The OBSERVER’s View

Danger lurks in decision

Members of Congress of both parties are right to balk at President Barack Obama's request for money to arm rebels fighting the Syrian regime. Clearly, some of the lawmakers have better memories and more strategic attitudes concerning the Middle East.After many months of doing nothing to aid the ...

Water district: Village must quit stalling

Though our county has plenty of it with a Great Lake on our western border, water remains a contentious issue in this region.And despite some skepticism from this corner last spring, the Chadwick Bay Regional Development Corp. has been a bright spot over the past 15 months, making a difference ...

Considering a tough call

It can be an uncomfortable topic to consider for traditionalists, but it deserves some discussion: should the village of Forestville be dissolved?Forestville, with a population of around 700, has been poorly run in recent years. Besides having numerous issues with its erratic and elderly water ...

Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTROYAL RESPONSE - Last week we ran an article about a Westfield man who sent Queen Elizabeth II of England a get-well letter and later received a response from Lady-in-Waiting Susan Hussey which said the Queen wanted her to write and thank ...

EDUCATION: Plan ahead for loan issue

The average U.S. college student walks off campus with about $26,500 in student loan debt, much of it in government-subsidized low-interest loans. Typically, students have 10 years to pay off the debt.Members of Congress now are under fire because interest rates on new Stafford loans are ...

Letting our freedom ring

We Americans are not unlike people in many countries in annually celebrating the birth of our nation. Where we differ with most is in commemorating not just our independence but also the foundation on which we stand - personal liberty.Our Declaration of Independence made it clear we intended ...

Dunkirk: Ninth event takes a walk

Make no mistake about it - our region's residents love their dogs. On Sunday at Point Gratiot in Dunkirk, hundreds of volunteers and participants took part in the ninth annual Pat McGee Memorial Dog Walk to benefit the Lakeshore Humane Society.For years, the society has been caring for animals ...

Stress factor has flaws

In theory, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli's fiscal stress rankings are a great idea.DiNapoli's office reviewed 2012 financial information for the state's 1,607 municipalities and then ranked them in four categories - no designation, which means the municipality is facing no fiscal stress; ...

Honor Roll: Helping out with care

Six thousand three hundred hours. That was the amount of time volunteered by more than 70 people for the Lake Erie Regional Health System of New York.A luncheon was recently held in their honor at the Colony Restaurant with those who assisted receiving honors and gifts. "We thank you for ...

Savings seen in Hanover

Hanover's officials need to cool down.The town, which has a population of more than 7,100 residents, is facing a hike in the cost of police protection from the county Sheriff's Department. Currently, the town has an agreement to pay $325,860 to the county. That rate, however, is scheduled to ...

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

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTSHARING STAFF - We applaud the move by the Silver Creek School Board of Education, approving a proposal to have Silver Creek and Forestville share the same transportation supervisor. The Forestville School Board must give its approval ...

government: Spending is labor of love

At a time when many Americans are having to tighten our belts and do more with less, President Barack Obama thinks government should be an exception.An example of his thinking is in his request that the National Labor Relations Board receive $235 million during the upcoming fiscal year. That is ...

IRS: Official admits a strategy

An Internal Revenue Service official in Washington now is admitting she knew of the agency's discrimination against conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. That makes it clear the White House claim the harassment occurred only in the IRS's Cincinnati office simply is not true.Some ...

County: Delay further salary talks

Chautauqua County legislators are not expected to take up the Salary Review Commission's proposal during its meeting tonight, according to WDOE. That's a good thing.But it needs to go one step further - do not look at the fairy tale plan, which includes raises of nearly 30 percent, again. Do ...

Free fishing is welcome

For those who have considered fishing but have not yet purchased a license, this weekend offers an opportunity.In a news release sent to the OBSERVER Assemblyman Andy Goodell is reminding residents this weekend is free fishing weekend in New York state. During the weekend, anglers of all ages ...

Plan does not lower taxes

Start Up NY, formerly Tax Free NY, is not altogether a bad idea. Our criticism with the approach is that it kicks the can down the road regarding the current problem of the already high tax burden being faced by our region's property owners and businesses.Approved last week by state leaders, ...

Poor identity for progress

It might be time for the city of Dunkirk to outsource its Community Development Block Grant program to Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. or Chautauqua Home Rehabilitation and Improvement Corp.Earlier this month, during a Common Council Economic Development Committee meeting, it was made quite clear ...

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

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTCLASS OF 2013 - We wish you all the best as you enter into a new phase of life. Some of you may be leaving the area in pursuit of higher learning. We hope that when you finish your college education you would consider returning to your ...

IRS: Official gives lame rationale

If taxpayers needed proof many in the U.S. government bureaucracy do not see themselves as public servants, Faris Fink provided it.Fink is the Internal Revenue Service official the agency chose to testify before Congress concerning IRS waste of taxpayers' money. Presumably, the idea was for ...

Dunkirk: Saluting work of volunteer

While volunteering his time painting fire hydrants, Willow Road resident William Jakubowski made a plea to an OBSERVER employee: "Say something positive about our town."That town, which approved paid lunches and wage hikes for employees over the past six months, may rue those decisions sometime ...