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The OBSERVER’s View

RENTALS: Decisions may impact tourism

Vacation rentals have been a hot topic across Chautauqua County municipalities. Within the last month, the Dunkirk Town Board, Sheridan Town Board and Lakewood Village Board have had to address the issue. For the most part, our region appears to have a reluctance — especially by the lakes ...

CLIMATE No simple science on global changes

Proving once again that the science on pollution and climate change is never as tidy as either side hopes we will believe, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released the results of a study that says changes in regionalized air pollution are affecting storm ...

SHOOTINGS: Nation, region can use some reflection

Our nation could use plenty of prayers at this time. As a Dunkirk church made plans this week for a service for 5 p.m. today to remember those who died in a racially motivated mass shooting in Buffalo on May 14, another deadly attack occurred at a school in Texas on Tuesday that left 21 dead, ...

New YORK STATE Getting best value in free-meal effort

It may be next year before legislation to require New York schools to offer free breakfast and lunch to their students is considered in the state Legislature. Between now and then, we hope the sponsors of A.9518/S.9144, Sen. Michele Hinchey, D-Kingston, and Assemblywoman Jessica ...

DUNKIRk: No easy path ahead for ImmunityBio

ImmunityBio’s entrance into the northern Chautauqua County economy seemed promising earlier this year. Founded by billionaire Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, the company had high hopes after purchasing the former Athenex manufacturing facility. Recent numbers, however, are not as optimistic. As ...

Brocton: Exit has village looking for a leader

Even though there are some 500 elected officials in Chautauqua County, finding true leadership remains a problem. Last week, Brocton Mayor Art Miller resigned from his position due to health reasons. We hope everything works out for him. That being said, it leaves a void at village mayor that ...