Opinion

Tragedy has look of trend

Commentary

Pearl Street in the hamlet of Forestville has become an unfortunate tragedy. In the last nine months, one person has died while others have been arrested due to the making of methamphetamine. The cause is something that you rarely expect from a place that has a population of about 650 ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Buffalo Sabres Coach Lindy Ruff had two words for the 20,000 fans crammed in front of City Hall and the dozens of others watching from rooftops and hanging from windows of downtown office buildings: “No goal.” That sent fans into a pompom waving frenzy and set ...

Airport: County money won’t fix woes

The OBSERVER’s View

We’re not sure spending county government money is what was meant when the federal government said it wanted to see area residents have skin in the game regarding the county airport at Jamestown. Before county legislators approve $72,000 a year in spending to prove to the federal government ...

Inconsistencies in pro-life position

Commentary

The pro-life position on abortion (abortion is morally wrong and should be illegal) contains a number of paradoxes that indicate that the pro-life side either doesn’t believe in or doesn’t understand its position. First, most pro-life advocates don’t support charging abortion-doctors ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 JulyFest ‘99 will take place July 10 to celebrate the diverse cultures of the community. At the festival, Dunkirk and Fredonia residents will join together to share traditional crafts, foods, melodies and dance as a celebration of the diverse ethnic backgrounds of ...

CASSADAGA: Concert season arrives in area

The OBSERVER’s View

Now that summer has officially arrived, many area communities will see the addition of one more happening where they live: concerts. On Wednesday, the season opens for the Cassadaga Lakes Summer Concert Series when the Cassadaga Area Concert Band performs on the beach at the Strawberry Social ...

Open minds allow for knowledge

Commentary

Epistemology: “How do we know that we know?” I looked it up, and my Webster said it was “A branch of philosophy that investigates the origin, nature, methods, and limits of human knowledge.” I think I like the first, off the cuff definition better. It gave simple me a quicker ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1989 Joseph T. Doino, a former area resident who now resides in Burbank, Calif., has been called “one of the most influential men in California commercial business.” He is currently the vice president in the shopping center development division for Forest City ...

CASSADAGA Controversial past for appointment

The OBSERVER’s View

A former Dunkirk city contractor and employer is back to work at another municipality after creating plenty of waves in the recent months. Cassadaga earlier this month named Wendy Spinuzza its new code enforcement officer. “She’s a sharp gal,” said Deputy Mayor Bill Astry of Spinuzza at ...

Brooks: Mismanagement and insanity

Commentary

A recent OBSERVER front page headlined “Approved” in large letters showed a drawing of the new Brooks Memorial Hospital that is destined for the village of Fredonia. What will happen to the current facility in Dunkirk? It seems no one knows. One thing we do know is there has been a ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 The Mary E. Seymour Memorial Free Library is celebrating a century of service to the Stockton community on June 26. The event kicks off at noon with the dedication of the new circulation desk hand crafted out of oak by an Amish artisan to match the decor of the ...

GOP PRIMARY: Being vocal is necessary

The OBSERVER’s View

One of the greatest concerns of a democracy happens when voters do not know who their leader or representative is. In Senate District 57, it was always a no-brainer for a decade: residents appreciated and had great respect for Catharine Young. Young was outspoken, passionate and always in ...

Fredonia performances worth a listen

Commentary

Over the past several weeks, I have been in the presence of a group of gold medalists. But this group of people didn’t come from the track, gridiron, or diamond. No court could be found. They were from the stage. Many local residents may not be aware that the Fredonia High School Symphonic ...

Not ignoring the struggles of everyday life

Commentary

It’s hard to be invisible. You have feelings, just like everyone else. You get tired, and hungry, and sad; but no one seems to notice, or care. Life on the streets is a dangerous and harsh existence. While on a recent trip to Niagara Falls, Ontario, I met a man begging for a hand out. He ...

Area needs voice to push back on downstate policies

Commentary

By GEORGE BORRELLO We were all surprised by Sen. Cathy Young’s sudden retirement from the state legislature. She was a tireless advocate for our region and we are feeling the impact of her absence. The radical New York City agenda in Albany is now more out of control than ever. So, choosing ...

Region facing a new reality

Commentary

There is a big Republican Primary election coming up on June 25, and you would hardly know it. Things have been very quiet in the race for the Republican nomination for State Senator from the 57th District-Cathy Young’s former position. We all know that our County Executive, George ...

Plenty pitch in to assist area Meals on Wheels

Commentary

On behalf of Dunkirk-Fredonia Meals on Wheels, I would like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank all of the supporters who made it possible for us to continue operations after a sprinkler malfunction resulted in a devastating flood that completely destroyed our offices last ...

Subsidy for Jamestown airport questioned by legislators

Commentary

MAYVILLE — The newest proposal to bring commercial air service back to the Chautauqua County-Jamestown Airport through a local subsidy, to go along with federal funding, barely passed through a Chautauqua County Legislature committee. On Monday, the Public Facilities Committee met with ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 For the second time in a month, voters in the Dunkirk City School District have rejected a proposed budget for the 1999-2000 year. A $26 million spending plan was defeated by a margin of 361-317, a very low vote for Dunkirk. In May, voters rejected a $26.3 million ...

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 HEFNER TO RETURN — SUNY Fredonia needs a stable leader. The college is in a difficult place with President Virginia Horvath retiring at the end of the month and a new restructuring plan of the Academic Affairs being ...