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Opinion

Speaking up on abuse at home

Commentary

I know I must have talked about this before, but it bears repeating: REAL MEN DON’T HIT! I am sick to death of hearing about young women, even middle aged women, being smacked around by their insignificant others, and then blaming themselves. “I provoked him,” “I made him mad,” and ...

What a wreck the blame game can be

Commentary

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam recently had some racist problems.A yearbook picture of him either in blackface or in a KKK hood didn’t do him any political favor. It didn’t take long for other Democrats to call for his resignation. It was said that “They threw him under the bus.” The ...

Our state encourages bad school decisions

Commentary

The other week in John D’Agostino’s Publisher’s notebook column (Feb. 22), he was critical of the “edifice complex” which has infected many of the local school districts. He was right to find fault with the frivolity, waste and extravagance of many of the projects of the last 20 ...

Unhealthy terms for our hospitals

Commentary

“Money makes the world go round” was a famous lyric sang by Liza Minnelli in the Broadway musical “Caberet.” It’s true now more than ever as we see it played out in the debates over our health-care facilities’ location plans. Although heath care continues to evolve, the ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 New York State recently approved a contract with Wendel, a Buffalo architectural and engineering firm, to design an $8.8 million natatorium at the Fredonia State University College campus. The facility will be a showpiece to the college’s athletic complex, which ...

highs and lows Some of the best, worst of the week

The OBSERVER’s View

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST COOKIE TIME — This spring, there have been a lot of young ladies wearing their Girl Scout uniforms, going around our community asking for your support by purchasing cookies. They will also likely be selling cookies at local ...

New hospital is not just Dunkirk-Fredonia issue

Commentary

Lost in the controversy over building a new Brooks Memorial Hospital is that it just isn’t Dunkirk’s hospital anymore or for that matter Fredonia’s. Since its merger with TLC Health Network in Irving it is now part of a regional healthcare system serving northern Chautauqua County. ...

What We Believe — The Trinity

Commentary

Our series on what we believe continues this month with a most basic tenet of the Christian faith: the doctrine of the Trinity — God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. If you worship at a liturgical style Christian church, and at some point during the worship most congregations ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 They just look like candles in pretty paper bags, but money from the sale of luminaries could end up providing a temporary shelter for a family burned out of their home, or a pint of life-saving blood for an accident victim. American Red Cross fund-raisers are ...

Sex Assault Exposing dark military secret

The OBSERVER’s View

Arizonan Martha McSally spent 26 years in the military, becoming the first female Air Force pilot to fly in combat. She went on to a successful career in politics, leading her to the U.S. Senate. Clearly, she is a strong woman. Yet she was shaken deeply on Wednesday, as she participated in a ...

People’s Column

Peoples column

Young always has helped our region Editor, OBSERVER: I think that the article in the newspaper dated Jan. 23 criticizing Sen. Cathy Young was distasteful, among other things I will not address. Cathy is for all of the people. She worked hard for all that she does for all of us from all ...

The Ides of March

Commentary

March 15, 2018. Unlike Mr. Caesar, I shall survive the day. Considering myself (and hoping to be seen by others) as a jovial sort, I try to look on the bright side of every aspect. Besides, I feel I’ve already complained enough for one winter: its bleakness and even, more recently, my ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Work to demolish the former Welch building on Route 20 could begin as soon as the end of this month. The Brocton Village Board determined that its deteriorating condition poses a threat to the public. An inspection turned up evidence of suspected asbestos, an ...

Albany’s ‘physical toll’ is one long road

Editor's corner

Almost every Monday morning started with a similar routine for William Parment when he represented Chautauqua County for 28 years in the state Assembly. He would wake up early, leave his North Harmony home at 6 and begin his 386-mile, six-hour journey on Interstate 86 to Albany. “It was the ...

Helping document creek’s history

The OBSERVER’s View

As many around Fredonia and Chautauqua County realize, Canadaway is more than just a creek. It is a true natural treasure that many benefit from in terms of nature and fishing. That being said, there has been little documented about the important tributary and its past. Alberto Rey, State ...

There’s no need for Ball Hill turbines

Commentary

Is there a reason for Ball Hill Wind to exist? That was the question asked by county residents last week at a state Public Service Commission hearing to approve or deny a “Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity” for the Villenova-Hanover project, which can be viewed at ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Silver Creek firefighters recovered 10 plastic crates of undelivered mail from the creekbed of Walnut Creek under the Stebbins Road bridge. They rappelled about 110 feet into the ravine to retrieve the mail. The mail was primarily from the Amherst and Kenmore area. ...

No smooth ride for snowmobilers

The OBSERVER’s View

Snowmobiles are a huge cog in the winter economy of Chautauqua County. They also are a source of frustration for some residents in Cassadaga. Last month, a number of complaints were heard in the village about the snow motorists going through yards and on streets. “As a resident of High ...

Overturning landmark abortion cases

Commentary

It is widely expected that the Supreme Court will revisit its landmark abortion cases: Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973) and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, 505 U.S. 833 (1992). In Planned Parenthood, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor put forth two Constitutional rules on abortion that focus on ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 An increase in train traffic is expected in northern Chautauqua County as a result of the pending acquisition of Conrail by CSX and Norfolk Southern, and local officials are looking for specifics in order to prepare for the change. Among the crossings in the city of ...