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Opinion

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago – 1991 Former Fredonia resident Michael Parks has been admitted to the practice of law by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State of California. He is a 1983 graduate of Fredonia High School, an alumnus of Arizona State University and the recipient of a Juris Doctor ...

New YORK STATE Big question over mask enforcement

The OBSERVER’s View

A big question on enforcement Friday’s announcement by Gov. Kathy Hochul that a statewide mask mandate was going to begin Monday shouldn’t have surprised anyone. Cases, and more importantly hospitalizations, are trending in the wrong direction. The health care system is overrun with ...

The matter of race in U.S. history

Commentary

There is a new buzz-word being foisted upon us by the far right called “Critical Race Theory.” The underlying assumption is that there is some kind of conspiracy to brain-wash our kids as to how race is taught in the schools. In that regard, I found helpful a recent article written by ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago – 1991 Tops Friendly Markets is observing a special celebration in honor of its 25 years of serving Dunkirk and Fredonia. The supermarket first opened is doors in Fredonia in 1966 at 258 East Main St. On June 4, 1982, plans were unveiled for a new $4 million supermarket on ...

NEW YORK STATE Ignoring voters with redistricting

The OBSERVER’s View

There are times we wonder just who the heck our elected officials think they are. We’ve wondered it about both Republicans and Democrats, but the latest example is Gov. Kathy Hochul’s signing of a bill that dramatically weakens the power of the Independent Redistricting Commission only ...

A confusing city demonstration on voting

Commentary

A recent article in the OBSERVER was headlined, “Group supports Freedom to Vote Act.” I was very confused. I assumed that we already have the freedom to vote in this country. So what is the group supporting? Approximately 50 activists gathered in Washington Park in the city of Dunkirk ...