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The OBSERVER’s View

COUNTY: Campaign a start at growing area

We’ve seen enough municipal branding attempts to know their payoff is typically pretty small. It’s better than nothing — though how much better than nothing is frankly up for debate. So we hope there is a payoff to the county’s Live CHQ and Choose CHQ programs that were launched ...

DUNKIRK More updates, oversight needed

Dunkirk Common Council is not capable of making financial decisions. New Mayor Kate Wdowiasz is still learning on the job. And, a longtime city treasurer isn’t really watching the store seeing that the municipality is somewhat shockingly in the hole to the tune of $18.5 million. How must ...

FREDONIA: Past decisions add to tax burden

You cannot blame Fredonia Fire Department Chief Josh Myers for wanting a 12% pay raise this year for his salary that is more than $100,000 annually. On history alone, recent Village Boards have been very generous in dishing out increases. After numerous water issues and a Department of Public ...

PRESIDENCY: These two choices not better than 1

Many Americans are unenthused, to say the least, about a 2024 grudge match between two grumpy old men, President Biden and Donald Trump. But after months of No Labels teasing an alternative “unity ticket,” this week it pulled the plug after failing to find a candidate. The exercise says ...

SUNY; ‘Big Blue Day’ fills plenty of seats

A weekend event at the State University of New York at Fredonia offered a bit of hope for the future. During the “Go Big Blue Day” open house, nearly 850 attendees filled the Rockefeller Arts Center. Accepted students and their families also were able to interact with a student panel, ...

TEACHER Residents can support educator

Northern Chautauqua County can show support for an area teacher that is part of a national contest. Silver Creek’s Janet Decker is a finalist in the Reader’s Digest contest to name America’s Favorite Teacher. Decker said she was thrilled when she received an email stating she would be ...