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The OBSERVER’s View

ENDORSEMENT Seeing strides under Rosas

Two years ago, current Third Ward Councilman Shaun Heenan ran a quiet campaign against incumbent Adelino Gonzalez. There were very few lawn signs. He did not attend the League of Women Voters debate. He also did very little in the terms of campaign literature, especially through this ...

NEW YORK STATE Unwelcoming scare for rare user

Just when New York state thought it could not get any worse for its 1-year-old Western New York Welcome Center, located out of the way off Interstate 190 in Grand Island, it did. The sky — or ceiling — began falling. A tourist from Plattsburgh who spent last weekend in Niagara Falls ...

DUNKIRK: Speaking out toward the end

There is nothing worse than silence when you perceive that something is going wrong, especially if you are an elected leader. Earlier this month Andrew Woloszyn, Dunkirk councilman at-large, voiced his concerns over the lack of transparency on Dunkirk Local Development Corp. for city-sponsored ...

BROOKS HOSPITAL Cash crisis may affect a future

Those area residents concerned about Brooks Memorial Hospital renovating at its current location and not relocating to its possible future home in Fredonia need a dose of reality. Brooks, at the current moment, controls very little of its future due to its poor fiscal standing. Within the ...

HEALTH CARE Do your part with flu shot

What is the most serious respiratory illness threat facing Americans today? If you answered e-cigarettes, we commend you for keeping up with current events. But that is the wrong answer. The correct one is influenza. On average, about 8% of Americans contract the flu each year, according to ...

DUNKIRK A long-awaited return nears

It has been a long road home for Sgt. Gerald B. Raeymacker. In 1948, the young man enlisted in the U.S. Army and was later stationed in North Korea where he died in the Chosin Reservoir area during the Korean War. His death and unknown whereabouts filled his family members with grief. This ...

SUNDAY SHOUTOUT: Shining a light on achievements

One of the highlights each year for the business community countywide took place last week at the State University of New York at Fredonia Williams Center. The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce honored major community contributors at its annual banquet. Chase Anson and Hugh Graves of ...

DUNKIRK Clinic history is a quandary

Andrew O’Brien’s recent timeline regarding a methadone clinic for Dunkirk — as reported in this newspaper on Oct. 6 — has been an eye-opener for many. O’Brien, highly respected former director of behavioral health at UPMC Chautauqua — formerly WCA Hospital, advocated and worked for ...

OPIOIDS DEA’s reaction far from quick

“We found that DEA was slow to respond to the significant increase in the use and diversion of opioids since 2000.” Last week, the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Justice released a summary of its look at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s pathetic response to the ...

HOSPITAL How to voice your concern

An unusual item made its way to the Dunkirk mayoral debate. It is something the candidates have no control over, but it is a major issue in the city nonetheless. What’s happening at Brooks Memorial Hospital? One of the questions toward the end of the mayoral portion of the debate from the ...

ELECTIONS: Consequences of poor choices

Democracy is a great concept until you see some of the results. Consider the last election of U.S. Rep. Chris Collins. Despite the fact there were legitimate legal concerns surrounding his recent past and insider trading, voters knowingly went to the polls and elected a crook. There’s no ...

Coat drive Think of others as temps drop

It does not take long for the crisp autumn weather to just one day arrive. Consider last week alone. On Oct. 1, temperatures were close to 90 degrees around Chautauqua County. Four days later — on Saturday — there was concern about the first frost. There is no denying the cooler weather ...

FEEDING FREDONIA: Need is growing in the village

Yellow signs are visible in just about every business in the village as today kicks off something that has become an annual happening: the Feeding Fredonia Challenge. Organized by the Fredonia Presbyterian Church, this is the sixth year of the event. In the village, the need is great. ...

SUNDAY SHOUTOUT: Praising Fredonia’s national honor

One local district has gone to the head of the class. Late last month, the U.S. Department of Education announced 362 honorees for the National Blue Ribbon School award. Fredonia Central Schools made the list. “We’re obviously very proud to be recognized among the best in the nation,” ...

STATE UNIVERSITY: An important process begins

First and foremost, there is tremendous gratitude and appreciation at the university and in this community for the return of interim President Dennis Hefner. Since taking the reins in the summer, Hefner has been on a mission to reduce the State University of New York at Fredonia deficit and ...

ENERGY: Use reliable, clean sources

Fans of “alternative energy” — more on the quote marks in a moment — have begun worrying aloud about President Donald Trump’s aversion to wind power. They fear it will affect federal energy policy. It must not, of course, though it did during former President Barack Obama’s ...

Shooting: Quick action by school district

Pine Valley Central School did everything right in an unfortunate situation on Tuesday morning. It acted quickly by closing school for the day. It also communicated throughout the day with parents and staff, especially through social media. Most troubling, of course, was the shooting of a ...

ROUTE 60 Be prepared for the delays

A multi-vehicle accident made for a Monday afternoon headache for travelers headed south on Route 60. After the mishap, traffic stood still at more than one location near the Vineyard Drive intersection for 15 minutes as emergency crews did their job assisting those involved with medical ...

Sex harassment Deadline nears on state law

Another deadline set by the state is looming for business in the coming days. Per New York state law, all current employees of businesses must be provided with both a written policy regarding sexual harassment in the workplace, and with interactive training. That deadline is Oct. 9. Most ...

FREDONIA: Don’t jump gun on police hire

Fredonia Police Chief Brad Meyers is seeking more help for his department in the form of another full-time officer. Meyers’ point to the village board is simple. When he started with the department, there were 16 full-time positions, today there are 14. Board members held off on making a ...