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Opinion

Mayors urge ‘proactive stand’

Commentary

The holiday season is just around the corner. Unfortunately, however, the coronavirus is here in our area now. We have seen a spike over the last month in the number of reported positive cases and hospitalizations. As your mayors of Dunkirk and Fredonia, we are urging each of you to take a ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990 Dr. Ceila A. Lloyd is now in association with Charles W. Hannum, DDS in the practice of general dentistry at 53 Temple St., Fredonia and will be accepting new patients. Dr. Lloyd received her doctorate in dental surgery in May of this year from the State of New York ...

EDUCATION COVID may have put end to Regents

The OBSERVER’s View

Have the state Board of Regents just admitted that hybrid learning isn’t working? It’s worth considering in the wake of the decision to cancel Regents exams scheduled for January. Many high school students in the state are either learning entirely at home or in a mix of at-home and ...

People’s column

Peoples column

Seeking unity in America Editor, OBSERVER: How can we help re-unite America? By petitioning for our money’s worth, from every Party Politician, (we pay their salaries) to make decisions in our best interest, even though that may require crossing the aisle when something is good for ...

Stream of benefits becoming waterfall

Commentary

An article recently in the OBSERVER was headlined, “More benefits for low income families on the way from SNAP.” The article stated: The State of New York and the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance is making more than $ 100 million in additional emergency food assistance to ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990 The resignation of Gowanda Junior High School Principal Donald C. Wesley was accepted reluctantly at the recent meeting of the Gowanda School Board. Board President Ann Martindale said, “I hate to read this motion,” before the board’s action to accept the ...

Fredonia: District needs some urgency

The OBSERVER’s View

Dr. Bradley Zilliox is coming into a trying situation at Fredonia Central Schools as its new superintendent. What was once a model district has been filled with public tumult in recent years. A principal was ousted. A coaching position was surrounded with controversy. Former Superintendent ...

Pro-life words need action

Peoples column

Editor, OBSERVER: I’d like to respond to a recent letter that noted, “vote your conscience and faith” (Oct. 31). Professing to be pro-life is more then being against abortion; it is believing in the right to life “from womb to tomb.” Is it pro-life to allow a baby to be born, then ...

Party powers hurt limits

Peoples column

Editor, OBSERVER: We are in trouble as a nation regardless of who wins this election. For too long we’ve been saddled with red and blue politicians who resemble hogs with two snouts, enriching themselves at the public trough. We must start the process of installing term limits for every ...

With COVID, quit picking, choosing who to name

Commentary

This is my first article I have ever written to the OBSERVER. I believe this is necessary as the front-page article (Nov. 10) does not have the facts stated correctly about the spread of COVID-19 happening at some of the clubs. The spread of COVID is everywhere and it seems there were ...

Flawed fight with COVID-19 began with testing

Commentary

Almost every person in America is tired of hearing about ‘the virus’ and the increasing tolls from COVID-19. Nearly all of us want the kids back in school where teachers teach face to face, little girls dance and sing, little guys play, and parents joy as they see their children learn and ...

Retrospective — Nov. 14

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990 Awards recipients at the Fredonia Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet included Donald and Betty Jo MacPhee, “Service to Humanity”; Sam St. George, Community Service Person of the Year; Robert and David Penharlow, Retail Persons of the Year; and William Larson, ...

Did agency ‘cut many corners?’

The OBSERVER’s View

Census Bureau officials’ claim the agency was able to collect information from 99.9% of the households in America strains credibility. It would during normal times, not to mention the middle of a deadly epidemic. If officials in several states, cities and organizations are right, the bureau ...

The old debate begins again

Commentary

I had the same argument last year, resolved it then, but it’s back again now. It’s all about a Christmas tree: do I want one – or not? If my answer is affirmative, then I must continue: real or phony? Tall or short? So many questions. So much to think about. My mind still entertains ...

Schools on front lines with COVID, finances

Editor's corner

SILVER CREEK — Surrounded by plastic dividers in a conference room while being 6 feet apart and wearing a facial covering, Superintendent Todd Crandall spoke with pride in the work done by his staff as students were entering the high school building on Monday. Coming through the front door in ...

County inconsistent handling reveals

The OBSERVER’s View

By announcing seven COVID-19 cases connected to the Fredonia Beaver Club, it reveals an inconsistency in how Chautauqua County and its Health Department are singling out some while letting others go under the radar. Since Oct. 23, this newspaper has covered a spike in virus cases, specifically ...

Too many never gave Trump a chance

Commentary

As I write this the other guy, Joe Biden, has been declared “President Elect.” It seems that the President’s opponents who have been out to get him since November 2016 have attained their goal — even if doing that deed was left to Democratic political hacks who applied the fix in ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990 The Westfield Chamber of Commerce handed out awards at its annual banquet last week to two businesses. The Business Improvement Awards were given to Cora’s Beauty Salon and the Main Diner, both located on East Main Street, for improvements to the ...

Celebrating the brave among us

The OBSERVER’s View

How fortuitous it is that this week, while the attention of millions of Americans seems focused on controversy, we take time out to honor those about whom we are in complete agreement: veterans of military service. No matter how we view politics, we are united in revering the men and women ...

Old soldiers never die …

Commentary

Seventy-five years ago, the world’s most calamitous war mercifully ended. One of my earliest memories was standing hand-in-hand with my mother on West Main St. in Little Falls watching the Veterans Day parade pass by. It was 1947 or 48. I remember the marching bands, floats, firetrucks, ...