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: BEST BUILDING COMMUNITY — A dilapidated home in Westfield is reaping the rewards of some dedicated volunteers. Habitat for Humanity has taken on bettering the Beckman Avenue house for a future family. If you’re looking for ...

North Korea: Tests continue to alarm

Diplomats sometimes engage in hyperbole to make their points. But what Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said this week may be the literal truth. Haley spoke during an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council. It was called after it was confirmed that North Korea has ...

RECYCLING: Taking on the plastics

Dr. Sherri Mason, the State University of New York at Fredonia professor and plastic pollution researcher who led a successful effort to ban the use of products with microbeads, is correct. Society needs to reduce its reliance on plastic bags. One of the main concerns surrounding plastic bags ...

Some insight into judge race

Voters may get a clearer picture of the race for Dunkirk city court judge tonight. In an event sponsored by the Chautauqua County League of Women Voters, the five candidates seeking the position are expected to be in attendance tonight. James Scott Dimmer, John M. Kuzdale, Joseph Price, ...

SAFETY: New road missing something

Fredonia and the state Department of Transportation did a nice job with Main Street over the summer. A bike lane was added, thanks to a push by the village, and the road is much smoother than it was three months ago. But there is something still missing: crosswalks. In the downtown area — ...

Area ready to rise again

It is a Monday that many in the work force are happy to wake up to: a well-deserved day off. Today is Labor Day, which is marked on the first Monday in September. It is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers, notes the ...

STATE UNIVERSITY: Enrollment is bright spot

One of the most welcome surprises of the late summer season has to be the new energy at the State University of New York at Fredonia. Right before opening day, the university announced its second-largest class of first-year students were arriving for the fall semester. Even Frank Pagano, ...

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

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST HURRICANE DONATIONS — We are always glad to see people in our community step up to help those in need. A team of volunteers is collecting donations of clothes, linens, nonperishable food, pet food, diapers and more for victims ...

relief: Keep politics out of aid

It has been suggested by some that politics will play a role in how quickly and decisively Congress responds to the massive flood disaster occurring now in Texas and Louisiana. Democrat lawmakers may try to punish Texans for supporting President Donald Trump in the election last year, it has ...

STATE: Fresh idea may bring boost

New York state takes a lot of heat over regulations and tax policies that hurt the business climate, but sometimes, the state takes steps in the right direction. Last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation to reduce red tape and expand opportunities for farm cideries. The bill expands ...

FARM FEST: Committee gets job done

Evonne Henneberry stepped up when no one else did. She decided, at a time this past spring when there was uncertainty about whether there would be a Fredonia Farm Festival, to chair the event. We tip our hat to her — and the rest of the volunteer committee. Great job this weekend. The ...

Retrospective — Aug. 30

Twenty years ago — 1997 With city elections less than three months away, a third candidate has entered the race for mayor in Dunkirk. Henry R. Serafin has filed a petition to run for mayor on the Taxpayer Reform Party line. Reports of Mr. Serafin’s intent to run have been circulating for ...

We can all pitch in some

Silver Creek’s Ron Chwojdak has answered the call through the American Red Cross to assist the millions who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Chwojdak was one of 14 individuals from Western, Central and the Southern Tier of New York to assist with disaster relief efforts along the Gulf ...

POVERTY: Government has some blame

There was something missing from an otherwise informative discussion on county poverty at a recent forum in Dunkirk presented by Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. last week. Nowhere in the forum did high tax rates get discussed. Chautauqua County is no stranger to this issue. For years, the county ...

ROUTE 60: Smoother ride on the way

If you want to make a small in the mindset of the Chautauqua County north-south divide, you have to consider a safer and upgraded Route 60. On Friday, most of those things happened. At a press conference in Jamestown, state Sen. Catharine Young announced $5 million in funding for Route 60 ...

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

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST HELPING IN CRASH — There was a two-vehicle accident Monday just after noon on I-90 in the town of Pomfret. We received an email from Marisa Zeppieri-Caruana, who provided some more information. “Just wanted to add to a story I ...

AFGHANISTAN: US also needs help

No doubt leaders of Afghanistan’s government were delighted to hear President Donald Trump’s speech earlier this week. Let us hope they listened to all of it. Instead of pulling U.S. troops out of Afghanistan, regardless of the situation there, Trump plans to step up military action ...

One less tax bill

In December, Sherman residents rejected dissolving the village by two votes. But Forestville and Cherry Creek have both voted in favor of dissolution. With Cherry Creek and Forestville existing as hamlets instead of incorporated villages, there are 13 villages in Chautauqua County. Every ...

EDUCATION: Still king in spending

Don’t look now, but the start of school is less than two weeks away. Unsurprisingly, New York continues to lead the way in cost per student. According to a recent Empire Center report, per-pupil spending in the state is $21,206 — 86 percent above the U.S. average. Higher teacher salaries ...

New mascot is welcome

Say hello to the newest name of an area football team, the Badgers. Of course, not everyone is thrilled with the selection of the Fredonia-Westfield-Brocton gridiron group. As announced last week at the Westfield Academy and Central Schools board meeting, this year’s edition on the ...