Opinion

VILLENOVA: Elimination part of larger problem

The OBSERVER’s View

Villenova’s elimination of its Planning Board is a problem, but it is not the major issue in how we govern today. The bigger issue is just how effective can a government representing 1,000 residents be? Part of the reason for the Planning Board’s elimination is — surprise — not enough ...

Keeping perspective on the news

Commentary

Summer is reaching its end, and now that we have managed to survive the last holiday of the season, that being Labor Day, it is time to look forward to the changing of the leaves, the fall harvests, pumpkin patches and the goblins that will surely howl on Halloween; but I’m not ready to think ...

Use caution with return of school

Commentary

Summer vacation has ended and school will be starting this week students. Dunkirk’s first day of classes is Thursday. The city of Dunkirk Police Department is reminding everyone to pay close attention to children as they walk to and from school and to obey the laws regarding speed in school ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Gowanda florist Barry Hager hopes to put a smile on 2,500 faces as he plans to give away that many roses to village residents as part of the fourth annual Good Neighbor Day in Gowanda. The first 166 people to walk through his floral shop doors at 25 W. Main St. will ...

AIRPORTS: Having courage to vote ‘no’

The OBSERVER’s View

Chautauqua County Legislator Bob Scudder continues to be a consistent voice regarding the future of the airports. Last week, he was the lone vote against hangar funding for the Jamestown facility. Scudder, R-Fredonia, is the only legislator who is voting based on the actions of his ...

The good in all of us

Commentary

I assume there is no question in anyone’s mind that we humans are a unique species in the world. There is no other creature which comes close to our ability to understand, and cope with the wonders of life. One thing that has been a problem in human societies over many years, is the way ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Eager businesses and frugal shoppers geared up for the third tax-free clothing week in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties. The brief respite from sales tax has become a boon for back-to-school shoppers and those in search of good clothing deals. Clothing and ...

LABOR DAY A day off for a job well done

The OBSERVER’s View

On this Labor Day, not everyone has a day off. Some may be working at the grocery store or restaurant while others are serving the community through law enforcement and fire protection. Many others are overseas and on U.S. soil in the military preserving our freedom. Thank goodness for their ...

The state of our unions: A Labor Day 2019 message

Commentary

Last year as we celebrated Labor Day, we were waiting for the fallout from a Supreme Court decision, pushed by powerful anti-worker interests, designed to “defund and defang” workers and our unions. People wondered whether the Labor Movement could survive. They were looking to get rid of us ...

If you’re working, keep paying

Commentary

This article is a tribute to the American taxpayers and the trials and tribulations that those taxpayers have to experience on a daily basis. They have to pay their bills with no help from the government. They have to work, some have to work two jobs to survive. I have spoken to some of ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 It took a lot of patience and loving care on the part of retired firefighter John Woloszyn but he finally got his Crepe Myrtle tree to bloom behind his house at 55 Ounce St., Dunkirk. Normally found only in the South (the Carolinas and farther south), Mr. Woloszyn ...

SUNDAY SHOUTOUT: Our impact from Athenex

The OBSERVER’s View

Our non-profit community is certainly welcoming the addition of Athenex to Dunkirk and northern Chautauqua County. Last month, the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation and the Athenex construction team partnered in the Divots for Dunkirk golf tournament that raised more than $65,000 for a ...

CASSADAGA Standing up for business

The OBSERVER’s View

Though this corner has been critical of whether there needs to be a village government for Cassadaga, we have never questioned its commitment to business. In the past year, there has been new shops and expansions for others. But the comments from one elected official were just downright out ...

People’s column

Peoples column

Reed inconsistent with bullies Editor, OBSERVER: Congressman Reed’s criticism of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision not to repair the Thruway is well-warranted. On the other hand, it leads one to question where the congressman has been the last few years, given the sycophantic nature of his ...

Putting politics before people

Commentary

Which came first — the chicken or the egg? Is politics inherently corrupt, or have we allowed it to become corrupt? The word politics comes from the work of Aristotle who gave the name “polity” to what he considered the highest form of government, constitutional government. The Greek ...

We all need a game plan for life

Commentary

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series. In this article, I will describe the similarities between coaching basketball and coaching clients with chemical dependency — alcohol and other drugs. In my book “Coaching Chemical Dependency” there is a chapter that identifies similar ...

Charter could sway vote in village

Commentary

The recent rancor afflicting the Fredonia Village Board and mayor offers a perspective on authority to govern. Much has been said about the purchase of a used truck for $9,000 appropriated from the approved village budget by the mayor and other village officials. But little is known about ...

Some smooth sailing?

Commentary

With the closing of 2019 Off Shore Boat Races and Wing Walker Air Show we would like to recognize those who worked to provide the Public Safety Services for the events. We strive to provide a very safe environment for the Boat Racers, Race Team Personnel, The Wing Walker Air Show and all the ...

Change in dates can help city boat race flourish

Commentary

It was a race in Dunkirk — and the comments from Speedonthewater.com were not correct. Those have been generated from our competitors. The Dunkirk event is coming off back-to-back races in St. Clair, Mich., and Michigan City, Ind., which cause difficulty moving equipment for the third week ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Dunkirk Boilers is pleased to announce that this year’s winner of the Malcolm C. Reed Memorial Scholarship is Kipp Bailey Lanham, a 1999 graduate of Fredonia High School. Kipp will be attending Muhlenberg College this fall to pursue a double major in music and ...