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The OBSERVER’s View

Agreements with dissent

Right before the Christmas holiday, it was the tale of two contracts with public employee unions. One, in Dunkirk, that came before council for a third time. In Mayville, however, it was a one-shot deal. Both were approved, but in the eyes of many taxpayers, they are flawed deals. For the ...

Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST PRO BASKETBALL — There wasn’t a lot of fanfare for the Chautauqua Hurricane last year. The Premier Basketball League team started out playing at SUNY Fredonia for its home games, and after a few games with lagging ...

Don’t delay appointments

Democrats in the U.S. Senate have vowed to use every roadblock they can find to delay confirmation of President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees. They have speculated they could drag the process out for as much as two months after Trump is inaugurated on Jan. 20. That would delay the ...

Firefighters: Volunteers make a difference

There has been a lot of talk over the last few years about trying to recruit more volunteer firefighters. That’s because volunteer fire departments have seen their numbers drop. People are working longer hours and some have second jobs. Many healthy retirees move out of the area, either for ...

EDUCATION: More concerns of opting out

One of the top stories in education in 2016, according to the publication On Board, was the opt-out rate for New York state's English Language Arts and math tests. Across the state, the number was about 21 percent. That was considered far too high. But consider the rates for some schools on ...

Edward Cudahy Steele

Steele built a powerhouse

Almost too quietly, in the midst of the holiday season, our area lost someone whose legacy here will live forever. On Dec. 22, 2016, Edward Cudahy Steele died at 94 in his home in Hobe Sound, Fla. To the current generation of residents, many know the Steele name as the athletic arena on the ...

NEW YEAR: Some reasons to believe

Today brings a new year, and with it, some new opportunities. Though we often look at how our region is set up with its overabundance of government, schools and agencies, we do believe this is a great place to be — and greatness in change may not be too far off. Consider: ¯ Athenex in ...

Fragmentation with a price

Editor’s note: This editorial appeared in the OBSERVER on Jan. 14, 1977. It highlights something this newspaper continues to push: more consolidation of local government. Friends of Dunkirk Mayor Gilbert Snyder and Sheridan Supervisor Wayne Luce have expressed some umbrage because we ...

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

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST FIELDBROOK ANNOUNCEMENT — A $4 million expansion at Fieldbrook Foods in Dunkirk is certainly good news to end the year. With the expansion will come an additional 61 new jobs. Earlier this year, Fieldbrook announced it was ...

There’s room for tightening

Americans can have effective armed forces without having to choose between guns and butter. Anyone with even a passing knowledge of rampant, massive waste at the Pentagon can see that. President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to improve the military’s effectiveness. Increasing the number of ...

Revoting policy is illogical

Recently, there have been two villages that went to the polls to determine their fate. In the village of Forestville, residents voted in favor of dissolving the village. The village had voted in favor of dissolution in November, 2015. But that wasn’t good enough for the Forestville ...

40 years later, little change

Editor’s note: This editorial appeared in the OBSERVER on Jan. 11, 1977. It highlights something this newspaper continues to push: more consolidation of local government. The public discussion between Dunkirk Mayor Gilbert Snyder and Sheridan Supervisor Wayne Luce about Sheridan’s ...

Making more than smiles

Even with the big day over and gifts exchanged, the stress remains during the holidays. Today, there is the rush to get to stores for after-Christmas shopping and families remain together — sometimes in tight quarters. So do not forget to laugh. One of our subscribers, Clem Worosz of ...

Change needed at the top

No matter at what record the Buffalo Bills finish Sunday, every season has been a disappointment since 1999. Each year, fans call for changes. Sure the faces change. New players come, old coaches go. But one name remains the same — since the late 1990s — in Russ Brandon, Bills’ managing ...

State Gov. Andrew Cuomo made a major announcement in Dunkirk on Feb. 11.

Some excitement, more ‘complaining’

It was a year filled with excitement over the Athenex announcement and the historic run of the Dunkirk football team. There also was disappointment and controversy on the local scene that stems from the mothballing of NRG Energy Inc.’s Dunkirk plant and a proposed structure in ...

Area’s giving spirit shines through again

Of all the holidays people celebrate — secular and religious — just one is marked, if only for a short time, by something of a miraculous transformation. Caught up in what seems to be an ever-accelerating culture in many ways, we slow down for a few hours. We enjoy family and friends — ...

CHRISTMAS: An evening to rejoice!

It is Christmas Eve, and the hustle and bustle of preparing for the big day is nearly ended. Gifts have been purchased and wrapped. The Christmas tree is decorated, with special attention to treasured ornaments that have special meaning. Some of the food for tomorrow has been prepared and, ...

US must keep an upper hand

President Barack Obama did something good and wise this month. He refused to veto a bill from Congress renewing authority for U.S. officials to use economic sanctions against Iran. Obama did major damage in agreeing — without lawmakers’ approval — to a deal under which Iran is supposed ...

helping hand Collections sought for fire victims

Many of us are running around, getting that last minute gift, stocking our refrigerator for Christmas, and doing our best to find time to see all our friends and relatives. At the end of the day, we will have a home to go to. But for a Stockton family, it won’t be the merriest of ...

No going back on some items

There is a big flaw with public-sector contracts. Once something gets put in, especially something beneficial to the union, good luck on getting it out of future pacts no matter how much it hurts taxpayers. Dunkirk, for instance, once included a no-layoff clause in its city deals. Another ...