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Opinion

Assembly proposal full of ill will

Commentary

To all New York state residents: you must read this piece of legislation proposed by the New York Assembly. A new bill has been introduced. It is bill number A 416. This bill will allow the governor and any public health official in the state to round up and detain you in a detention ...

SUNY Fredonia runs in the family

Commentary

My column this week looks a bit different. I have decided to put “this perspective” in poetic form because of the nature of the subject. It was 57 years ago that I interviewed for a faculty position at SUNY Fredonia. I was offered and accepted the position. Also later on my wife, our ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1991 The state’s plan to build a $2.8-million day care center for the developmentally disabled on the campus of the Chautauqua County Home in the west Town of Dunkirk appeared dead this morning. Instead, the center probably will be built on a five-acre site along ...

Identity crisis is the new act of Congress

Commentary

Finally, we have a sense of reason and balance in Congress. Squeaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has initiated new rules for the 117th Congressional session. It’s going to make Congress great again and assist in bringing about Build Back Better, whatever that is. Congress is going to be a ...

COVID RELIEF: Big checks can dry up quickly

The OBSERVER’s View

Easy come, easy go. That can be what happens when individuals, or big entities, come into large sums of money. We definitely saw that two decades ago when counties across New York state reaped the benefits of the tobacco settlement money — up to $20 million then here locally. So imagine the ...

Job losses grow under Biden

Peoples column

Editor, OBSERVER: Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness has been ignored by the prescient administration. To exasperate this basic right, President Joe Biden picked John Kerry, to run the climate debacle. Kerry, during the Vietnam War, testified before Congress our troops killed women ...

There’s worries with lake turbines

Peoples column

Editor, OBSERVER: The big corporations speak of renewable energy, but the one thing that is not renewable is our great lakes. They always compare how many houses the wind farm turbines power. I say what is wrong with solar roof-top construction on homes those that want it get it installed ...

State needs to let the music play

Commentary

This is an open letter to state Gov. Andrew Cuomo: The Westfield Academy and Central School is gladdened to see that New York state and our local county feel that the COVID situation has improved to the point that high risk sports can reopen. Sports can be a unifying activity for a local ...

Informed consent on 5G ‘small cell’ towers is crucial

Commentary

A quarter of a century ago, the Federal Communications Commission ruled that non-ionizing radiation from cell towers was safe, and that local governments could make no health or environmental objections to them. The telecoms knew full well that microwave radiation was potentially dangerous as ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1991 “Positively Forestville!” will be celebrated at the school with several days of activities from Feb. 19-22. A variety of events to boost self-esteem and promote the many positive qualities of living in Forestville and attending school at Forestville Central have ...

‘TROUBLE’ Rochester event needs investigation

The OBSERVER’s View

Think for a moment about the 9-year-old girls you have known. Any of them seem as though there is the remotest of possibilities they could have been a threat to a fully equipped group of police officers? Of course not. But for multiple officers in Rochester, N.Y., a 9-year-old girl was either ...

Friend is an advocate for fans

Commentary

Lunch with a special friend way back in the olden days when we could meet and greet without masks. She was special even before she handed me a gift – a lovely intricately carved fan which, I believe, she said she had purchased on a recent trip to Gettysburg. Shades of my grandparents! And ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1991 A front page OBSERVER photo titled “Big catch for little guy” shows 6-year-old Zachary Kaus of Dunkirk holding the 12- pound steelhead trout he pulled in while fishing on the city pier with his dad. Little sister Amy, age 5, helps her brother hold the big fish ...

District misses memo on fiscal crisis

Editor's corner

Here is the real problem with the public sector’s perception of the $16 billion deficit that is currently facing New York state. It can be summed up in three words: Ripley Central Schools. Smallest of the 18 Chautauqua County districts, serving less than 160 students from prekindergarten to ...

Welcome project nearing a reality

The OBSERVER’s View

A gateway to Chautauqua County appears to be motoring closer to reality. The project, centered near the New York-Pennsylvania state line off the state Thruway, would replace the eyesore of the former Colonial Squire Motel. This concept for the “gateway” has been around since the ...

There’s possibilities for more sharing

The OBSERVER’s View

With a population of 1,100 residents, this corner will reiterate its opposition to the building of a new municipal facility in the town of Arkwright. What we would advocate, however, is a shared facility with neighboring Villenova. This is not the first time we have suggested this. In an ...

SPORTS Tipping off the winter season

The OBSERVER’s View

After an unprecedented layoff, a number of local schools are beginning their winter sports seasons. It comes with plenty of mixed emotions, that is for sure. For starters, we’re thrilled the athletes will be getting an opportunity. Memories are made during the years of our youth. There are ...

Explaining the shock with electric rates

Commentary

Electric rates for Westfield electric customers have remained unchanged since 1999, yet consumers have noticed an increase in their monthly electric bills. There are three major factors that have contributed toward the increased charges. The first is the Purchase Power Adjustment (PPA). The ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1991 The $55 million Dunkirk co-generating plant is dead and Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. (NiMo) and state regulatory companies are to blame, the president of the project’s parent company charged today. The project was to have been located in the North County Industrial ...

FREDONIA Petty bickering brings poor image

The OBSERVER’s View

Village of Fredonia trustees will never get it. This group of representatives, no matter who they have been over the last 12 years, keep forgetting they work for the residents — not themselves. In fact, since their meetings are broadcast on public access you would think they would at least ...