Highs and Lows: Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week:


GIVING OFFICER — The following was called in to the OBSERVER on Friday by a reader who said he witnessed the following: Officer Hine of the Gowanda Police Department recently saw a homeless man. He went and bought him food from a local fast-food establishment and purchased the man some socks to keep his feet warm. The caller thought the officer should be recognized for doing such a worthwhile deed. We agree.

REVERE INN DEMOLITION — There are those that wanted to see the Revere Inn in Silver Creek restored. But the reality was it was too far gone and had been a hot spot for vandalism and other illegal activity. We applaud the Chautauqua County Land Bank and the village of Silver Creek for getting this eyesore torn down. It was long overdue.

SCHUMER STOPS — There have been many times we have disagreed about a position Senator Chuck Schumer has taken on a national issue. It seems his name is in the headlines all the more now that he is the Minority Leader. However when he took that post, we wondered if he would still make the commitment to visit every county in New York state. He did. For the 19th year in a row, Schumer made a stop in all 62 counties. You never saw Hillary Clinton make that commitment when she was a senator. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has not made that promise either. Even though we don’t see eye-to-eye on everything, we think Schumer makes the right choice by visiting every county in New York every year. More senators need to get out of Washington and talk to the people.


DUMPING IN ARKWRIGHT — Before the snow fell, someone apparently left his/her boat on Webster Road. The boat was in poor condition and filled with junk. Arkwright Highway Superintendent James Ziemba said besides the boat, a mattress was found earlier this week, and six recliners were dumped in August. This is illegal. Anyone caught dumping items like this should be fined. Take it to the landfill or the transfer station. Ziemba said the Department of Environmental Conservation is looking for the person who dumped the boat. We hope they catch the offender.


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