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Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990 Student of the Week is Pamela Crowell, a Pine Valley Central School senior. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Crowell of South Dayton. President of the senior class and the National Honor Society, Pam was the recipient of the 1989 Penn-York Chemistry Award. ...

EQUALITY Country struggles with values

The OBSERVER’s View

Our United States of America were founded on a strong belief of having freedom and equality. No matter how well things are going for our country economically, there is always a struggle for both. During international wars, this nation and its military have always answered the call. When it ...

Things still spinning out of control

Commentary

The wind turbines are getting out of hand. Now the state of New York wants those turbines in Lake Erie to be called a wind turbine farm. Even some of the people who were in favor of these turbines are having second thoughts because of the constant noise and the danger it presents to anyone ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990 After a quarter century of service to the town of Stockton, Cathryn Berndt has decided to hang up her official historian’s hat. Her resignation was effective Dec. 31. Mrs. Berndt, who will observe her 85th birthday in April, has authored a book about the Stockton ...

SUNDAY SHOUTOUT: A voting revolution

The OBSERVER’s View

After presenting the State of the State address in Dunkirk, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul was surrounded by county chamber and elected officials. Their mission: get her involved and wearing a #myfredonia T-shirt. She was thrilled to oblige. There's two days left in the Small Business Revolution ...

HOSPITALS E-mail notes appear careless

The OBSERVER’s View

Brooks-TLC Hospital System Inc. consistently sends a message to its staff about being compassionate and caring with patients. However, the administration needs to remember to heed its own message when it comes to dealing with some upset employees. On Dec. 3, the hospital announced the closure ...

People’s column

Peoples column

Facility closing an area wound Editor, OBSERVER: I went to TLC three times. I guess there isn’t much demand in Irving. It used to be a big hustle bustle hospital then parts of it became abandoned... people left for better opportunities. I should have left years ago, but my hubris ...

Dreamers, misfits related to late musician

Commentary

I came home from playing another exciting five-hour session of Dungeons & Dragons at my brother Gareth’s house this past Friday, Jan. 10, to discover that one of the most influential rock’n’ roll drummers of all time had passed away at the age of 67. To me, Neil Peart was more than a ...

Children must not go hungry in schools

Commentary

A Google search for “paying school lunch debt” reveals a long list of recent news stories about good Samaritans paying off the school lunch debt of children whose families cannot afford it. A Fredonia man paid off $2,000 in school lunch debt in his area, helping 140 families. A Rigby, ...

Bipartisan days are gone — for now

Commentary

I am a Democrat, so it might seem strange for me to be concerned about the future of the Republican Party in Albany ... but such is the case. Though the Republican Party is dominant here and in many upstate areas — as a statewide political force, it is in decline. Today, the Republican ...

Union decline hits U.S. in the wallets

Commentary

Union membership has declined by 50 percent from 1983 to 2016; in 1983 it was 20.1 percent, in 2016 only 10.7 percent. Membership in 2016 was 14.6 million. In 1983 there were 17.7 million union workers. This decline reflects Republican ideology favoring ownership and owner’s influences. ...

SECURITY World at risk for cyber attacks

The OBSERVER’s View

If you doubt that too many Americans have become preoccupied with President Donald Trump, either favorably or unfavorably, consider a news report this week. It involved Russian computer hackers and Burisma, the Ukrainian natural gas company. “A cybersecurity company says Russian military ...

Getting the word out

Commentary

Too late to learn new things? Never! I love words. I keep a special spiral notebook of words new to me. Once, of course, I’ve looked up their meaning so both can be recorded together. Many words appear once and then disappear. The New Yorker seemed to enjoy making up (well, I ...

TONAWANDA: Some movement on power plant

The OBSERVER’s View

Dunkirk and northern Chautauqua County residents may have recently seen in the Buffalo media that NRG Energy Inc. has reached a deal to sell its Tonawanda facility. In a report earlier this week in The Buffalo News, the buyer of the site was identified as WarrenBrook Redevelopment, which has ...

What happened during the night?

Commentary

I noticed an unrecognizable number displayed on my telephone. Along with countless others, I received robo calls sporadically. Was this another or real? I said hello and a voice inquired if I was Marshall Greenstein. Who’s this please, I asked. “My name is Karl. Are you Marshall ...

#MYFREDONIA There’s still work to be done

The OBSERVER’s View

Taking just a glimpse on the Small Business Revolution Facebook page shows a tremendous amount of support for the village of Fredonia over the last month. In fact, of the 10 finalists, our Western New York village had the most likes, comments and shares. Obviously, that could not be ignored ...

Gender and perspective in institution

Commentary

There are some interesting issues related to women in high tech industries and academia. Institutional leaders don’t want to discuss them. When a diversity program at Google solicited feedback, one of the people who attended it, James Damore, wrote a memo entitled “Google’s ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990 First time visitors to the Gowanda Nursing Home are usually surprised at being greeted by Sandy, a 4-year-old golden retriever. She’s been a nursing home dog for two years. The facility’ administrator, Colin Hart, called Sandy “part of the family,” noting the ...

STATE OF STATE Cuomo’s message for cell phones

The OBSERVER’s View

Can you hear me now? There’s a chance that in some rural areas of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Erie counties the cell-phone reception still is not up to the 21st century standards. During Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State speech, which is not always endeared in our neck of the woods, ...

Dialed in on saving the planet

Commentary

Al Gore really started something about 25 years ago when he used his public loudspeaker to scare us all into global warming. As I recall, we were all going to be under water by now. I’ve always been a doubter, because in our history the world has always had temperature ups and downs, due ...