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

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week:


OPIOID CLINIC — Dunkirk city officials recently learned of a proposal to locate a drug and alcohol clinic in the Flickinger Building, located on Washington Avenue between Second and Third streets. First of all, Dunkirk needs a local drug clinic to fight the opioid epidemic. Secondly, the Flickinger Building needs a significant upgrade. The building has been vacant for too long. It’s just a proposal, but if it happens, it will be a win-win situation.

WRESTLING PRIDE — Congratulations to Fredonia’s Hector Colom. The high school junior wrestler came within one match of being the state champion. He gave a valiant effort and should be applauded for his season.

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS — We also want to extend our congratulations to the Collage Performing Arts Center of Fredonia. After many years of competing at the National Dance Team Championships, the NY Majestic Junior Dance Team earned the title of National Dance Team Championships! The team, made up of nine dancers throughout Chautauqua County, became a part of history by becoming the first National Dance Champions from New York state.


PASSING STOPPED SCHOOL BUSES — What is so hard about stopping when a school bus’ yellow or red lights are flashing? Yet it still happens. In Fredonia, a bus was stopped recently on Liberty Street at a daycare, but the bus driver had to stop the children from crossing the road because a van came and passed the bus. The state legislature is debating a bill to install cameras on the “stop arms” of school buses and snap a picture of the vehicle’s license plate to address this safety. There’s no reason to ever pass a stopped school bus. Whether this bill gets passed or not, something needs to change to address drivers’ habits before a child — or multiple children — gets killed.