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Opinion

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 An article in the spring edition of Woman Engineer magazine covers the ascending career of Jennifer Bradley, salutatorian of the Class of 1992 at Dunkirk High School. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bradley of Middle Road, Dunkirk. The article mentions that ...

Double standards for all to see

The OBSERVER’s View

President Donald Trump has been accused frequently of two things: First, he isn’t a deep thinker, say some critics. Second, he has a persecution complex, they add. Last weekend’s Tony Awards program was supposed to recognize achievements by those who stage Broadway shows. It turned into a ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Brocton Central School students James Naumoff, Dan O’Malley and Juli Rabb, who are part of the school’s economic and vocational math classes, won top prize in the New York State Stock Market Game 200 sponsored by Buffalo State University College and the Buffalo ...

Second budget votes are tests of trust

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Next week is unprecedented when it comes to voting on school budgets. Four districts in our region — Clymer, Gowanda, Ripley and Westfield Academy and Central Schools — will be holding a second referendum Tuesday on spending plans. After eight years of what seemed to be cruise control in ...

Area sends out a salute

The OBSERVER’s View

Dunkirk Joint Veterans Council members — and many others on Memorial Day in the city — stood each time the U.S. flag was part of a display by area groups taking part in the parade. Today, we all stand. As noted on Page B11 in today’s edition, there are proper procedures for displaying ...

A threat to family ties

Commentary

I received a call from a man who identified himself as Richard. He and his two brothers were on a business trip. They had been gone several days. He got my name from a business associate who lives in our region. His brothers encouraged him to call a therapist. Seems he laid out some news that ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Members of the Major Benjamin Bosworth, Silver Creek Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, recently planted a walnut tree at the monument marking the place where the original tree stood. The monument is made of grist stone used in the first mill ...

Construction: Good, bad of road work

The OBSERVER’s View

With the onset of spring and summer comes one more season: construction. Motorists in recent weeks have found the going tough over some of the main thoroughfares. In Fredonia, the Water Street bridge was closed for maintenance but it was well worth it. Besides making some repairs, the road ...

Lots of crumbs from cake ruling

Commentary

A week ago, the Supreme Court decided Masterpiece Cakeshop, LTD v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. It made an ungodly mess of this case and future ones like it. The case involved a Colorado bakery owned and operated by Jack Phillips. Phillips refused to sell a cake celebrating gay ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Organizations and individuals turned out to express concern and to protest the proposed closing of the west bridge on Cemetery Road. A bypass road is being considered that would start at Route 310 and connect with Cemetery Road, creating a dead end. The reason for ...

Adding labor to IDA board

The OBSERVER’s View

Later this week, there is expected to be a welcome change to the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency. County Executive George Borrello, at a luncheon on Saturday in Dunkirk, indicated there will be a representative from labor on the board of directors. Borrello told the area labor ...

Little things in the big picture

Commentary

We take so much for granted saying, “That’s just the way it is.” Scientists sometimes leave what they do not understand to happenstance, or chance. In fairness to them, I think that very few scientifically trained people who actually believe in the big bang theory of creation. They just ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Will Till has been named valedictorian at Forestville High School. The son of Mary and William Till of Forestville, he will attend Alfred University in the fall where he plans to major in electrical engineering. Beth Ann Yerico is the salutatorian for the Class of ...

JROTC: Group brings a dedication

The OBSERVER’s View

Dunkirk schools Superintendent Dr. James Tracy was right on the mark when he referred to the High School JROTC as “a diamond.” He spoke last week during a ceremony to honor the 63 dedicated students who are part of the program. Led by Lt. Col. Russell Clark and Sgt. 1st Class Frank ...

Parade insult a lasting impression

Commentary

As first vice commander of the Dunkirk Joint Veterans Council, I would first like to take this opportunity to thank the city of Dunkirk for the plaque the city presented to the Vets Council on Memorial Day 2018 at Memorial Park during the ceremonies that took place on that day of remembering ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 The Annual Lake Erie Cleanup in the Dunkirk Harbor area again proved to be a success, according to organizer Gregg Bentham of the city’s Harbor Commission. The entire area from North Main Street to the Niagara Mohawk property, Cedar Beach and Point Gratiot was ...

CASSADAGA: Wrong voice from village

The OBSERVER’s View

Maybe the Cassadaga Village Board can do something about its Zoning Board of Appeals, which has taken to punishing a popular area venue in the Red House. News of the decision to deny the establishment a variance was published last week in our newspaper. It makes you wonder just how business ...

People’s column

Peoples column

Columnist put in his place Editor, OBSERVER: This is a response to the letter by Diane Andrasik headlined, “‘Silly’ commentary filled with attacks” (June 3) on the Opinion page. The letter was well researched, well thought out and, no doubt, took a long while to compose and edit. ...

Missing the good, bad of dad

Commentary

With Father’s Day coming up in a week, I thought I’d ruminate on fathers; my father in particular. Fathers are a curious thing. Some are kind and loving, some are cruel and uncaring. Whether present or absent, they are an integral part of who we become. When I was growing up I never knew ...

Grid authority casts huge shadow

Commentary

All of us here in Chautauqua County realize that the path to repowering the NRG plant in Dunkirk has been very long and very challenging. But one positive aspect, throughout this whole ordeal, has been the truly united effort from everyone in our community. We have set aside politics, and ...