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Opinion

Puerto Rico Making right call on dismissals

The OBSERVER’s View

Puerto Rican Gov. Wanda Vasquez is fighting back against the corruption and inefficiency that hindered efforts to help hurricane victims on her island. Now, U.S. officials need to provide all the support at their disposal. On Sunday, Vasquez fired the heads of two government agencies, the ...

Poor communication, an internal disaster

Commentary

Where to start on the theatrical display presented by those involved in leadership at Brooks-TLC and Kaleida? Administration, in their attempt to close a much needed facility with essential services, has created quite a problem. It started with the closure of the nursing home and the situation ...

My little secret

Commentary

Shhhh. Please don’t tell them. It’s a secret. You know as well as I what happens when you start thinking of a replacement. Perfectly dependable day after day, the minute it suspects, it goes haywire. My home was built in 1996. (How strange it feels now to write a date that doesn’t ...

Hometown spirit missing in petty politics

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Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul glanced around the large meeting room in the State University of New York at Fredonia incubator right before her regional State of the State presentation last week. She was surrounded by a number of new names and faces who have emerged in leadership roles in northern ...

LEGISLATURE: Nazzaro fits finance post

The OBSERVER’s View

There are a lot of Republicans on the Chautauqua County Legislature. In our view, none of those Republicans are as well qualified to lead the Audit and Control Committee as Charles Nazzaro, D-Jamestown. Audit and Control is perhaps the most important committee on the legislature. All ...

Drinking, royalty and religion

Commentary

Several news stories caught my attention in the last few weeks. First, recently much has been made of the fact that 100 years ago last Friday, Jan. 17 Prohibition became the law of the land. This followed the ratification of the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution in 1918 followed in ...

TRIAL: Still questions after ‘tragedy’

The OBSERVER’s View

It is doubtful there has been any sort of healing that has happened in this community since Friday’s announcement that a jury in Chautauqua County Court found Ashleyanne Lopez-Lopez innocent in a stabbing case where a 15-year-old Dunkirk girl died. In fact, after the jury came back with its ...

Politics is a dirty business

Commentary

Every political entity, whether on a national or local level, has its movers and shakers as well as its detractors and destroyers — our city on the shores of Lake Erie is no different. As I have watched much of what is happening in Washington this past week, I have found many similarities ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990 When Mike DeWolf Jr. of Sheridan returned home for the holidays, he brought with him a first-place trophy in wrestling from Wyoming Technical Institute. DeWolf wrestles at the 140-pound weight class and is a former Fredonia High School wrestler. Forty years ago — ...

#myfredonia One final push for victory

The OBSERVER’s View

It comes down to today; at 11 p.m., the voting ends. Fredonia and its supporters, be proud of how far you have come — and the opportunity that possibly awaits from the Small Business Revolution for a $500,000 makeover. But this is the final push. After late this evening, there’s no more ...

Fixing the system is up to all of us

Commentary

You no doubt remember the old line attributed to Ben Franklin when he was asked what kind of government the Constitutional Convention had created: “A republic, if you can keep it!” Well, I’ve noticed an interesting thing in recent years: It’s got bipartisan appeal. Last fall, for ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990 Student of the Week is Pamela Crowell, a Pine Valley Central School senior. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Crowell of South Dayton. President of the senior class and the National Honor Society, Pam was the recipient of the 1989 Penn-York Chemistry Award. ...

EQUALITY Country struggles with values

The OBSERVER’s View

Our United States of America were founded on a strong belief of having freedom and equality. No matter how well things are going for our country economically, there is always a struggle for both. During international wars, this nation and its military have always answered the call. When it ...

Things still spinning out of control

Commentary

The wind turbines are getting out of hand. Now the state of New York wants those turbines in Lake Erie to be called a wind turbine farm. Even some of the people who were in favor of these turbines are having second thoughts because of the constant noise and the danger it presents to anyone ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990 After a quarter century of service to the town of Stockton, Cathryn Berndt has decided to hang up her official historian’s hat. Her resignation was effective Dec. 31. Mrs. Berndt, who will observe her 85th birthday in April, has authored a book about the Stockton ...

SUNDAY SHOUTOUT: A voting revolution

The OBSERVER’s View

After presenting the State of the State address in Dunkirk, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul was surrounded by county chamber and elected officials. Their mission: get her involved and wearing a #myfredonia T-shirt. She was thrilled to oblige. There's two days left in the Small Business Revolution ...

HOSPITALS E-mail notes appear careless

The OBSERVER’s View

Brooks-TLC Hospital System Inc. consistently sends a message to its staff about being compassionate and caring with patients. However, the administration needs to remember to heed its own message when it comes to dealing with some upset employees. On Dec. 3, the hospital announced the closure ...

People’s column

Peoples column

Facility closing an area wound Editor, OBSERVER: I went to TLC three times. I guess there isn’t much demand in Irving. It used to be a big hustle bustle hospital then parts of it became abandoned... people left for better opportunities. I should have left years ago, but my hubris ...

Dreamers, misfits related to late musician

Commentary

I came home from playing another exciting five-hour session of Dungeons & Dragons at my brother Gareth’s house this past Friday, Jan. 10, to discover that one of the most influential rock’n’ roll drummers of all time had passed away at the age of 67. To me, Neil Peart was more than a ...

Children must not go hungry in schools

Commentary

A Google search for “paying school lunch debt” reveals a long list of recent news stories about good Samaritans paying off the school lunch debt of children whose families cannot afford it. A Fredonia man paid off $2,000 in school lunch debt in his area, helping 140 families. A Rigby, ...