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Opinion

POINT GRATIOT Happy ending to scary scene

The OBSERVER’s View

It was an emotional scene at Point Gratiot on Sunday. Around 3:20 p.m., city police and fire crews were called to respond after a swimmer went missing. One of the early reports from a witness was the male, who was believed to be in his 20s, was seen near the cliffs by the Dunkirk Lighthouse ...

Elites have power, wrong ideas

Commentary

The elites in this country are surprisingly unified in accepting and promoting terrible ideas. The mystery is why this is so. The elites are the people who control the commanding heights of academia, business, and government. First, academia skews hard left. Faculty at 40 leading ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990 In light of the three defeats by district voters of the 1990-91 sports proposition, it appears the Fredonia Central School Board of Education may opt for a self-supporting sports program instead of putting up the sports proposition for a fourth district vote. The ...

Organization advocates for balance at Chautauqua

Commentary

CHAUTAUQUA — Sometimes renewal movements start with what could seem like small gestures. Such as a longtime Chautauqua Institution visitor’s 2018 newspaper ad. Was it a lost-and-found ad? Sort of. Chautauqua Institution, a national treasure, can’t achieve its potential without ...

LACROSSE Shining moment for hometown hero

The OBSERVER’s View

Zed Williams had a tremendous athletic career as a Silver Creek Black Knight. Over the weekend, in leading his Premier Lacrosse League Whipsnakes to a title, his legend grew even larger. Williams had six goals in the championship, including five in the fourth quarter, in leading the ...

Country needs leader like Lincoln

Commentary

While watching the evening news during the summer, I heard President Donald Trump refer to the outgoing head of the Secret Service, Randolph Alles, as “Dumbo” — mocking his oversized ears. I couldn’t help but think what he would have said about Abraham Lincoln, who, by his own ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990 The man at least two Chautauqua County executives have called “the devil’s advocate” is cleaning out his desk in the Gerace Office Building in Mayville after 30 years of service. John R. Luensman began as county planner on Aug. 19, 1960 and has seen and ...

COUNTY Can landfill be privatized?

The OBSERVER’s View

The opening of a new transfer station in Warren County, Pa., sparks a radical idea here in Chautauqua County — is it time to privatize the county’s waste transfer stations? Chautauqua County currently has four transfer stations: one in Falconer, one in Fredonia, one in Sherman and one at ...

Schools need funds to be ready to open

Commentary

New York’s Health Department has released an extensive list of guidelines that schools will need to follow before reopening for the fall semester, and now schools will be responsible for planning how to reopen online, in-person, or both. Schools across the country are grappling with the same ...

Beauty, joy fill Gowanda

Commentary

Our area in Western New York state is a most beautiful and productive geographic location. Today in our column, we “highlight” in these verses, just one of the many most pleasant and scenic of communities in the area. GOWANDA ... THE VALLEY BETWEEN THE HILLSIDES By Robert L. ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990 The Fredonia Central School District will be getting a new football scoreboard, thanks to a local fraternal organization. The Dunkirk Moose Lodge 89 has offered to purchase the new 12-foot-long solid-state scoreboard at an undisclosed amount and it should be ...

Local team identities are due for overhaul

Commentary

In case you were wondering if they still exist, they do. There are still honest and caring people in the world. I just met two of them. Randy Penharlow and Doug Prince. If not for them, you may not be reading this prize-winning column today and what a loss that would be. Through a series of ...

One voice benefits all

Opinion

New York state Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul has a close connection with Chautauqua County. As a Buffalo-area resident, she has spent many summers enjoying the wonder and beauty of our region as well as Chautauqua Lake. Hochul also understands an important dynamic. If something is good for Jamestown, ...

People’s column

Peoples column

Poppy sale means so much to VFW post Editor, OBSERVER: The Sheridan Memorial Post 6390 Veterans of Foreign Wars would like to extend a grateful thanks to Brad Balentine, manager of the Fredonia Walmart, for allowing us to sell poppies at the Route 60 store. We would also like to thank the ...

Council’s spirit is sinking Dunkirk

Commentary

For the last six months I have sat back, watched and listened to what has happened to the city of Dunkirk since the new regime has taken control of the Common Council. I can no longer bite my tongue and say nothing as I see how the new council has plunged Dunkirk into a state of mediocrity, ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990 James P. Coon of Franklinville was named Ripley Central School superintendent. He will be filling the post left vacant by Kenneth Wasmund. Mr. Coon will be leaving his job as junior-senior high school principal of Franklinville Central School to take the Ripley post. ...

COVID-19 Making plans for a vaccine

Coronavirus coverage

Rationing of medical treatment is viewed by many Americans as unacceptable. Making health care decisions based on anything but need is seen as immoral. That is as it should be. But as researchers race to develop vaccines against COVID-19, the specter of rationing is being raised by ...

An amazing visit

Commentary

Steady readers know I welcome the returning geese each spring, waiting – and documenting – how many hatch and when. Dates can vary from April 22 to as late as May 24 This spring seemed late but then the weather wasn’t cooperating with anyone. One family of seven appeared a bit later ...

Renewable energy is not all green

Commentary

I had a discussion with a retired state official about the July 24 Editor’s corner “Lake turbines part of new power play” by John D’Agostino in The Post-Journal and the OBSERVER. My friend preferred not to have his name used, and realizing that the new standards in journalism allow for ...

A call to help fellow community members

Commentary

Like all of us who live and work here, I am proud to be a Western New Yorker. Part of what makes Buffalo the City of Good Neighbors is the way we look after not only our community, but our friends and loved ones across the country. The ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis is a time to take ...