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Opinion

GOWANDA Theater’s rebirth also an opportunity

The OBSERVER’s View

It was a showcase to celebrate. Last week, Gowanda residents and officials toured the historic Hollywood Theater in downtown to see all the renovations on a special date — its 95th birthday. For years, the community has rallied for the theater through significant springtime events and ...

Making a call for collaboration in city

Commentary

The several conveyances of unopened Perry Street involved no wrong doing by city officials and city workers. I fully stand by the officials and by the highly skilled city workers, and I fully stand by Department of Public Works analysis of three critical omissions in the special counsel ...

We could all use a little more faith

Commentary

I do a lot of reading in my old age. I guess it may be because my eyeballs are more acceptable to movement than my legs. My lounge chair is very comfortable. I read a lot of what I would call Christian philosophy. That is about Christianity in general, more than any particular church. There are ...

Reaching the COVID finish line

Commentary

COVID-19 has been ever present in our lives for well over a year now. It has changed how we live, work, learn and play. Fortunately, COVID-19 is now a vaccine preventable disease. The finish line for us is not the total elimination of COVID-19. The finish line will be crossed when the vast ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1991 Don Gould of Gould Distributing, 82 Lucas Ave., Dunkirk was recently honored for achieving top sales in an individual market with sales over $25,000 in his first year as a Briar Hill Rustic Furniture representative. The product is white cedar lawn furniture. Gould ...

NEW YORK STATE Executive orders need transparency

The OBSERVER’s View

Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently extended executive orders mandating an 11 p.m. restaurant curfew and requirement that patrons order food in order to consume alcohol. The extension isn’t surprising seeing as it came after a state appellate court ruled the curfew could stay in effect until a ...

People’s column

Peoples column

Redistricting needs accountability Editor, OBSERVER: The League of Women Voters of Chautauqua County promotes transparent and accountable redistricting processes, and the ending of hyper-partisan practices that don’t benefit constituents. The League believes that responsibility for fair ...

Reason for pride in region

Commentary

Our region ... Western New York... is a very special place! This is an exceptional area because of the people and with the region’s magnificent rolling hills, expansive beautiful valleys, productive farm lands, and majestic lake plains. This area stands out as a wonderland of nature and ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1991 Student of the Week is Darren Best, son of Peter and Carol Best of Westfield. A senior at Westfield Academy and Central School, Darren is majoring in math, science and French. He has lettered in baseball, basketball and football. Darren plans to pursue a career in ...

Finding support in lonely times

Commentary

“Just because you are alone, doesn’t mean that you have to be lonely.” Over the past 13 years in the REBT program at Holy Trinity Parish Center, I must have repeated this hundreds of times to the people that took part in the program every week. The fact that people in treatment in ...

DUNKIRK: More unneeded delays in city

The OBSERVER’s View

Inaction by Dunkirk Common Council in December led to one potential development director to withdraw their name in December. That person obviously did not want to deal with the politics or some of the hostility that has been evident in the last 15 months. However, the most recent action of ...

We must act for our world

Peoples column

Editor, OBSERVER: This is in response to “Painful proposal looms at pumps” (April 19). I certainly agree with the OBSERVER that we all need to be concerned with the state’s environmental future. That’s why I don’t understand why efforts to rein in climate-killing fossil fuel use, ...

Noise is just beginning

Peoples column

Editor, OBSERVER: The weather is getting warmer and the little boys already have their loud exhausts on their vehicles: cars, trucks and motorcycles. Loud music again and again. Buffalo is concerned with ATVs roaming the streets. We see the ATV’ getting ready to roll. Hope this ...

Having a brighter outlook on solar

Commentary

Having read the opinion on the evils of solar energy, I have a few quibbles and a suggestion. Looking at the “facts,” New York’s largest energy sources are one half natural gas, one third nuclear, and one fifth hydro. This is according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. As ...

Climate is right to begin change

Commentary

Sometimes it seems like hell — or Texas — has to freeze over before climate action comes to the forefront of many politicians’ minds. Well, after recent severe weather events, the climate threat is clear as can be, and it’s time for Congress to act. On Feb. 13, a winter storm began ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1991 Citing her inability to reach an agreement with County Executive Andrew Goodell on the county office building and the downturn in the nation’s economy, Rochester developer Karen Hanson has pulled out of the city of Dunkirk’s harborfront development project. Her ...

Small, positive U.S. signs emerging

The OBSERVER’s View

It is not difficult to understand why so many are optimistic we have turned the corner in our fight against COVID-19. Hopeful signs are everywhere. Earlier this month, the Institute for Supply Management reported the U.S. services sector showed record growth in March, as states ease ...

Open positions not impacting jobless rate

Editor's corner

Hollow campaign promises of years past appear to have come home to roost. When seeking municipal or county office, the message most likely heard often from candidates focused on bringing jobs to Chautauqua County. Despite what this week’s most recent state figures noted, it seems current ...

Property owners get major shock

The OBSERVER’s View

We understand the sticker shock some town of Chautauqua residents are feeling. It’s hard to look at our local economy and justify how a property tax assessment on a swamp can increase more than 300% from one day to the next. Of course, the property in question didn’t appreciate that ...

Quick response deserves applause

The OBSERVER’s View

For everyone involved in the response to Monday’s unfortunate gas leak around 11 a.m. in Dunkirk, there is plenty to applaud. Within minutes of the incident, first-responders — particularly the city Fire Department — took action to make sure everyone was safe. Of greatest concern, ...