The OBSERVER’s View

City churches take the lead

Church leaders in the city of Dunkirk are not putting their heads in the sand when it comes to community turbulence. On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a block party event that will include games and food at Washington Park. “We want to do something in response to the violence,” said Jim ...

Turbines: Erie County gets a jump

Maybe Chautauqua County legislators can take a lesson from their neighbors to the north. On Monday, both John Mills and Lynne Dixon introduced legislation opposing wind turbines on Lake Erie. “I don’t think this is a good project for the community. Research has indicated windmills disturb ...

Lily Dale: Big names open season

How can you tell summer is just around the corner? Lily Dale Assembly will be starting another season this weekend. As noted on Page 1 Monday, the Tibetan Monks will be opening the season for the world famous institution. The monks will be at the Assembly beginning with the 9:30 a.m. opening ...

GREAT LAKES Not skimping on our waters

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed has been criticized by some Democrats for his close ties to President Donald Trump. But those who care about our waters need to appreciate some of his recent efforts. Trump, while being a champion for fewer regulations, has not been a great supporter of the environment. So ...

Embracing a new facility

No matter how slow it seems New York state can move, Albany can get testy when things do not happen as quick as it wants. That is why the Fredonia Planning Board approval of the Brooks Memorial Hospital plans are a positive sign. For years, Brooks has been bleeding cash going from a reserve ...

ENERGY: Big bucks aim at coal plants

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced last week his philanthropic foundation will spend $500 million to close as many coal-fired power plants as possible. He also wants Americans to stop building new gas-fired power plants. Period. Bloomberg claims the move is needed to ...

Economy: Taking good with the bad

It is certainly good news that Chautauqua County is finally seeing some consistent job growth. State Labor Department statistics show 400 more people employed in April 2019 than were employed in April 2018. The trend actually started back in October with employment growth ranging from between ...

Accidents: Calming traffic, fewer incidents

Route 60 near Lakeview Avenue has provided some scary moments in the last week. Two accidents over the course of three days — in fairly good weather conditions — need to serve as a reminder for motorists to stay alert. Discussions after these incidents will ultimately lead to the ...

Cassadaga: ‘Several’ is likely only one

Welcome to the village of Cassadaga where a governmental conflict of interest has been allowed. Last week, Bill Astry was approved as mayor despite warnings that came from Trustee Amanda Kalfas during an April board meeting before former Mayor MaryJo Bauer resigned due to an alleged residency ...

DUNKIRK Voices emerge on the violence

Finally. An elected lawmaker in Dunkirk has chosen to end the silence on an important issue, noting that government is more than just filling potholes, running festivals and approving the always controversial loud speaker permit. In the Sunday OBSERVER letters section, Fourth Ward Councilman ...

SUNY FREDONIA A new course for the future

Restructuring in the public sector is never easy. Tough decisions are often met with opposition, especially from rank-and-file union members who rely on New York state and the taxpayers to bail out institutions when organizations begin to run deficits. At the State University of New York at ...

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

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST HITS FOR A CURE — The Cassadaga Valley community is coming together today once again for the annual “Hits for Cure” baseball game. The event is part of the Valley Little League tournament and will be between the Cassadaga ...

An attempt at balance

Thank you, Beijing, for making it clear to Americans how short-sighted we have been for many years. Chinese officials have issued a new threat as part of their reaction to President Donald Trump’s increases in tariffs on some goods imported here from China. His purpose is to force Beijing ...

D-DAY: Operation turned tide of war

Seventy-five years ago, one of the most famous missions in World War II began on this day. Some 160,000 Allied troops, which included a majority of soldiers from the United States, Great Britain and Canada, landed along a 50-mile French coastline to battle Nazi Germany on the beaches of ...

DUNKIRK: JROTC program standing proud

There they were on May 27 at the front of the line. And why not? These students make many in Dunkirk and the surrounding communities proud. We are making reference to the Dunkirk Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps, which is a staple of the city High School. Last month, the program ...

Dunkirk: City teens show leadership

Leave it to the children to not keep their mouth shut on an important topic over the last three weeks in Dunkirk. Last Friday afternoon, about 30 to 40 teenagers held a peaceful walk and rally in the aftermath of a stabbing death of a 15-year-old city girl. From all accounts, the teens were ...

ECONOMY Getting creative in our region

Many area residents have lamented the loss of our downtowns. Others are disappointed with empty storefronts and a lack of pedestrian traffic in cities and villages across rural Chautauqua County. There is, however, reason for hope. On Tuesday morning in the Williams Center on the campus of ...

POPULATION: No slowing losing trend

Recently released population figures do not paint an improving picture for our county and region. According to the Empire Center figures — over the last nine years — all of our municipalities are losing residents. Almost as concerning is the entities that are losing the most are not ...

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

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST SPECIAL MAUREEN — For more than 30 years, Maureen Bialaszewski has been organizing the Special Olympics in Northern Chautauqua County. She started as a teacher at the BOCES Hewes Center in Ashville and saw that the Special ...

No one size fits all in dependency treatment

Editor’s note: This is the second of two parts. Last week, I wrote about dealing with lifetraps as they relate to chemical dependency. A lifetrap is a pattern that starts in childhood and reverberates throughout life. It began with something that was done to us by our families or other ...