The OBSERVER’s View

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

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTHELPING BREAST CANCER FIGHT - Bokwey Burnley of Dunkirk recently spoke at a fashion show in Ellicottville called "Pretty in Pink" in which the proceeds went to help fight breast cancer. Burnley not only did a good job speaking, she helped ...

ENDORSEMENT: Propositions get backing

Proposition One regarding the casino has garnered most of the spotlight, but there are others awaiting voters on Tuesday.Proposition 2 creates an additional civil service credit for veterans with disabilities certified post appointment. The amendment benefits those who through no fault of their ...

Our choices for legislators

There are four contested races for legislator in our region of Chautauqua County. This year's winners will find fewer seats in the chamber as the downsizing referendum that was passed in 2011 reduces the Legislature number from 25 to 19 in January.Incumbents running unopposed for seats are: ...

Endorsement: No sure odds with casino

There are six propositions on the ballot for Tuesday's election, but only one generating statewide debate.That, of course, is the proposition to expand casino gaming to possibly seven new sites in New York state.Gov. Andrew Cuomo supports expanding the gambling industry as a way to create jobs ...

Justice race is close call

In the race for state Supreme Court justice for the eighth district, Chautauqua County residents have a choice between two worthy candidates: Mark Montour and Paul Wojtaszek.Wojtaszek, of Tonawanda, comes with some high credentials. He served as assistant district attorney in Niagara County and ...

Endorsement: Uncertainty with clerk

Whoever wins the race for Chautauqua County Clerk has some big shoes to fill.After 20 years at the helm, Sandy Sopak is retiring from the position. Besides winning numerous awards through the years, which include the Wheeler B. Melius Award for excellence in records management in 2008, clerk of ...

Our choice for executive

Chautauqua County residents will vote for a new county executive on Nov. 5. The two running - Democrat Ron Johnson and Republican Vince Horrigan - are newcomers in this level of governing.Johnson, who for years has served as Pomfret town justice, is the owner and operator of Johnson Adult Homes ...

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

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTGOING FOR A RIDE - Our hearts are heavy, but we have a smile on our face when it comes to Ernie Krzyzanowski. Mr. Krzyzanowski, who was a Hospice patient, wanted to cruise around the area in a convertible automobile. Thanks to the Basil ...

HIGH TAXES: Legislator is right on money

Why can't we have more legislators who actually get it like Robert Stewart of Cherry Creek?Stewart, in a quote on WDOE, hit the nail on the head Wednesday night when discussing the 2014 county budget in Mayville. "It's time to put our personal feelings aside and look at this budget and look at ...

FOOTBALL: Rains bring call for venue change

Friday night may be a home-field disadvantage for spectators and players of both the Fredonia and Tonawanda football teams.Despite weather reports of rain for today and Friday, the plan to go forward with the Fredonia and Tonawanda game in the Orange Bowl, according to the district's Web site, ...

Westfield: Moving forward with past leaders

It is a piece of the past and the present.In the village of Westfield, current Mayor Michael VandeVelde called together five previous mayors to discuss the happenings and their experiences. It was a bipartisan event and is something a number of other municipal governments need to consider."All ...

‘Realistic’ plan a team effort

During a time when a number of area municipalities pass legislation to exceed the 2 percent tax cap, it appears the city of Dunkirk is on the right track when taking a glance at Mayor Anthony J. Dolce's proposed budget.Dolce's plan, which holds the tax rate and cuts spending, is a team effort. ...

Banquet: No divide in celebration

One of the special things about the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce banquet each year is it erases the notorious and historic north-south divide in this county.At the banquet, everyone who attends is united in celebrating the work done by businesses, volunteers and even government. Last ...

Kiyak’s loss of direction

In the summer of 2011, Dunkirk newcomer and candidate for Common Council Stephanie Kiyak was a breath of fresh air. She talked about having a transparent government while serving as a watchdog for residents. For the most part as councilwoman at-large, she has lived up to those expectations.When ...

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

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTDOING THEIR JOB - We applaud Chautauqua County Sheriff Deputy Stephen Romanik and Ray Austin, who works for Alstar Emergency Medical Services. The two were credited with saving the life of Valerie A. Roach of Silver Creek after her vehicle ...

Lake Shore: Ounce of hope in bleak time

Is there anything that can be done to save the Lake Shore Health Care Center in Irving?While local elected officials are saying all the right things about attempting to assist, the facility was on track to lose $7 million this year. That, in itself, is no easy fix.In the late 1990s, WCA ...

Repowering: NRG’s proposal more vital

On a day after our region received terrible news regarding the Lake Shore Health Care Center's closing, our eyes shift to Albany regarding the Public Service Commission hearing this morning.At stake could be the future of the Dunkirk NRG facility, which is hoping to convert the coal-burning ...

Education: Going public with process

Do our local teachers make the grade?According to the latest issue of On Board, the New York state School Boards Association publication, the state Education Department plans to make public how a group of teachers fared through the Annual Professional Performance Review. Officials say the ...

Benefits must get through

How's this for not keeping your priorities straight: If the so-called government shutdown continues, disability benefits for about 3.8 million military veterans will not be mailed out, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki said last week.One wonders whether those affected include any of the ...

Decision is no cause for alarm

A recent decision by the Brocton Village Board is one more example of government looking as though it is working for its constituents.In a far from major decision, the board approved a shorter fire whistle during the evening - as not to wake up the overpopulated community. "I've heard feelings ...