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Opinion

HIGHWAY: Smoother ride deserves credit

The OBSERVER’s View

It took years of bumpy rides and uncomfortable driving, but the New York State Thruway Authority — finally — deserves some applause for its work on the three-mile section of highway east of Exit 58 near Silver Creek. Within the last month, officials admitted the road was in much worse ...

The grass is always greener …

Commentary

Be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it. There ain’t no free lunch, someone always pays one way or another. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade — just remember you have to add the sugar. And the list goes on. These phrases and these times bring me memories of my ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1999 Meeting Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino in person was a dream come true for Darrin Carlson, an eighth-grader at Cassadaga Valley Central School. The trip to Florida that made this happen was provided through the special efforts of the CVCS community. Darrin, ...

ELECTION Good progress seen in voting

The OBSERVER’s View

One week removed from the elections, there remains an “awe” factor. It is something Chautauqua County shared with neighboring Erie County: some of the highest totals statewide. So while many residents did the traditional Election Day vote, about 3,800 voted here in the county. That is ...

A case for the Union

Commentary

Recently, I have been reading the Memoirs of General William Tecumseh Sherman. His time and era, defined by the Civil War, have relevance today. The President, Abraham Lincoln, had been elected in 1860. The South rebelled in 1861 and, as Lincoln described it, “the War came.” What enabled ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1999 Concerns have arisen in the Dunkirk school system that some Hispanic students in special education classes may be there not because they are learning impaired but rather because they are still learning the English language. About 48 percent of the special education ...

VETERANS DAY Saluting those who proudly served

The OBSERVER’s View

Today, our community celebrates and offers its gratitude toward our veterans. They served our country in the military, overseas and at war. Many schools and organizations held ceremonies last week to celebrate local heroes. Today, you can as well. Veterans will be thanked during a noon ...

People’s column

Peoples column

Give thanks today for veterans Editor, OBSERVER: Too often we go through our days thinking of the next item on our “to do” lists, but today, I hope you will join me in taking a few minutes to honor our Veterans. This day is a day for each of us to remember, thank and honor all of our ...

Without work, some are doing just fine

Commentary

This is regarding the recent “newsmaker of the month” commentary in the OBSERVER headlined “Republicans raise your taxes again.” In the article, it stated that 18 percent in Chautauqua County are living in poverty. My question: is that before they receive their welfare checks or ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1999 The Dunkirk Housing Authority has approved a contract to purchase a 13.7-acre site at 1076 Central Ave., near the former Cardinal Mindszenty Field, from the estate of Mary Lagana to develop an assisted living facility and single-family building lots. The property ...

SUNDAY SHOUTOUT: Recognizing a resident’s dedication

The OBSERVER’s View

There's one Dunkirk citizen whose concern and efforts to better the community are a model for others. Last week, city of Dunkirk officials honored Mallory Wojcinski with a Certificate of Recognition on behalf of Common Council and the citizens of Dunkirk for her for her caring, drive and ...

DAYTON Write-in tallies send message

The OBSERVER’s View

What happens in the town of Dayton in the coming weeks will be quite interesting. On Election Day, there were a significant number of write-in votes for both town highway superintendent and supervisor. While the major town parities backed incumbent Supervisor Angie Mardino-Miller and Thomas ...

People’s column

Peoples column

Writer’s view proves misunderstanding Editor, OBSERVER: In his commentary (Oct. 28) criticizing “this administration” for “neglecting the downtown business district” in Dunkirk, Richard Makuch accuses the administration as being “already in the hands of illegals.” Clearly he ...

Home is all about attitude

Commentary

My first experience with a nursing home was in the early 1970s. My husband’s grandmother lived in a home in northern New Jersey. It was a lovely place; clean, homey and the staff loved Magdalena. She was in her mid 90s when I met her. She was German born and raised and only spoke broken ...

Organization keeps high standards

Commentary

Recently I read about the Anti-Wind Rally in Irving in the OBSERVER. In the article one of the organizers stated that Sierra Club had “become aligned with money and politics.” In response to that statement I invite anyone to meet with our treasurer and go over our financial records. ...

Mourning the snowflakes while fining big mouths

Commentary

I think that I need to spice up my image after a lot of years of just being a boring old ex-nerdy science teacher. I need a mysterious name like Mitt Romney just incorporated into his lack-luster image. He always had the unexciting presence of a piece of white-bread politician. But now he ...

Strong Chautauqua Lake requires an investment

Commentary

Before the end of this year, the Chautauqua County Legislature is due to receive a recommendation from its Chautauqua Lake Protection and Rehabilitation Agency. The recommendation will be whether to create a Chautauqua Lake Management District. If creation of a district is recommended, ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1999 As a result of months of negotiations, AL Tech Specialty Steel Corp. of Dunkirk has successfully emerged from Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Court, effective Nov. 1, 1999, as Empire Specialty Steel Inc. The reorganization was a concerted effort on the ...

Opera House celebration is a tribute to community

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As the crowd’s anticipation grew in the Fredonia Opera House for the featured showing of “Downton Abbey,” Rick Davis took advantage of the engaged audience to offer an invitation. This Sunday, the executive director told the crowd, a special 25th anniversary celebration “Fredonia on ...

Climate: Accord working only for some

The OBSERVER’s View

Contrary to popular belief, the United States has not pulled out of the Paris climate accords. But President Donald Trump’s first opportunity to do so is approaching — and he should seize it. Trump pledged during his campaign for president to remove the United States from the Paris ...