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The OBSERVER’s View

EASTER He is still with us

"I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.''This was, according to St. Matthew, the final message Jesus of Nazareth gave his disciples before he ascended into heaven.His disciples had heard Jesus make wonderful promises earlier as he ministered in the hills of Galilee. Some of what ...

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

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTHERO IN OUR MIDST - Ray Domanski is a hero. The Dunkirk resident noticed some smoke coming out of a house at 209 Lake Shore Drive East, broke down the front door and alerted residents inside that there was a fire. The residents, who didn't ...

The OBSERVER’s View

Too often, American service men and women make great sacrifices for seemingly unappreciative people in foreign countries. And too many of our tax dollars are spent defending countries that rely on the United States rather than their own resources.And regularly, Americans - both those who go ...

County: Bright results in Legislature

Even though we believe county legislators were incorrect in approving a 0.5 percent sales tax hike, the discussion and vote was another welcome change from the reduced governing body.Last week, legislators approved asking the state to increase our county sales-tax rate from 7.5 percent to 8 ...

Headlines to make you smile on April 1

It's April 1. All Fools Day. It's a day that some of us will pull pranks on our children, friends or co-workers. It's a day that individually we might be a victim, but if we are, hopefully we can step back and laugh.On this All Fools Day, here are some headlines that we can imagine would only ...

Find solutions to the issues

There were not many solutions presented during the recent rally held at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House regarding the educational reforms proposed by state Gov. Andrew Cuomo.While many points were relevant, such as the increased evaluations being done on teachers and the increased state-mandated ...

Dunkirk: Little savings in big battle

Hiring never seems to be a hot topic in city government - unless it is for a low-paying position.Earlier this month, council members fought over the potential hiring of two part-time positions costing $10,200 annually for oversight of the city's cable access channel. While much larger paid ...

FORESTVILLE Village not keeping its end of the deal

Forestville took the money last year, but did not get the message.The village of about 700 residents, which was mismanaged so poorly in recent years that it proposed a 445 percent property tax rate increase in February 2014, was supposed to begin a dissolution study as part of a loan agreement ...

highs and lows Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTMUSICAL HONORS - Thursday was an exciting day for Fredonia High School. Students were able to hear 10,000 Maniacs perform at the school. Also, Fredonia alumna Mary Ramsey, who is now the band's lead singer, was inducted into the Fredonia ...

PROPOSAL Budget needs some cutting

Republicans in Congress are being criticized by some for a budget proposal that makes relatively modest cuts in federal spending.In response, Democrats in the House of Representatives have introduced a budget bill almost identical to what President Barack Obama proposes. It makes virtually no ...

‘Honest’ remarks in Fredonia

Very few superintendents will be as bold as Fredonia's Paul DiFonzo.While others try not to step on toes and preserve their position, DiFonzo has a way of letting others know the blatant truth. "We still have too few students in too many school districts in our county," he said during the ...

County: The 10 percent budget fallacy

There is one thing to remember tonight when the Chautauqua County Legislature is expected to approve the sales-tax increase from 7.5 percent to 8 percent. It has to do with the annual budget.Each year, many legislators parrot the 10 percent slogan. That is the "county only controls 10 percent ...

Where county rates are low

High taxes are a fact in Western New York. And a recent Empire Center for Public Policy report found our region is No. 1 in the state when it comes to tax burden."There's no question that New Yorkers pay some of the highest property taxes in the country," said Tim Hoefer, executive director of ...

DUNKIRK: Still waiting for response

You heard it straight from the mouth of Dunkirk Councilman at-Large Willie Rosas. If there is any question as to why development seems to have come to a screeching halt in the city over the last three years, Rosas gave a very good indication."I put a call in to economic development director ...

The OBSERVER’s View

Each time the next step has been needed to be made in regard to the north county water district, Fredonia Mayor Stephen Keefe has given his approval on behalf of the village. Last week, Keefe gave Fredonia residents a reason to back the district.With operations at Carriage House coming to an ...

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

Here are some of the best - and worst - of the week:BESTMORE MUSICALS - We mentioned previously that musicals are taking place this weekend at Cassadaga Valley (Mary Poppins), Silver Creek (Little Women), Fredonia (Anything Goes) and Westfield (Tarzan). Pine Valley is also holding its school ...

White House Secret Service mess continues

After a string of scandals and failures involving the agency's key duty of protecting the president and first family, President Barack Obama was urged to appoint an outsider to head the Secret Service.A hard-nosed stranger to the Secret Service's good-old-boy and -girl network was needed to ...

Schools: Class acts at musicals

Our annual showcase of talent is in full swing at area schools with a full slate of weekend performances.Of note is the musical "Tarzan," which will be performed by students at Westfield Academy and Central Schools. It will be the first time this musical is being presented in Western New York ...

Eliminate fifth trustee

There were some well thought-out proposals in Fredonia Mayor Stephen Keefe's final budget proposal for the village. His suggestion for saving $6,000 and giving the mayor voting rights, however, makes the most sense.On Monday, Keefe suggested a $1,000 decrease in the mayor's salary, in addition ...

Buffalo gets a winner

March Madness is becoming a popular item in Western New York. Since 2000, the city of Buffalo has hosted a number of first-, second- and third-round games for the annual NCAA tournament at the arena downtown.This year, however, the local twist could be even more exciting.On Saturday, the ...