Commentary

It’s a heated climate for area energy debates

On June 12, I was in attendance for the town of Portland board meeting. I felt a sense of pride to think that this was the very foundation of our democratic government. A set of six people making rules for the majority by gathering information and making decisions. The sales representative ...

Education poll, results ‘reflect poorly’

I was deeply disturbed by your web poll posted at observertoday.com June 12 asking, “Should special education children be integrated into regular classrooms?” It is hard to fathom that such a discriminatory question would be posed in 2019. I have been a special education teacher for the ...

Fall in love with trains at event today

Get on a Train Day happens from 2 to 4 p.m. today with the ALCO-Brooks Engine 444 at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds. Admission and parking are free. Trains are a fun way to travel. They are also the best way to travel in bad weather. They can run when roads and airports are closed. They ...

What’s in your best interest?

Editor’s note: This is the first of two parts Self interest? That’s doing something for oneself. That’s selfish. Wrong! Self interest does not mean selfish; but for many people, these two attributes are lumped together, stirred around and come out selfish. Webster defines self interest ...

Time to get our house in order

These are heady times for Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his fellow downstate Democrats in the Legislature. They control Albany, they control the agenda and they control the state of New York. Their mood borders on the euphoric and they are not afraid to crow about it. For instance, Manhattan ...

A very feisty resident

They were here long before — these frightful beasts — and I trust they remain long after I’m gone. I am a curious person and don’t hesitate to approach closely — while using common sense — for I know from experience how rapidly one can attack. Those attacks draw blood. No. If ...

‘Jerk boyfriend’ and a rude text

I had just packed up to return home when my phone rang. Whoever was calling me didn’t know my schedule. How could he or she? I hoped it wasn’t a robo call. They seem to know when I’m most wary of answering the phone. I heard the voice of a distraught woman whose incomprehensible words ...

Tragedy has look of trend

Pearl Street in the hamlet of Forestville has become an unfortunate tragedy. In the last nine months, one person has died while others have been arrested due to the making of methamphetamine. The cause is something that you rarely expect from a place that has a population of about 650 ...

Inconsistencies in pro-life position

The pro-life position on abortion (abortion is morally wrong and should be illegal) contains a number of paradoxes that indicate that the pro-life side either doesn’t believe in or doesn’t understand its position. First, most pro-life advocates don’t support charging abortion-doctors ...

Open minds allow for knowledge

Epistemology: “How do we know that we know?” I looked it up, and my Webster said it was “A branch of philosophy that investigates the origin, nature, methods, and limits of human knowledge.” I think I like the first, off the cuff definition better. It gave simple me a quicker ...

Brooks: Mismanagement and insanity

A recent OBSERVER front page headlined “Approved” in large letters showed a drawing of the new Brooks Memorial Hospital that is destined for the village of Fredonia. What will happen to the current facility in Dunkirk? It seems no one knows. One thing we do know is there has been a ...

Fredonia performances worth a listen

Over the past several weeks, I have been in the presence of a group of gold medalists. But this group of people didn’t come from the track, gridiron, or diamond. No court could be found. They were from the stage. Many local residents may not be aware that the Fredonia High School Symphonic ...

Not ignoring the struggles of everyday life

It’s hard to be invisible. You have feelings, just like everyone else. You get tired, and hungry, and sad; but no one seems to notice, or care. Life on the streets is a dangerous and harsh existence. While on a recent trip to Niagara Falls, Ontario, I met a man begging for a hand out. He ...

Area needs voice to push back on downstate policies

By GEORGE BORRELLO We were all surprised by Sen. Cathy Young’s sudden retirement from the state legislature. She was a tireless advocate for our region and we are feeling the impact of her absence. The radical New York City agenda in Albany is now more out of control than ever. So, choosing ...

Region facing a new reality

There is a big Republican Primary election coming up on June 25, and you would hardly know it. Things have been very quiet in the race for the Republican nomination for State Senator from the 57th District-Cathy Young’s former position. We all know that our County Executive, George ...

Plenty pitch in to assist area Meals on Wheels

On behalf of Dunkirk-Fredonia Meals on Wheels, I would like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank all of the supporters who made it possible for us to continue operations after a sprinkler malfunction resulted in a devastating flood that completely destroyed our offices last ...

Subsidy for Jamestown airport questioned by legislators

MAYVILLE — The newest proposal to bring commercial air service back to the Chautauqua County-Jamestown Airport through a local subsidy, to go along with federal funding, barely passed through a Chautauqua County Legislature committee. On Monday, the Public Facilities Committee met with ...

Party needs support for Williams, Civiletto in city

I am writing to ask the registered voters of the Working Families Party to vote for our endorsed candidates, Donald Williams for Dunkirk City First Council Ward and Michael Civiletto for Dunkirk City Fourth Ward in the Working Families Primary on Tuesday. The Working Families Party believes ...

Renewed Life

Ah summer! With the warm weather and longer daylight hours, this time of year brings thoughts and plans for various kinds of outdoor recreation. With such thoughts of taking time to relax and enjoy ourselves is also an opportunity to bask in the reality that we may not only enjoy some ...

Who’s that a’tapping

I work at my desk, the retriever at my feet. His bark is its usually ballistic warning when we hear knocking at the door. This is polite but insistent. We are both surprised — I think — when I open the door (he’s ready to charge though the wagging tail signals his real intent that ...