Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:
SHARING 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 Health Network in Irving. On Thursday, Rhodes met with the OBSERVER to discuss the changes they've made and why they've made them. We applaud him for his openness and we believe he, as well as all officials at LERHSNY, are in the process of making a plan to strengthen our area hospitals, even with drops in Medicaid reimbursement and a drop in population.
LIBRARY ASSISTANCE - We applaud the Friends of the Dunkirk Free Library for all of their hard work, raising funds for the Dunkirk library. The library is important to the city, but with the current economic state, it is difficult for city officials to fund it like they have in the past. Groups like Friends of The Dunkirk Free Library make it possible for the library to operate.
A GOLFER'S DELIGHT - It's been great having the 51st Annual Polish National Alliance National Golf Tournament back in the area. Opening ceremonies took place Thursday at Shorewood Country Club in Dunkirk, with the tournament beginning on Friday. It concludes today followed by an awards dinner at the Kosciuszko Club. It may be hot outside, but it's not too hot to golf!
U.S. SENATE SUPPORT - State Sen. Cathy Young, Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, and U.S. Rep. Tom Reed have been very vocal about the proposed $500 million NRG natural gas plant in Dunkirk. They understand both the financial as well as environmental benefits for such a project. But where are U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand on this issue? On July 12 Reed, Young, Goodell, County Executive Greg Edwards and various other officials held a news conference in Dunkirk talking about the project. That same day Gillibrand was in Jamestown discussing farmers markets and how they can help fight hunger. We realize the importance of the Farm Bill, but while in the area, she could've made the trip to Dunkirk and thrown her support behind the project. It's not too late. We ask both U.S. senators to send letters to the New York State Public Service Commission supporting the project.