The OBSERVER’s View

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 ...

Big buys have a large price

We understand the need to be safe and battle blazes, but area municipal boards are being far too generous when it comes to fire truck purchases.Last week, the Silver Creek Village Board moved forward with a $150,000 purchase of a 1993 Pierce truck that combines a pumper with a rescue and ...

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

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTSHARING THE NUMBERS - On this page, we have been critical of officials with Lake Erie Regional Health System of New York Interim CEO J. Gary Rhodes for not being open about layoffs taking place at Brooks Memorial Hospital and Lake Shore ...

PENTAGON: ‘Total failure’ is an insult

Beside and just below the American flag at many places in our area can be seen the black and white POW/MIA banner. It is a sign that many local residents view it as a duty to find out what happened to the thousands of Americans still listed as missing in action or as prisoners of war from our ...

Weather: Stay safe in high heat

Whew!Expect another couple days of uncomfortable temperatures for the region. According to the National Weather Service, near 95-degree highs are possible for Chautauqua County today and Friday.Earlier this week, the state and Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a number of suggestions for residents ...

Hearing: Major crowd sends message

Two thousand and five hundred people in attendance. What an impressive number. What an overwhelming showing.Wow.To put that number of 2,500 in perspective, readers must consider that number amounts to 11 percent of the combined population of both Dunkirk and Fredonia. Those residents filled the ...

NRG hearing: Community voice is crucial

Our area has no excuses. Tonight, we must show up.Tonight, area residents must appeal to the Public Service Commission at the public hearing in the Williams Center on the Fredonia State University campus that we believe NRG Energy Inc.'s plan to repower is the right fit for our community.We ...

‘Spirit’ shows for 200 years

More than one year ago, volunteers in the town of Portland began planning a major celebration - the town's 200th birthday.This past weekend, the efforts of their labor paid off with a community event that left many proud. Included in the celebration was a lighting of the refurbished Brocton ...

NRG’S FUTURE: Reliability is major issue

Area residents have read and heard the economic reasons for the repowering of the NRG Energy Inc. plant in Dunkirk. Those points have included: NRG is the largest taxpayer in the county and has a major impact on the city and its school system. NRG would be making a $500 million investment in ...

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

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTHEARING OPPORTUNITY - It is not often the Public Service Commission makes its way out of Albany to hear from the public. But that is exactly what is happening Monday. Residents in the county have the opportunity to share their thoughts ...

VISIT: Still no plan for ‘high taxes’

He came. He promoted. Then left.Trumpeting the "Start Up NY" initiative that offers tax-free incentives for companies that locate near State University locations, Gov. Andrew Cuomo received a warm Chautauqua County welcome at Jamestown Community College on Wednesday. In noting the initiative, ...

Riding high with business

Is there something in the water in Sheridan?In less than six months, five businesses set up shop in the town. Some of those businesses have relocated from elsewhere while others are looking to start on a big venture. These shops include Creation Station, Cotton Drilling Co., Inc., Nulife Glass ...

Harbor cruise: Event gives back to area

Point Gratiot was an automobile paradise on Sunday.Some 400 to 500 vehicles took part in the annual Lake Shore Street Rod Association's annual Harbor Cruise with thousands of onlookers in attendance during the day. Besides the array of autos, hot rods, race cars and trucks, there was also a ...

Danger lurks in decision

Members of Congress of both parties are right to balk at President Barack Obama's request for money to arm rebels fighting the Syrian regime. Clearly, some of the lawmakers have better memories and more strategic attitudes concerning the Middle East.After many months of doing nothing to aid the ...

Water district: Village must quit stalling

Though our county has plenty of it with a Great Lake on our western border, water remains a contentious issue in this region.And despite some skepticism from this corner last spring, the Chadwick Bay Regional Development Corp. has been a bright spot over the past 15 months, making a difference ...

Considering a tough call

It can be an uncomfortable topic to consider for traditionalists, but it deserves some discussion: should the village of Forestville be dissolved?Forestville, with a population of around 700, has been poorly run in recent years. Besides having numerous issues with its erratic and elderly water ...

Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTROYAL RESPONSE - Last week we ran an article about a Westfield man who sent Queen Elizabeth II of England a get-well letter and later received a response from Lady-in-Waiting Susan Hussey which said the Queen wanted her to write and thank ...

EDUCATION: Plan ahead for loan issue

The average U.S. college student walks off campus with about $26,500 in student loan debt, much of it in government-subsidized low-interest loans. Typically, students have 10 years to pay off the debt.Members of Congress now are under fire because interest rates on new Stafford loans are ...

Letting our freedom ring

We Americans are not unlike people in many countries in annually celebrating the birth of our nation. Where we differ with most is in commemorating not just our independence but also the foundation on which we stand - personal liberty.Our Declaration of Independence made it clear we intended ...

Dunkirk: Ninth event takes a walk

Make no mistake about it - our region's residents love their dogs. On Sunday at Point Gratiot in Dunkirk, hundreds of volunteers and participants took part in the ninth annual Pat McGee Memorial Dog Walk to benefit the Lakeshore Humane Society.For years, the society has been caring for animals ...