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Opinion

ENDORSEMENT Seeing strides under Rosas

The OBSERVER’s View

Two years ago, current Third Ward Councilman Shaun Heenan ran a quiet campaign against incumbent Adelino Gonzalez. There were very few lawn signs. He did not attend the League of Women Voters debate. He also did very little in the terms of campaign literature, especially through this ...

People’s column

Peoples column

Green Light law has flaws Editor, OBSERVER: My letter is regarding the Green Light law. Why as a US citizen, veteran, registered voter, and state taxpayer do I need to supply birth certificate, Social Security card, school tax voucher and utility bill to renew my driver license, when ...

Finding hope after depths of despair

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 ...

Voters get say on City Hall perks

Commentary

“Dunkirk First.” That was the campaign slogan in 1997 of three-time Dunkirk Republican Mayor Margaret Wuerstle as she vied for a fourth term in office. Thwarted by a Democratic majority on the Common Council during her entire time as mayor, she was unable to accomplish many of her ...

Your child needs to enjoy learning

Commentary

Here at Northern Chautauqua Catholic School, we have had a great start to the 2019-20 school year. We hope that your school year has gotten off to a wonderful start as well. One sure way to know how the school year is going for your family is to ask. ¯ Is your child excited to go to ...

Socialists don’t deserve a bad name

Commentary

The term “socialism” turns off many conservative citizens. They quickly equate it with communism. Or confuse it with National Socialism (Nazism) — though White Supremacy resembles Nazism, and the U.S. has groups that identify as Nazi. President Trump faults the Democratic party-all 42 ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1999 The Norfolk Southern Corp. is again asking the city of Dunkirk to close four at-grade crossings in the Fourth Ward. The four crossings in question are located between Route 60 and South Roberts Road. While railroad officials are seeking permission from the city, it ...

NEW YORK STATE Unwelcoming scare for rare user

The OBSERVER’s View

Just when New York state thought it could not get any worse for its 1-year-old Western New York Welcome Center, located out of the way off Interstate 190 in Grand Island, it did. The sky — or ceiling — began falling. A tourist from Plattsburgh who spent last weekend in Niagara Falls ...

People’s column

Peoples column

St. George helped make things happen Editor, OBSERVER: Reading the “Publisher’s notebook” article headlined “St. George’s commitment ‘larger than life’ ’’ (Oct. 11) brought back beautiful memories while touching our hearts, especially mine. I remember his involvement in ...

A homecoming … or two

Commentary

My trip to Alaska was sensationally phenomenal ... if not phenomenally sensational. That state has so much to offer. I know these columns are to be centered on nature-plus and positively never a travelogue. The paper has other writers for that. But I will have more in one of my columns for ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1999 Inline skater Chris Peters of Brocton has been competing on the Aggressive Skaters Association Circuit for several years with one goal in mind — to be invited to turn professional. Now, the Brocton Central School senior is close to achieving this goal. If he ...

Sweating the small stuff at election time

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Early voting in Chautauqua County and the rest of New York state begins in eight days. Judging from the recently held League of Women Voters debates in Dunkirk and Jamestown, many seem ready to make their selection today. One more gathering, which is hosted by the League’s Chautauqua County ...

DUNKIRK: Speaking out toward the end

The OBSERVER’s View

There is nothing worse than silence when you perceive that something is going wrong, especially if you are an elected leader. Earlier this month Andrew Woloszyn, Dunkirk councilman at-large, voiced his concerns over the lack of transparency on Dunkirk Local Development Corp. for city-sponsored ...

People’s column

Peoples column

No funds in Fredonia, more problems Editor, OBSERVER: In the OBSERVER (Sept. 10), Trustee Kara Christina said that while village of Fredonia had an administrator, the infrastructure was bad, the water was brown, the police department had issues, the fire hall was bad, the DPW building was ...

Reality lost in fairy-tale mission

Commentary

The ongoing war against President Trump attempting to destroy his presidency and remove him from office by Democrats is proof that the Democratic coup d’etat continues after nearly three years. Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently spoke touchingly about our democracy being under attack and how ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1999 The Cassadaga Valley Central School District’s business office received an A+ grade in a recent audit report of the district’s 1998-99 books filed by the Fredonia-based CPA firm of Bahgat and Laurito-Bahgat. Louann Bahgat stated there were no findings in this ...

BROOKS HOSPITAL Cash crisis may affect a future

The OBSERVER’s View

Those area residents concerned about Brooks Memorial Hospital renovating at its current location and not relocating to its possible future home in Fredonia need a dose of reality. Brooks, at the current moment, controls very little of its future due to its poor fiscal standing. Within the ...

Forgotten salon still delivers

Peoples column

Editor, OBSERVER: I am writing to share good news and bad news. The good news is that almost 90 businesses and offices are participating in the Feeding Fredonia Challenge this year, a wonderful reflection on the caring citizens of our community. The bad news is that this means that the ...

Discovery is up to us

Commentary

Can we believe what we read, see, hear, learn in school or college? If who we are today is a culmination of all that we have learned and have been, on what premise do we make our decisions and take action? For instance, Columbus Day is a day to celebrate the discovery of the “New World” by ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1999 After an outcry from parents and a 200-signature petition of protest, school officials have rescinded their new policy of not allowing parents to walk their children to their classrooms. As part of the agreement with school officials, parents have agreed to make an ...