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The OBSERVER’s View

Election: Your vote counts Tuesday

We should all wish to be Scottish - and it has nothing to do with wearing kilts and playing bagpipes.It has everything to do with voting.We are awestruck by the 84.5 percent of Scottish residents who turned out in September to vote on the question of Scotland's potential independence from the ...

Region gains with Cuomo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's first four years of leading New York state have been far from perfect.He began the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption. When there was a buzz his office was tied to wrongdoing, Cuomo had it shut down.Cuomo also is a key supporter of the SAFE Act, which aims at stopping ...

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

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTMARAUDERS FOOTBALL SEASON - The Dunkirk Varsity football season has come to a close. No, they didn't make the playoffs in a bid to earn a state championship. No, they didn't defeat rival Fredonia. Yes, there are local schools that have ...

All candidates are worthy

There are two elements in choosing a Family Court judge - the human side and the technical side, as was eloquently stated during a recent debate by Green Party candidate Michael Sullivan of Fredonia.This is a race that features four candidates - Sullivan, Jeffrey Piazza, endorsed by the ...

Endorsement: Goodell’s knowledge, efforts get nod

The race for the 150th State Assembly District between Barrie Yochim, Jamestown Area Meals on Wheels executive director endorsed by the Democrat, Independence and Working Families parties, and incumbent Andrew Goodell, endorsed by the Republican, Conservative parties, has been in stark contrast ...

ENDORSEMENT: Our Supreme Court choices

There are 13 judges running for five open positions on the state Supreme Court in the Eighth Judicial District, which includes Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties.Each of the judges has been rated by the state's Independent Judicial Election ...

Attorney general lost consistency

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has a consistent knack for letting New Yorkers know when someone has been wronged. During the work week, Schneiderman's office sends updates almost daily to media outlets on what his office is fighting or how residents have benefitted from a recent ...

ENDORSEMENT: In heated race, Reed gets nod

The campaign between U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, and Martha Robertson, a Tompkins County Democrat, officially began scant weeks after Reed took his oath of office.At times, it has not been pretty. Television advertisements and mailers from both sides have distorted the truth at best and told ...

Our choice for sheriff

When Mary Whitaker was killed in her summer home a few months ago, her alleged murderers were caught quickly.One reason they were found so quickly was the presence of the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department's mobile command unit, which provides a rolling dispatch center and conference room ...

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

BESTUNITED EFFORT - Nearly 400 people attended the Public Service Commission's hearings in Fredonia on Thursday. Even though the hearing was to give the public a chance to hear about the proposed gas routes, it was important that Chautauqua County again state that we are in favor of the ...

Proposition no fix to school woes

New York state residents cannot have it both ways. School districts that have existed for far too many years and are deteriorating in regard to curriculums and programming continue to maintain survival while offering a bare-bones and substandard education.Staffing continues to be slashed as ...

Endorsement: Two proposals have backing

Redistricting, a process that occurs every 10 years after U.S. Census figures are released, never comes without some sort of controversy. In less than two weeks, voters will be asked to consider an amendment regarding that issue on Election Day.Proposal one, which is confusing to say the ...

No celebrating jobless reports

Recent job indicators prove the mess this county remains in.Last week, the state Labor Department reported Chautauqua County had lost 600 jobs from September 2013 to last month. The good news? The unemployment rate fell, we think, to 5.9 percent from 7.4 percent.However, on closer inspection, ...

No celebrating jobless reports

Recent job indicators prove the mess this county remains in.Last week, the state Labor Department reported Chautauqua County had lost 600 jobs from September 2013 to last month. The good news? The unemployment rate fell, we think, to 5.9 percent from 7.4 percent.However, on closer inspection, ...

Candidates are in the spotlight

On Sunday, we urged residents to get to the Fredonia Opera House on Thursday for the public hearing on the pipeline proposals for the NRG Energy Inc. repowering project.There is, in fact, one more reason to be there.Beginning at 7 p.m., the League of Women Voters will be holding its annual Meet ...

Fredonia: Neighborly appeal begins

A worthwhile community effort, which includes businesses, residents and non-profit organizations, began Sunday and continues through the end of this week.It is the Feeding Fredonia Challenge, being spearheaded by the Fredonia Presbyterian Church at 219 Central Ave., which is home to the ...

Attendance is important

Public Service Commission members could not recall anything else like it.On the way to the State University of New York at Fredonia's Williams Center for the hearing on repowering NRG Energy Inc., members discussed seeing signs of support for the project dotting lawns. They saw a portable ...

Some of the best, worst of the week

BESTCASAC CELEBRATION - The Chautauqua Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Council celebrated 40 years in Dunkirk recently. CASAC does a great deal with educating the community about the dangers of drugs and alcohol and also how to overcome addictions. Crime in a community often stems from drug and ...

SAFE Act is state law

One of the more prevalent issues of election season stems from the passage of the SAFE Act in 2013. Considered the toughest gun control law in the United States, this legislation has been discussed in the District 23 Congressional campaign as well as the race for county sheriff.There is one ...

Proper care measures a must

U.S. officials have proven effective tactics to battle infectious diseases. But the devil is in the details - and the devil now is Ebola.It was confirmed this week that a second employee of the hospital where a Liberian man died of Ebola has come down with the disease. Like the first American ...