The OBSERVER’s View

Decision is no cause for alarm

A recent decision by the Brocton Village Board is one more example of government looking as though it is working for its constituents.In a far from major decision, the board approved a shorter fire whistle during the evening - as not to wake up the overpopulated community. "I've heard feelings ...

Comment guidelines for upcoming vote

With Election Day a little more than three weeks away, it is time for our annual reminder to readers regarding the candidates on our Opinions page. We will publish letters endorsing candidates and discussing issues. Our deadline for election letters is Oct. 31 and the final day letters ...

Visibility key to market

About three weeks ago, this corner chimed in about the city of Dunkirk's efforts regarding the Farmers' Market.It was a disgrace. The market was placed in Memorial Park on Thursdays and Sundays, hidden from motorists and those who were on the main strip of Central Avenue downtown.Last week, a ...

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

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTFIREFIGHTER HONORS - Sheridan volunteer firefighter Ron Keddie, who died in June 2012 after having a heart attack while responding to a call, was honored along with a number of firefighters who died in the line of duty. Along with Keddie, ...

Shutdown: Lack of web site a tantrum

Just because the federal government is in shutdown mode, it does not mean it has to even take down the Web sites.A trip to www.census.gov by this newspaper this week led to this notice: "Due to the lapse in government funding, census.gov sites, services, and all online survey collection ...

Dunkirk: Special game and donation

Fans across the nation watched on television as their favorite National Football League teams donned pink towels, sneakers and caps to raise awareness for breast cancer during the last week. Even the famous yellow penalty flags thrown by the NFL officials were pink.On Monday, the Dunkirk soccer ...

County: Home, vote are in spotlight

Tonight will be a clear sign of whether we as a county are ready and willing to forsake the familiar and begin making tough decisions to make our county a better place.Residents in Brocton and Westfield will vote to merge the Brocton and Westfield districts. The last school merger between ...

COUNTY: Budget plan far from perfect

The 2014 Chautauqua County budget has plenty of reminders that there is still much work to be done next year.County Executive Greg Edwards presented the Chautauqua County Legislature a $230.8 million 2014 budget proposal that came with a proposed tax levy increase of 3.4 percent from ...

MERGER: Districts have ‘similarities’

Team spirit is evident between Brocton and Westfield. The two communities, with villages separated by only seven miles, are already partners in school athletics. On Wednesday, the communities will decide if they become a true team.Voting on the proposed Brocton and Westfield school merger at ...

Budget plan far from perfect

The 2014 Chautauqua County budget has plenty of reminders that there is still much work to be done next year.County Executive Greg Edwards presented the Chautauqua County Legislature a $230.8 million 2014 budget proposal that came with a proposed tax levy increase of 3.4 percent from ...

CABLE?ACCESS ‘Something’ is not happening

When you pay for a service, you expect a product.But for whatever reason, city officials are being very patient with the lack of a product from Michael Carbone and Andre Cobham. The two have been hired to oversee Access 12, something previously done by a group of volunteers."We need to make ...

NEW YORK?STATE: Questionable choice for new commission

Another commission has been formed by state Gov. Andrew Cuomo. This one is targetting tax relief for residents.One of the co-chairs of the commission? Former state Gov. George Pataki.Yes, the former governor who was in office as the upstate decline accelerated. The same former governor who was ...

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

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTBENEFIT SUPPORT - We want to applaud all those who not only attended the Damon Janes benefit last Sunday, but also all the companies and individuals who donated to the benefit. It was well attended and showed how much this region cares ...

Shutdown: The two sides on health care

Some in Congress might have been more interested in delaying Obamacare if they and their staffs had to cope with anything like it. But they do not.At the heart of the disagreement that shut down many federal government agencies today was a bitter battle over Obamacare. At first, conservative ...

Ripley: No winner in legal battle

How can taxpayers cost other taxpayers more money? Quite simply, by filing a lawsuit - and that is exactly what the Ripley school district faced after a tuitioning vote was approved last February.A legal challenge to the decision, announced last May, is expected to cost the district $58,000. ...

Campaign: United Way touches many

For the fund-raising campaign of the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County, it is all about the numbers.That most impressive number - 32,451 - speaks to the number of people in the region the organization serves annually. In the big picture, that number is tremendous.Some of those 32,451 are ...

County: No one to blame in Mayville?

Comments from County Legislature Chairman Jay Gould made this corner cringe last week.Jumping on the outgoing County Executive Greg Edwards' bandwagon, Gould was ready with an excuse in regard to the upcoming spending proposal."We control very little of our actual budget," he told WDOE Radio. ...

Ceremony is special tribute

On Saturday morning, a portion of the Westfield community took part in a special ceremony to remember Sgt. Kevin M. White, who lost his life in May 2011 after serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan.The ceremony took place at the NorthLake Family Recreation Center, where a scoreboard stands ...

Group’s pitch offers ‘trust’

Not often do residents approach local boards with a solution to a problem. But that is exactly what John Gullo did last week in Fredonia.Gullo, speaking on behalf of the Fredonia Sports Complex Initiative that is made up of a number of district residents, wants the Board of Education to accept ...

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

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTWILLIAMS STREET CROSSING - It may take a while, but we support the idea of having the State Department of Transportation do a study on traffic patterns on Williams Street and Route 60. There is a lot of traffic on those roads and there's ...