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Opinion

Retrospective

Opinion

Thirty years ago — 1990 Through the efforts of the volunteer firemen in Northern Chautauqua County and the Dunkirk Exempt Fireman’s Club, a new drum and bugle corps has been formed in Dunkirk made up mainly of volunteer firemen throughout the area. Officers are Ron Mleczko, business ...

COVID-19 FUND Making difference on local level

Opinion

Logic dictates that the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic can’t possibly sustain the thousands of out-of-work families in Chautauqua County. A family of four would receive roughly $3,600 if both working adults in the home each earn less than $75,000. That $3,600 is a nice tax return ...

‘Able-bodied’ and living off the system

Commentary

A recent article in the OBSERVER was headlined, “Food stamp change fuels anxiety as states try to curb impact.” The article stated, “Having food stamps offers Richard Butler a stability he has rarely known in his 25 years. He was a state custody case at age 2, spent his teen years at a ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990 Preliminary information on a proposed development at the former Ames Department Store on Bennett Road in the town of Dunkirk that would include an eight-screen movie theater and $2 million in improvements and renovations was released at a Fredonia Village Board ...

EDUCATION It’s still early in the new game

Coronavirus coverage

Transitions are never easy, so it would not be surprising if both Jamestown Community College and the State University of New York at Fredonia experienced some difficulties with the move to distance learning. According to both institutions earlier last week, things are progressing. However, ...

People’s column

Coronavirus coverage

Those on front lines are heroes Editor, OBSERVER: I would like to thank all of the health care workers and first responders for the vital work they are doing right now, despite the risk to their personal well being. They are the true heroes in this crisis and deserve our full support. ...

Students coping with sudden change

Commentary

Thousands of college students across the nation have been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 virus. Students were left campuses feeling panicked after the decision was made to switch to online classes. For many, this decision also meant returning home for the remainder of the semester. This ...

Addiction treatment keeps evolving, but not always for better

Commentary

First, I want to congratulate Coach Ken Ricker and the Dunkirk Lady Marauders for a spectacular 24-1 season. It’s a shame their season was cut short with three games to go for the “States.” These girls were a pleasure to watch play. Most fans have no idea as to the kind of shape men or ...

Palliative care must be more accessible

Commentary

The New York State Legislature should promote skilled end-of-life care rather than focusing on ending life prematurely. The International Association of Hospice and Palliative Care recently published (Journal of Palliative Medicine 2017; 20:8-13) a studied position statement (Journal of ...

Pray, praise and give thanks

Commentary

Only God knows how long we will continue in our presence situation. We already have faced cancelled plans, interrupted routines and the curtailing of much social interaction. At the worst we are hearing we may be dealing with the virus threat for months. Even in that time our situation is going ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990 Laura W. Kibelsbeck, a senior at Silver Creek Central School, has been selected to participate in the National High School Honors Orchestra. An oboist, she will perform in the gala concert to be held at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on April 1. Laura is ...

Events on 3/11 began a great interruption

Coronavirus coverage

Wednesday, March 11, 2020. For years to come, it will be the day the United States of America — and New York state in particular — began a screeching halt. We had all heard of the coronavirus, which was greatly affecting China, Italy and Europe. We just never expected to be in its ...

Finding religion outside the church

Coronavirus coverage

Surrounded by empty pews on Sunday morning, the Rev. Daniel Walsh knew his message was being heard. On the first weekend that parishioners could not gather due to restrictions on society caused by the coronavirus, Walsh carried on via WDOE radio, with his weekly service from Holy Trinity Roman ...

Investments Senators’ actions worth probe

Coronavirus coverage

Millions of dollars in stock transactions on behalf of five U.S. senators have raised serious questions about their ethics — and whether they broke laws against insider trading. Clearly, the matter needs to be investigated, but not as a witch hunt with the preconceived notion that someone ...

Life with a troublesome cat

Commentary

Small Black Furry sits next to me. “You continue to write about that annoying dog. When do I get a column? You know,” she sniffs, “when you aren’t looking” (oh, but I was!) “dog barks at me and, yes, even chases me. Oh, well, I do run and mostly hiss but she couldn’t catch me ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990 Will Amtrak passenger trains soon be stopping in Dunkirk? It’s a distinct possibility, according to Roy A. Davis, Chautauqua County coordinator for the Empire State Passengers Association. Mr. Davis said if the railroad is allowed to meet its capital needs, within ...

Crisis: Time to assist with blood drives

Coronavirus coverage

Not sure how to help your fellow American during this current crisis? One suggestion is by donating blood. Supplies across the nation are low now, according to officials at the Community Blood Bank and American Red Cross. “We’ve never seen anything like this in the blood industry,” said ...

There’s always more to story

Commentary

In this, the third installment of our vignette, Janet had left her second session more empowered. She had allowed months to pass without much dialogue with Jarrett, her spouse. Noting his uncharacteristic behaviors, including late night arrivals, continuation of daytime work on weekends, and ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990 Dr. John Kazmierczak, a 1965 graduate of Cardinal Mindszenty High School and 1972 alumnus of Cornell University, recently received the Central Jersey’s Veterinarian of the Year Award, given by the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Kazmierczak, son of ...