The OBSERVER’s View

Little hope for countries

The paradises promoters of socialism promise often turn out to be bottomless pits of misery. Even questioning the totalitarian regimes can be dangerous. Central and South America are proving to be incubators of repression and economic want because of socialism. In Venezuela, which should be ...

City’s dilemma with position

If you’re Warren Kelly, you come into a job with little expectations. That is because your predecessor, who has apparently been terminated, did nothing but put out lawn-mowing orders. Such is the position of a code enforcement officer in Dunkirk. If you look around, there’s no big eyesore ...

Grape Crop: Good news on the vines

Grape expectations? According to Terry Bates, director of the Cornell Lake Erie Research & Extension, area growers are reporting “average” expectations. That’s a good thing. “We really worry if either the crop is way too low or way too high … A lot of our research is how to do ...

A new year begins today

It is a day filled with excitement, anxiety and a bit of disappointment. Today marks the first day of school. That means buses will be out in force. Some children will be walking. And, there will be a greater energy to our downtowns with the additional traffic. There also are hazards. Bus ...

LABOR DAY: Our changing job dilemma

Typical during the campaign season is the call by those seeking elected office for more jobs in our area. Fact is, at this moment, unemployment rates are at their lowest levels in years. Even in this region, the number of those seeking work are declining. In Chautauqua County, the ...

Take detour for welcome

On Friday, New York state celebrated the opening of the Western New York Welcome Center. But just because it has been built does not mean tourists will come. Located in the town of Grand Island and between the cities of Buffalo and Niagara Falls, the Western New York Welcome Center is ...

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

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST FILL THE BOOT — A special thank you to our local fire departments who once again spent part of their day this upcoming Labor Day weekend, collecting loose change to go to the fight against Muscular Dystrophy. For many years ...

Doing best for the U.S.

The key question being raised over President Donald Trump’s agreement with Mexican officials on a new trade pact points straight to the reason why so many Americans are unhappy with the current system of regulating trade between our country and others. Trump said this week Mexican officials ...

Athletics: Area teams back in action

A special time of year for students and athletes began earlier this week: high school athletics. Even though it may have been a bit too hot on Monday and Tuesday, soccer teams took to the fields and volleyball teams hit the courts. Swimming and tennis also will be getting under way. But on ...

Dunkirk: No affording a pet project

Dunkirk, despite having a $22 million budget serving 12,000 residents, is financially strapped. City streets are slow to be repaired. Downtown, especially in its heart, looks in shambles. And, like other state municipalities, there are plenty of infrastructure worries. That being said, one of ...

Take care in the heat

Get ready to feel some heat. Today may be the last 90-degree day of the summer. For those heading to lakes and pools, that is a good thing. For those who want to avoid the heat, it can be unbearable. It also will be interesting to see just how much the price of heat delivery to the region ...

Orange bowl: There’s danger at stadium

Talk about having a home-field disadvantage. For years, many in Fredonia have looked the other way when it comes to the beloved Orange Bowl. But do not kid yourself, it is a dangerous venue. In what has become one of the oldest and outdated stadiums in the region, the Fredonia school board ...

Central Avenue takes back seat

As August begins its wind down, the clock on the construction season is ticking. In January, the city of Dunkirk learned Central Avenue would be receiving some needed attention from Chautauqua County crews. City officials were hoping the work would have been completed before the Grand Prix ...

Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST COLLEGE IS BACK — The population of Fredonia has increased following the return of 5,000+ students. That means a slew of benefits including students spending money in the local community, opportunities for college sports and ...

Revisiting rules on immigration

The arrest of an illegal immigrant for the murder of an Iowa college student is adding fuel to the fire of calls for a revamped immigration policy. Perhaps Americans should look first at enforcement of existing rules. Cristhian Behena Rivera, 24, is charged with murdering Mollie Tibbetts near ...

Fredonia: School board’s solid choice

There was reason to be upbeat for the Fredonia Board of Education on Tuesday evening. Four applicants, all with solid backgrounds, were in the running for the recently resigned seat of Daniel Ihasz. In the end the board chose Lisa Powell Fortna, an excellent candidate. Just as reassuring was ...

Dunkirk: Some healthy park additions

Take a look at our community calendar listings, as compiled by Vicki Notaro on a daily basis. One of the most popular listings, other than those for the library, are for a growing sport. Pickle ball. Over the weekend, there was a grand opening of the courts at Wright Park. It’s one more ...

Legislation can impact business

Quietly, with little fanfare, legislation made its way through both houses of the state Legislature to include bereavement leave as part of the state’s Paid Family Leave legislation. Encouraging bereavement leave is important; few will argue that we all need time to grieve the loss of a ...

Dunkirk: Races generate some excitement

There was a buzz over the weekend — and it was not just from the speed boats that came to Dunkirk for the first Great Lakes Offshore Grand Prix. As noted throughout the recent days, there was excitement and lots of traffic along our waterfront and pier as the city had its day in the sun. ...

Change not always ‘bleak’

Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis provided readers of this page last week with a bit of a history lesson and plenty of background regarding her more than two years in office. Correctly noted, Landis came into the position facing a number of issues — many of which she did not know about until ...