Some of the best, worst of the week

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


TEAM USA — Congratulations goes out to Cheryl Burns, a Cassadaga Valley agriculture and CTE (career and technical education) teacher for being able to compete in Australia as a sprint distance runner for Team USA. She was one of seven Americans selected to compete. The event will air on ESPN Olympic channel sometime in October. “We want her to know that everyone here at the Valley is behind her,” said middle/high school principal Scot Stutzman. We agree.

SEPT. 11 SERVICES — Nearly 3,000 people died from the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks by terrorists on U.S. soil. Although it was 17 years ago, there are people in our community that will make sure we continue to remember the lives lost. Once again, the Dunkirk Fire Department and the county Courthouse hosted remembrance services. We thank the organizers of these events.

BEAUTIFUL JEWELRY — We want to pass along our congratulations to Kathleen Sleigh. The Fredonia native recently won the Mort Abelson New Designer of the Year Award for her capsule jewelry line. Self-taught at her craft, Sleigh hand draws each design and then oversees the production. Her hometown is proud of her talent.


SPLIT PRIMARY — In June select registered party voters headed to the polls to select the individuals they wanted to see running for federal office. Then this past week, select voters once again headed to the polls for the individuals they wanted to see running for state offices. Why have two different primary dates? How is this helpful? In years when there was also a presidential election, like in 2016 and 2012, there were three primaries in New York. New York has some of the lowest voter turnout rates in the nation. It’s time to combine federal and state primaries, which would benefit both candidates and the public, as well as save time and money.