The OBSERVER’s View

State in driver’s seat over intersection

Enough is enough.No one will argue how dangerous it can be while driving at Williams Street and Route 60. According to our Web site alone, there have been at least eight accidents in the last four years on top of numerous complaints over safety.Dunkirk Town Board, in this case, is taking the ...

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

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BEST TOASTING AREA WINES - This weekend, America's Grape Country will be featuring wines from the area as well as some from outside our region. In the last 10 years, the wine industry has become a major player in our economy - and still ...

State courts: Another pop at soda limits

After New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg last month lost another court challenge to his attempt to limit the size of soft drinks that can be sold in some locations, he vowed to appeal to a higher court.And why not? Two state courts already have ruled Bloomberg's plan is unconstitutional - ...

Senator Schumer delivers for area

More than one year ago, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer came to Dunkirk with a stern message to NRG Energy Inc.: make good on your payment in lieu of taxes.In terms of timing, it was a far from perfect scenario. NRG had announced in previous months it was mothballing a portion of its city facility ...

Tax ‘reform’: Cuts cannot add funding

Why is it that almost always, when the word "reform" is used in Washington, it means bigger, more expensive government? And why is it that when some talk about creating jobs, they really intend to place new obstacles in the way of the private sector?It is happening again. President Barack Obama ...

Village has power to help

Information, they say, is a two-way street.So while we offer plaudits to Fredonia village attorney Sam Drayo for attending last week's meeting on the proposed funding for a $38 million north county water district, we do not agree with his message."This may be a great thing and it may have some ...

Congress: Reps must know the issues

To be fair, U.S. Rep. Tom Reed was not quick to catch on to the seriousness of the need to repower the NRG Energy Inc. plant in Dunkirk.Reed, in a visit to the OBSERVER in June 2012, admitted he was in favor of the hydropower options and did not understand the urgency facing the city facility. ...

Forestville For free? $222,475 later

Something just does not seem right.After years of collecting big bucks from Forestville, former village attorney Michael Bolender has become a generous, kind-hearted sort. He now wants to continue to help the village with its water project. And, he will do it for free.Free?No cost?From an ...

KOREAN WAR: Remembering the sacrifices

Events more than half a century ago on the Korean Peninsula are merely the stuff of history books for most Americans. But for a few, including many residents of our area, they were a matter of life and death.Sixty years ago this month, the Korean War ended in what many historians refer to as a ...

Fredonia State: Event a tribute to ‘excellence’

Over the years, many employees at Fredonia State University have received honors for helping the institution gain its national and local acclaim.This year marked the 14th annual President's Awards for Excellence and Service Luncheon in which hundreds attended. Each year, these employees are ...

Plenty of praise for event

It was far from fair. Some may even call it excellent.But the results speak for themselves - fair attendance increased, many of those who attended offered compliments and many who participated were just as grateful. Overall, it was an outstanding edition of the Chautauqua County Fair.The event, ...

Keep water plans ‘going’

Fredonia may not be the only stick in the mud.In the past month, the city of Dunkirk has thrown the caution flag in regard to the regional water district proposal as members of the Common Council have tabled resolutions in the last two meetings. Just like the village, when looking at the big ...

Fredonia: Quick trigger on purchases

At the same meeting the village of Fredonia did not want to discuss potential lower water rates for its users, trustees did not have any reservations about pulling $17,000 out of the coffers for a vehicle purchase.The pickup truck was approved for the Department of Public Works after village ...

High rates? No problem

How would residents in the village of Fredonia benefit from a regional water district? Users would pay lower rates for water due to fewer expenses by the village in running a water plant.What changes would the entity of the village of Fredonia have from reduced rates to its users? Well, it ...

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

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTFAIR CHANGES -Every year the Chautauqua County Fair Board of Directors makes changes to the upcoming fair week. This year was no different. We've had new shows, new grandstand events and a new company providing rides. If you haven't been ...

Focus needed on spending

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is spending much of his time these days jetting around the country to spread his woe-is-us message to the Pentagon's civilian workers.Last week, in a speech to Defense Department employees in Charleston, S.C., Hagel predicted hundreds of thousands will remain on ...

Two men unfit to lead a city

Ethics, responsibility and a moral compass. It is what constituents normally demand from those who represent them in government, but the New York City races seem to have taken a step backward.Running for mayor, former Congressman Anthony Weiner is in the news again for some of his tasteless ...

Monitoring must continue

A U.S. Department of Energy study concluding possibly hazardous chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," at gas and oil wells does not pollute groundwater is good news.Actually, it is only common sense: Fracking occurs thousands of feet below aquifers. For chemicals to migrate ...

county fair Event highlights best of area

Monday morning began a journey.It is a journey of achievement. A journey of accomplishment. And a journey of some of the best of Chautauqua County.The annual Chautauqua County Fair continues through Sunday and offers plenty of entertainment as well as exhibits. It also offers a variety of ...

Repowering: Governor’s ask proves a need

Need more evidence for a repowering of the NRG Energy Inc. facility in Dunkirk? It came from state Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week.On Thursday - during the prolonged heat wave - Cuomo sent out a news release asking residents across the state to conserve energy due to the extreme amounts of ...