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Opinion

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, ...

DUNKIRK Gridlock brings council choices

The OBSERVER’s View

Dunkirk voters will definitely have a choice when it comes to Common Council representation in 2022. According to the county Board of Elections, all seats are being contested. For councilman-at-large, the Republican candidate will be David Damico with the Democratic nominee being Nick Weiser. ...

Shootings leave numerous victims

Commentary

Ava Olsen lives in Townsville, S.C., a small community of some 3,913 people. On Sept. 28, 2016, a 14-year-old boy shot up her elementary school, wounding a child and teacher and killing Ava’s best friend, 6-year-old Jacob Hall. According to John Woodrow Cox, in his illuminating book ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1991 Upon the recommendation of Mayor Greg Krauza and Councilman Don Brisky, the Dunkirk Common Council rejected a proposal to build single-family townhouses on land now used for the Pangolin Street ball diamond. At the same time, however, the council made it clear the ...

NEW YORK STATE Painful proposal looms at pumps

The OBSERVER’s View

Can we get a show of hands for anyone who wants to see gas prices increase 55 cents a gallon in New York state? How many of us either want to or can afford to spent 26% more on natural gas to heat our homes in the winter? If you answered no, then email every legislative Democrat in the state ...

Complaining not fixing nation’s woes

Commentary

The illegal alien problem has been going on far too long. Nothing is being done by the Democrats in Washington. All they do is complain about the situation, but they are not doing anything to solve this major problem in our country. All Democrats seem to care about is how they can impeach a ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1991 The Brocton-Portland Business Association hosted a community dinner for over 100 people to honor operators of Owen’s Country Store, which closed in February after serving Brocton for 65 years. The honorees included Al Kawski, Marge Owen and Judy Owen Kawski. Mrs. ...

It’s a wash when it comes to soap choices

Commentary

I have to apologize for getting this column to you barely on time. I was debating with my wife about the size of soap bars. She uses fancy liquids bath solutions that are delicate and moisturising. On the other hand, being a manly man, I use a bar of soap that rips off layers of skin. In ...

TOURISM: Staying upbeat for the summer

The OBSERVER’s View

How optimistic should Chautauqua County be when it comes to tourism this year? According to Andrew Nixon of the Visitors Bureau, things are looking up when compared to last season. According to Nixon, our county has many advantages as a destination for travel, especially coming out of the ...

Major issue is overlooked

Peoples column

Editor, OBSERVER: Let’s credit U.S. Rep. Tom Reed for retiring his seat in Congress to take care of his personal problems with alcohol. “The fall of a good man,” we say. “Look, unlike other men, he’s taking responsibility and being publicly honest about his behavior.” But is ...

Tribute to vet, Lakeside Club

Peoples column

Editor, OBSERVER: The Dunkirk Joint Veterans Council respectfully thanks the Dunkirk Lakeside Club Board of Directors for their generous donation to our organization, made in memory of departed U.S. Army Veteran Daniel G. Mikula. It was our honor to pay tribute and respect to our ...

State’s voice not being heard

Peoples column

Editor, OBSERVER: New York should be on the campaign trail in presidential elections. But because of the current electoral college system, we are ignored. Moreover, the candidate with the most votes nationwide should become President. New York has already passed the National Popular Vote law. ...

Don’t ignore important redistricting

Commentary

Redistricting has been called “the backroom blood sport of politics.” The good news is that it may be coming a bit more into the light in New York state. Redistricting is the process of drawing legislative districts. By federal law, redistricting must occur following the census (every ...

Use caution on first impressions

Commentary

There is an image of someone who dislikes other people for being a different color. Someone who is bitter and actively tries to hurt dark skinned human beings. Most people don’t see themselves like that. They will say things like “I don’t think I’m better than everyone else…” or ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1991 Mrs. Anna M. Gugino recently received a Papal Blessing from Pope John Paul II on April 6, the occasion of her 97th birthday. She also received greetings from President and Mrs. George Bush, as well as many gifts, flowers and cards from friends and relatives. Mrs. ...

Spending Infrastructure plan gets quite expensive

The OBSERVER’s View

Most of us think of infrastructure as something physical: bridges, roads, pipelines, power lines and the like. President Joe Biden says he wants to expand that dictionary definition to include workers, families and people — and therefore to include schools and housing, for example. That ...

Catching a glimpse of ‘agile’ gull

Commentary

Exceeding all expectations, my cruise to Alaska less than two years ago allowed me to discover new wonders at every turn. Sailing has to be tops for me but life on a floating resort ain’t all that tawdry either. I met the organist, Mr. Duffy from Nashville, who sports, sequined slippers and ...