Opinion

Modern discoveries and predictability

Commentary

Predictability is perhaps our greatest clue to the reality of a principled existence that we poor, struggling, mistaken, mortals have, of the reality of God. The place where the atheists are missing the mark is in the predictability of everything. Predictability proves that everything is ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Jessica Eimers of Ripley took first place at the “Talents for Christ” state vocal competition held at Horseheads. She was awarded a $400 college scholarship. On June 27, Jessica will have the opportunity to compete at the national level competition to be held in ...

MEMORIAL DAY We owe everything to them

The OBSERVER’s View

On this Memorial Day 2019, hundreds of thousands of graves have been added as the final resting places of those who served our nation — us — in uniform. They fell in the miserable jungles of Pacific islands, the bitter cold of the Ardennes Forest, in the air over Ploesti and in the ...

Breaking the law with benefits

Commentary

The Democrats are at it again — this time in Albany. Their most recent idea is to give driver’s licenses to illegal aliens. Their reason is that the illegals can travel from home to work. This in itself is a federal crime because of the immigration reform bill control act. All this ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 The New York State Department of Labor recently awarded a Certificate of Apprenticeship Completion to Hugh W. Graves and Michael Munson of Dunkirk. The certificate acknowledges their successful completion of an apprenticeship at the occupation of machinist. The ...

DUNKIRK: Silence reveals lack of caring

The OBSERVER’s View

One week ago, this corner asked for some leadership with regard to the tensions and grieving that were affecting the city of Dunkirk after a 15-year-old girl died from a stabbing altercation. To our disappointment, we did not see any action taken by the mayor, Common Council or the city ...

People’s column

Peoples column

Food trucks take bite out of eateries Editor, OBSERVER: I listened to the Fredonia Village Board meeting of May 20. I listen to basically every one. My recollection of the food truck topic was that the approximate cost to the village was about $300 for fees, permits and other related ...

Mental illness takes a toll on many

Commentary

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. One of the most vastly unexplored areas on earth is the human mind. Scientists are only now beginning to unlock the mysteries of how the brain functions, adapts, and heals itself. Mental illness doesn’t have the stigma it used to, but it is still ...

Cap wipes out need for vote

Commentary

In New York state, since 2012, school districts and municipalities have had to adhere to a tax cap. If the taxing entities went over the cap, there needed to be legislation that was approved by the municipal government or the school districts needed to have voters give 60 % approval to spending ...

Fire chief sounds alarm on inaccurate times

Commentary

During a trustees budget meeting for fire and police in the village of Fredonia on April 16, information was presented to the village board that does not reflect an accurate picture of the response time of the Brocton Fire Department and its Emergency Squad. In reviewing our response time ...

‘I wasn’t always this way …’

Commentary

Editor’s note: This letter, by William Haskas who is co-director of the architectural firm plusFarm, is written through the eyes of the Adams at Sixth Street and Central Avenue. It was a Thursday morning back in January 2018. The snow was falling so quickly it was impossible to see, and so ...

Once out of prison, road blocks remain

Commentary

With each criminal conviction the state of New York state matter-of-factly tells the defendants how long they will spend behind bars. Hidden from view, in the “fine-print,” is a long list of additional penalties attached to these convictions. Only upon leaving prison and while attempting ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Swimming classes have entered a new world at Silver Creek Central School. An unusual silence settled over the district pool as students submerged and swam with air tanks, regulators, swim fins and goggles. The district physical education department has been teaching ...

highs and lows Some of the best, worst of the week

The OBSERVER’s View

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST NEW GRADUATES — Congratulations to the recent graduates of SUNY Fredonia. Many of those students are not from here, but we hope some were able to find employment and stick around the area. Winter may be long, but spring, summer ...

In remembrance

Commentary

Memorial Day is a time of remembering. The holiday began with a desire to remember and honor all our soldiers who have died. Flags of our nation are flown at half staff until noon. Veteran organizations and many families take time this day decorating their graves with ornaments and flags and ...

Patterns to look for in recovery

Commentary

Editor’s note: This is the first of two articles. In this article of REBT, I will be dealing with lifetraps as they relate to chemical dependency. A lifetrap is a pattern that starts in childhood and reverberates throughout life. It began with something that was done to us by our families ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Brooks Memorial Hospital has announced that Sean T. Carroll, DO, has been awarded the Patrick G. Murray DO Award of Achievement for 1999. The award is given by the American Osteopathic Colleges of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery each year to ...

IRAN Tensions on rise in Mideast

The OBSERVER’s View

Any number of individuals, organizations and even nations in the Middle East would not be displeased in the slightest at a military conflict between the United States and Iran. Islamic terrorist groups, for one, understand that would divert U.S. assets from targeting them, to at least some ...

A feather of a different color

Commentary

A photograph of a mallard male has sat on my desk waiting for my thoughts and observations ... apparently for a few years. The iridescence on his head is obvious in the picture, what I felt made him so spectacularly special. I have tried many times since to get more pictures but the birds ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 A retirement party was held at the Kosciuszko Polish Home for Mrs. Anthony (Bernice) Mleczko of Dunkirk, a fourth-grade teacher at St. Hyacinth School. Eighth-grade teacher Paul Rushboldt served as master of ceremonies. The investiture was given by Father Michael ...