The OBSERVER’s View

n.y. state Change climate remains cool

Despite his connection to the corruption in the Buffalo Billion and his continued efforts to be unfriendly to business with the minimum wage hikes, this corner has been fairly complimentary of state Gov. Andrew Cuomo. But his recent comments about residents leaving because of the weather seems ...

Old building not just fine

Have you noticed all the black and white televisions people are watching around our region nowadays? How about the rotary phones that remain popular in northern Chautauqua County? We definitely do not see these devices because in our personal lives we want the best — HD televisions and ...

Making difference here at home

With the beginning of the fall season comes an annual reminder of giving: it’s time for the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County fund-raising campaign. Already in progress, Tops of Silver Creek recently made headlines for being a pacesetter. That is a business and its employees that ...

Fredonia: Site cleanup is welcome

A longtime eyesore of the village of Fredonia has gone through a major improvement. For years, the Department of Public Works location off Eagle Street had the resemblance of a dump, instead of a working headquarters. But in recent weeks, plenty of cleanup has taken place. The largest ...

DUNKIRK City cannot afford hirings

Here we go again. Dunkirk Common Council member Don Williams is complaining the city is understaffed when it comes to the Department of Public Works — and he wants to add more employees before the winter. So, the simple question is this: just where will the money come from to fund these ...

HIGHS AND LOWS: Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST HEINZ HONORS — Congratulations to Sherri Mason, Ph.D. She was the recipient of the 23rd Heinz Award in the Public Policy category for her groundbreaking research identifying the presence of microbeads and microfibers in fresh ...

Can sides find common ground?

Another day, another bill in Congress aimed at curbing the drug abuse epidemic sweeping the nation. This one was approved Monday by a vote of 99-1 in the Senate. A similar bill was approved several weeks ago by the House of Representatives. Now, the two chambers must reconcile their versions ...

Driving home needed message

Too bad an important presentation this week was just heard by high school students. It was something all drivers, including many adults, needed to hear. On Tuesday and Wednesday, “Hang Up and Drive” was presented to all county school districts highlighting the dangers of cell phone use ...

Lending hand after Florence

Two people from Chautauqua County are making a commitment of time and energy to assist those impacted by Hurricane Florence. Both Ron Chwojdak of Silver Creek and Nicole Roma of Jamestown are heading to the Carolinas to assist in relief efforts. You can help as well — even if you cannot be ...

Helping those at colleges

Applause to the State University of New York at Fredonia and Jamestown Community College for making sure their students have access to food in advance of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s December deadline. Earlier this year the governor announced his “No Student Goes Hungry Program” that mandated ...

EVANS: Board must consider plan

When 700 residents sign a petition, that is nothing to ignore. But that is what the Evans Town Board did last month when it was presented on the evening of Aug. 15. Stan Radwan, one of the members of the Evans Taxpayers United Group, criticized the three-member board for their lack of action ...

FREDONIA Rental plan is low priority

Busy work. That is exactly what the Fredonia Village Board and its mayor have created by putting forth a proposal to change the rental housing codes. Are things really that bad in the village when it comes to students, other tenants and landlords in the village? A recent scan of police ...

Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST TEAM USA — Congratulations goes out to Cheryl Burns, a Cassadaga Valley agriculture and CTE (career and technical education) teacher for being able to compete in Australia as a sprint distance runner for Team USA. She was one ...

schools Big spending, lots of trouble

Politicians in the big-government crowd would have us believe that spending tons of money on public schools is the way to ensure children get good educations. Really? Ask parents in Detroit about that. At $14,259, Detroit public schools’ per-pupil spending is the eighth-highest of the 100 ...

Setting stage for November

Polls are open from noon to 9 p.m. today for primary elections regarding state positions, including governor, lieutenant governor as well as attorney general. In addition to some local races, the other primary pits incumbent Sheriff Joseph Gerace against challenger Jim Quattrone for the ...

Many players are responsible

There were a lot of glum faces on Sunday in our area — and with good reason. Our beloved Buffalo Bills have reverted back to old habits of losing and looking downright dazed. Baltimore thumped the Bills, which led to a familiar refrain — even from our sports department’s Braden Carmen ...

Attacks were call to action

Today marks the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York City. As is the case with events both good and bad, the passage of time fogs our memories and dulls our collective emotions as more children who were born who have no recollection of the attacks nor of the ...

DUNKIRK: Under water with Boardwalk

It was a disagreement last month that made headlines in the OBSERVER. Councilman Shaun Heenan was questioning Hector Rosas, city festivals and special events coordinator, over the Dunkirk Boardwalk Market. While the argument has some entertainment value, there is a bigger worry moving forward ...

WIND TURBINES Health group late to debate

It seems as though some Health Department officials throughout in our region are a little slow in reacting to wind turbine concerns. Last week the Western New York Public Health Alliance went public with a letter it sent to the Public Service Commission. In the letter, it states concerns ...

highs and lows Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST BUSY WEEKEND — After Labor Day things are supposed to slow down, correct? Not this weekend! Fredonia will continue the annual Red White and Blues, Dunkirk is hosting its Picnic at the Point and has its Tour of Homes, while ...