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The OBSERVER’s View

New YORK STATE Thruway dispute not going away

Driving upon Interstate 90 near Exit 58 at Silver Creek, it is hard for motorists to miss a sign that states they have entered Seneca Nation of Indians territory. That same billboard also notes a cost for New York state: $675 million for use of the land. Last month, the Nation won an ...

Dunkirk: Lighting a fire for quick action

After watching the overly slow 2023 Dunkirk budget deliberations by Common Council that took three months and went down to the wire, we figured those members had two speeds: slow and stop. We stand corrected after last week’s Finance Committee meeting. Dunkirk Fire Chief Michael Edwards said ...

Government Caucuses promote decisions in dark

The time has long since come to bring an end to closed political caucus meetings — particularly at the local level. The New York Coalition For Open Government this week released its latest study that showed 23 of 27 of county governments for which records could be found hold closed caucus ...

COUNTY Fitting ceremony for Vietnam vets

What a difference 50 years makes. American troops who fought during the Vietnam War era were looked upon by some as the enemy. These individuals, who faced chemical warfare at ground levels, battled on a regular basis in dangerous, jungle-like conditions. Last week, they were saluted during a ...

Dunkirk Better housing key to ‘vibrancy’

On a much smaller scale, Dunkirk has some similarities to Buffalo. It is a city on Lake Erie that was built on the back of a manufacturing sector that included steel and railroads. Buffalo, however, has started to turn it around. It started on the waters — especially at Canalside that ...

SUPER BOWL Soaring Eagles have county connection

Many Philadelphia Eagles fans weren’t ecstatic when Nick Sirianni was named the team’s head coach, replacing Super Bowl-winning coach Doug Pedersen. It’s safe to say the Jamestown native has converted those doubters with the job he has done over the last two years. On Sunday, Sirianni ...