Opinion

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 The Bills will return to Fredonia State for their annual summer training camp on July 31 just as they have for almost the last 20 years. But they may not be back next year. In a recent press release, Bills president Ralph Wilson announced that the organization has ...

Annual Dinner Special salute to dedicated member

The OBSERVER’s View

There were some significant names at the Chautauqua County League of Women Voters annual dinner held at the Fireside Manor last week. Both Dunkirk and Fredonia Mayors Wilfred Rosas and Athanasia Landis were in attendance as well as Roslin Smith, a SUNY Fredonia professor, who put together the ...

Still awaiting our season of spring

Commentary

We’ve written verse, Some good, some worse, Of singing men and frogs. We’ve written ’bout the angel choirs In many monologues. Now that it’s spring, We thought we’d sing, A song of bright new promise, Of fertile rains, and growing pains, With summer ’most upon us. As ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Elizabeth L. Crocker of Fredonia, Chautauqua County’s first historian, died today in the Chautauqua County Home in Dunkirk at the age of 104. In May 1965, the former physical education and health teacher was appointed the first and only historian of Chautauqua ...

CASSADAGA Solving issue creates problem

The OBSERVER’s View

MaryJo Bauer made the right decision last week. The former mayor of Cassadaga tendered her resignation due to the fact she does not live in the village. If she had not left the position, she would have been breaking a state law that has a residency requirement for public officials. But her ...

Losing battle fought by Democrats

Commentary

I continue to think that the Washington, D.C., Democrats are so poor, constantly on a hate campaign against the President of the United States and constantly against any ideas that the president has. Even if it makes sense, they don’t seem to care about this country. The only thing they ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 The Kiwanis Club of Cassadaga Valley selected Robert Peterson as Kiwanian of the Year at a ceremony held recently at Cassadaga Country Club. Each year, the honor goes to a member who has contributed his time and effort not only toward club activities, but to the ...

WATER DISTRICT Village can be real partner

The OBSERVER’s View

We’re optimistic that Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis and the Village Board are intent on cooperating with the North County Water District. But the time has come for a lot more than just lip service, which is what Monday’s approval was. Within the last year, Landis has become a believer ...

People’s column

Peoples column

Preservation efforts failed in county Editor, OBSERVER: I commend WNED public television and everyone who had a part in making “Reimagining A Buffalo Landmark,” the new Richardson Olmsted Campus documentary. It clearly and convincingly illustrates why this is a model preservation ...

Don’t give Green Light Bill a pass

Commentary

A New York state senator claims that opposition to the Green Light Bill, legislation providing a driver’s license to undocumented aliens, suffers from “an education problem.” As a former state Assemblyman, I agree. The legislators supporting this bill failed to educate the public on its ...

Grateful for a relationship with mom

Commentary

“Maker of memories, molder of dreams” — the opening line of a poem I wrote for my mother long, long ago. My mother has been gone for almost seven years now. It seems like last week. It seems like forever. My mother wasn’t perfect, but who is? I learned a lot of life’s lessons from ...

Fighting, with words, to the finish

Commentary

How stupid has the American public become? Apparently, it has reached levels of idiocy never before. Of course, it may be the elite officials who govern the airwaves who are the stupid ones. That’s probably the truth of the matter; after all, the cultural elites believe they have a superior ...

Volunteer offers ‘huge’ thanks

Commentary

A huge thank you to all the wonderful friends, supporters, and kindred spirits who turned out to thank me for my years of volunteerism in Dunkirk and to send me off to new beginnings in Florida. I am headed to the retirement community of Penney Farms where everyone volunteers to help each ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Conductor Grant Cooper will lead his final concert as music director of the Fredonia Chamber Players on May 14 at Fredonia State University College. Having become a fixture of the local music scene during his 16 years with the orchestra, Mr. Cooper is stepping down ...

HIGHS AND LOWS: Some of the best, worst of the week

The OBSERVER’s View

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST SILVER CREEK KINDNESS — Kudos to the students and staff at Silver Creek Central School. They are planning a month of Acts of Kindness projects like planting flowers, putting together care packages for members in the military, ...

Steel quotas are worse than tariffs

Commentary

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue recently endorsed a quota system to limit imports of foreign steel. Such a system would replace current American tariffs on Canadian and Mexican steel. Agriculture companies appear to be overjoyed at his proposal, since the gesture could persuade Mexico to ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 After being rejected three times by the Dunkirk Planning Board, United Refining Co. of Warren, Pa., is taking the city of Dunkirk to court in an attempt to obtain a demolition permit for a house at 765 Central Ave. Papers were filed April 26 in State Supreme Court in ...

Burns’ leadership shapes ‘fantastic’ force

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Ann McCarron Burns was in unchartered territory when she was hired to oversee Public Safety at the State University of New York at Fredonia. In accepting the position, which was offered by then college Vice President Robert Coon, she became the first female chief in the SUNY system. “It was ...

Terror: Treat teens as adults

The OBSERVER’s View

Juveniles who support terrorist groups actively can escape serious prosecution under federal law because of a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, The Associated Press reported this week. Already, that has prompted federal prosecutors to skip proceedings against some minors, allowing state courts ...

The adoption process

Commentary

As is my wont, when I am home in May (and I usually am and always certainly try to be), I keep a close eye on the goslings, before and after hatching. I enjoy their newness when they are first brought over to feed on cracked corn and laugh at their silly (to me) early awkwardnesses. I also ...