The OBSERVER’s View

Lawmaker lags on a decision

It was in February 2011 when word - and a photo - of scandal broke. U.S. Rep. Christopher Lee sent a woman a photo of himself shirtless. Within hours, the Congressional member resigned."It has been a tremendous honor to serve the people of Western New York. I regret the harm that my actions ...

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

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTRETIRING JUSTICE - Otis Barber has stepped off the bench after serving for 34 years as a town judge in Stockton. We applaud him for his long-time service to the town. Stockton used to have two justices, but went down to one a few years ...

IN?MEMORY: ‘A gift’ for many at holidays

A man who spent years volunteering to distribute hundreds of thousands of toys for the needy at Christmas died over the recent holiday season.Jack A. Miller spearheaded the Troopers Toys for Tots campaign for nearly 50 years. His effort began while he served as a New York state Trooper at the ...

EPA: Agency fraud runs rampant

One wonders how President Barack Obama and Environmental Protection Agency officials expect the public to trust the agency when it cannot even police its own high-ranking executives.We refer, of course, to former EPA Deputy Assistant Administrator John C. Beale, who was sentenced to 32 months ...

2014: Some reasons for optimism

Last year began with troubling economic news. Ralcorp Holdings announced the closure of the Silver Creek Petri plant and the downsizing of its Carriage House facility in Dunkirk.In all, nearly 250 jobs were affected.Today begins a new year, and with it, a much brighter start.With the December ...

Navigating the area roads

Last week, a state Department of Transportation worker spoke about how tough it can be fighting whiteouts and heavy snow to keep the major routes clear.During major snowstorms, like the one from Dec. 11 that dumped a foot of snow in three hours, plowing seems as though it is a losing battle. ...

CONGRESS: Appearances matter in race

A special visitor made her way to Dunkirk on Dec. 15.Candidate for Congress Martha Robertson started her journey from Tompkins County just before 6 a.m. that day. During the drive, she encountered some rough weather conditions, but she continued.By 11 a.m., Robertson had arrived in Dunkirk and ...

‘Amazing things’ were happening

There was a time when Dunkirk, N.Y., was known worldwide for its giving spirit.After World War II, the city's population was nearly 20,000. In 1946, our city rounded up donations of food, tools, toys and household items for the French seaport bearing its name. The city later helped Poland.And, ...

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

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTHELPING ALICE - On Friday, the Fredonia Lady Hillbillies' alumni game had special meaning. Part of the proceeds from the event are going toward "Alice's Army: Winning the battle against leukemia." Alice Moore, a 2012 graduate and former ...

Giving credit for last push

Over the past weeks, we have praised many for their work in repowering the NRG Dunkirk plant.There is one person, who has been below the radar, who also deserves thanks: Todd Tranum, Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce executive director. Tranum had put together a bus ride from Dunkirk to ...

IRS’ vendors get a break

If you owe the Internal Revenue Service money, chances are you will be harassed until you pay up or at least make arrangements to do so. Unless you happen to be doing business with the IRS.IRS Inspector General J. Russell George revealed Tuesday that nearly 1,200 vendors who have contracts with ...

Helping others this holiday

For thousands of area residents, Christmas morning brings with it a special joy that comes from compassionate, generous hearts.We refer, of course, to those who have done what they could to ensure that our needy neighbors enjoy some of the material joys of Christmas.Hundreds of area residents ...

Veterans Scholarship Fund created through JCC?Foundation

JAMESTOWN - A Veterans Scholarship Fund has been established through the Jamestown Community College Foundation to ease the financial burden of attaining a college degree for veterans, those currently serving on active duty or on reserve status, their spouses, and their children or ...

Ninety minutes of noise on Dunkirk railroad

Ring-a-ling. Hear them ring. For 90 minutes straight.Many annoyed residents in the city of Dunkirk Monday night were forced to endure the piercing sound of a train whistle coming from around the Fourth Ward area.One resident from the First Ward, who declined to be named, said the train had ...

14-year-old male points loaded shotgun at adult

ASHVILLE - A 14-year-old male was arrested after an incident with a shotgun at 1067 Blockville-Watts Flats Road in Ashville on Monday.According to the New York State Police at Jamestown, around 11:30 a.m., the 14-year-old and a 15-year-old were walking through the woods behind the residence. An ...

Share in spirit of season

And soon comes Christmas. Some people are still trying to get ready. Others have been at it quite a while, which is the best way. A few have waited until the last possible moment - they will be frantically casting about today, which is the worst way.Early or late, none of this is in keeping ...

FREDONIA: Lack of deal about control

It is official: the Fredonia Village Board also plays the role of Scrooge during the holidays.No matter what the cause - a regional water district, a local waterfront redevelopment plan, a contract with the town of Pomfret, the village is not cooperative. It happened again last Friday ...

SCHOOLS Sports teams on losing end

Numbers are always of significance for area schools.Whether it be test scores, enrollment figures or the rising annual budgets, the numbers do not lie. But a recent revelation at a Cassadaga Valley school board meeting is cause for concern.In a district of nearly 1,000 students with a strong ...