Opinion

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Engine Co. 1 of the Dunkirk City Fire Department was recently relocated. The East Fourth Street station moved to Fire Headquarters on Eagle Street. The move is being made to improve response times and the city’s insurance rating. The west side of the city has been ...

Space: Astronomical cost cutting

The OBSERVER’s View

Inadvertently, former President Barack Obama has provided Americans with a reminder that the “you didn’t do that” private sector often does things much better than big government. Obama presided over severe cutbacks in the nation’s space exploration program. The meltdown was so severe ...

The midwinter bleak

Commentary

Alice McDermott: Late afternoon in early February, was there a moment of the year better suited for despair? God Himself was helpless against it. My “bleak” began in early December. Who took away the sun? And when does the snow end? It wasn’t mid-month even and I’d measured ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 A sports column by Gordon Brunskill notes that there is still no official word on whether the Buffalo Bills will once again hold their training camp at SUNY Fredonia this summer. The Bills, who have had the training camp on the Fredonia State campus for the last 17 ...

Publisher’s notebook: City’s payroll purgatory grows deeper

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Dunkirk this week decided to dole out more of your money in creating a new position dedicated to handling human resources. Mayor Wilfred Rosas says over the long term, the $60,000 a year position will save the municipality money. But you cannot spend your way out of future financial troubles. ...

Fredonia: Special night for honorees

The OBSERVER’s View

We salute the Fredonia Chamber of Commerce — and their list of honorees — who will be celebrated tonight during an event at the Beaver Club. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a dinner at 6:30. Each of these honorees have given back to the community — as a business or through ...

Too tired at work, no time for fun

Commentary

Last article we met Esmerelda Santana. She came reluctantly, yet without necessity to face sleep problems. Onset of the problem, she reports, was about five or six months ago. Her restless sleep was compromising an otherwise healthy woman. She worked long hours on her family vineyard. Her ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 A Chautauqua County resident, sponsored by Rep. Amo Houghton, has won coveted appointments to two national service academies. Matthew Baideme, son of Philip and Carol Baideme of Westfield, has won appointments to both the Naval Academy and West Point. He may attend ...

Fredonia: Ready to revisit court merger

The OBSERVER’s View

Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis went back to the drawing board on an issue that makes sense for neighboring entities: a consolidation of the village and town of Pomfret court. This is not the first time the issue has been discussed, but we have hopes — with the rising clamor for a county ...

The sabermetrics of university admissions

Commentary

Many college applicants are awaiting decisions. They went through the process of getting recommendations, taking standardized tests, writing essays, doing volunteer work, filling out applications, being interviewed, and so on. The sloppy way in which students are admitted for these schools is ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 The Dunkirk Town Planning Board approved site plans for a proposed Aldi discount food store on Old Vineyard Drive in the town. The store will be located off Vineyard Drive, near two other new businesses which are nearing completion — the Cracker Barrel Old Country ...

Dunkirk: Bright spot for key connector

The OBSERVER’s View

City of Dunkirk motorists got some smooth news last week. Department of Public Works director Randy Woodbury said Chautauqua County is planning to pave Central Avenue from Millard Fillmore Drive to the pier this year. “Central Avenue is a county road, so we’re responsible for drainage, but ...

We can be our own worst enemy?

Commentary

I was flipping through the TV channels the other evening looking for something interesting. I ran across a minister who was telling an interesting story. As I recall, the minister’s name was McDonald. He was telling about these two brothers several hundred years ago. They were in the royal ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Representatives from the U.S. Postal Service informed Ripley residents of their intention to abandon the present site on Main Street in favor of a new, 3,000-square-foot, user-friendly facility to be built on a one-acre lot somewhere in the town of Ripley. The USPS ...

Stressing out larger schools

The OBSERVER’s View

Public schools are never run with a bottom line in mind. It is why state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli watches district spending, the reserves and the potential for being in financial distress. In Western New York, the East Aurora district was recently reported by DiNapoli in “significant ...

Forgetting about the Americans

Commentary

Well, Mr. and Mrs. America, it finally happened. The swamp in Washington, D.C., finally showed its true identity and sunk this country into a low that has not been seen for decades. The Democrats have shown the whole nation how they really feel about those of us who are true Americans — ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 The Fredonia Planning Board has approved plans presented by Daniel Johnson to operate a liquor store in the former location of Xtreme Detailing and Bison Auto Glass at 112 East Main St. Mr. Johnson, who also serves as Fredonia police chief, said he plans to ...

GOWANDA: Getting tough on proposal

The OBSERVER’s View

Ho-hum. That is usually the passionless attitude of voters when capital projects are proposed for school districts. Years ago, Brocton did a $16-million building plan. Ho-hum, it passes with barely any care for the district of around 560 students. Forestville did the same thing when it did ...

People’s column

Peoples column

Found children are victims Editor, OBSERVER: I uncontrollably wept emotional tears of sadness while writing this letter. For over a year, I have not showered — my story. For over a year, I have not showered — their story. Both, absolute truth when you know the people and the rest ...

Circling the wagons

Opinion

Area needs to send message against plan Editor, OBSERVER: I want to thank Fredonia Trustee Doug Essek for starting his petition on change.org opposing the roundabout at Routes 60 and 20. The petition touches on every reason the public should be against this proposal and I urge everyone to ...