The OBSERVER’s View

Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST WAR HERO’S HONOR — Acts of valor on Oct. 6, 1918 by Archie A. Peck of Sinclairville earned him the Medal of Honor. He helped rescue wounded men during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in France. His unit of 554 men had only 194 ...

justice Due process has been lost

Entertainment mogul Harvey Weinstein was chosen long ago as the poster pervert for the #MeToo movement. Yet this week, he became a reminder that justice in America is for everyone, not just people we like. Weinstein has been accused by many women of having used his power to victimize them ...

An attorney’s thoughtless remark

A projected annual cost of $1,500 was already too much to take for Ripley property owners who turned out in full force for a recent meeting on the sewer project. Those in attendance spoke of the hardship this project would be, even if it meant future development for the town. Enter attorney ...

Dark cloud sparks worry

It was an eerie sight on Monday morning. Thick, black smoke was rising over the Dunkirk waterfront. Onlookers rushed to the pier. A boat, which was planning on a daylong fishing excursion, had caught fire. Besides destroying the 41-foot vessel, there was damage to the docks. For 45 minutes, ...

Football: Area ready for big game

Three days. That is the amount of time until the rivalry game of the year happens — Dunkirk vs. Fredonia-Brocton for Class B football supremacy and big-time bragging rights. On Friday night in Fredonia, a packed house will greet the contest — the 126th in the series. Some commenters in ...

Fredonia: Another chance for historic site

Thanks to a local landscaping service, the White Inn site in Fredonia does not have the look of an eyesore. Without the mowing of the lawns, it could look a lot worse. But last week’s announcement brought hope for a village icon. The Western New York Regional Development Council listed the ...

POLICING Old facilities behind times

Dunkirk Police Department’s updated communications center was a long time coming — about 30 years. But it is a small bandage to a much bigger problem that is not going away anytime soon. Its headquarters are still antiquated. Yes, it is a community issue — and something that has needed ...

Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST ROUTE 20 NAME — It is fitting and proper to rename Route 20 in Fredonia the “Sergeant Jonathan Gollnitz Memorial Highway.” We all wish it didn’t have to be this way. A Fredonia native, Sgt. Gollnitz lost his life on Sept. ...

Quit delaying on report

As often is the case when special counsel investigations are launched in Washington, the one headed by Robert Mueller has become far more complex and wide-ranging than some observers expected. It was in May 2017 that Mueller was told by the Justice Department to form a team and investigate ...

Tightening up on spending

Last week, quietly, the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency eliminated its vice president of marketing position. It was a good move, though we wonder why it took this long. The position was duplicative. There are organizations — the county Chamber of Commerce, Chautauqua ...

Strange silence over a letter

Why the hush? In a public meeting, opinions are allowed. Except in Fredonia. On Monday, village Trustee Doug Essek attempted to read a letter by an employee who resigned. The mayor and attorney would not allow it. Instead, Mayor Athanasia Landis then provided her take on what happened. ...

Explore idea for later start

It is a concept that has been bantered for years by educators and health professionals: does the school day need to start at a later time? At a recent Fredonia school board meeting, a petition made that request. “The American Academy of Pediatrics recognizes insufficient sleep in ...

Sharing: Brocton, Portland lead the way

Give credit to Portland town Supervisor Dan Schrantz and Brocton village Mayor Richard Frost. At a time when everyone — non-profits, businesses and governments — are being asked to do more with less, these leaders have found a solution. Portland is sharing its highway Superintendent Ken ...

No slowing exodus from Central Avenue

There has been much discussion over the last two years about the Central Connection concept, bringing both Fredonia, Dunkirk and the State University of New York at Fredonia together as one. It’s a good idea, with one exception: the exodus on the avenue in the city. Last week, longtime ...

Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST PLANT IS OPEN — We are all glad to see AgriAmerica Fruit Products reopening the closed Cliffstar fruit processing facility on Water Street, Fredonia. The plant is expected to create new jobs, not just at the plant, but also for ...

Our shameful U.S. discourse

As U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley pointed out Thursday morning, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford have one thing in common: Both are victims of the viciousness that has taken over our public discourse. Grassley, R-Iowa, was opening a ...

n.y. state Change climate remains cool

Despite his connection to the corruption in the Buffalo Billion and his continued efforts to be unfriendly to business with the minimum wage hikes, this corner has been fairly complimentary of state Gov. Andrew Cuomo. But his recent comments about residents leaving because of the weather seems ...

Old building not just fine

Have you noticed all the black and white televisions people are watching around our region nowadays? How about the rotary phones that remain popular in northern Chautauqua County? We definitely do not see these devices because in our personal lives we want the best — HD televisions and ...

Making difference here at home

With the beginning of the fall season comes an annual reminder of giving: it’s time for the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County fund-raising campaign. Already in progress, Tops of Silver Creek recently made headlines for being a pacesetter. That is a business and its employees that ...

Fredonia: Site cleanup is welcome

A longtime eyesore of the village of Fredonia has gone through a major improvement. For years, the Department of Public Works location off Eagle Street had the resemblance of a dump, instead of a working headquarters. But in recent weeks, plenty of cleanup has taken place. The largest ...