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The OBSERVER’s View

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

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTTHREE CHEERS - Last weekend was a busy one at SUNY Fredonia. The college hosted the annual Fredonia Cheerleading and Dance Competition. Nearly 100 teams registered for the event, which ran all day. Whether they're brand new cheerleaders or ...

Lots of talk, still no plan

Many Americans are finally waking up to the damage being done by the $18 trillion national debt, both now and to future generations. Control of Congress by conservative Republicans provides some hope of curbing the deficit spending that continues to add to the debt.Just last week, the new GOP ...

EDUCATION: Cuomo’s other harsh message

Teachers, as evidenced in Fredonia on Tuesday night, are not happy with state Gov. Andrew Cuomo.In his State of the State address last week, the governor was tough on education, calling for a number of reforms. He made it known that a system currently in place, which rates teachers from highly ...

Empty Bowls warms hearts

What can 1,100 hand-made pottery bowls add up to? How about $23,186.That is the amount of money raised in the Empty Bowls fund-raiser, which benefits the Chautauqua County Rural Ministry. Nearly 800 residents were in attendance for the event the helps some 32 food pantries in the region.This ...

Upstate crews may get call

In November, a winter storm that struck Western New York dumping up to 7 feet of snow around Buffalo captivated a nation. This morning, many are watching the Northeast regarding Juno.Even before this potentially historic storm struck, New York state officials had asked residents around the ...

Albany: State in order, locals are not

Taxpayers in our region are left shaking their heads after the recent State of the State speech by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.Throughout the governor's lengthy presentation on Wednesday about the state getting expenses in line - and making a better environment for business, residents here look at their ...

Tough times arrive for Pine Valley school

Enrollment declines are tough to swallow for area schools. Districts that have done their best to continue programs, courses and extracurricular activities - while shrinking - continue to suffer.That fact is currently apparent at Pine Valley Central Schools.For years, this well run district has ...

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

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTLEARNING TO READ - Eric Volk, 29, has a learning disability and has been seeing Dennis Palmer, an instructor with Literacy Volunteers of Chautauqua County, so he could learn to read. Volk's motivation was to be able to pass an exam so he ...

America shows love for hero

It has been said many Americans no longer revere true heroes and don't have as much time for patriotism as did our ancestors. It may be difficult to convince those involved with the movie "American Sniper" of that.The Clint Eastwood film tells the story of Texan Chris Kyle, perhaps the most ...

Dunkirk: A city legacy is tarnished

It was a dark afternoon in Dunkirk on Tuesday. News of former 10-year city Mayor Richard Frey's alleged crimes sent shock waves through City Hall as well as the region.In a 13-count indictment, Frey was charged with 12 counts of wire fraud and one count of making a false statement to the FBI as ...

Education: A team spirit in area sports

Sports normally provides a perspective that closely mirrors society. Take our recent report on Sunday by sports editor Craig Harvey that looked at area schools and the number of athletics they provide to students.Not surprisingly, all schools in our area are suffering when it comes to ...

Goal accomplished for 30 years

More than 30 years ago, the State University of New York at Fredonia built Steele Hall. It brought a new basketball court and introduced an ice arena, which led to the university hockey team, as well as a youth organization.Over the weekend, a celebration of youth hockey was held with a couple ...

Annual event: A significant message today

Imagine if Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was with us today. How great that would be.King would be one of the leaders in discussing the events that have created high emotions in Ferguson, Missouri. He would have been in Cleveland after a senseless shooting of a youngster with a toy gun.Dr. King was ...

Choice hits close to home

In all honesty, this corner believes area school districts could do a better job of sharing positions, especially with the superintendent post.We have seen this concept work in Clymer and Panama and the plan would have made sense for the two districts in our area that were seeking a new lead ...

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

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTPOLAR PLUNGERS - Think it's cold out there? Imagine how cold it would be to go for a swim in this weather! Well, that's just what a group of people did Sunday in Lake Erie, as part of the annual Polar Bear Swim for charity. The ...

Lack of action speaks loudly

By the dozens, world leaders flocked to Paris during the weekend to join a march in solidarity with, well, civilization. They joined as many as 1.3 million French people upset and angry about Islamic terrorist attacks on a newspaper and a food market catering to Jewish Parisians.French leaders ...

Medina: Village vote worth attention

A vote in an Orleans County village on Tuesday bears watching by residents here.If approved, the village of Medina will be dissolved and absorbed by the towns of Ridgeway and Shelby. If not approved - a big "what if" fear factor is already in play here - everything will stay the same."The ...

Buffalo Bills: Change amid a status quo

Will today usher a new era and attitude for the Buffalo Bills?Later today, Rex Ryan will be officially announced as head coach for the Bills. Some are thrilled with the announcement, others are pessimistic.In reality, there has been no coach with this big a name since Wade Phillips succeeded ...

New policy is overreaction

Is it an overreaction for New York state to close the state Thruway before a storm even hits? Or is it just state Gov. Andrew Cuomo making a statement after he was blamed after the major snow event in November for motorists being stranded on the interstate?It is definitely a little bit of both. ...

Village mayor is deserving of a vote

There are not many residents who will tell you the current village government set-up is working well in Fredonia. Heck, even current Mayor Stephen Keefe will admit some flaws, which is part of the reason he is not seeking re-election.Keefe's big beef, which he has stated more than once on WDOE ...