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Commentary

Catholic Charities touches 15,000 in county

While my 33-year banking career in Buffalo might paint a different picture to some, one of my passions is to serve people and my new role as president and chief executive officer of Catholic Charities feels like a great fit, almost an extension or merging of both my years in finance and my ...

Brooks-TLC sees need for support in new build

Efforts to preserve health care in the Chautauqua region by the Brooks-TLC Hospital System Board of Directors have come under fire. The board recognizes the loss of any health service wounds the community, and we understand the emotional reaction. On behalf of all our board members, however, ...

Positive vibes come for NCCS visit

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Andy Ludwig, principal of Northern Chautauqua Catholic School, and Vince Fogerty, teacher at NCCS of the sciences. The group of boys and girls I was to talk to were from fifth grade to eighth grade. When I arrived at the school, I was greeted warmly and ...

Molly’s trying, and rewarding, times

Monday. Stretching over the far side of my bed, I could watch the dog’s rhythmic breathing. So Molly was still alive! Thank you, God. But why hadn’t she awakened me at 7 (or earlier) as was her wont? It was almost 8 o’clock. Frightened, I called to her. Relieved, I saw her immediate ...

Brooks-TLC shows lack of care in decisions

While I hope a new hospital is built, I’m really not sure now that it ever will be. Originally the plan announced by Brooks-TLC was to break ground in 2017 with the hospital up and running by late 2019 or early 2020. Even when the new hospitals site was changed, we were assured that the ...

Bail reform is not protecting us

I will start this commentary by thanking our state Sen. George Borrello, for his fight to protect the citizens of New York and especially those of us here in Chautauqua County by working to reform the recently enacted “bail reform” mandate. But he is not alone, our Chautauqua County Sheriff ...

Discord discourages Fredonia progress

Some thoughts and questions to consider regarding the Fredonia Village Board. 1. The continuous picking on Trustee Roger Britz to destroy his reputation — even suggesting that he is not fit to be on a committee that deals with personnel — is totally inappropriate. 2. It is our ...

Albany’s crooked ways helping criminals

I was completely outraged by reading a recent front page of the OBSERVER and an article headlined “Public defender says it’s too soon to judge bail reform.” Ned Barone, who is the county’s public defender, was arrogant in his remarks. He stated that he was disturbed by the level ...

Consider healthy choices in candidates

Seed catalogs are beginning to arrive. As I paged through the Fedco catalog dreaming of ripe red tomatoes and huge heads of broccoli, I came across this quote, “I have faith that small farms, good food and thriving ecosystems will survive.” Our local small farms with rising costs and ...

There’s no level playing field in football

I thought there was enough “lousy” news in the world today until I read the Section 6 committee’s decision regarding the upcoming division alignments for the 2020 high school football season. To be polite, let me quote the former New York Yankees’ broadcaster, Phil Rizzuto, and say, ...

Marriage offers new beginning

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 ...

Lakeshore got lip service

Its heartbreaking to say the least to watch what has happened at Lakeshore Hospital. As a past employee of Lakeshore, I watched the crumbling after the Berger Commission told Lakeshore and Brooks to work together, cutting duplicate services and making a better, more efficient working hospital ...

Bird relationships are complicated

“Marriage lasting for a single breeding season seems best suited to the life of most birds and is the most frequently practiced form of bird matrimony.” Again, I am quoting from “The Family Life of Birds” which has been written by Hans D. Dossenbach. He continues “(t)o be sure, ...

Green Light Law creates quandary at border

While the New York State Green Light Law provides undocumented aliens the opportunity to obtain New York state driver licenses, a less heralded — though perhaps more impactful — provision of the statute prevents the New York state Department of Motor Vehicles from sharing information with ...

Struggles, horrors of childhood come to light

A couple of days after the second session, Karl called me. Seems Morty asked them to drive him to talk with me. He wanted Karl and Lucy to join him. Also, he wanted the dog, too. I was fine with the plan. We made a mid-day appointment. I left extra time if Morty needed it. They arrived a tad ...

Our great faith in some day

The words “Some Day,” seem to portray a faith in the future, which we all thrive on. Some day my love will come. Some day I’ll find you. Some day we will all meet in heaven. Some day we will finally understand. Some day the struggle will be over. Some day, is the promise of tomorrow. ...

Looking back on leadership

Soon it will be Presidents Day; a day of passion and remembrance. Until 1971, both Wednesday and Feb. 22 were observed as federal public holidays to honor the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12) and George Washington (Feb. 22). In 1971 President Nixon proclaimed one single federal public ...

Koch’s efforts, heart built up region

John Koch died in Naples, Fla., last week at age 97. He moved to Naples from Dunkirk 38 ago after selling his brewery and the death of his wife. As a result, most people in Dunkirk-Fredonia area do not remember him or know much about him. I have had the good fortune of knowing John and ...

Getting stuck while tying one on

A book that caught my attention in the library the other day was entitled “50 KNOTS YOU NEED TO KNOW.” I really don’t think I need to know that many knots. I believe I have led a pretty full life without a plethora of knot knowledge. (Excuse me, but I need to congratulate myself. I just ...

Taking care of ‘Business’ for area

Village’s win benefits our region Editor, OBSERVER: I would like to offer some positive input to quiet some negative comments in public and on social media concerning the recent winner of the Small Business Revolution — Fredonia. l have lived in Dunkirk most of my life and have ...