Opinion

What We Believe: Honoring God’s name

Commentary

Our “What We Believe” series continues with a much ignored Commandment of God: “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.” Years ago, while coaching youth football, the other coaches and I enforced a team rule: No swearing. Working with eight to ten year-olds, this was not ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 A proposal to have an outside firm manage the city wastewater treatment plant is still under consideration, according to Dunkirk Mayor Robert Kesicki. Chris Surma, an operator at the plant, inquired about the status of talks with American/Anglian Environmental ...

JAIL TIME: Leniency was a big mistake

The OBSERVER’s View

Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein may yet spend an appropriate amount of time in a federal prison. He should have been sent away years ago. Why that did not happen needs to be explained. Epstein, 66, has been arrested by federal authorities in New York, on charges of sex trafficking involving ...

And how does your garden grow?

Commentary

And how does your garden grow? My gardening experience consists of digging holes in the same dirt I use year after year, inserting either seeds or little plants I’ve purchased and sitting back, waiting to see what happens. I do water — and weed. Last year, after an interminable period ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Matthew Panas, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bohdan Panas, 4576 West Main Road, Fredonia has been selected to perform with the national performing organization known as “The Sound of America Honor Band and Chorus.” The students will experience that cultures of six ...

City man vows day at beach for volunteers

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Dunkirk resident Jeff Robinson understands the city has a gem in its waterfront. It is a great place to fish, watch a spectacular sunset or gather with friends at a hidden treasure in Point Gratiot. But he would not recommend the use of the city’s beaches to anyone, especially visitors to ...

EVENT: Bringing a buzz to airport

The OBSERVER’s View

A 55-year tradition is going strong in the north county. Over the weekend, the Dunkirk-Fredonia Rotary Club held its annual Fly-In Breakfast. Besides the traditional menu of pancakes, eggs and sausage, the event gives residents a chance to view some of those aircrafts they may have seen ...

The road to a break-up

Commentary

We met Monica whose emotionally charged call arrived just as I readied to go home. Her sobs were spliced with incomprehensive words. A crisis-sounding call left me no choice: she needed help now. “Can you put your crisis on hold until tomorrow” wasn’t an option. I unpacked and soon ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 The Fredonia Police Department and the Burger King Restaurant on Route 60 presented their first Operation Good Citizen Award to a village youth. Kristen Green, daughter of Beth and John Green, received her free meal certificate from Officer Pat Ambrose and Burger ...

GOWANDA: The right call on gathering

The OBSERVER’s View

Give Gowanda village attorney Deb Chadsey credit. In handling what has turned out to be a controversial issue in the opening of a Dollar General, she is being open and honest about the process with the board and public. At a meeting last month, Chadsey notified board members a meeting with ...

Former Dem wonders about state of party

Commentary

Impeach, impeach, impeach. It seems that’s all they know. After two and a half years of investigation, they came up empty. Bob Mueller’s an idiot. The Democrats are now running scared. Attorney General Barr is following the trail of how the investigation started. It’s going to end up ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 The red brick facade of the former Welch Building on West Main Street in Brocton is just that: A facing that covers a potentially dangerous piece of property. There is some discussion of the village acquiring the property through eminent domain proceedings. Brocton ...

DUNKIRK: Agency’s move leaves opening

The OBSERVER’s View

An exit by a non-profit from Dunkirk is good news and bad. Last week, Literacy Volunteers of Chautauqua County announced its August relocation from the city to Fredonia on Park Place. The good news is the agency says it needs more space and the future site will offer that. The bad: Literacy ...

Coming too far to fail

Commentary

Before the discovery of America, the history of humanity was a long saga of domination by one tyrant or another. In much of history that has been true. One cannot work for one’s own success, or development, when subjected to the rule of a tyrant. Sadly, much of history has been a battle of ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Twenty-three-month-old Brendan Cole Bardo of Silver Creek is prominently displayed on the box that contains the Fisher-Price Nesting Action Vehicles. Brendan’s mother, Karin, had sent his photo to the Fisher-Price Co. in East Aurora. Last July, when Brendan was 11 ...

DUNKIRK Different view is ‘wow’ factor

The OBSERVER’s View

Sometimes a different perspective can help us see things very differently. At least that is what a video sent to the OBSERVER on Facebook portrayed. Put together by KJ Elevated Imaging, pictures and video from above by a drone on the Fourth of July gives a super perspective of just what this ...

No voices for young victim in county

Commentary

What is wrong with our judicial system in Chautauqua County? It appears a 13-year-old can get away with sexually assaulting a 4-year-old child? That’s right, a 4-year-old child. The front page of the OBSERVER says it all. Headlined “Mom finds no answers in possible sexual assault,” the ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 A 25-year-old dream has become a reality in the town of Ripley. The town is in the process of obtaining funds for the New York State Gateway-Thruway project and with the County Legislature’s support, the project just took a significant leap forward. The county ...

ORGANIZATIONS: Fewer taking on area tasks

The OBSERVER’s View

It is becoming a trend for many towns. Once volunteer organizations do not continue upkeep of cemeteries, the responsibility falls to the muncipality. Ripley recently, despite many efforts, is now tasked with overseeing the East Ripley Cemetery. Supervisor Doug Bowen said there are still ...

People’s column

Peoples column

Officer assists with trapped fawn Editor, OBSERVER: Last Sunday night when I went to bed, I heard a loud cry in my back yard. I couldn’t see any animal because it was so dark. Then I heard the cry again. The animal did not cry again. The animal did not cry again until the next morning at ...