SUCCESS ON ICE — Congratulations to the Dunkirk-Fredonia Steelers. Last weekend, the team won its second consecutive state championship! In order to win, the team had to beat the Iroquois Chiefs, which beat them 6-1 when the ...

Military: Begin attack on the waste

President Donald Trump wants to boost defense spending by $54 billion a year. He is right to point out the armed forces need better equipment. But before shoveling that much money into the military-industrial-political complex, Trump and Congress ought to mount a surprise attack on defense ...

NRG PILOT: More time needed after public hearing

On Friday, Feb. 24, a public hearing was held at the SUNY Fredonia Incubator regarding NRG’s Payment in Lieu of Tax agreement until the plant is upgraded. During the hearing, a representative read from a document, but did not say how much the interim payments would be. A note at the bottom of ...