The OBSERVER’s View

Aiding buildings, not infrastructure

Gowanda school district voters will be deciding on a $30.5 million project Thursday. A portion of it focuses on important safety items, while other aspects address energy efficiency and a new turf field. That’s a huge price tag the district will take advantage, courtesy of New York state ...

Somber moment in the village

Shocking and sad. How else do you describe what happened on Monday afternoon on a normally quiet Liberty Street? Residents who were out in the aftermath described a simpler time — and a family atmosphere in the neighborhood when everyone seemed to look out for everyone else. Those were much ...

SILVER CREEK: Dialogue turns a bit unhealthy

A pair of enthusiastic individuals approached the Silver Creek Village Board to talk about a healthy initiative known as “Complete Streets.” One was a member from the Chautauqua Health Network while another was a village resident. Their plea was to basically make the village more ...

Dunkirk Can’t shrug spending hike

Silence is never golden when it comes to approving municipal budgets. Fortunately, in the city of Dunkirk, one councilman spoke up regarding passage of a $23 million plan. Last week, Councilman Shaun Heenan voted no to the unacceptable plan. On the other side, Council members Don Williams ...

Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST EMPTY BOWLS — Once again, the community came out in droves to support the Empty Bowls project. Last weekend, hundreds of people came to the Clarion in Dunkirk to purchase a bowl and have it filled with soup or chili made by ...

Pearl Harbor Remembering shocking attack

Seventy-seven years ago today at around 2 p.m., radio bulletins began interrupting a football game between the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers and “Sammy Kaye’s Sunday Serenade”: the United States had been attacked. “We have witnessed this morning the attack of Pearl Harbor and a ...

Sounding off in Arkwright

Expect more noise from the opposition despite a recent study that found the wind turbines in Arkwright are within compliance. While Town Board members may be confident in the findings, those opposed to the turbines are just the opposite. The study, paid for by the town, was done in the middle ...

Bush was hero and true leader

When former President George H.W. Bush passed away Friday, he left a legacy with much to recommend it. It is of a kinder, gentler nation fully capable of using an iron fist. Bush, our 41st president, was 94 when he joined his beloved wife, Barbara, who died earlier this year. Supreme Court ...

Special spirit sweeps area

Christmas events over the weekend — in Gowanda, Silver Creek and Fredonia — drew crowds and support for local merchants, which is excellent to see. “There’s so many people. I don’t even know where they all came from,” said Josh Richardson, who was in attendance during Christmas ...

WASHINGTON: Caucus, country get major win

During an August stop in Dunkirk, our U.S. Rep. Tom Reed knew the Problem Solvers Caucus was beginning to have an influence in Washington. Reed, at an OBSERVER editorial board meeting that day, almost prophetically said this group would make a major impact when it was about time to name the ...

AREA SCHOOLS Tough calls on snow days

Let the second guessing begin. We are only two days into December and after two November snowfall events, parents and residents were criticizing schools for both closing and opening. On Wednesday — during the recent winter storm, only Fredonia and Dunkirk remained open. In the city, ...

Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST SPECIAL THANKSGIVING — Partners In Kind of Chautauqua County did something special on Thanksgiving this year. They served over 50 meals to area veterans, law enforcement and emergency services personnel who had to work this ...

State must get in games

In July, New Jersey netted $325,646 in state taxes from sports betting. Such are the spoils for the Garden State, which won a U.S. Supreme Court case in May clearing the way for all 50 states to offer sports betting if they choose. Since betting began in New Jersey on June 14, more than $57 ...

FREDONIA: Tough lesson for a student

Second-grader Casey Doolittle had no idea of the hornet’s nest she would be stirring up by attending a Board of Education meeting in Fredonia. All she wanted to tell the board was she did not agree with the Hillbilly being the mascot of the district. It did not take long for the ...

Shop local: Executive leads by example

Could you find Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello during Small Business Saturday? You did if you followed #WHERESGEORGEB on his Facebook page. Continuing an effort he started once he took office Jan. 1, Borrello promoted local businesses he visited throughout the day. What a trek it ...

Moving ahead on tough topic

It’s been more than two weeks since fish and weeds blew into the shore in Burtis Bay. It’s unfortunate for the fish that were left to rot. It’s infuriating for the property owner who has to deal with the stench and mess. And, we hope the whole mess provides some illumination into what ...

SUNY FREDONIA: Tough choices being faced

What is happening at the State University of New York at Fredonia is unfortunate, but also a reality. As noted in OBSERVER staff writer Mary Heyl’s article last week regarding the potential reductions in programs and offices at the university, in a necessity. “We are not out of cash. We ...

POLICE FACILITY: More talk, no action

Fredonia’s police station is in poor shape. Fredonia’s police station is in poor shape. Fredonia’s police station is in poor shape. Do we need to keep repeating ourselves? Apparently, we do. For more than a decade, this newspaper and village leadership have pointed out the ...

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

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY — While every day in Chautauqua County is a day for small business, we are glad to see the extra effort made on the Saturday following Thanksgiving. Dunkirk has a whole day of events planned. Westfield ...

PENALTIES: Wrongly jailed at high price

Five million dollars is a lot of money. It is not nearly enough to compensate three men for being imprisoned wrongly — for 20 years. At least they ought to have some assurance that true justice will prevail in their cases. In 1995, three Cleveland,Ohio, men, Laurese Glover, Eugene Johnson ...