The OBSERVER’s View

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 ...

Health care: Another trap in the program

Some companies and organizations that initially accepted federal money to act as "navigators" for the new federal health care law, "Obamacare," are returning the funds, claiming they have been pressured unfairly over their programs.A Florida company made national news by returning $800,000 in ...

Schools: Chautauqua Lake is a model

We do, loyal online readers, take time on occasion to check out some of the blogs posted at our www.observertoday.com Web edition. Some are insightful. Others are offensive. And a few are just downright misinformation.In dealing with the potential merger issue between Westfield and Brocton, ...

Fredonia: Village first, residents later

Monday's Fredonia Village Board meeting is a good example of how government works today.Throughout the meeting, the village approved a number of items that will benefit its viability for the future. It approved a new pact with the police officers. It OK'd bonding for improvements to the ...

High taxes hurt properties

Assessment challenges seem to be a trend for a number of towns.Earlier this month, ConAgra won a reduction from the town of Pomfret while in the town of Westfield there are challenges being posed by Tops and Absolut Care. In the big picture, these companies know municipalities in this area are ...

SCHOOLS: Making waves with swimming

It was such as strange match-up, you may have missed some record-setting performances.Who would have thought Panama school, enrollment 550, would be taking on a combined team from Silver Creek, Fredonia and Dunkirk, combined enrollment 4,600 students, in girls swimming? It happened last ...

Sinking city losing its way

A thriving business makes money. A not-so thriving government keeps taking money. In addition, the not-so thriving municipality makes it tough on business while doing no business of its own.If you guessed this entity is the city of Dunkirk, you are correct.Last week, council members tabled a ...

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

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTSHOWING SUPPORT - It's been a heavy-hearted week with the death of high school football player Damon Janes. But the region has shown its best side. Benefits are taking place. Businesses and community groups are making donations. Vigils ...

Violence: Answers needed in shooting

Aaron Alexis, who slaughtered 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, was a mentally ill man with a grudge against the Navy. Yet he walked right into the guarded facility because he had a government security clearance.If ever there was a situation in which "profiling" could have saved ...

Dunkirk: Digging deeper for ‘more money’

Before this week's meeting, Common Council member Adelino Gonzalez made an excellent point in voting "no" in regard to the city of Dunkirk making a loan payment.On Sept. 3, Gonzalez was the lone member of council to disagree with the city putting down $50,000 on the harborfront property between ...

Festival: One more reason to celebrate

Last week, our region celebrated the grand opening of the Grape Discovery Center on the outskirts of Westfield. This week the celebration of the vine continues with the Festival of Grapes.In its 46th edition, the festival unofficially opened over the weekend with the Festival of Grapes pageant. ...

‘Hearts ache’ across region

Father Joseph Walter of Saint Dominic Roman Catholic Church in Westfield may have said it best."Small towns like this, people are shaken in general, and understandably, this is hard," in asking the community for its prayers. "Our hearts ache for the family, our hearts ache for everyone who knew ...

Schools: Sharing plan moves ahead

A model arrangement in the south county is worth watching.Last week, Panama schools Superintendent Bert Lictus was approved - in a joint meeting - to hold the same position in the Clymer district. It is another example of educational institutions sharing services and personnel to cut costs in ...

‘Enemies’ are unhappy voters

If you ask your Chautauqua County legislator to speak about their accomplishments, normally you will get a discussion about issues. What you will not get is an answer.That is because the County Legislature can barely speak to any action that has helped boost the county in terms of jobs and ...

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

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTCOMMUNITY SERVICE - Last weekend, members of the Fredonia State hockey team helped local senior citizens with different housekeeping chores. Also, the Fredonia High School Hillbillies soccer team cleaned up trash in the downtown area. It's ...

Employment: ‘Stimulus’ led to little growth

President Barack Obama likes to boast that trillions of dollars in "stimulus" spending of various types has put more Americans back to work.It has not. Unemployment rates are down slightly only because fewer people are looking for work. The civilian labor force participation rate - the ...

New center: Area grape gem uncorked

It is a belated, but well deserved, toast for success on Friday afternoon.Just a mile west of Westfield on Route 20, a grand opening celebration for the Grape Discovery Center is taking place. And though the center has been in operation since Memorial Day weekend, this event comes at the ...

Lines prove history matters

For many on Saturday morning and afternoon, historic homes were where their heart was.Dunkirk's Historical Society in conjunction with the Academy Heights and PARK neighborhood groups spotlighted a number of area residences that not only have been here for more than a century, but also have a ...

America: Remembering a dark day

Twelve years ago this morning, America was in chaos.Attacks on New York City, the Pentagon and a plane crash in southwest Pennsylvania stunned our region, nation and the world. Today, we must take time to remember what happened on this day in 2001.In our reflections, we took a look back on our ...