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Opinion

DUNKIRK: Tough decision by fire company

The OBSERVER’s View

It is definitely a sign of the times. After more than 115 years the end was announced last week for the city of Dunkirk’s Murray Hose 4 Volunteer Fire Co. Hose 4, as noted by member Bob Henderson, is the last of Dunkirk’s great volunteer fire companies. Over the past years Pioneer Hook ...

Being safe, healthy is not controversial

Commentary

I can’t believe that this discussion is still necessary. What will it take to convince one-third of the American population to get vaccinated? The level of vaccine hesitancy in this country is astounding. For a nation that has been among the most advanced globally in many ways, at the ...

Without transparency, retreat aims to reshape village

Commentary

The following is a summary and a time line of what happened during and after the infamous “board retreat” based on emails exchanged shortly after. Worth mentioning is that “retreats” can be held outside the Open Meetings Law only without intent to conduct public business, for the ...

RUSSIA Recent Putin boasts are unnecessary

The OBSERVER’s View

Americans old enough to remember the prediction “We will bury you,” pronounced by Nikita Khrushchev, Soviet Union premier from 1958-64, still might recall some of the “few choice words” they uttered in response. Khrushchev, who was adept at making predictions regarding a U.S. demise, ...

When is it perfect for a picnic?

Commentary

When I was ready to double-check my writing with the internet, I discovered there was no National Picnic Day anywhere near this time. It’s observed on April 23 (which is usually far too chilly) with the international day set for June 18. What was I thinking? The reply to this (assuring me I ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1991 Members of the Brocton Central School Class of 1931 had their 60th anniversary reunion — the first since graduation — at the Quality Inn Vineyard in Dunkirk. Six of the 21 graduates attended: Nona Green Sullivan, Marguerite Smith, Melvina Burton, Charles ...