The OBSERVER’s View

AFTERMATH: The heroes next door

Sometimes we forget how many good people there are in the world. Then we read about someone like Charles Ramsey.Ramsey, 43, is the man who played the key role in freeing three women from about a decade of captivity at a house in Cleveland. His comments during interviews have made it clear he ...

FRED FEST: High drama in the village

A picture can say thousands of words. Unfortunately, the photo on the front page of our newspaper on Tuesday was reduced to these four words: students out of control.Apparently, no one above the porch knows anything about consequences. There's no telling what kind of notoriety that incident ...

NRG: Send message of support

State Sen. Catharine Young wants you to help one more time.NRG Energy Inc. is considering converting its coal-burning plant into natural gas to not only power our region but other parts of the Northeast. To do so, the Public Service Commission must approve the plan for a $500 million investment ...

Tuition plan brings results

Ripley school district taxpayers are already reaping the rewards of a plan to tuition students in grades seven to 12 to Chautauqua Lake.Last month, the Board of Education announced a decrease in the tax levy for residents in the $8.4 million budget proposal that will be voted on in two weeks. ...

Silver Creek: New village attitude evident

In this corner on Sunday, we criticized the high cost to taxpayers for the small village of Silver Creek. Today, we offer praise to the leaders.At least this village is trying to fix some of its problems.Last week, the village held a meeting to hear from the Chautauqua County Sheriff's ...

No laughing matter in area

A resident's comments regarding an early proposal on having the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department take over police protection from the village department made us chuckle."I am sick of 'saving money;' first we were going to 'save money' by getting water from Buffalo, then we were going to ...

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

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTNO NEW SCHOOL BUILDING - The Westfield and Brocton boards of education have agreed that should the two schools merge, a new building will not be constructed. In the original feasibility study, one proposal included building a new building ...

MILITARY: Plan for tanks is a waste

No nation on earth has an armored vehicle capable of standing up to the U.S. Abrams tank. On conventional battlefields, it is virtually unbeatable. Yet the Army doesn't want any more of the deadly behemoths. It has plenty and, besides, the generals understand they need to put more emphasis on ...

Health care: Bad medicine for some?

Those representatives in Washington, D.C., who were quick to applaud the passage of the Affordable Health Care Act are now trying to make sure they are not a part of it. So says U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, who during a conference call with area media this week made note of the "D.C. hypocrisy.""Members ...

resolution: First Amendment also at risk

Second Amendment advocates should not be the only ones concerned about New York's SAFE Act, a law passed in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.The state's gun control law is dancing all over the First Amendment as well.Gun owners were understandably upset when Gov. Andrew ...

Small district not ‘top notch’

Some small school officials continue to not be honest with themselves or those they serve.Consider the Sherman Central Schools, a 460-student district with an $8.8 million budget that includes a 4 percent tax increase. After passing the budget, Superintendent Kaine Kelly talked about increased ...

Silver Creek: Opportune time for proposal

A meeting in Silver Creek on Tuesday could set in motion a major change for the village.At 7 p.m. in Hanover Town Hall, residents are invited to hear a presentation by the Sheriff's Department on an alternative proposal for police coverage that could potentially replace the existing Silver ...

Change of attorney is no drop in bucket

Forestville has taken one step that will help in reducing costs when it comes to its budget.Last week, the village hired Michael Sullivan as its attorney at a cost of $75 per hour. Though we are not certain how many hours he will work - it was not stipulated at the meeting - we do know some of ...

‘Mechanism’ is an option

Financially troubled cities and schools are breathing a sigh of relief after hearing state Gov. Andrew Cuomo say last week he is ready to join in the discussion to assist "distressed communities."But the governor cannot let these entities off the hook. Elected officials, through poor decisions ...

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

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTVOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS - A major fire took place in Fredonia this week. Hills Trucking on Webster Road, near Route 60, caught fire. Thick black smoke could be seen miles away. Although Fredonia does have a few paid firefighters, the bulk ...

Boston: On the trail of terror

The most vicious of terrorist leaders are those who eschew violent acts themselves - there could be danger involved - but brainwash others into carrying out attacks. They should be pursued as vigorously and punished as severely as the pawns they train.It now appears Tamerlan Tsarnaev, killed ...

Carroll: Homicide case is ‘disturbing’

There is one telling comment from last week's senseless and horrific double homicide that will haunt this region and the south county area for awhile.During a press conference in which area officials quickly charged four - three 21 and under, county Sheriff Joseph Gerace made this statement: "I ...

Band: Group works in harmony

One of the community treasures worth trumpeting in our area takes center stage tonight in King Concert Hall at Fredonia State University.At 7 p.m., the New Horizons Band will be performing its spring concert. The band is made up of more than 60 members at least 50 years old who reside in ...

A chance to help out

You can make a difference this weekend.Throughout our Chautauqua County - and the rest of the state - there is a Volunteer NY open house event on Saturday or Sunday at area fire stations. The goal of the campaign is to add to the number of volunteers.Being a volunteer firefighter is one of the ...

‘Tough week’: Horror, sadness fill nation

For many of us heading back to work today, it is the start of a new week. Thank goodness.We can all agree it was a trying week - locally and nationally. It began one week ago with the Boston Marathon. Around 3 p.m. last Monday, a city and nation watched in horror on televisions, computers and ...