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The OBSERVER’s View

DUNKIRK Crime spree is a warning

Within the past 45 days, three city locations have been broken into, had items stolen or damaged. In November, it was the Chautauqua County Rural Ministry on Washington Avenue right before the Thanksgiving holiday. Before New Year’s Day sunrise, the Elks Club of Dunkirk was burglarized and, ...

SUNDAY SHOUTOUT: Holiday spirit alive and well

Our region must be proud. As the holiday season winds down, it has been uplifting to see this community come together and help those who are less fortunate. As part of this piece, we have included a number of pictures from organizations that have donated to assist non-profit agencies for the ...

POPULATION: Losses benefit our neighbors

Almost everyone is aware of New York state’s population problems. While downstate continues to hold its own — or post minor gains, upstate is a disaster. The major metropolitan areas of Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse have been struggling for five decades while rural portions of the state ...

TRADE PACT A better deal for the U.S.

After many weeks in which the U.S. House of Representatives has seemed preoccupied with Democrat lawmakers’ vendetta against President Donald Trump, action on a new trade agreement may finally be on the horizon. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., last month announced her caucus has ...

STATE An office’s waste of time, money

New York’s attorney general is elected to the position, so there will be politics involved in the job. But what has happened between New York state and Exxon over the past four years is an example of partisan tomfoolery at its worst. In 2015, former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman ...

New year Tone setting begins today

Today is a day for resolutions. Normally, they deal with physical activity, dieting or an attitude. Our local leaders, especially those taking office today, need to set forth some resolutions as well. It begins with doing what is best for those they serve. Too often, part-time elected ...

New Year’s Eve: Tonight marks a milestone

For many, it is a night to celebrate a milestone. Another year — and decade — has come and gone. Some will stay up to welcome 2020, while others may call it a night at the regular bedtime. Of course, there will be others who party it up. That’s an American tradition for some. Our ...

ENERGY State must be open to options

It is obvious that New York wants to end its relationship with fossil fuels, including natural gas. We’re sure there will be a lot of support among state lawmakers for a proposed state ban on hydraulic fracturing. There shouldn’t be, though that doesn’t mean there should be a drumbeat ...

SUNDAY SHOUTOUT: A city teen’s life-saving actions

Who knows what may have happened if Sheridan's David Taber Sr. did not make the trip in November to pick up his granddaughter Hannah Rosing from Dunkirk Middle School. Hannah, whose mother is a nurse at Dunkirk's Brooks Memorial Hospital, noticed upon arriving to the car after the school day ...

FOOTBALL SEASON Meaningless finale is a welcome change

Another meaningless December finale is much sweeter this season for the Buffalo Bills. When the New York Jets come to town for Sunday’s 1 p.m. game at New Era Field, very little is on the line for either team. Buffalo clinched a playoff spot two weeks ago — and is locked into the fifth ...

FIREARMS Solution not simple for schools

A significant number of schools throughout the United States have authorized staff members to carry firearms while at work. The idea is that armed educators and school service personnel can protect students in the event of an incursion by someone bent on violence. But an Associated Press ...

penalty Panama district still paying

It comes as no surprise that Gov. Andrew Cuomo vetoed legislation forgiving the remainder of Panama Central School’s $4.9 million fine by the state Education Department. The veto has become an annual rite of passage along with Thanksgiving leftovers and presents under the Christmas tree. ...

Christmas Our peaceful and holy day

For Christians, today is a time when all is calm, all is bright. It is a time when all the faithful do come, when there is a pervasive joy to the world. Sinking into our easy chairs, we recall that the Christmas story does not begin during the hustle and bustle of the day, but upon a midnight ...

CHRISTMAS EVE Today ‘something very special’

A common question around this time of year is, “Are you ready for Christmas?” It can be interpreted in a couple of ways. Sometimes, the query is whether we have all the gifts purchased, decorations both inside and out finished, donations to worthy causes made, and Christmas dinner food ...

HOSPITAL TREE Shining lights an area tribute

We have been critical of the Brooks-TLC Hospital System board of directors on these pages in recent years due to its lack of transparency. Even now with the Lakeshore Hospital campus closing, the board or the hospital administration has said little about moving forward since the devastating ...

SUNDAY SHOUTOUT: Court offers ‘neighbors’ a chance

Too many in this community —— and across our nation — have been impacted by the growing use of opioids. In Dunkirk, however, the city is taking a step that many others are not. Last Monday, a ceremony was held as the municipality became the third location in the nation to have an opioid ...

HEALTH CARE State calling shots on Brooks

Those who prefer the slogan of “renovate, don’t relocate” for Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk do not understand the severity and scope of how the health-care landscape across New York state is constantly changing. With very little warning earlier this month, the state Health ...

CHRISTMAS Children often scam targets behind times

A great deal of the consumer protection advice we receive during the holidays amounts to common sense. How could a reasonably intelligent adult fall for some of the schemes, after all? But some consumer protection watchdogs are offering an important reminder: Adults may have nothing to do ...

HEALTH CARE Some good, bad and ugly

The big question with single-payer health care in New York state has always been how to pay for it. Democrats in Albany should keep that question in mind as they hold hearings on the New York Health Act during the upcoming legislative session. Better yet, they should keep that question in ...

ATHENEX Builders showed care for community

Over the weekend, the project director for Exyte U.S. — which is overseeing the building of the Athenex plant near the city border of Dunkirk — offered his thanks to the community. Lee Ogle, in his letter, noted he and his team had been working in the community for 18 months. “We moved ...