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Opinion

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 A potential buyer for Al Tech Specialty Steel Corp. has stepped forward, company officials announced today. Universal Stainless & Alloy Products Inc. of Bridgeville, Pa., has signed a letter of intent to purchase the assets of AL Tech in a transaction valued at ...

Some of the best, worst of the week

The OBSERVER’s View

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST EXCITEMENT ON CAMPUS — SUNY Fredonia is the place to be today, and it’s not just for college students. For the college’s Homecoming celebration, Hollywood icon Mary McDonnell will be visiting her alma mater. Also, as ...

Short notice an inconvenience

Commentary

On Columbus Day afternoon a notice was placed in mailboxes on my street in Silver Creek informing residents that the following day sewers were to be relined. I know that this has been planned for some time and was something that needed to be done to comply with state and federal regulations. ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 The debate on a casino for the city of Dunkirk continues. Mayor Robert Kesicki is a casino advocate, citing economic benefits and prosperity for the community. Those opposed cite crime, gambling addiction and quality of life concerns. Earlier this decade, John J. ...

Quit delaying Senate action

The OBSERVER’s View

Actions by some Democrats in the U.S. Senate have resembled nothing as much as a temper tantrum during recent weeks. One might have thought that after the vote to confirm the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, they would have decided more mature behavior was appropriate. But ...

Peoples Column

Peoples column

Mitrano focuses on district, not donors Editor, OBSERVER: Tracy Mitrano is my choice to represent our Congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. I support her not because I agree with each and every detail of her platform, but because she is a careful listener who hears ...

Carving out a niche for pumpkins

Commentary

No hiding the fact, almost all the information in this column on pumpkins in folklore and pictures came off the internet. I am grateful for the sources. Cinderella would never have met her prince without the pumpkin-turned carriage. Almost as well-known, I suspect, is Linus’s waiting ...

Floundering GOP stymies Molinaro run

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Marc Molinaro knew he was likely fighting a losing battle. In early April, the Dutchess County executive announced his intentions to run against Gov. Andrew Cuomo this November to lead the Empire State. “I won’t lie, the path ahead is not easy,” Molinaro admitted in the Poughkeepsie ...

Fair sentence in tragedy

The OBSERVER’s View

There are some county residents expressing disappointment with Patrick Swanson, county district attorney, for the plea agreement reached earlier this month in the case of a Sherman man who shot and killed a neighbor while hunting after dark on Nov. 22, 2017. The complaints are largely the ...

A sickening cycle in health care

Commentary

It’s time to stop wrangling about health care and do something. The history of health care in the United States is a grueling story of attempts and resistance. It’s easy to find articles about this history — no need to rehash it here. Throughout this ridiculous, decades-old debacle, ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 The Fredonia Chamber of Commerce will host its annual banquet Nov. 2 at the White Inn. Honored will be Business Person of the Year, Bonita Saletta, president/owner of Midtown Realty at 20 West Main St., Fredonia. Albert Sam of Westfield Homes on Route 60 in Fredonia ...

Chamber event brings unity

The OBSERVER’s View

There is a definite divide in Chautauqua County. It comes down to us and them, specifically the north and south. That, however, does not mean we do not always come together. Last week, the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce held its annual banquet, which highlights the best people and ...

Unruly protesters need consequences

Commentary

In recent years, out-of-control protests have rocked college campuses. At the University of California at Berkeley in 2017, masked and black-clad Antifa and other black bloc members protested a planned speech by libertarian Milo Yiannopoulos. They set fires, destroyed property, violent ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Stan Kawski, a Korean War veteran, spoke at the 100th anniversary of the unveiling of the Soldiers Monument at Evergreen Cemetery in the Town of Portland. Doris Kawski, president of the Chautauqua County Legion Auxiliary, and Arthur Donovan, Commander of Brocton ...

fredonia Another challenge for community

The OBSERVER’s View

At the end of the summer, OBSERVER Staff Writer Mary Heyl reported — before the start of the school year — on the growing number of reduced and free lunches going to students at area schools. According to the article, the Community Eligibility Program found that every school district in ...

Quick assistance greatly appreciated

Peoples column

Editor, OBSERVER, My husband and I would like to express appreciation to the young people who helped my husband when he fell at Point Gratiot. A young couple and two young men called for help. They sent for an ambulance. Their kindness is appreciated. TONY SUNZERI, Dunkirk

We can only control so much

Commentary

Watching the Fourth of July fireworks can be fascinating. A rocket is launched into the air and explodes above our heads into a burst of fire, which flies in every direction, cascading like a giant spray from a spewing waterfall and lighting up the heavens. As it burns out, it and falls as ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 The New York State Humane Association recently held its annual awards presentation at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Rennselaer. Several people were recognized for their dedication to protecting animal rights and animal welfare education. Among those receiving an ...

Central Avenue: Construction calms traffic

The OBSERVER’s View

Work on Central Avenue in Dunkirk is quickly progressing. As of Friday, most of the strip had been milled with paving set to begin this week. Surprisingly, the fairly rough road has brought a safety feature. Due to the conditions, traffic has slowed with most cars driving around 25 ...

State way too caring toward criminals

Commentary

The insanity in Albany continues. Let’s take a look at some of the insane programs that were placed on the New York state taxpayer. ¯ Twenty-four felons released into society, the attack on gun owners. ¯ Cuomo wants New York state to become a sanctuary state. ¯ The age of ...