The OBSERVER’s View

Pact pressures many campuses

Last week’s news of a new contract between New York state and the United University Professions is just what struggling public higher education campuses did not need to hear. Gov. Andrew Cuomo gladly made the announcement — that still needs ratification by the union — and had no input ...

Memorial Day: Sacrifices made for freedom

In large cemeteries in our cities and small ones on our hills and in our valleys, they lie. Some rest in churchyards, others in family plots. Some never made it home at all, remaining where they fell in far-off lands. We mourn them all today, Memorial Day. We celebrate their lives, give ...

COLLABORATION: New mindset is emerging

About seven years ago, a group of individuals — mainly from the private sector — came together as a way to spur dialogue or, as one current member noted, be a “pebble in the shoe” to get local government entities to work together. Last Tuesday at the State University of New York at ...

Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: Best READY FOR MEMORIAL DAY — Drive around a lot of cemeteries today and you’ll see a lot of extra flags. That’s because there are people in the community who care about our veterans who have passed on. A lot of civic groups, ...

North Korea: Performance proves nothing

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un probably has never heard the term “dog and pony show.” Nevertheless, he is engaging in one. A group of journalists from several countries, including the United States, has been invited to watch North Korean workers dismantle a nuclear weapons testing ...

Reeling in state record

South Dayton has made quite a splash across New York state in recent weeks. As OBSERVER outdoor columnist Gene Pauszek first reported, two record fish were caught in the township — on the same day — by local anglers. First was 12-year-old Dylan Naples who caught a black crappie that ...

Hockey: Going into the tank

Tonight, the Washington Capitals battle the Tampa Bay Lightning to determine what team will face National Hockey League powerhouse and one-year wonder the Vegas Golden Knights. That’s right, Western New York, a first-year team will have been to one less Stanley Cup than the 48-year-old ...

Donating funds makes sense

State Sen. Catharine Young and six fellow members of the Senate Republican Women’s Caucus raise an interesting point: what should happen to the campaign bank accounts of disgraced politicians? It is one thing for politicians to return donations from people like Harvey Weinstein, as Gov. ...

Mental Health: Teaming up in a major message

U.S. Representatives Brian Higgins and Tom Reed may not always see eye-to-eye on a number of the federal and local issues affecting their constituents. However, it was refreshing to see the two lawmakers — in a bipartisan effort — on bringing awareness to mental health. “We are coming ...

Reflections on rejections

It is back to the drawing board for three school districts. Gowanda, Westfield and Ripley will have to determine — fairly soon — whether they will be putting another budget up for vote after their plans were defeated by district residents. Those rejections were not all for the same ...

HIGHS AND LOWS: Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST COLLEGE GRADUATION — This is graduation weekend for both Jamestown Community College and SUNY Fredonia. We wish these students the best as they enter the next phase of their lives. Hopefully some of those ready to enter the ...

Space: British learn hard lesson

As former President Barack Obama reduced emphasis on space exploration during his administration, we were among those warning of the danger of doing away with a self-contained program. Too much reliance on Russia and other nations to handle space-related tasks could be dangerous, we ...

Arkwright: Keeping peace at meetings

What happened Monday night in the town of Arkwright board meeting was unfortunate. Two residents — with differing opinions — almost became involved in a potential altercation after a stern statement in favor of the windmills that are currently being constructed in the town. “I like ...

Honors: Community work, service lauded

Two area residents received deserving honors for their work in promoting democracy this week. At the annual meeting of the League of Women Voters of Chautauqua County, Judi Lutz Woods and Stephen Keefe were recognized for their efforts and community mindedness. Keefe was honored with the ...

Campaign takes center stage

There is some merit to pieces of legislation approved recently in both the state Senate and the state Assembly. Unfortunately, because the state budget is finished and campaign mode has begun, one-house bills are all the public is likely to see this year. The Assembly approved legislation ...

Dunkirk: Keep proposal moving forward

It is reassuring to see Dunkirk City Schools is moving ahead with a potential reconfiguration of its elementary buildings. At a recent meeting, the district discussed getting comment from the community as well as those in the buildings of School 3, 4, 5 and 7. Last December, the plan ...

Trash talk is piling up

There is way too much effort being put forth regarding Cassadaga’s compost site. At recent Village Board meetings, members have approved the $6,000 purchase of a wood chipper and the possibility of erecting a fence. But that does not mean the site’s biggest problem will go away. Some are ...

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

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST OLD HIGH SCHOOL POSSIBILITY — The old Silver Creek High School is an eyesore in the village. There’s been talk for years about what to do with it. County Executive George Borrello took a tour recently with village officials ...

Communism: One deadly form of government

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had a valid point in a speech delivered in Berlin earlier this month, on the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth. Marx, Juncker said, “isn’t responsible for all the atrocity his alleged heirs have to answer for.” Perhaps not. Marx, ...

Not Fred Fest: Good time, some trouble

Despite the arrest reports, Not Fred Fest was really upstaged this past weekend by an unfortunate fire in the heart of the village. And while we note the charges announced on Wednesday are not to be taken lightly, we emphasize that Fredonia — with all its charm — is still a college ...