The OBSERVER’s View

SENATE PRIMARY: Support signals a job well done

Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello’s victory in Tuesday night’s primary over Curtis Crandall was expected by many here. Borrello worked hard and tirelessly while on the campaign trail. What was quite surprising, however, was the margin. By tallying 92 % of the vote in his home ...

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

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST TASSEL TURNING — This weekend is a special weekend for senior students in our region. They’re graduating high school and entering a new phase of life. The vast majority will head to college, the Armed Forces or the workforce. ...

Candidate: Cancer effort deserves cheers

When could anyone have expected that being a champion in the battle against cancer would be a political liability? It will be, if some of his opponents for the Democratic Party nomination for president have their way. While vice president, Biden had called for more research into cancer. ...

FORESTVILLE: Tragedy has look of trend

Pearl Street in the hamlet of Forestville has become an unfortunate tragedy. In the last nine months, one person has died while others have been arrested due to the making of methamphetamine. The cause is something that you rarely expect from a place that has a population of about 650 ...

Airport: County money won’t fix woes

We’re not sure spending county government money is what was meant when the federal government said it wanted to see area residents have skin in the game regarding the county airport at Jamestown. Before county legislators approve $72,000 a year in spending to prove to the federal government ...

CASSADAGA: Concert season arrives in area

Now that summer has officially arrived, many area communities will see the addition of one more happening where they live: concerts. On Wednesday, the season opens for the Cassadaga Lakes Summer Concert Series when the Cassadaga Area Concert Band performs on the beach at the Strawberry Social ...

CASSADAGA Controversial past for appointment

A former Dunkirk city contractor and employer is back to work at another municipality after creating plenty of waves in the recent months. Cassadaga earlier this month named Wendy Spinuzza its new code enforcement officer. “She’s a sharp gal,” said Deputy Mayor Bill Astry of Spinuzza at ...

GOP PRIMARY: Being vocal is necessary

One of the greatest concerns of a democracy happens when voters do not know who their leader or representative is. In Senate District 57, it was always a no-brainer for a decade: residents appreciated and had great respect for Catharine Young. Young was outspoken, passionate and always in ...

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

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST HEFNER TO RETURN — SUNY Fredonia needs a stable leader. The college is in a difficult place with President Virginia Horvath retiring at the end of the month and a new restructuring plan of the Academic Affairs being ...

Juneteenth: Never forgetting a U.S. wrong

New holidays and special observances are a dime a dozen. Sometimes, it seems we have too many. But one gaining popularity is well worth noting — and celebration by each and every American. It is Juneteenth, which was observed on Wednesday. It is a celebration of the end of slavery in the ...

City churches take the lead

Church leaders in the city of Dunkirk are not putting their heads in the sand when it comes to community turbulence. On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a block party event that will include games and food at Washington Park. “We want to do something in response to the violence,” said Jim ...

Turbines: Erie County gets a jump

Maybe Chautauqua County legislators can take a lesson from their neighbors to the north. On Monday, both John Mills and Lynne Dixon introduced legislation opposing wind turbines on Lake Erie. “I don’t think this is a good project for the community. Research has indicated windmills disturb ...

Lily Dale: Big names open season

How can you tell summer is just around the corner? Lily Dale Assembly will be starting another season this weekend. As noted on Page 1 Monday, the Tibetan Monks will be opening the season for the world famous institution. The monks will be at the Assembly beginning with the 9:30 a.m. opening ...

GREAT LAKES Not skimping on our waters

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed has been criticized by some Democrats for his close ties to President Donald Trump. But those who care about our waters need to appreciate some of his recent efforts. Trump, while being a champion for fewer regulations, has not been a great supporter of the environment. So ...

Embracing a new facility

No matter how slow it seems New York state can move, Albany can get testy when things do not happen as quick as it wants. That is why the Fredonia Planning Board approval of the Brooks Memorial Hospital plans are a positive sign. For years, Brooks has been bleeding cash going from a reserve ...

ENERGY: Big bucks aim at coal plants

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced last week his philanthropic foundation will spend $500 million to close as many coal-fired power plants as possible. He also wants Americans to stop building new gas-fired power plants. Period. Bloomberg claims the move is needed to ...

Economy: Taking good with the bad

It is certainly good news that Chautauqua County is finally seeing some consistent job growth. State Labor Department statistics show 400 more people employed in April 2019 than were employed in April 2018. The trend actually started back in October with employment growth ranging from between ...

Accidents: Calming traffic, fewer incidents

Route 60 near Lakeview Avenue has provided some scary moments in the last week. Two accidents over the course of three days — in fairly good weather conditions — need to serve as a reminder for motorists to stay alert. Discussions after these incidents will ultimately lead to the ...

Cassadaga: ‘Several’ is likely only one

Welcome to the village of Cassadaga where a governmental conflict of interest has been allowed. Last week, Bill Astry was approved as mayor despite warnings that came from Trustee Amanda Kalfas during an April board meeting before former Mayor MaryJo Bauer resigned due to an alleged residency ...

DUNKIRK Voices emerge on the violence

Finally. An elected lawmaker in Dunkirk has chosen to end the silence on an important issue, noting that government is more than just filling potholes, running festivals and approving the always controversial loud speaker permit. In the Sunday OBSERVER letters section, Fourth Ward Councilman ...