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Opinion

Loving Molly

Commentary

I don’t understand. I keep hearing I’m praiseworthy for rescuing Molly. Nonsense. In a way, she probably rescued me. Henry’s death was hardly sudden or unexpected. My golden retriever had been ailing . . . but then he always had. So many surgeries, so many medicines — trips to ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1999 The Norfolk Southern Railroad Corp. is hoping the problems that have caused its railroad crossing gates in the city of Dunkirk’s 4th Ward to malfunction will soon be corrected. During a citizens meeting held in August, one resident said she videotaped an incident ...

Symptom of silence still prevalent at Brooks

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It was an unusual voice mail message, but not unexpected. J. Gary Rhodes, former interim chief executive officer at Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk, was disappointed with our continuing coverage in 2014 about the mounting deficits and job layoffs at the institution in a changing health-care ...

Shooting: Quick action by school district

The OBSERVER’s View

Pine Valley Central School did everything right in an unfortunate situation on Tuesday morning. It acted quickly by closing school for the day. It also communicated throughout the day with parents and staff, especially through social media. Most troubling, of course, was the shooting of a ...

Alarmists turn up heat on climate

Commentary

After reading stories last week about school children being encouraged to skip school or rather go on strike to attend climate change rallies, I have been compelled to speak out on climate change. The strike was more evidence that our public schools are more about filling students’ heads ...

Roger C. Levandoske

Commentary

Roger C. Levandoske, 86, died, Wednesday morning, Oct. 2, 2019, at the Chautauqua Nursing and Rehab. Relatives and friends are welcome to call Sunday from 4-8 p.m. at the R. Mackowiak Funeral Home Inc., 56 E Doughty St. in Dunkirk. Funeral services will be held Monday morning at 10 a.m. in ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1999 While village of Sinclairville historian Don Jordan was documenting the 190th anniversary of the community’s founding in 1809, plans were in the works by village officials to honor him for his more than 30 years of dedication to his historic role. Mr. Jordan was ...

ROUTE 60 Be prepared for the delays

The OBSERVER’s View

A multi-vehicle accident made for a Monday afternoon headache for travelers headed south on Route 60. After the mishap, traffic stood still at more than one location near the Vineyard Drive intersection for 15 minutes as emergency crews did their job assisting those involved with medical ...

Racism alive and well in America

Commentary

When it is time for me to sit quietly with my thoughts, research, and opinions of those whose views I value, I open my laptop and I’m ready to begin; but this week is different. This week I feel conflicted, and the opinions, research texts and the voice of my father are all swirling into a ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1999 As part of the recent Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Fredonia in observance of the parish’s 100th anniversary, the Most Rev. Henry J. Mansell, D.D., Bishop of Buffalo, blessed the refinished gold Tabernacle and its brand ...

Sex harassment Deadline nears on state law

The OBSERVER’s View

Another deadline set by the state is looming for business in the coming days. Per New York state law, all current employees of businesses must be provided with both a written policy regarding sexual harassment in the workplace, and with interactive training. That deadline is Oct. 9. Most ...

Injustices cannot be ignored

Commentary

By MARIE TOMLINSON People are on the move. Deserts are growing. Coastlines are sinking. It doesn’t matter what you think about global warming. The satellites that make weather forecasts possible also show that tides are getting higher and once fertile land is being swallowed by dust and ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1999 The Miss Festival of Grapes Pageant was held recently in Silver Creek in conjunction with the annual fall festival. Chosen from among the 10 contestants to be Miss Festival of Grapes 1989 was Joselle “Jodie” Bifaro of Fredonia. Lorie Botko of North Collins was ...

FREDONIA: Don’t jump gun on police hire

The OBSERVER’s View

Fredonia Police Chief Brad Meyers is seeking more help for his department in the form of another full-time officer. Meyers’ point to the village board is simple. When he started with the department, there were 16 full-time positions, today there are 14. Board members held off on making a ...

Did benefits assist in heinous crimes?

Commentary

This is in response to the OBSERVER article headlined “Mexican living in Dunkirk sentenced on child pornography charge.” The U.S. attorney James Kennedy Jr. announced that David Flores Torres, 26, a citizen of Mexico, was living in Dunkirk. Let’s take a closer look at this pervert. How ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1999 Paul E. Van Den Vouver has announced his candidacy for re-election this November as 3rd Ward councilman for the city of Dunkirk. He is endorsed by the Democratic and Independence parties. A lifelong resident of the city, Paul’s extensive duties as councilman ...

SUNDAY SHOUTOUT: A new surface and a picnic

The OBSERVER’s View

Getting children to stay active in this era of technology and other gadgets is quite a challenge. Fortunately, there is a place for youth to go after school. Located at the Salvation Army at 704 Central Ave., the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Chautauqua is assisting youth in their studies ...

HOSPITAL: Worries grow over a future

The OBSERVER’s View

Public accountability has been a problem with the Brooks Memorial Hospital board of directors for more than a decade now. Everything is done behind closed doors with no community involvement. It is no wonder residents — and area leaders — are starting to wonder if the new facility will ...

People’s column

Peoples column

‘Political’ attack is unfounded Editor, OBSERVER: As councilmen for the city of Dunkirk, we must respond to the false accusation made by Councilman Shaun Heenan at a recent Council meeting regarding the recent Grand Prix Offshore Boat Race. The council was informed and had numerous ...

Trauma remains after puppy mill

Commentary

Mindy was 7 years old when the first tumor was found. It saved her life. Mindy is my dog, a designer bijon frise-poodle mix. She was born and raised in a puppy mill. For the first seven years of her life she was repeatedly bred for her cash-crop puppies. She lived in a wire cage, stacked ...