The OBSERVER’s View

Advisory: Making progress on epidemic

Last week the U.S. surgeon general did something that has not been done in 13 years. Dr. Jerome Adams issued an advisory. The last one was about the dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy. Adams’ new advisory concerns the opioid abuse epidemic sweeping the nation. Too many Americans ...

Registry: Don’t rush after outrage

Last week’s grisly discovery of a dog hanging from a tree in Jamestown has put a new spotlight on Chautauqua County’s proposed animal abuse registry. Few can argue the purpose behind the registry, but we hope last week’s incident doesn’t mean the registry sails through the Chautauqua ...

Dunkirk: Credit cards and city fees

City residents, be warned. You are now able to pay your property taxes and water and sewer bills by credit card, but there will be a fee. We are letting you know this because the city of Dunkirk is not prominently announcing this — through its recent press releases or on their website. ...

Serving up added security

Late last month, County Executive George Borrello joined a dedicated brigade — he assisted in delivering Meals on Wheels. Borrello was escorted by Carol Hood and Ed Long while on the local journey. Along the way he was reacquainted with some great individuals, including Ray Lewandoski and ...

child victims act: Legislature needs to approve

The recent acknowledgement by the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo that 42 of its priests were removed, retired or left the ministry after allegations of sexual abuse since 1950 should be all the state Legislature needs to approve the Child Victims Act. The current statute of limitations on child ...

AIM FUNDS: Be careful when comparing

Fredonia Mayor Athanansia Landis is upset with the newly enacted state budget. In the Aid and Incentives to Municipalities funding, otherwise known as AIM, the village is scheduled to receive $89,140, the same amount as last year. AIM funds are issued to all cities, villages and towns in the ...

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

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST MR. DYNGUS DAY — Ever since Chet Tarnowski passed away, his son Bruce has picked up the mantle, dressing up, visiting area businesses and community events on Dyngus Day, which is celebrated the day after Easter. Chet can often be ...

MLK: Some progress, more needed

Some who remember the shock and horror of what happened 50 years ago Wednesday, the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., may wonder how he would view the situation today. He would be enormously pleased at one aspect of the relationship between white Americans and ...

U.S. Supreme Court: Ruling could change how unions operate

It didn’t take long for New York’s public sector unions to launch a pre-emptive strike to protect their agency fees. The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 in which a union member is asking that public employees who choose not to join unions ...

Smaller counties not growing

If we’re in a period of economic growth, what does decline look like? The last news release from the Labor Department trumpeted the state’s addition of 28,700 private sector jobs in February with the jobless rate declining to 4.6 percent, its lowest rate in more than a decade. ...

Current system doesn’t work

Chautauqua County ranks sixth in New York state in number of dairy farms and 13th in the number of milk cows, according to Cornell Cooperative Extension. Milk from local dairy farms makes its way to processing plants in Erie, Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Exporting milk from Chautauqua County ...

Dunkirk: Few problems for a plant

It was bound to happen. For the first time since chief water plant operator Robert Lawrie could remember, Dunkirk was under a boil-water order. Lawrie had been at the plant for 30 years and part of the reason for the order was a pipe — as old as the treatment plant itself built in 1926 — ...

Our day to celebrate

Because of what happened two millennia ago, those of the Christian faith have the reassurance that no matter what we may have to endure in life, a wonderful spring awaits us. Today we celebrate the fulfillment of a promise made by the Son of God, Jesus Christ. He spent His lifetime on Earth ...

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

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST NEW STORE COMING TO DUNKIRK — Label Shopper, a division of Peter Harris Clothes, will be taking over the former Peebles location in the town of Dunkirk. The company signed a lease on Monday and hopes to be open sometime in mid- ...

Health Care: New beginning for institutions

A clean slate. That is what the TLC Health Network and Brooks Memorial Hospital officially have now that the merger process has been completed. Known as Brooks-TLC Health System, the state Health Department has given its blessing on the partnership that has become the norm for smaller ...

Trains: Right track on relocation

Seems as though you can never make everyone happy. On March 16, the trains that had been a part of the Dunkirk skyline — especially in the downtown district around Third Street — were moved by CSX. That deserves applause since it had been an issue since the fall. However, the relocation ...

Basketball: Efforts made many Bull-ieve

This year’s NCAA basketball tournament and the Final Four may be all about Loyola-Chicago, but our section of the state had plenty to cheer on. Thanks to the run by both University at Buffalo men’s and women’s teams, Western New York — maybe for the first time — got a taste of March ...

Education: High costs in transportation

Westfield schools are facing some budget problems — at least that is the story early on. But one thing Westfield’s schools could be cutting are driving up costs. Westfield, like many other small schools, continue to maintain their own busing. Other schools, including larger districts such ...

GOVERNMENT: Staffing levels always an issue

At a meeting this past month, a local leader made a comment about the staffing levels in the municipality they oversee. Technically, the remark was along the lines that all departments do not have enough staff to do the job. Welcome to the 21st century. Staffing in most businesses across ...

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

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST POLICE HERO — On March 7, a 14-year-old female was stabbed in Gowanda by another 14-year-old female multiple times. Police were contacted and within 90 second Gowanda Officer Randall was at the scene and was able to save the ...