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The OBSERVER’s View

Look at how far we’ve come

Today has been set for the annual observance of Earth Day, focusing on environmental quality throughout the world. In that context, Americans have much about which to be proud.Are there environmental challenges yet to be addressed? Of course. Many "brownfields" industrial sites, contaminated ...

Western New York goes Polish

This has been a week of holiday events. There was Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. Each day has its own significance.Maundy Thursday is the Christian feast, or holy day, falling on the Thursday before Easter. It commemorates the Maundy and Last Supper of Jesus ...

A significance for this day

In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulcher. And behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door and sat upon ...

Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTFREDONIA MUSIC - Congratulations to the Fredonia Central School District's music department. The school was recently recognized as a 2014 Best Community for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants. According to ...

Hey! It’s only tax dollars

It used to be the representatives who were in the tax-and-spend crowd. Now they are the tax, borrow and spend group, as a federal budget proposal unveiled this month makes plain.Americans pay too much in taxes. As a nation we are too deep in debt, at $17 trillion and counting. Yet some in the ...

Pomfret: Town takes the initiative

Pomfret Town Board is taking a smart and timely step.Since the village of Fredonia coerced the town to sign a two-year deal that was inflated due to the deadline, board members are following through on seeing if fire protection is available from another entity.Clearly, it makes sense the ...

Controlling school costs

Ripley taxpayers are likely to see a tax cut of about 5 percent in their 2014-15 school taxes.So much for the concerns posed by many that the tuitioning of Ripley students to Chautauqua Lake Central School wouldn't actually save the school district money.Salaries are expected to decrease by 8 ...

Pentagon: Rising stress on military bases

Programs to help U.S. servicemen and women suffering from mental challenges, including post-traumatic stress disorder, have been around for decades. Clearly, more effort needs to be put into them.After Army Spc. Ivan Lopez shot and killed three people and wounded 16 others before killing ...

Campaign item is just wrong

Candidates seeking office may not agree with what their opponent says, but they do need to be honest about it.A recent mailer sent by the campaign for U.S. Rep. Tom Reed regarding candidate Martha Robertson is just wrong. In the mailer, it says that Robertson was against repowering the Dunkirk ...

Leadership, not lip service

A Fredonia man who grew Red Wing, currently Carriage House, into a national powerhouse of the private-label industry had some words of wisdom for many living here if they want to make the area more inviting to business in the 21st century."Combine water and sewage operations for Dunkirk and ...

Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTAWARD WINNING HEADLINE - Congratulations to reporter Katie Atkins for winning this year's New York News Publishers' Association's 2012-2013 Awards for Excellence Competition in the headline writing category for newspapers under 10,000 ...

Agency assists in cancer prevention

Editor, OBSERVER:The mission of Cancer Services Program is to increase the proportion of women and men in New York state who are up-to-date on recommended preventive cancer screenings.Our goal is to increase public awareness on the importance of early detection of cancer, assist the uninsured ...

Sitting high above the law

It should be clear to Americans that President Barack Obama's opinion is that the law is what he and he alone says it is - even if it encourages wholesale slaughter of bald eagles, the nation's symbol. If a law enacted in Congress gets in his way, Obama simply changes it.Several months ago, The ...

Winter: Taxpayers tapped to max

Whatever happened to area leaders doing what is best for residents and the future of this county?This lack of vision is evident not only in the village of Forestville, but also in the city proposal to keep the water system the way it is presently set up. Consider what new Forestville Mayor ...

Fund-raiser: Event assists teacher, students

One of the more powerful messages sent by our former U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins was that our country needed to come together as one and find a cure for cancer. That theme of the Congressman has been evident during the time he has held office and he continues the fight.On Thursday, Higgins would be ...

Sticking to job at hand

Area elected officials are at their best when they are focused on issues they can control, not issues dictated to them by the state or federal government.It is why Pomfret Town Board member Ann Eckman is correct in not wanting to deal with the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement - or ...

County: Contract not state-mandated

How soon Chautauqua County leaders forget.On Sept. 30, this corner took offense to Legislator Chairman Jay Gould's remarks to WDOE in preparing the 2014 county budget. For those who forgot, here was the sound bite:"We control very little of our actual budget," he told the station. "Most of it ...

All districts need vision

Many area school districts are breathing a sigh of relief after receiving the gift of an increase in aid in the New York state budget for the next year. Area property taxpayers are likely to be pleased as well, since lesser aid may have meant higher taxes.But let's be honest about the recent ...

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

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTBADGE OF HONOR - We thank the Badge of Honor Association for giving signs to Dunkirk in memory of police officers killed in action. In Dunkirk, Lt. Mark Elfman died Oct. 1, 1961 from gunfire while responding to a domestic dispute. Lt. J. ...

Why not cut some of the costs?

Common Council member Stacy Szukala made a solid point in regard to spending on Tuesday. In years past, maybe the city of Dunkirk could have afforded to pay $30,000 for fireworks.Today, as the economy continues its slow pace, it is not so simple."Some of (the businesses) are struggling right ...