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Opinion

TEXAS Too many were left in the dark

The OBSERVER’s View

It’s clear something went very wrong in Texas this month. Early efforts to play the blame game were off the mark, as some wanted to spread the idea the entire fiasco was the fault of wind and solar energy operations. That’s only part of the picture. More than 4 million people ended up ...

Singular take on part of small universe

Commentary

My column on Singularity brought two recommendations of books I might like to read. Surprising myself, I happily succumbed to both suggestions. Saving dessert for last, I turned first to “The Singularity is Near” by Ray Kurzweil. The author defines his term as “a future period during ...

Capitol event was not ‘civil disobedience’

Commentary

This is in response to Stephen Kershnar’s commentary (Jan. 13) in which he mocks the seriousness of the Jan. 6 riot and attack on the Capitol and members of Congress by a mob whose angry and violent actions were fueled by President Trump’s repeated but unsubstantiated claims that the ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1991 Fredonia State University College alumna Mary McDonnell, who co-stars with Kevin Costner in the epic western, “Dances With Wolves,” has been nominated for an Academy Award for best supporting actress. She portrays a white woman raised by Lakota Sioux Indians in ...

Renewables bandwagon began in Arkwright

Editor's corner

Former town Supervisor Frederic “Nick” Norton remembers the long grind associated with making green energy become a reality in Arkwright. Some of it was on the local end, but the larger struggle was really on the next level with New York state. That was a headache, to say the least. ...

Gateway plans become reality

The OBSERVER’s View

What has been in the making for two decades appears set to become reality by the end of the year. A Gateway Center, that will be run by Love’s Travel Stop and Country Stores Inc., will start construction in April. Though many local officials have touted this project, there was also a ...

Albany’s choice to harm county

The OBSERVER’s View

Chautauqua County residents who have struggled to get a COVID-19 vaccine nearly had powerful Democrat on their side. Of course, that powerful Democrat was President Joe Biden, whose Federal Emergency Management Agency and Centers for Disease Control had identified Chautauqua County as a ...

WALLEYE Looking to lure major tournament

The OBSERVER’s View

What do Chamberlain, S.D., Sturgeon Bay, Wis., Huron, Ohio, Mobridge, S.D., and Otter Tail Lake, Minn., have that Dunkirk deserves? A role in the National Walleye Tour. In fact, with the exception of Huron, none of these locations are on Lake Erie. It is why city Mayor Wilfred Rosas has ...

A comfort zone in heart of winter

Commentary

It was cold last week, and it reminded me of the poem by Robert Service about the prospector in the Yukon who “hated the cold, but the land of gold seemed to hold him like a spell.” It is true that I don’t like the cold anymore. Yet, I am also gripped like a “spell” when it ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1991 Cadet Joseph Krupa, son of Carole Urbanik Krupa of Centerville, Ohio, and grandson of Irene Urbanik, 4 Carole Ave., Fredonia and the late Joseph Urbanik, is a member of the Class of 1994 at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is a 1989 graduate of ...

SUNY Local leadership in COVID cases

Coronavirus coverage

Here is a testament to how well the State University of New York at Fredonia has done keeping the COVID-19 numbers stable. Another location, in Central New York, went to remote-learning model in the fall semester after Oct. 5. That institution: SUNY Cortland. And, apparently, the message ...

Our evolving lives, power supply

Commentary

In the outfall of the Texas electrical power outage, an article (Feb. 17) updates the status of New York state’s power grid. I have lived at least four years in each of four states. I experienced at least one power outage lasting a day or more in each state except Michigan. The reasons have ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1991 Boy Scout Troop 254 and Cub Scout Pack 254 sponsored by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish celebrated the 61st anniversary of Cub Scouts and the 81st anniversary of Boys Scouts last Sunday. Two Dunkirk boys were presented with the Parvuli Dei emblem during a special ...

NEW YORK STATE: Louder chorus needed for music

The OBSERVER’s View

Members of the Westfield Academy & Central Schools are striking all the right notes. If sports can come back during the COVID-19 pandemic, why not the music program? Last month, music teacher Helen Ihasz called the school board — and state — to allow bands and choruses to be able to ...

Are we doing everything to prevent COVID deaths?

Commentary

Many people continue to die from COVID-19. Some will die because despite all that is done; their innate human condition causes the treatments we currently have to be ineffective. Others will die because they have an inadequate or significant delay in treatment early in the disease process. ...

Once past the big bucks, real need emerges

Commentary

Tom Reed claims the Democratic stimulus plan is completely partisan. What is partisan about town and county governments? What is partisan about schools and hospitals? What is partisan about the water treatment plant or the road crew? All of these public services are hurting for money. ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1991 Kelly Schonhart became the first girl at Forestville Central School to score 1,000 career points in basketball, reaching that milestone as in the Lady Hornets’ 49-41 Division 3 win over visiting Panama. Schonhart scored 23 points to boost her career total to ...

‘Positive’ vision, ethic energized downtowns

Editor's corner

David C. Bryant had a knack for looking ahead while reflecting on the past. It was a part of his love for life and passion for this community. You could see it in his brilliant smile — and in the relationships he built that led to a renovation of many historic structures that dot the ...

SOCIAL MEDIA Company decision highlights flaws

The OBSERVER’s View

Think whatever you want about the fairness of Twitter banning Donald Trump from its platform, but reasonable people should quash this notion that Twitter’s decision somehow is a violation of the First Amendment. Instead, reasonable people — which hopefully still includes a few lawmakers ...

Goodbye, old girl

Commentary

I have always liked to write about Molly. She has fans who only contact me when a column about her appears. Besides that, it’s she who fills my days with joy and causes unexpected outbursts of laughter. Writing about her is obviously overdue but, come on, she and I are just like the rest ...