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Opinion

A top movie for a lifetime

Commentary

In 1986, one of the most iconic movies of our generation hooked me. Bad. I thought Top Gun was over-the-top exciting, and fun. But it just so happened that it was incredibly reminiscent of my wonderful early years. I knew those guys. No, I did not know Tom Cruise or Val Kilmer or Anthony ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1992 Robert Barlette was elected president of the Dunkirk Board of Education and Henry Serafin was elected vice president during the board’s annual meeting. James Monahan was elected board clerk. Barlette, Serafin and Monahan were the only nominees for each of their ...

Cannabis Charges, not letters, to stop illegal sales

The OBSERVER’s View

Dozens of businesses have received strongly worded letters from the state Office of Cannabis Management to stop selling marijuana products illegally. The operators of those businesses, should they persist in selling mariijuana, could face significant fines and possible criminal penalties, ...

Borrello Lawsuit State’s appeal makes little sense

The OBSERVER’s View

It’s disappointing, but not surprising, that Gov. Kathy Hochul and state Attorney General Letitia James have decided to appeal a Cattaraugus County judge’s ruling against an expansion of state powers. The decision also seems foolhardy given the clear signals against administrative ...

Ukraine and the coming winter

Commentary

In a plea for more weapons of defense, the President of Ukraine recently expressed hopes that his country’s war against Russian aggression could end by winter. To my mind, he was expressing more than a hope for an end to the war. He was expressing the reality of what winter will bring ...

Conceal Carry New law is as vague as the old one

The OBSERVER’s View

Gov. Kathy Hochul and legislative Democrats have taken a big swing with gun legislation passed during an extraordinary session of the state Legislature recently. And it’s entirely possible that big swing comes up empty. That’s because Democrats missed the U.S. Supreme Court’s most ...