Opinion

GRAND PRIX Less excitement in city event

The OBSERVER’s View

This year’s edition of the Great Lakes Grand Prix was more of a splish than a splash. Weather conditions throughout the weekend, especially heavy rains and thunderstorms, put the Saturday and Sunday happenings in question for many who were planning to attend. “This is not an easy event to ...

City Housing Authority managing ‘transition’

Commentary

By RICHARD MORRISROE Public entities and the Fourth Estate — the press — have a long history. Our First Amendment in the U.S. Constitution guarantees the rights an independent press, to act as a vanguard against government overreach and corruption. I understand why the press has a ...

The modern world today

Commentary

One thing you can say about humanity is we have always lived in the modern world. Whatever we had whether it was a beautiful home with air conditioning and plush furniture, or a cave in the forest where we crouched from bears, it has always been the best the modern world has had to offer. ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 The Buffalo Bills are heading back to Ralph Wilson Stadium to continue their preparations for the 1999 season. The one question on everyone’s mind following the last practice at Fredonia State was whether the Bills will be heading back to Fredonia for their 20th ...

CONGRESS Mitrano learning the landscape

The OBSERVER’s View

District 23 for Congress in New York state is quite lengthy. It runs from Chautauqua County all the way to just outside of Binghamton along the Southern Tier and covers 11 counties. It also has some political balance. Ithaca and Tompkins County almost always lean left while the western ...

Accusations fly in light of facts

Commentary

An article headlined “Goodell accused of racist language,” which is typical of those Democrats in Albany and Washington, appeared in the OBSERVER on July 21. The only thing that I can observe that Goodell stated was real world and working world. How can anyone honestly say that those words ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 On Aug. 16, Dr. Stephen Pericak joined Dr. John R. Vona in the practice of dentistry at 228 Central Ave., Silver Creek. Dr. Pericak is a 1996 graduate of the University of Buffalo and interned at Millard Fillmore Hospital. Dr. Pericak noted that with the addition of ...

LAKE TURBINES: Reed takes easy way out

The OBSERVER’s View

Give U.S. Rep. Tom Reed credit. He is consistent in his message on wind turbines. And when it comes to individual governments — and the structures being placed on land — New York State has made it clear that leaders of each municipality will have a say whether the structures get built. ...

People’s column

Peoples column

Penalize poor city properties Editor, OBSERVER: I feel the city of Dunkirk needs to crack down on slum homeowners who live in their homes and don’t take care of them. You can walk and drive through the city, and you can see with your own two eyes where you see some houses have broken ...

Paying tax for the 1% in tariff war

Commentary

The Bush administration’s 2007-08 “Great Recession” caused hardships for job seekers, instability in the business community, devastating losses for some home mortgagees, and stress on personal budgets. The corrections taken during the Obama administration began a slow but steady ...

Fredonia’s charter finally in compliance with state

Commentary

Truth is complicated and difficult to explain while lies are simple and require no explanation. To my knowledge, there are several laws that we need to follow to govern the village. We are required to follow the charter as well as the state laws. If something is covered by the charter, we ...

Some horrors even before reaching war

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 ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 The former Niagara Motors building at the city line on Route 60 in Dunkirk is heading for demolition. Mayor Robert Kesicki has issued a raze or repair order on the structure which he said is part of an estate. Fieldbrook Farm’s property borders the facility and is ...

HIGHS AND LOWS: Some of best, worst of week

The OBSERVER’s View

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: Best STOCKTON HEADSTONE — A local Revolutionary War veteran’s grave site has been provided a new headstone after the original one was destroyed. His family was able to secure a headstone after learning about the stone and ...

Who’s making the rules in Fredonia?

Commentary

The front page headlines of the July 31 OBSERVER in bold type stated, “Gard goes unfiltered: Village attorney critical of trustees (Roger) Britz, Essek in report.” At the July 29 board of trustees meeting “village attorney” Dan Gard spoke for just over four minutes telling the public ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Members of Dunkirk’s state champion softball team were honored and received a $500 donation from the city to help with expenses for the team’s trip to the regional championship. The 15-16-year-old Senior League softball team won the state championship over the ...

Waking up the disinterested voters

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Having the privilege to cast a ballot in the United States also gives you the right to be an uninformed voter. As long as you are registered with the county Board of Elections, you can go to the polling sites with a blindfold on or flip a coin for each of your choices. It sounds crazy, ...

RAMPAGES: Deadly happenings don’t need guns

The OBSERVER’s View

A 33-year-old Southern California man’s murderous rampage earlier this month was a reminder of the futility of relying on gun control laws to curb violence. He used knives to kill four people in Santa Ana and Garden Grove. After the man was apprehended, one police official described him as ...

Every book has a story

Commentary

I know there are homes without books. I doubt if I’ve ever been in one. In fact, I can’t imagine what it would be like to live there. Books are here as my friends: to relax and bring me pleasure, to stimulate and, frequently, to educate. At the moment I have four stacked on the table ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Bob Patterson, youth and recreation director for the city of Dunkirk, will be taking up residence on the roof of city hall in an effort to raise money for the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Chautauqua County. He will begin his “camping trip” on Aug. 20 with a ...