Opinion

SEPT. 11 Always honor the heroes

The OBSERVER’s View

Very few students graduating from high school this year were alive when nearly 3,000 people were killed during terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. Even many college graduates have few, if any, memories of the day. Many of those who will vote next year do not recall the ...

Immigration and country clubs

Commentary

The 2020 presidential election will likely be about immigration. It should be. A Yale-MIT research team estimates that there are 22 million illegal aliens in the country today. If large numbers are amnestied and chain-migration remains in place, tens of millions of these aliens and their ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 For the past 50 years, Gernatt Asphalt Products Inc., based in Collins, has been a pillar of the community with expansion to include eight locations throughout Erie, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties. Nearly 200 persons are employed with Gernatt, a significant ...

FOOTBALL Opening win sets a tone

The OBSERVER’s View

Back when the Buffalo Bills were the team to beat in the American Football Conference — more than 25 years ago — there was a commercial that promoted the city. In it, the announcer noted there were five seasons: winter, spring, summer, fall and football season. To this day, that fact ...

Community again steps up for Laurel Run

Commentary

I want to extend a huge thank you to everyone who made our 23rd annual Laurel Memorial Run & Walk a success. It’s heartening to know that so many from our community care enough about the Hotelling family and people with disabilities, that they’re willing to support the event in a ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 School-to-Work, a Chautauqua County program that helps students relate their education with the work force, will begin its second year in schools this fall. Eighteen schools in the county as well as Randolph Central School participate in the school-to-work ...

Fredonia: Charter debate not captivating

The OBSERVER’s View

There’s definitely two sides to the charter issue that will be discussed tonight at the village board meeting in Fredonia. On one side is the current mayor, who is making a push to remove the administrator position from the document. The other side, led by former village attorney Sam Drayo, ...

People’s column

Peoples column

Finding a ‘spark’ in assisted living Editor, OBSERVER: Learning that a loved one needs long term care is difficult. We wish they could live at home forever, but for some, moving to an assisted living community may be the best option to ensure their safety and wellbeing. That doesn’t ...

An unforgettable Fredonia experience

Commentary

My column this week looks a bit different. I have decided to put “My Perspective” in poetic form because of the nature of the subject. It was fifty-five years ago that I joined the faculty at SUNY Fredonia. Also, my wife, our daughter and son and his wife as well as several of our nieces ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 A “Do You Remember?” photo taken by James M. FitzGerald of Fredonia shows the Honor Roll located in the West Barker Common in Fredonia in the early 1940s (about 1943) which listed all the veterans from the village of Fredonia and the town of Pomfret who were in ...

SUNDAY SHOUTOUT: Big picture on school’s return

The OBSERVER’s View

We were overwhelmed to say the least. On Tuesday, when school opened in Cassadaga Valley, we asked readers through our Facebook page to send photos of their child's first day. What a response. As readers from all area school districts noticed in the Wednesday through the weekend editions, ...

DUNKIRK Plan talk on city clinic

The OBSERVER’s View

A possible methadone clinic has again become an issue in the city of Dunkirk. During the Common Council meeting, a city resident brought the issue forward in asking about where the site will be located. “If transparency is key, because we know what happened with the last debacle,” said ...

Information not easy to swallow

Commentary

Poor Kool-Aid; it’s reputation forever tarnished by the phrase, “drinking the Kool-Aid,” when it may possibly have been grape flavored Flavor-Aid laced with cyanide that Jim Jones used to poison over 900 of his followers back in 1978 in Jonestown, Guyana. Drinking the Kool-Aid became ...

In politics and shopping, we get hosed

Commentary

I recently bought a new garden hose. Big deal, right? I never said that I lead an exciting life so give me a break. I hooked it up and that’s it, at least that’s what I thought. You spray water on things with your hose and you’re done with it. At least, that’s what I have done in the ...

Post is vital to village

Commentary

By SAM DRAYO Jr. The position of village administrator in Fredonia has been an important position in our Village for over 50 years. It is time tested and successful. However, the Village Board — three trustees out of five — have proposed repealing the position of administrator. A public ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 The Cardinal Mindszenty Class of 1979 gathered together the weekend of July 30-31 to celebrate their graduation 20 years ago. The Class of 1979 was the final graduating class of that school prior to its closure. Members honored the valiant life of Cardinal Mindszenty ...

It’s never simple arithmetic with schools

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Ripley Superintendent William Caldwell found a lot more than just a lucky penny. When the district he oversees was closing the books on the 2018-19 school year last month, staff members discovered an additional $70,000 in its coffers, courtesy of New York state aid. What did the district do ...

BAHAMAS Battered country needs assistance

The OBSERVER’s View

What happened to people in the Bahamas during the weekend is difficult to comprehend. For a full day and a half, Hurricane Dorian parked itself directly over Grand Bahama and Abaco islands. Sustained winds as high as 185 mph, torrential rain and 20-foot storm surges brutalized our neighbors ...

More puppy tails

Commentary

As you may recall, I watched 13 puppies being born on the tenth of January in 1984. Two succumbed almost immediately. That still left me with eleven healthy golden retriever youngsters. Little did I quite understand that my tale was only to begin. What does one do with eleven puppies in ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Dr. Bernard Lewinsky, father of Monica Lewinsky, recently received a request from the Clinton Legal Expense Trust asking for help in paying off the $10.5 million in legal expenses of President Clinton and his wife Hillary. Dr. Lewinsky wrote “Return to sender” on ...