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Opinion

People’s column

Peoples column

Writer’s view proves misunderstanding Editor, OBSERVER: In his commentary (Oct. 28) criticizing “this administration” for “neglecting the downtown business district” in Dunkirk, Richard Makuch accuses the administration as being “already in the hands of illegals.” Clearly he ...

Home is all about attitude

Commentary

My first experience with a nursing home was in the early 1970s. My husband’s grandmother lived in a home in northern New Jersey. It was a lovely place; clean, homey and the staff loved Magdalena. She was in her mid 90s when I met her. She was German born and raised and only spoke broken ...

Organization keeps high standards

Commentary

Recently I read about the Anti-Wind Rally in Irving in the OBSERVER. In the article one of the organizers stated that Sierra Club had “become aligned with money and politics.” In response to that statement I invite anyone to meet with our treasurer and go over our financial records. ...

Mourning the snowflakes while fining big mouths

Commentary

I think that I need to spice up my image after a lot of years of just being a boring old ex-nerdy science teacher. I need a mysterious name like Mitt Romney just incorporated into his lack-luster image. He always had the unexciting presence of a piece of white-bread politician. But now he ...

Strong Chautauqua Lake requires an investment

Commentary

Before the end of this year, the Chautauqua County Legislature is due to receive a recommendation from its Chautauqua Lake Protection and Rehabilitation Agency. The recommendation will be whether to create a Chautauqua Lake Management District. If creation of a district is recommended, ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1999 As a result of months of negotiations, AL Tech Specialty Steel Corp. of Dunkirk has successfully emerged from Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Court, effective Nov. 1, 1999, as Empire Specialty Steel Inc. The reorganization was a concerted effort on the ...

Opera House celebration is a tribute to community

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As the crowd’s anticipation grew in the Fredonia Opera House for the featured showing of “Downton Abbey,” Rick Davis took advantage of the engaged audience to offer an invitation. This Sunday, the executive director told the crowd, a special 25th anniversary celebration “Fredonia on ...

Climate: Accord working only for some

The OBSERVER’s View

Contrary to popular belief, the United States has not pulled out of the Paris climate accords. But President Donald Trump’s first opportunity to do so is approaching — and he should seize it. Trump pledged during his campaign for president to remove the United States from the Paris ...

My world in — mostly — black and white

Commentary

Now that the leaves have lost their color and fallen, I must issue a huge sigh of gratitude for the colored birds in November. There are so few. Bless those Cardinals for their red brightens the feeders as well as my Christmas cards. He is as red as any bird could be. Ma of course got ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1999 The Barker Historical Museum announces the opening of their new exhibition, “Made in Fredonia. Retired SUNY Fredonia professor Douglas Shephard will be the guest speaker with a program entitled, “So What Else Is Old.” The exhibit will highlight inventors and ...

Early voting set tone for many results

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It appears those who lean left were more apt to take advantage of the early voting, which was offered from Oct. 26 to Sunday in three locations across Chautauqua County. Once the polls closed at 9 p.m. Tuesday, the county Board of Elections did an excellent job of informing the public about ...

FREDONIA Minor improvement is a big deal

The OBSERVER’s View

A longtime complaint in Fredonia has been rectified. Believe it or not, after years of no markings on Central Avenue in the village, road crews have painted lines. Just intime for winter, the markings are a welcome sight to many, especially at night. As all motorists know, Central Avenue is ...

Reality takes a toll on couple

Commentary

The first article of a series of three, we met Allison and June. They had been referred by a mutual friend, Gail. Her friendship drew a boundary that precluded professional counseling. They agreed to try treatment with me. Allison described their social and work history. They were high school ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1999 Democratic candidates in Dunkirk clearly defined the term “clean sweep” on Election Night, winning all 10 city races. Mayor Robert Kesicki received 75 percent of the vote in his bid for a second term, defeating Republican challenger Madylon Kubera, a former ...

ELECTION: Different paths after ending

The OBSERVER’s View

Wednesday after the election seems to come very suddenly. Neighborhood lawn signs start coming down quickly. Winners begin planning. Those defeated wonder what went wrong — and give thanks to all who supported them. All that work that led to Tuesday’s vote — as well as early voting — ...

Harvard’s unfair rating system

Commentary

In a recent case, Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. Harvard University (2019), a federal court judge, Allison Burroughs, ruled the Constitution and 1964 Civil Rights Act permit Harvard to discriminate against Asians. Burroughs followed Supreme Court precedent in holding that a policy of ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1999 NFL Hall of Famer Walter Payton, the elusive running back who was the NFL’s all-time leading rusher and took the Chicago Bears to their only Super Bowl championship, died Nov. 2 after battling a rare liver disease. He was 45. The cause of death was listed as bile ...

SPORTS Trouble embracing the victories

The OBSERVER’s View

Call them the unsatisfied Western New York sports fans. Many of these individuals have clamored each season about the lack of a winning culture from the Buffalo Bills and Sabres. Currently both teams are close to the top in their divisions and conferences. But it seems as though it is not ...

Fact, fiction and opinions

Commentary

We humans are uniquely intelligent creatures. We know a lot, and yet we often confuse ourselves with what we know, and what we assume. I do not assume an enlightenment beyond the normal intelligence of any man, but we all have questions we never ask about. I have my share of opinions. We ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1999 The presentation of awards for service to the Hispanic community was among the highlights as Hispanics Organized for Progress and Education held its eighth Gala Dinner at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel. This year’s winners were Helen (Carreras) Cruz of Fredonia and ...