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Opinion

NEW HOSPITAL: Encouragement and skepticism

The OBSERVER’s View

It was reassuring last week to hear from both Pomfret town Supervisor Dan Pacos and Fredonia Mayor Douglas Essek about the new Brooks Memorial Hospital build, which is expected to happen at the former Cornell Cooperative Extension site opposite Fredonia Central Schools. Any dialogue from ...

Albany’s crooked ways helping criminals

Commentary

I was completely outraged by reading a recent front page of the OBSERVER and an article headlined “Public defender says it’s too soon to judge bail reform.” Ned Barone, who is the county’s public defender, was arrogant in his remarks. He stated that he was disturbed by the level ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990 The father and son duo of Jim Griffin of Perrysburg and Steve Griffin of Gowanda recently bowled the first 700 series of their careers within a six-day span on two different alleys. Steve, who has been bowling for four years and carries a 180 average shot ...

SUNDAY SHOUTOUT: Special anniversary for League

The OBSERVER’s View

Friday marked an important day in the history of the United States of America. It was the 100th anniversary of the League of Women Voters. “The League was founded by suffrage leaders 100 years ago to help American women exercise their new right to vote,” said Mary Croxton, president of the ...

DUNKIRK SCHOOLS: Optimism comes with new leader

The OBSERVER’s View

By all accounts, the Dunkirk City School District made an excellent choice in tapping Michael Mansfield as its new superintendent. Earlier this week, the board announced Mansfield as the new leader of a district that has faced plenty of challenges and troubles in recent years. Mansfield, ...

People’s column

Peoples column

System built for incumbents Editor, OBSERVER: This made me laugh. “If somebody’s doing a good job and they’ve been there 12 years, you’re going to tell them they can’t run for re-election? ? It should be up to the public. That’s why we have elections.” The fact is that ...

Consider healthy choices in candidates

Commentary

Seed catalogs are beginning to arrive. As I paged through the Fedco catalog dreaming of ripe red tomatoes and huge heads of broccoli, I came across this quote, “I have faith that small farms, good food and thriving ecosystems will survive.” Our local small farms with rising costs and ...

There’s no level playing field in football

Commentary

I thought there was enough “lousy” news in the world today until I read the Section 6 committee’s decision regarding the upcoming division alignments for the 2020 high school football season. To be polite, let me quote the former New York Yankees’ broadcaster, Phil Rizzuto, and say, ...

Marriage offers new beginning

Commentary

Editor’s note: Former State University of New York at Fredonia professor and OBSERVER columnist George Sebouhian was preparing to write his life story when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2013. He died three years later, having left behind hundreds of pages of research notes, poems and ...

Lakeshore got lip service

Commentary

Its heartbreaking to say the least to watch what has happened at Lakeshore Hospital. As a past employee of Lakeshore, I watched the crumbling after the Berger Commission told Lakeshore and Brooks to work together, cutting duplicate services and making a better, more efficient working hospital ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990 Celebrating the 30th birthday of McGinnies Hall at Fredonia State University College were its staff and student residents, who held a rededication ceremony for the older dormitory. The hall was built for women residents back in 1959 and opened in 1960 as the third ...

SECURITY New threats in technology

The OBSERVER’s View

Some other governments spare no effort to gain advantage over U.S. businesses and consumers. Trade barriers such as tariffs and unreasonable restrictions in the name of product safety are examples. But some — including China — are involved in all-out assaults on Americans. Theft of U.S. ...

Bird relationships are complicated

Commentary

“Marriage lasting for a single breeding season seems best suited to the life of most birds and is the most frequently practiced form of bird matrimony.” Again, I am quoting from “The Family Life of Birds” which has been written by Hans D. Dossenbach. He continues “(t)o be sure, ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990 Sister Marilyn Ann Dudek, daughter of Harry Dudek, 60 Seel Acres, Dunkirk was one of the five recipients of the 1990 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Awards presented at the 12th annual St. John Neumann Award dinner at the Hearthstone Manor in Buffalo. The award is given to ...

Even at home, Democrats stuck in neutral

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Loyal Democrats across Chautauqua County and the nation are focused on one objective come November: remove Donald J. Trump from the office of United States president. That, especially at this point in time, appears more easily said than done. Within the last 10 days, Trump has put together a ...

FUNDRAISER January swim warms hearts

The OBSERVER’s View

A chilling experience continues to serve as a heart-warming community happening. As noted by the volunteers of the 19th annual Polar Bear Swim in Silver Creek, close to $12,000 was raised. Benefitting from this icy splash includes: Oishei Children’s Hospital, Silver Creek Food Pantry, ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990 Vandals damaged the gazebo at Gowanda’s Creekside Park, an area which is due to be officially opened to the public this spring. The bandstand-sized gazebo was purchased in kit form by the Gowanda Kiwanis Club and erected last fall by inmates from the Gowanda ...

DAYTON Spending sprees appear reckless

The OBSERVER’s View

A recently released audit shows just how careless governments can be with your money. In the town of Dayton, from 2016 to 2018, it ran a deficit of $109,663 in its general fund. Its highway spending was even more reckless. Over those same three years, the town was in the hole ...

People’s column

Peoples column

Editor, OBSERVER: I thought this might be put in the paper on Lincoln’s birthday, which is today LINCOLN’S EARLY YEARS Written by Carleton R. Lancaster (1914-1995) He learned the use of axe and wedge, to build a fence to hold the forest edge. To hew the timbers for their cabin ...

Green Light Law creates quandary at border

Commentary

While the New York State Green Light Law provides undocumented aliens the opportunity to obtain New York state driver licenses, a less heralded — though perhaps more impactful — provision of the statute prevents the New York state Department of Motor Vehicles from sharing information with ...