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Commentary

Be a responsible, educated voter

Thinking about voting? This year it has become more convenient than ever. I use the word convenient rather than easy because voting should never be easy, but it should be convenient. New York state has instituted early voting, and this is the first election that it is being implemented. ...

Advocating for civility

This is written about Arkwright, a tiny spot having only 1,000 people. Many readers know no one there or have an interest in the area. But the election affects us all. Your community, if not Arkwright, has issues of its own. Learn what they are and about the people who want to represent you. ...

A Dunkirk hero’s final days

After nearly 70 years Sgt. Gerald Raeymacker, U.S. Army, has returned to his hometown and to the family and friends who love and remember him. It is an occasion that brings with it both joy and sorrow. The Korean War is called the Forgotten War because it was lost among the momentous events ...

Scary times come with cost

Thursday, the little ghouls and goblins will be walking through the neighborhoods with sticky fingers and chocolate smudged faces. There will be clowns, action figures, fairies, and monsters, and there will be wind, maybe a few raindrops and even some tired and crying babies — it’s ...

Cassadaga project is jumping the gun

I’ve enjoyed watching the process of state’s Article 10 Law permitting wind energy facilities through the lens of the Cassadaga Wind Project. Like other citizens, my attempt to understand Cassadaga’s Article 10 permit is enabled by participating as “party” in the state Department of ...

Fun and games with little results

Downtown business district in the city of Dunkirk has been failing. It has been neglected by this administration for the last four years. Instead of concentrating on this district, this administration has concentrated on other non-important issues such as the city pier, which was a waste of ...

Reforming people

Special to the OBSERVER As we again approach the annual celebration of the Reformation (Oct. 31) we not only remember and praise God His working to correct His church. We are also reminded how our lives as Christians are continually undergoing reformation. We continually recognize that we are ...

Making a commitment matters in sports, life

Editor’s note: This is the first of two parts. Recovery from chemicals is a gift. Unfortunately only one in 10 people in the beginning of their recovery choose to use it. If I were to ask ten basketball coaches and ten chemical dependency counselors what their best offensive tactics were ...

Council powerless over boat races

As a councilman for the city of Dunkirk, I feel it’s important that I set the record straight regarding my position on the recent Grand Prix Offshore boat “race” conducted in Dunkirk. On Sept. 28 a letter was printed in the OBSERVER signed by two council colleagues, Councilmen Martin ...

We could all do better before voting

Election Day will be here before you know it. I got a flyer in the mail the other day telling me I can vote early. Sounds like shades of Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago — vote early, vote often! But I’ll wait til Election Day. I don’t want my vote disqualified for some phony witch hunt or ...

Grateful family appreciates community support

As October closes and autumn begins to usher in 2020, we want to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in the preparation and fulfillment of Sgt. Gerald Raeymacker memorial service. There were so many people involved that it is impossible to mention all of them. Please forgive any ...

Memories of a distance too far away

Ever have something so long you can’t remember where it came from? Or how it got to be where it is now? I’m looking at a quite normal beige 9 x 11.5” box (from Kenneth W. Fosburg Co, 558 Buffalo St, Jamestown, N.Y. Phone 61-156) labeled “AUSTRALIA Misc. Books & Pictures” with ...

Diagnosis shakes long-term relationship

My friend and professional colleague asked me to join her for lunch. Gail and I go back 25 years. We collaboratively co-counseled couples in a special program she designed. We maintained contact and she especially liked lunches. We’d talk politics, religion and she doubled as my ...

It’s about our nation, not Trump

This is a message to friends who either support President Donald Trump or are uncommitted to either support or detraction. Speaking as a lifelong Democrat, I’ve disliked Mr. Trump as long as I’ve known who he was — both for his entitled view of the world and for his shameful racism. I ...

We’re becoming numb to corruption

Top government officials are increasingly above the law. The elite power structure (academia, media, political parties, and social media giants) pretends not to notice. At issue is whether this is a threat to the country or just the same old same old. Exhibit A is the FBI and DOJ’s ...

Life is what we make of it

Editor, OBSERVER: A TROUBLED SOUL You say you can’t go on, the days too short the nights too long, your friends and family few. You reminisce in silence keeping counsel deep within, allowing thoughts of self-destruction to perniciously creep in. Relationships with the ...

Challenges come with aging

I’ve been shooting off my mouth about many topics for a few years now. I suppose it’s time I wrote about the one thing of which I am truly an expert. I reached my 92nd birthday on Monday. That classifies me as an elder of the community. There are some, but not many, who are older than ...

Our Republic government and its people

Recently, I attended a school board meeting, a village board meeting and a town board meeting. My objective was to view a republic in action. At each of these meetings, the public was invited to view their opinion on various subjects under discussion. The local press was in attendance and the ...

Finding hope after depths of despair

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

“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 ...