The OBSERVER’s View

More funding for dissolution

Hanover, which was to be expected, has its hands full in the wake of the dissolution of the village of Forestville. It is a good problem for all of us to have as the village was in disarray, but the town continues to learn more about the problems of the past and many of them deal with ...

NEW YORK STATE Legal loophole looks crooked

We do not doubt that it is legal for the state Senate to spend thousands of dollars on leadership stipends to legislators who don’t actually hold leadership positions. Being legal and being ethical are entirely different matters. The New York Times last week reported some lawmakers had ...

Arrests won’t end suffering

DRUG CRISIS Two major drug raids captured the attention of area residents on Wednesday and Thursday. One in Charlotte, where one man was charged with selling marijuana and cocaine. The other, in Hanover, led to the arrest of six who were in their early 20s and tied to fentanyl, cocaine and ...

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

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST BELATED HAPPY BIRTHDAY — We wanted to wish Dorothy “Dot” Patterson a late happy birthday. The Chautauqua Nursing Rehabilitation Center resident turned 107 years old! When asked what is the secret to long life, she simply ...

UNITED NATIONS: A whisper to North Korea

One could almost hear the “ho-hum” from North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un Tuesday, after the U.N. Security Council voted to condemn his most recent missile test. And by the way, the Security Council added, all countries should implement previous U.N. requests for sanctions against North ...

County can be more open

The Internet has put a wealth of information at our fingertips. Applause to Legislator George Borrello, R-Silver Creek, for trying to put a little more of that information out to the public. During a recent county Industrial Development Agency board meeting in Dunkirk, Borrello proposed ...

Water: Crisis puts focus on project

Western New York rarely has to worry about water — since there is so much surrounding our region. But drinking water is presently a problem for Brocton, the town of Portland and a portion of the town of Pomfret due to the major water leak that occurred Monday on Central Avenue in the ...

Mixed message in legislation

There is no health-based reason why New York should not raise the age at which one can buy cigarettes to age 21. There is no disproving that smoking causes a multitude of health problems and creates a drain on public health programs. Legislation proposed in the state Senate is good policy ...

TOWN HALLS Accountability in showing up

It was another full house — in Dunkirk and Busti — for Tom Reed in hosting his town hall meetings earlier this month. That is a good sign for democracy and one that shows many here are taking an active interest in what’s happening in Washington. To be certain, nothing is perfect in ...

School BUDGETS If within cap, eliminate vote

Today’s newspaper is filled with information about your school budget vote, which takes place on Tuesday at area districts. In every case locally, the proposed spending plan is within the state-imposed tax cap. As noted in this space earlier, the only district holding the line on rates is ...

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

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST FARM FEST FUTURE — A month ago, there were pleas that volunteers were desperately needed for the Fredonia Farm Festival. In fact, if no volunteers stepped up, there was no guarantee the festival would continue. But in true ...

HEALTH CARE: Time to begin the tweaking

It is a measure of the mixed feelings many in the House of Representatives had about a proposal to repeal and replace the Obamacare insurance fiasco that the bill passed Thursday only by the thin margin of 217-213. No Democrats voted for it. Twenty Republicans joined them. Waiting for the ...

Legislation: Make Kendra’s Law permanent

In 1999, Andrew Goldstein, then 29, while off his medication, pushed Fredonia native Kendra Webdale to her death in front of an oncoming train at the 23rd Street station in New York City. Her death prompted discussions about what to do with regarding individuals with untreated mental illness ...

COCKAIGNE: Some hopes for the slopes

Let’s hope it is all downhill from here, ski fans and Cherry Creek community. News that a Cockaigne Ski Area may be at hand is truly good news for our county — in terms of the economy and tourism. “It’s a prime area. It’s a great ski area,” said Chautauqua County Industrial ...

Putting limits on leadership

We wish we could say a Republican-led effort to impose term limits on leadership positions in the state Legislature would result in sweeping changes. It simply isn’t so. Look no further than legislation, which was approved last week by the state Senate that would impose eight-year term ...

Silver Creek: Forward thinking by a mayor

After years of porous village leadership, particularly at the mayoral position, a Silver Creek trustee stepped forward in 2013. A the time, village finances were a mess. Flooding had created a number of crises. And, tempers normally flared at village hall meetings. Current two-term Mayor ...

DUNKIRK: No perfection in a contract

Contracts in the public sector are far from perfect when viewed by the common taxpayer. When compared to their counterparts in the private sector, those who work for municipalities, schools, the state and county, have it pretty good. Consider this: the median income per household in ...

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

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST DRUG BUSTS — Police have been very busy lately, cracking down on drug dealers. Dunkirk saw two major drug busts in the past week alone. It’s easy to negative and focus on the never-ending cycle of illegal drugs coming into ...

North Korea: Country good at keeping distance

Asked about the possibility of U.S. officials offering to engage in negotiations with North Korea over that rogue nation’s missile buildup, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer replied that for such talks to happen, Pyongyang would have to show signs of “good faith.” Lots of luck ...

Some step up to help

Even if there were no major incidents, having thousands of college-age people in downtown Fredonia causes havoc. On Friday, reporter Amanda Dedie was on the OBSERVER’s Twitter feed showing live all the trash and debris sitting around downtown Fredonia during “non-Fred Fest.” But during ...