The OBSERVER’s View

End partnership with council

It is time for the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce to end its affiliation with the Business Council of New York State.Last week, in a stunning and unexpected announcement, the council announced its disapproval for the $500 million private investment plan to repower the NRG Dunkirk ...

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

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTSILVER CREEK LACROSSE - Congratulations to the Black Knights for winning their fifth straight Section 6 class C crown. Much of the team's success has been due to senior Zeddie Williams, who scored eight of the team's 17 goals in their ...

IRS: Tax crimes not ‘irrelevant’

Whether the Internal Revenue Service broke the law in harassing conservative political groups "is irrelevant," White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer told a reporter.Really? Really?!Pfeiffer elaborated on the point, insisting that what is important is for President Barack Obama to ensure such ...

Schools: Clarence plan worth watching

While the latest chapter in school budget votes has concluded locally, other Western New York districts are struggling to put another plan up for approval by district residents.In Clarence, where the median income is more than $80,000, a nearly 10 percent tax rate increase was defeated last ...

IRS: Government at its worst

Rest assured that if liberal political organizations had been harassed last year by the Internal Revenue Service, heads would have rolled, on President Barack Obama's orders.But it was conservative groups - exclusively - that were targeted by the tax agency.Acting IRS Commissioner Steven ...

Area proves it remembers

On a near picture-perfect day, thousands of area residents paid tribute to those who served and sacrificed for our freedoms.In Cassadaga, Boy Scouts recently posted flags on veterans graves in the village and in Sinclairville. In Forestville, a large parade included celebrity anthem singer for ...

Memorial Day: Honoring faithful guardians

Day is done, gone the sunFrom the lakes, from the hills, from the sky ...You know the melody. It is "Taps," the bugle or trumpet call arranged by a Civil War general as a "lights out" signal to the troops. Later, its mournful tones were adopted for use at military funerals.All is well, safely ...

Breakthrough in the region

Oftentimes, residents and school board members in this area presume that superintendents cannot be shared between even the smallest of districts. Two Niagara County schools will test that assumption.Earlier this month, the Barker and Royalton-Hartland schools agreed to a one-year trial deal to ...

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

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTWORLD CHANGER - We want to applaud Forestville Board of Education President Sylvester Cleary as well as his daughter Sylvea about trying to "change the world." Sylvea witnessed bullying at school and told her dad about it. "Dad, what can ...

Health Care: Another example of poor choices

Does President Barack Obama's administration know no bounds regarding unethical behavior? Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is evidence it does not.During a week including revelations the Justice Department seized Associated Press telephone records, the Internal Revenue ...

Memorial day: Making a call for participation

Memorial Day services will take place in a number of area communities on Monday. While it is a day of relaxation for many, it also is a day to remember.Because of this, Dunkirk event organizers are looking for a few good men and women who are veterans to participate in the ceremonies and the ...

State: ‘Forgotten’ area thinks small

In an article on Monday regarding low water levels, Dunkirk Mayor Anthony J. Dolce lamented over the lack of funds for Lake Erie when compared to Chautauqua Lake. He then took it a step further."In general, statewide, I think this area tends to be forgotten," he said.Our area has become ...

Another step in the process

As a number of residents head to their schools to vote on the proposed budgets and candidates for their Board of Education today, a much larger vote for the area looms in the next month.Today, both the Westfield and Brocton boards of education are meeting after the budget votes. They are ...

Funds, staff keep shrinking

For some, it was an unsettling tone. Cassadaga Valley music teacher John Cross and another 75 residents attended last week's Board of Education meeting to voice their concerns regarding the elimination of a music teacher position in the district."I've done everything I can over the last four ...

County Funds: Surplus must be expected

Hold the applause, please.The 2012 fund balance for Chautauqua County, which indicated a surplus of $5.8 million, is not an outcome to be cheered. It is something residents and taxpayers must begin to expect."Each and every time we determined a better, more efficient or more effective way to ...

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

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTBALL TITLES - Congratulations to the Westfield, Fredonia and Cassadaga Valley varsity baseball teams as well as the North Collins and Fredonia varsity softball teams. They all won at least partial titles in their respective divisions. It ...

IRS?PROBE: Taxing time in Washington

Last week, Internal Revenue Service officials insisted high-ranking leaders at the agency were not aware some conservative political groups were being harassed over tax matters. Only "low-level" employees knew, the public and members of Congress were assured.That is not true. The Associated ...

Albany: ‘Another tool’ in long list

We cannot help but have more than a little doubt regarding the Financial Restructuring Board that was proposed this week for municipalities by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.Announced on Tuesday, Cuomo says the board "will bring together state and local officials to help localities make tough decisions and ...

Volunteers: A new way to help out

Over the past three Mondays, the OBSERVER - with the assistance of the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County - has focused on some volunteers who have made life better for many in this area.Whether it be delivering Meals on Wheels, serving on a non-profit board or leading a fundraiser for an ...

Logo selection under way

For 16 years, residents have been taking part in a special summer weekend. This July 20 and 21 will be no different when the Laurel Run is held.As part of the annual event, a different logo is designed and selected each year. And again, area residents are being asked for their input on the ...