The OBSERVER’s View

Democrats lose key candidate

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, established his credentials as a liberal Democrat on most issues long ago. So, his failure to gain traction in an abortive bid for the presidency ought to be viewed by Democrats all over the nation as an alarm bell. Brown’s appeal in the Buckeye State has ...

Mayor leading by acting

Gowanda Mayor Dave Smith certainly is one elected official who leads by example. At a recent Village Board meeting, the mayor said he would be on the front lines to assist a segment of his community in dealing with refuse. “Any senior citizen or otherwise disabled person that cannot get big ...

Seeking ideas for city site

Even opponents of the Brooks Memorial Hospital move from Dunkirk to Fredonia can have a say in an important property in the city. Last week, Brooks officials and the reuse committee sent out a call to all residents for some suggestions on what to do with the current site. “The (committee) ...

Girls team brings home title

Bells and sirens were in order on Sunday night and Monday morning. Both were the sound of victory. When the Dunkirk girls bowling team returned from home from Syracuse, they brought something special: a state championship. In celebrating, that meant a couple of things: Dunkirk’s bell was ...

AIRPORT: Why upgrade in Jamestown?

The federal government is unwilling to put any more money into the Chautauqua County Airport in Jamestown. Why is New York state? Federal officials recently declined to approve resumption of the county’s Essential Air Service subsidy because of concerns the airport isn’t viable ...

FREDONIA: Disagreements can be private

Fredonia Trustee Doug Essek has a right to his opinion. As does village Mayor Athanasia Landis. But calling out a fellow elected official in an election year looks downright petty. Last Monday, Landis took Essek to task for being at a protest last month in Dunkirk regarding the future of ...

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

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST COOKIE TIME — This spring, there have been a lot of young ladies wearing their Girl Scout uniforms, going around our community asking for your support by purchasing cookies. They will also likely be selling cookies at local ...

Sex Assault Exposing dark military secret

Arizonan Martha McSally spent 26 years in the military, becoming the first female Air Force pilot to fly in combat. She went on to a successful career in politics, leading her to the U.S. Senate. Clearly, she is a strong woman. Yet she was shaken deeply on Wednesday, as she participated in a ...

Helping document creek’s history

As many around Fredonia and Chautauqua County realize, Canadaway is more than just a creek. It is a true natural treasure that many benefit from in terms of nature and fishing. That being said, there has been little documented about the important tributary and its past. Alberto Rey, State ...

No smooth ride for snowmobilers

Snowmobiles are a huge cog in the winter economy of Chautauqua County. They also are a source of frustration for some residents in Cassadaga. Last month, a number of complaints were heard in the village about the snow motorists going through yards and on streets. “As a resident of High ...

Region deserves June election

There will be a time to better reflect on the enormous impact state Sen. Catharine Young has had on the 57th Senate District. Today, however, we turn our attention to the future. Young’s last day in the Senate will be Sunday. Once she leaves, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties, ...

NRG PLANT: Study is only part of answer

There’s good news and bad news in regard to the recent Appalachian Regional Commission grant that is aimed at future uses of the NRG Energy Inc. power plant. First, the $60,000 to look at options is a great start. City and county leaders are to be commended for their work in getting the ...

BROOKS HOSPITAL Don’t hold back on details

Richard Ketcham, former Brooks Memorial Hospital chief executive officer, echoed the thoughts of many in the north county last week when he chastised the administration and board of directors of the health-care facility for being so quiet in recent years. When Ketcham left, the institution ...

Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST RUNNING AT STATES — Good luck to Emily Brown, Diego Rey of Fredonia; Jericha Petrella of Dunkirk; and Collin Barmore of Cassadaga Valley. The four students are competing at the New York State Public High School Athletic ...

Report has huge ramifications

After nearly two years of work, special counsel Robert Mueller is nearly ready to release his report on whether some Americans cooperated with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election. It already is known that Moscow devoted resources to both a social media-based propaganda ...

ATHENEX: More progress on major effort

New York state and Athenex continue to deliver on promises made in 2016 to the northern Chautauqua County region. Within the month, the last piece of steel was put in place at the monstrous facility off Route 5 to the east of the city border. Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency ...

Message boosts stronger state

What can we expect from Executive George Borrello’s State of the County message this year during the Legislature meeting? Last April, many were wowed by his message after he personally visited more than 100 businesses in his first three months. In that address, Borrello — a ...

Weekend, Our top-notch first responders

What a weekend for first-responders in our region. Beginning with the Sunset Bay fire around 4:30 a.m. and ending with a wild and windy day through Monday, all are deserving of two thumbs up. Important in the Sunset Bay inferno was the saving of nearby homes, which earned the praise of the ...

EDUCATION: Finance course has life benefits

Real-life lessons are the rallying cries from many in our region when it comes to preparing our students. At Fredonia Central Schools, those messages are being heard — and the teenagers are benefiting. As documented by OBSERVER assistant editor M.J. Stafford, a class that will benefit these ...

POINT GRATIOT Names are nice touch at park

Who would have thought the naming of a building at Point Gratiot could be so controversial, especially when you consider the main structure would be named Brooks Locomotive Works pavilion? By a 3-2 vote, the resolution passed last week. But in voicing opposition, both Common Council members ...