The OBSERVER’s View

Tough call on the border

Most illegal immigrants come to our country seeking economic opportunity. A few are fleeing violence or the threat of it. And many, the children to whom our hearts have gone out during recent weeks, have no say in the matter. But some of those coming across the southern border are bent on ...

Dunkirk: Pad brings splash for city

Dunkirk’s Wright Park seems much cooler than it used to be. Don’t get us wrong, it was always special, but a recent addition this year has been welcomed greatly. Over the weekend, the newly installed splash pad drew a crowd. And why not? Temperatures were in the 90s both Saturday and ...

Joining one great nation

Merely coming to America is not enough for some people born in foreign lands. Our nation is such a beacon of liberty and prosperity that some choose to go through the rigorous process of becoming citizens. How many do that says much about us, not just about our government but about us as ...

Vehicle mishap is mystery

This is where we are today in terms of transparency in government. Last month, during the Dayton Town Board meeting, it was noted one of the town vehicles was in an accident. Highway Town Supervisor Brian Taber did not want to comment regarding the incident. Instead, he wanted to discuss with ...

Ripley Revote: What message sent in defeat?

It is time for the Ripley Central School Board of Education to begin mending some fences. It could have been taken as a fluke that the district’s 2018-19 budget was defeated at the polls in May. Last month’s revote, however, is a repudiation of district leadership. More than twice as many ...

Still time to adjust

In February 2017, a proposal to place a clinic and rehabilitation center focusing on opiods and methadone was proposed for the 200 block of Washington Avenue in the former Flickinger Building. At that time, similar to what is happening now, elected city leaders bristled at the thought. Why ...

Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST MANZELLA RETIREMENT — For more than a half a century, a mail route in Brocton has been covered by a Manzella. Fredora Manzella held the route for about 20 years when her son Tom took it over in 1978. Friday was Tom’s last ...

Having North a lesser threat

If — and this may be the most critical “if” to occur in diplomacy for many years — North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is serious about a proposal being discussed now, it could represent a true breakthrough. While most attention during recent months has focused on North Korea’s nuclear ...

Primary: Results show little interest

What a paltry turnout. Undecided Democrats — who are supposed to be united in defeating incumbent U.S. Congressional Rep. Tom Reed — seemed uninspired in the Tuesday primary. With five candidates in the mix, only some 21,000 voters cast a ballot. That’s disappointing, to say the ...

Construction: Time to embrace Main St. work

Dunkirk has been in a downward spiral so long that it is sometimes hard to celebrate the good things that are happening near the core of the city. In recent months, Main Street has seen demolition and construction. That is a very good thing. Southern Tier Environments for Living is driving a ...

Today’s vote narrows field

Just who will be running against U.S. Rep. Tom Reed will likely be decided by the end of the day. Five candidates, including Chautauqua County’s Eddie Sundquist, are part of a Democratic primary vote. Others in the race include: Linda Andrei, MD, Max Della Pia, Tracy Mitrano and Ian Golden. ...

United Way: Strong leader built agency

For almost 20 years — with 10 as executive director, Deb Tederous was part of the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County organization that works to better and strengthen our community. Tederous took over as the organization's leader in 2008, after talks to merge the two county United Ways ...

Is there a better location?

There are no locations — in Dunkirk or elsewhere in northern Chautauqua County — that would welcome with open arms a methadone clinic. In a residential neighborhood, the outcry would be tremendous. In the heart of a business district, store owners would be protesting. Where Hispanics ...

Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST TASSEL TURNING — Hundreds of high school students are graduating this weekend. Some will go on to higher education. Some will join our military. Others will join the workforce. No matter where their next step is, we wish them ...

Take lawsuit even further

New York’s attorney general has filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his charitable foundation, accusing them of using money illegally to help his businesses and political campaign. Whether the action has any merit remains to be seen. But while we are thinking of abuses ...

Solid efforts by city woman

Brick by brick, Alona Forbes has played a large role in helping to better the community. A tireless volunteer, the Dunkirk resident was honored Monday by the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation as this year’s George B. Weaver Jr. Footprints recipient. Forbes, who has a history of ...

Vehicles: Proceeding with caution

County officials are debating an offer from a private company that could give the county a newer fleet of vehicles at less cost. Enterprise Fleet Management recently met with county legislators to discuss what it calls open-ended equity leases that are designed for the county to pay as ...

Polls are open in some sites

This is your friendly reminder for the citizens in Dunkirk, Westfield, Ripley and Gowanda — even those in Clymer — that today is a voting day. In Dunkirk, voters will be asked to choose new trustees for the library’s board of directors. This is the third public vote in regard to the ...

County: $20 million is peanuts in Long Island

Chautauqua County missing out on a $20 million grant from New York state regarding government is both disappointing and upsetting. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last week that Brookhaven in Suffolk County had the best plan in winning the first Municipal Consolidation and Efficiency ...

‘Arguing’ is taking a toll

During the workshop portion of the Fredonia Village Board’s June 11 meeting, longtime resident Frank DeJohn rose. “I’ve been to many meetings. I’ve never seen the arguments that go on,” he said. “A little bit of this menu (agenda) here, you haven’t gotten to nothing. You’re ...