Opinion

Michigan city has right idea with waters

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GRAND HAVEN, Mich. — This community of nearly 11,000 residents has a lot in common with our similar-sized city of Dunkirk. Located on the eastern shore of a Great Lake, it was once a bustling manufacturing and industrial corridor. And, it knows just how crippling lake-effect snows can ...

July 4: Celebrating our U.S. freedoms

The OBSERVER’s View

What comes after the phrase, “and the pursuit of happiness ...”? Today, we Americans celebrate the Declaration of Independence. Our focus is what the document meant — creation of a new nation. But what the document itself says about the Founders and about what they intended for us ...

People’s column

Peoples column

A message for our country “Prayer for America” “I beseech thee, O Lord God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments: let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer ...

America’s sacrifice for freedom

Commentary

Editor’s note: This editorial appeared in The Post-Journal of Jamestown on July 3, 1976. Two hundred years ago a group of Americans already branded as revolutionaries by their king made the final break with Great Britain and in an act of defiance aimed at polarizing the spirit of ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Doctors still make house calls in the village of Westfield, according to Westfield Memorial Hospital CEO Barbara Malinowski. After nearly 60 years of service to 13 surrounding towns and villages, the hospital completed its fourth expansion — a $4.5 million ...

summer Cooling off with caution

The OBSERVER’s View

The pleasant days of June are behind us, with the hotter temperatures of summer just ahead. With the mercury and, often, humidity high, a cool dip in the pool sounds really good. Notice we did not write about diving into the river, a local creek or a farm pond. The risks there are much ...

Enjoy, and plan, for the Fourth

Commentary

The first holiday of the summer is upon us and as Fourth of July is celebrated the Dunkirk Police Department has a few safety tips that could make your celebration safe and happy. Fireworks are a traditional part of celebrating the Fourth of July and can be a safe and enjoyable part of the ...

Forgotten siblings tied to freedom

Commentary

Happy 243rd Birthday, America. July 4 reminds me of the good ole days. Firecrackers were apoppin, bottle rockets streaking across the darkened sky, picnic tables crowded with relatives wolfing down Granny’s tater salad and Uncle Clarence’s hot dogs smothered in his homemade barbecue sauce, ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Marshall Hall Sr., owner of Marshall’s Famous Hot Dogs, told the Dunkirk Common Council he is interested in property in the area of Fillmore Drive and Main Street near the D & F Plaza for a restaurant. Mr. Hall is in negotiations with the firm that owns the ...

Dunkirk: Construction can’t fix slow sales

The OBSERVER’s View

What does construction season and The Boardwalk have in common? The busiest times for both are usually in the summer. That being said, it was upsetting to hear the merchants at the city facility taking a hit this year due to fewer parking spaces and work on the City Pier improvements. ...

Connecting the dots to our past

Commentary

There is an identity crisis facing Americans today. Apparently we have become a nation of faceless, empty-souled humanoids searching for the magic strand that might channel us back through our ancestry to some glowing moment in which we discover our true identities. There, smiling back at us ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 From Ad News ..... The Sewer’s Choice recently opened another location at 337 E. Fairmont in Lakewood, across from the Chautauqua Mall. The Sewer’s Choice has been in business in the Dunkirk/Fredonia area for 11 years and the Fredonia store will remain open. ...

EDUCATION: A new normal for districts

The OBSERVER’s View

An unseasonably cool spring and later than normal graduations have delayed a summer in northern Chautauqua County. On Sunday, the final area districts wished Class of 2019 members farewell and good luck in their future endeavors. That longer school year is tied to New York state. Tests are ...

Living the American dream

Commentary

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” This passage is from one of the greatest documents of all time in American history ... the Declaration of Independence. In our modern form of Republican Democracy we hold certain truths to guide the ship of state. ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 The lives of Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King were separated by more than 100 years, but in the eyes of Dunkirk resident Jesse Thomas, the two men have a great deal in common. Mr. Thomas is hoping to call attention to the connection between the ...

SENATE PRIMARY: Support signals a job well done

The OBSERVER’s View

Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello’s victory in Tuesday night’s primary over Curtis Crandall was expected by many here. Borrello worked hard and tirelessly while on the campaign trail. What was quite surprising, however, was the margin. By tallying 92 % of the vote in his home ...

People’s column

Peoples column

Rules made without common sense Editor, OBSERVER: I wish someone would explain the following to me. How can New York state pass a law allowing illegal immigrants to be issued driver’s licenses to be able “to drive to and from work?” The Federal Department of Homeland Security requires ...

Cassadaga criticism is unfair

Commentary

This letter is in response to the OBSERVER’s View on Cassadaga (June 11) headlined, “Several is likely one.” First, let’s straighten the record on the assumed conflict of interest concerning the mayor and clerk being married. The New York state Commission of Mayors stated that this is ...

It’s a heated climate for area energy debates

Commentary

On June 12, I was in attendance for the town of Portland board meeting. I felt a sense of pride to think that this was the very foundation of our democratic government. A set of six people making rules for the majority by gathering information and making decisions. The sales representative ...

Education poll, results ‘reflect poorly’

Commentary

I was deeply disturbed by your web poll posted at observertoday.com June 12 asking, “Should special education children be integrated into regular classrooms?” It is hard to fathom that such a discriminatory question would be posed in 2019. I have been a special education teacher for the ...