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Opinion

Trump can help on COVID relief

The OBSERVER’s View

Unless members of Congress find some way to compromise and give Americans an early Christmas through a new round of COVID-19 relief funding, the holiday season will be grim for tens of millions of people. President Donald Trump can do little about that — but he can do something. Among many ...

Anticipation grows for Santa’s arrival

Commentary

Those with longer memories than mine might recall we celebrated St. Nicholas Day on Dec. 6, 2019. Let’s continue those festivities as 2020 draws close to an end. The original Saint Nicholas was born in Greece around 280 A.D. He became bishop of Myra, a small Roman town in modern Turkey. ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990 The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has given Browning-Ferris Industries (BFI) permission to proceed with construction of a medical waste treatment facility in the north county industrial park on Progress Road in the town of Sheridan. Actual ...

Virtual meetings muzzle public comment

Editor's corner

Twenty viewers were able to watch what was happening during the Dunkirk Common Council meeting via the feed from Dunkirk Access through the YouTube Channel on Tuesday night. Pictures, however, did not tell the whole story. In a meeting that lasted about 21 minutes, the audio difficulties ...

Challenge met to help community

The OBSERVER’s View

We have written in this space far too often about the insecurity many in our communities have when it comes to having food to put on the table. In Fredonia, despite appearances, the poverty rate is growing as is the need. Last month, lines of cars could be seen at the Fredonia Food Panty, ...

Life in fast lane has its costs

The OBSERVER’s View

New York state’s decision to move to cashless tolling is a good one. It will make people’s Thruway trips faster and safer, though we do feel for the toll workers who told quickly and impersonally that their jobs were vanishing nearly overnight. The move makes the most sense for ...

China tests social credit system waters

Commentary

The Chinese government is implementing a nationwide social credit system. The system is troubling. The social credit system tracks a person and assigns him a score. The score is supposed to measure his trustworthiness. The Chinese government has already implemented this system regionally and ...

FOOTBALL Two teams having winning years

The OBSERVER’s View

Buffalo has two football teams it can be proud of at the present time. In first place in the AFC East, with plenty of accolades, is the Buffalo Bills. But there is one team that does currently have a better record: the University of Buffalo Bulls. Following a romp over the Kent State Golden ...

Dark dangers tied to solar projects

Commentary

The Ripley solar project is expected to create up to 220 jobs at the peak of construction and which will be mostly out of state and when completed would have two to four full-time positions and would cover around 2,000 acres. It is a 270-megawatt project. Show me another industry that ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990 The newly organized Sheridan Historical Society met recently and elected the following officers for the coming year: Tyler Cross, president; Julie Szumigala, vice president; Maureen R. Stafford, secretary/treasurer. The society is working on an oral history project, ...

COVID-19 Resident in middle of dueling leaders

The OBSERVER’s View

Talk about two wrongs not making a right. For weeks, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said the state would conduct its own review of possible COVID-19 vaccines because he, and by extension the state, didn’t trust the federal Food and Drug Administration to approve a safe vaccine. “Fifty-four ...

People’s column

Peoples column

Professor’s column was ‘nonsense’ Editor, OBSERVER: I’ve seen Stephen Kershnar’s photo appear on the Editorial page of the OBSERVER in the past. However, until Nov. 18, I’ve never read one of his “commentaries.” I’m being told that this promotion of conspiracy theories ...

Has the U.S. spiral begun?

Commentary

This commentary is regarding a recent column in the OBSERVER headlined “Trump’s troubles are just beginning.” Her articles for the past four years have been a constant attack on the president of the United States. The writer is on a constant hate campaign against this president. The ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990 Alumax management honored its employees for working one full year without a lost time accident or injury in its Dunkirk plant. Wayne Martin, Alumax general manager, stated that “overcoming this hurdle was one of the finest efforts of all Alumax employees.” ...

Newsmaker of the month: No planning in area budgets

Newsmakers of the Month

This has been the year from hell. Due to something not even on our radar in late 2019, our nation, state and communities have been compromised. Some may have expected some type of economic slowdown, but no one could have foreseen one of the most bizarre and volatile times of our life. As a ...

‘Impulse control’ issues begin in the teenage years

Commentary

Before we get into this article on chemical dependency with adolescents between 13 to 19, I would like to give a “warm fuzzy” to a special friend. Every once in awhile, God sends out certain angels to help us in our mission as we go through our trials and tribulations. These people are ...

DUNKIRK: Benefits are no drop in bucket

The OBSERVER’s View

Talking municipal employee benefits is never easy — and usually happens behind closed doors. But last week, city of Dunkirk officials were quite open in discussing the high cost that comes with employees. Probably the most eye-opening aspect of the talk was the total cost, which is often ...

Lawmakers deserve praise, not scorn, for bipartisan work

Commentary

For the second time in the past month, a commentary has been published in our local paper which takes aim at our county legislators with a venomous tone that mirrors our destructive national discourse (Nov. 20). Regarding our county legislators, the editor states: “If it were not so ...

Retrospective — Nov. 28

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990 Sale of the Chautauqua County solid waste system to the private sector was killed in the County Legislature last evening after months of controversy and seven minutes of discussion. On a 24-1 vote, lawmakers turned down a resolution declaring their intent to sell the ...