The OBSERVER’s View

EVANS: Board must consider plan

When 700 residents sign a petition, that is nothing to ignore. But that is what the Evans Town Board did last month when it was presented on the evening of Aug. 15. Stan Radwan, one of the members of the Evans Taxpayers United Group, criticized the three-member board for their lack of action ...

FREDONIA Rental plan is low priority

Busy work. That is exactly what the Fredonia Village Board and its mayor have created by putting forth a proposal to change the rental housing codes. Are things really that bad in the village when it comes to students, other tenants and landlords in the village? A recent scan of police ...

Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST TEAM USA — Congratulations goes out to Cheryl Burns, a Cassadaga Valley agriculture and CTE (career and technical education) teacher for being able to compete in Australia as a sprint distance runner for Team USA. She was one ...

schools Big spending, lots of trouble

Politicians in the big-government crowd would have us believe that spending tons of money on public schools is the way to ensure children get good educations. Really? Ask parents in Detroit about that. At $14,259, Detroit public schools’ per-pupil spending is the eighth-highest of the 100 ...

Setting stage for November

Polls are open from noon to 9 p.m. today for primary elections regarding state positions, including governor, lieutenant governor as well as attorney general. In addition to some local races, the other primary pits incumbent Sheriff Joseph Gerace against challenger Jim Quattrone for the ...

Many players are responsible

There were a lot of glum faces on Sunday in our area — and with good reason. Our beloved Buffalo Bills have reverted back to old habits of losing and looking downright dazed. Baltimore thumped the Bills, which led to a familiar refrain — even from our sports department’s Braden Carmen ...

Attacks were call to action

Today marks the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York City. As is the case with events both good and bad, the passage of time fogs our memories and dulls our collective emotions as more children who were born who have no recollection of the attacks nor of the ...

DUNKIRK: Under water with Boardwalk

It was a disagreement last month that made headlines in the OBSERVER. Councilman Shaun Heenan was questioning Hector Rosas, city festivals and special events coordinator, over the Dunkirk Boardwalk Market. While the argument has some entertainment value, there is a bigger worry moving forward ...

WIND TURBINES Health group late to debate

It seems as though some Health Department officials throughout in our region are a little slow in reacting to wind turbine concerns. Last week the Western New York Public Health Alliance went public with a letter it sent to the Public Service Commission. In the letter, it states concerns ...

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

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST BUSY WEEKEND — After Labor Day things are supposed to slow down, correct? Not this weekend! Fredonia will continue the annual Red White and Blues, Dunkirk is hosting its Picnic at the Point and has its Tour of Homes, while ...

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 ...