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Opinion

A comfort zone in heart of winter

Commentary

It was cold last week, and it reminded me of the poem by Robert Service about the prospector in the Yukon who “hated the cold, but the land of gold seemed to hold him like a spell.” It is true that I don’t like the cold anymore. Yet, I am also gripped like a “spell” when it ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1991 Cadet Joseph Krupa, son of Carole Urbanik Krupa of Centerville, Ohio, and grandson of Irene Urbanik, 4 Carole Ave., Fredonia and the late Joseph Urbanik, is a member of the Class of 1994 at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is a 1989 graduate of ...

SUNY Local leadership in COVID cases

Coronavirus coverage

Here is a testament to how well the State University of New York at Fredonia has done keeping the COVID-19 numbers stable. Another location, in Central New York, went to remote-learning model in the fall semester after Oct. 5. That institution: SUNY Cortland. And, apparently, the message ...

Our evolving lives, power supply

Commentary

In the outfall of the Texas electrical power outage, an article (Feb. 17) updates the status of New York state’s power grid. I have lived at least four years in each of four states. I experienced at least one power outage lasting a day or more in each state except Michigan. The reasons have ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1991 Boy Scout Troop 254 and Cub Scout Pack 254 sponsored by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish celebrated the 61st anniversary of Cub Scouts and the 81st anniversary of Boys Scouts last Sunday. Two Dunkirk boys were presented with the Parvuli Dei emblem during a special ...

NEW YORK STATE: Louder chorus needed for music

The OBSERVER’s View

Members of the Westfield Academy & Central Schools are striking all the right notes. If sports can come back during the COVID-19 pandemic, why not the music program? Last month, music teacher Helen Ihasz called the school board — and state — to allow bands and choruses to be able to ...

Are we doing everything to prevent COVID deaths?

Commentary

Many people continue to die from COVID-19. Some will die because despite all that is done; their innate human condition causes the treatments we currently have to be ineffective. Others will die because they have an inadequate or significant delay in treatment early in the disease process. ...

Once past the big bucks, real need emerges

Commentary

Tom Reed claims the Democratic stimulus plan is completely partisan. What is partisan about town and county governments? What is partisan about schools and hospitals? What is partisan about the water treatment plant or the road crew? All of these public services are hurting for money. ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1991 Kelly Schonhart became the first girl at Forestville Central School to score 1,000 career points in basketball, reaching that milestone as in the Lady Hornets’ 49-41 Division 3 win over visiting Panama. Schonhart scored 23 points to boost her career total to ...

‘Positive’ vision, ethic energized downtowns

Editor's corner

David C. Bryant had a knack for looking ahead while reflecting on the past. It was a part of his love for life and passion for this community. You could see it in his brilliant smile — and in the relationships he built that led to a renovation of many historic structures that dot the ...

SOCIAL MEDIA Company decision highlights flaws

The OBSERVER’s View

Think whatever you want about the fairness of Twitter banning Donald Trump from its platform, but reasonable people should quash this notion that Twitter’s decision somehow is a violation of the First Amendment. Instead, reasonable people — which hopefully still includes a few lawmakers ...

Goodbye, old girl

Commentary

I have always liked to write about Molly. She has fans who only contact me when a column about her appears. Besides that, it’s she who fills my days with joy and causes unexpected outbursts of laughter. Writing about her is obviously overdue but, come on, she and I are just like the rest ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1991 Paul Redlich of Fredonia is seeking to lease 3,000 square feet of space at the County Airport North in Dunkirk for his Stars and Bars Aircraft Co., a firm which will restore antique and vintage aircraft of the “Warbird” era. Redlich noted that the “Stars and ...

District aiming to be ‘efficient’

The OBSERVER’s View

Dunkirk City Schools is aware of the fiscal troubles that lie ahead. During a Board of Education meeting earlier this month, the district talked about the impending financial cliff that looms in 2023. Superintendent Michael Mansfield, who has been in the position for only 10 months, noted ...

Awaiting numbers on big savings

The OBSERVER’s View

Insight regarding the closure of the Gowanda Correctional Facility should not have come this late. State Sen. George Borrello, R-Sunset Bay, asked the acting commissioner for the state corrections facility about a Freedom of Information Law request by the Gowanda Area Redevelopment Corp. ...

VACCINES: Numbers hurt state effort

The OBSERVER’s View

This is not an excuse when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccinations. It's just a fact. New York has 19 million residents. If the state is receiving between 250,000 to 300,000 vaccines weekly, it will take a long time before everyone receives their treatment. The good news? There is some ...

An unending cycle for humanity

Commentary

Humanity has been in a struggle with themselves for untold generations to see who is best, and who can come out on top. Even in our entertainment, we strive to defeat out rivals, with whom we compete to see who will overcome the other. We have made our fellow travelers to be our enemies, to ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1991 The names of the participants in the first “Bid for Bachelors” fundraiser are: Bill Bartlett, Bob Burgess, Ross Conti, Chris Carlson, Joe Coughlin, Chris Dean, Paul Dengler, Jim Heenan, Kyle Kubera, Al Loeb, Rob Manzella, Tom Mleczko, Brad Morris, Michael ...

COVID-19 Nursing home answers needed

Coronavirus coverage

Democrats in the state Legislature have been unwilling to use their power to investigate what happened inside the state’s nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Maybe the admission of a cover-up will be enough to spur Democrats into action. Late Thursday night, the New York Post ...

VACCINES Numbers hurt state effort

The OBSERVER’s View

This is not an excuse when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccinations. It’s just a fact. New York has 19 million residents. If the state is receiving between 250,000 to 300,000 vaccines weekly, it will take a long time before everyone receives their treatment. The good news? There is some ...