The OBSERVER’s View

Syria: A dangerous proposition

President Barack Obama finally has decided to submit the decision on war with Syria to Congress. In doing so the president has placed a heavy burden on lawmakers, but one the Constitution insists they must bear.Obama already has ordered the military to draw up plans for an attack, in ...

Give it a brake in zones

Simply put, motorists need to use extra caution this week.With Labor Day celebrations complete, many parents and children begin to focus on the opening of school. Many districts will open their doors on Wednesday and others will start on Thursday.While students have their minds on seeing ...

Labor Day: Hard work built our nation

Today, Labor Day, by tradition has become an occasion for Americans to recognize the importance of hard work and, yes, to pat ourselves on the back.That is appropriate because we, not the government, drive the economy. We built it, we made it the envy of the world and we made it an engine of ...

Property buy haunts city

Last week's meeting in Dunkirk is one more reason government should stay out of the property business.Known as the former Bertges property on Lake Shore Drive West in the city, the Dunkirk Local Development Corp. Real Property LLC, a subsidiary of the Dunkirk Local Development Corp. - which ...

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

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTBACK ON CAMPUS - Once again, Fredonia State University students have returned to the local area. While some students make headlines doing unfortunate things such as drinking alcohol excessively, or taking illegal substances, there are many ...

CRIME: Make youth penalties harsh

Vicious teenagers have been in the news from both Duncan, Okla., and Spokane, Wash.In Oklahoma, three boys, ages 15, 16 and 17, allegedly shot an Australian college student to death "for fun."In Spokane, two 16-year-old boys are charged with beating an 88-year-old World War II veteran to death ...

Development: $10M project fits a need

It is about time.A $10 million project to boost tourism in Sunset Bay is exactly what this region needs. "There's going to be a hotel and water park there that's 20,000 square feet. There's going to be a mall-type area eventually on the development ... and there's going to be a fast-food ...

Relocate city statue

A statue in need of a face-lift probably deserves a relocation as well.Earlier this month, repairs and a possible enclosure for the Ong-Gwe-Ohn-Weh statue were discussed at a Citizens Advisory Committee meeting. The carving, created by Peter Wolf Toth, is similar to those located throughout the ...

Changes bring higher costs

Health insurance will be cheaper, we were assured. If you like the policy you have, you'll be able to keep it, President Barack Obama insisted.Those were some of the promises made about "Obamacare," the new national health care law.But they weren't true.Earlier this month, the highly respected, ...

Repowering: Another case for city plant

NRG Energy Inc.'s latest filing with the state Public Service Commission is ironic.On the day of the public hearing - held at Fredonia State University - regarding the Dunkirk facility's future, temperatures soared into the 90s. During the evening, in the air-conditioned Williams Center, ...

Big tax hikes, few services

Once you get past the fact the sidewalks may not be plowed or the leaves will not be picked up, you may wonder exactly why there is a village government for Forestville.Earlier this month, a non-resident, a former mayor and a former village clerk who resigned due to improper billing procedures ...

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

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTPAY IT FORWARD - The Dunkirk Varsity football team has a new assistant this year chalk full of experience. Gowanda native Bob Palcic, a 1966 graduate of the former Cardinal Mindszenty High School, recently retired after more than 20 years ...

Packing them in the park

For 45 years, Fredonia's Barker Common has been buzzing at this time of year.Not only is it the sound of students returning for the fall semester at Fredonia State, it's also a festival celebrating area growers, crafts as well as performances. It's another edition of the Fredonia Farm Festival, ...

Great Lakes: Stable levels debunk issue

Climate alarmists have a new toy with which to play - but it may not be as pleasing as they hope.The University of Michigan and an independent research group have developed an interactive map designed, according to the Associated Press, "to help local officials in the Great Lakes region deal ...

Event: Shop Local is win for all

It is something you hear regularly from the many boosters of this region: There is nothing more important than investing your dollars into the local businesses and economy.For the fourth year, the OBSERVER is showcasing its "I Shop Local" program, which includes nearly 30 area businesses. Our ...

Sinclairville: Going to well for big digs

For all those who want to subsidize their local governments because of the "local control," it never fails how they will look to Washington or Albany to help pick up the big price tag items.In Sinclairville, the village learned last week it can receive a $5 million state grant for its water ...

County Home: Still no union proposal

CSEA workers, the union that endorsed Democrat Ron Johnson for county executive last week, have yet to prove they are serious about concessions to keep the Chautauqua County Home under government control.With the exception of about three months in the last 18, the Chautauqua County Legislature ...

Give employer some relief

It is not easy doing business in New York state. Constant tax increases, a harsh business climate and increasing fees keep many entities away from upstate if they have not fled already.So it is not a surprise that ConAgra, which owns Carriage House, is seeking a reduction in its assessment from ...

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

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTWRESTLING OVERSEAS - This past week, Fredonia resident Alex Conti has been in Warsaw, Poland for an international training camp tournament in preparation for the World Championships, which will be held in Budapest, Hungary. It's quite an ...

No slowing capital spending

Taxes have gone up, not just for "the wealthy" but for every American who works. The national debt is approaching $17 trillion. Deficit spending still is reported in hundreds of billions of dollars a year.But some are saying that federal spending cuts can be put on the back burner now, because ...