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The OBSERVER’s View

TEXAS Too many were left in the dark

It’s clear something went very wrong in Texas this month. Early efforts to play the blame game were off the mark, as some wanted to spread the idea the entire fiasco was the fault of wind and solar energy operations. That’s only part of the picture. More than 4 million people ended up ...

Gateway plans become reality

What has been in the making for two decades appears set to become reality by the end of the year. A Gateway Center, that will be run by Love’s Travel Stop and Country Stores Inc., will start construction in April. Though many local officials have touted this project, there was also a ...

Albany’s choice to harm county

Chautauqua County residents who have struggled to get a COVID-19 vaccine nearly had powerful Democrat on their side. Of course, that powerful Democrat was President Joe Biden, whose Federal Emergency Management Agency and Centers for Disease Control had identified Chautauqua County as a ...

WALLEYE Looking to lure major tournament

What do Chamberlain, S.D., Sturgeon Bay, Wis., Huron, Ohio, Mobridge, S.D., and Otter Tail Lake, Minn., have that Dunkirk deserves? A role in the National Walleye Tour. In fact, with the exception of Huron, none of these locations are on Lake Erie. It is why city Mayor Wilfred Rosas has ...

SUNY Local leadership in COVID cases

Here is a testament to how well the State University of New York at Fredonia has done keeping the COVID-19 numbers stable. Another location, in Central New York, went to remote-learning model in the fall semester after Oct. 5. That institution: SUNY Cortland. And, apparently, the message ...

NEW YORK STATE: Louder chorus needed for music

Members of the Westfield Academy & Central Schools are striking all the right notes. If sports can come back during the COVID-19 pandemic, why not the music program? Last month, music teacher Helen Ihasz called the school board — and state — to allow bands and choruses to be able to ...

SOCIAL MEDIA Company decision highlights flaws

Think whatever you want about the fairness of Twitter banning Donald Trump from its platform, but reasonable people should quash this notion that Twitter’s decision somehow is a violation of the First Amendment. Instead, reasonable people — which hopefully still includes a few lawmakers ...

District aiming to be ‘efficient’

Dunkirk City Schools is aware of the fiscal troubles that lie ahead. During a Board of Education meeting earlier this month, the district talked about the impending financial cliff that looms in 2023. Superintendent Michael Mansfield, who has been in the position for only 10 months, noted ...

Awaiting numbers on big savings

Insight regarding the closure of the Gowanda Correctional Facility should not have come this late. State Sen. George Borrello, R-Sunset Bay, asked the acting commissioner for the state corrections facility about a Freedom of Information Law request by the Gowanda Area Redevelopment Corp. ...

VACCINES: Numbers hurt state effort

This is not an excuse when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccinations. It's just a fact. New York has 19 million residents. If the state is receiving between 250,000 to 300,000 vaccines weekly, it will take a long time before everyone receives their treatment. The good news? There is some ...

COVID-19 Nursing home answers needed

Democrats in the state Legislature have been unwilling to use their power to investigate what happened inside the state’s nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Maybe the admission of a cover-up will be enough to spur Democrats into action. Late Thursday night, the New York Post ...

VACCINES Numbers hurt state effort

This is not an excuse when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccinations. It’s just a fact. New York has 19 million residents. If the state is receiving between 250,000 to 300,000 vaccines weekly, it will take a long time before everyone receives their treatment. The good news? There is some ...

COVID RELIEF: Big checks can dry up quickly

Easy come, easy go. That can be what happens when individuals, or big entities, come into large sums of money. We definitely saw that two decades ago when counties across New York state reaped the benefits of the tobacco settlement money — up to $20 million then here locally. So imagine the ...

‘TROUBLE’ Rochester event needs investigation

Think for a moment about the 9-year-old girls you have known. Any of them seem as though there is the remotest of possibilities they could have been a threat to a fully equipped group of police officers? Of course not. But for multiple officers in Rochester, N.Y., a 9-year-old girl was either ...

Welcome project nearing a reality

A gateway to Chautauqua County appears to be motoring closer to reality. The project, centered near the New York-Pennsylvania state line off the state Thruway, would replace the eyesore of the former Colonial Squire Motel. This concept for the “gateway” has been around since the ...

There’s possibilities for more sharing

With a population of 1,100 residents, this corner will reiterate its opposition to the building of a new municipal facility in the town of Arkwright. What we would advocate, however, is a shared facility with neighboring Villenova. This is not the first time we have suggested this. In an ...

SPORTS Tipping off the winter season

After an unprecedented layoff, a number of local schools are beginning their winter sports seasons. It comes with plenty of mixed emotions, that is for sure. For starters, we’re thrilled the athletes will be getting an opportunity. Memories are made during the years of our youth. There are ...

FREDONIA Petty bickering brings poor image

Village of Fredonia trustees will never get it. This group of representatives, no matter who they have been over the last 12 years, keep forgetting they work for the residents — not themselves. In fact, since their meetings are broadcast on public access you would think they would at least ...

POMFRET Drive-in plans drive enthusiasm

Judging from the social media response, it appears watching movies in the great outdoors is something many area residents cannot wait to take in. Last week, during the county Planning Board meeting, a proposal for that entertainment and other community events for the town of Pomfret was ...

FEBRUARY During month, let us reflect

The past eight months, in many ways, have served as a new reckoning for our nation in dealing with race. The rise of the Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and the anger and riots that followed, were a stark reminder to the nation that, more than 50 ...