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The OBSERVER’s View

SALVATION ARMY: Kettle campaign needs your help

Northern Chautauqua County must do better when it comes to the annual Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign. As noted in an article by city editor Jo Ward on Tuesday, the campaign is still far from its goal of $50,000 with only two weeks until Christmas. As of last week, only $14,000 — or 28% ...

MINIMUM WAGE State spins higher costs

New York state employers are bracing for another increase in the minimum wage. Starting Dec. 31, the rate increases from $11.10 to $11.80 per hour — a 6.3% hike. Since upstate and downstate are so drastically different, it is tough to gauge the impact of the increase. In some locations, ...

ADAMS Aiming to save a city icon

There is an evident new energy at the ADAMS, located at Sixth Street and Central Avenue. A new board of directors is engaged and events are happening, such as the Street Hockey tournament that took place on Saturday morning. But urgencies at the historic structure continue. Despite all the ...

SUNDAY SHOUTOUT: Show your #MYFREDONIA pride

Nearly 24,000 people live in Searcy, Ark. They have seen the economic downturns that Western New Yorkers have been through. Once home to the oil and gas industry, the community has suffered. But last year, residents and elected leaders spoke in one voice to claim $500,000 as the winning entry ...

LAKESHORE CLOSING Elected officials let you down

With more than 100 elected officials in the north county, you would think there would have been some kind of proactive effort to work with the Brooks-TLC Hospital System board of directors in the last five years. Sadly, especially for those in Silver Creek and Hanover, those you chose to ...

AFGHANISTAN Members learn from making trip behind times

The most effective education on world trouble spots requires going there. So, just before Thanksgiving, a group of members of Congress went to Afghanistan. There, they talked with both U.S. forces and officials and Afghans, including that nation’s president, Ashraf Ghani. Making the trip ...

DUNKIRK: Council aboard with spending

Dunkirk’s runaway train continued down the track on Tuesday evening as council members in a 4-1 vote approved the 2020 budget plan. While there is no tax increase, there are plenty of worries. While Mayor Wilfred Rosas’ administration has made strides with the waterfront and by helping ...

FREDONIA ‘Revolution’ can help village

Community pride is going to have to be in full effect next week if Fredonia wants to be a top five finalist in the “Small Business Revolution” contest that will award a community $500,000 for revitalization and renovation. Last week, village and chamber leaders gathered to plan for the ...

GIVING TUESDAY Keep donations at local level

“Give Where You Live” is one of the slogans of the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation. “Live United” is the call from the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County. These are worth considering today, on Giving Tuesday. In what began as a movement to create an international day of ...

COUNTY Borrello’s move leaves void

With Sen. George Borrello moving to the state level to represent our region and three other counties in Albany, we have lost some clout. Borrello was an excellent county executive who rose to the position from legislator with a strong voice. Unfortunately, his successor — whoever it may be ...

SUNDAY SHOUTOUT: Lots of faith, work in rebuild

May 4, 2018, in Fredonia could have been one of the most demoralizing evenings in village history. Around 6:30 p.m., the Family Church and its clock tower at Temple and Church streets was an inferno. Quick work by the village Fire Department saved the structure, but major damage — including ...

FREDONIA Item’s return is what matters

History is an important part of northern Chautauqua County. Some of the earliest settlers, including Amos Sottile, were here more than 200 years ago. It also plays a huge role in downtown Fredonia, which is home to the historic Opera House that was refurbished and renovated by volunteers 25 ...

ASYLUM: Policy needs reconsideration

U.S. policy regarding the granting of asylum to would-be immigrants ought to be based on the facts of their situations — not on technicalities. Yet, according to an Associated Press report, many asylum seekers are falling victim to just that. According to the AP, the new policy “forbids ...

THANKSGIVING Counting our blessings today

Too often, we prosperous, free Americans take our many blessings for granted. Nearly all of us enjoy material wealth that is the envy of billions of people in other lands. We are free to do nearly anything our hearts desire, as long as our actions do not harm others. Our nation itself is a ...

HOLIDAY Travel plans are no breeze

One of the busiest days of the year for traveling has arrived today as many head out for the Thanksgiving holiday to be with family. The good news: the price of fuel remains stable — around $2.79 per gallon locally. The bad? Drivers — and those taking to the skies — may notice major ...

THANKSGIVING Area organization answers call

Those in need can again count on Chautauqua County Rural Ministry this holiday season. Thanks to the generosity of many area residents, and one Fredonia church, the agency is again doing its part to assist those during this special time of year. “This year we had 87 individuals and ...

GOWANDA: Grad decision gets high marks

Open minds and a willingness to listen is something we have lost in recent years in the United States, especially with the onset of social media. So how refreshing it was to see the Gowanda Board of Education act quickly after a request by a senior student. Tia Thompson, at a recent board ...

SUNDAY SHOUTOUT: Council exemplifies spirit of veterans

Nor rain, nor sleet, nor snow. You can count on the Dunkirk Joint Veterans Council, especially its Honor Guard, to show up for military-related services in the area. So it was no surprise on Nov. 11 — Veterans Day — that the group went ahead with a ceremony to dedicate the newest monument ...

CONSTRUCTION: Road work nears respite

Construction at Routes 20 and 60 have caused plenty of headaches for motorists in recent months. Strange traffic patterns and impatient drivers have made some try to avoid the intersection at all costs. Of course, all of this is due to the roundabout work, which began last spring. As we head ...

IRAN Rising tensions worth watching behind times

In comparison to this country, Iran has some of the lowest gasoline prices in the world, at about 39 cents per gallon. But they are going up to about 50 cents — and stiff rationing is being instituted. Drivers buying more than 13 gallons per week will have to pay twice the minimum. How is ...