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The OBSERVER’s View

Leadership fails country, customers

U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has a lot of explaining to do, as some in Washington are saying his removal this fall of mail sorting machines at postal facilities is partly to blame for challenges the U.S. Postal Service faced in getting packages delivered during the Christmas season. Of ...

Center cluster is a nightmare

What is happening at the Chautauqua Nursing & Rehabilitation Center is absolutely heartbreaking. In the last three weeks, the care facility has reported more than 70 positive cases of COVID-19 that have impacted the staff and patients who are staying there. It is one more cruel result of ...

Interim choice ‘best’ for department

Whoever replaces Dunkirk director of development Rebecca Wurster has some big shoes to fill. Wurster, who quietly made things happen in her position during most of Mayor Wilfred Rosas’ term, has taken on a new role with the Chautauqua County Planning Department. It is, however, nice to see ...

DUNKIRK Local volunteers make a mark

COVID-19 failed to slow a dedicated group of volunteers in the city. Revitalize Dunkirk, through the pandemic, continued to contribute to a better way of life by cleaning, planting and helping beautify a city that is doing its best to make a comeback. “Other 2020 activities included the ...

NEW YORK STATE: Moving cautiously with revenue plans

Desperate times usually bring desperate measures. That appears to be the direction state Gov. Andrew Cuomo is headed when he begins to unveil his virtual State of the State message today. Two controversial items, which were announced by Cuomo last week, are being looked at to boost revenues in ...

CONGRESS: Reed rises to occasion

Some in Congress have enabled President Donald Trump’s behavior since the November election. U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, has not been one of them. In July, when Trump wanted to delay the election, Reed disagreed with the president. Reed was clear, after the election, that once any court ...

UNITED STATES Our responsibility in bringing unity

“I toast democracy not alone for what it is, but chiefly for what it may become; not merely for what it has done, but also for what it makes possible for us and our children to do. ... It leaves our destiny with no limitations except those which our own minds impose and no pitfalls except ...

Area’s big three in the postseason

Has there ever been a time so many area pro football fans have been ready for the playoffs? Three teams closely connected to our region — Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Cleveland — have qualified for the postseason. It all kicks off with the Bills on Saturday at 1 p.m. hosting the Indianapolis ...

Gowanda: State makes right decision incorrectly

The news that the state plans to close prisons in Gowanda, Watertown and Dannemora is another shot in the gut to our region economically. It is absolutely understandable that employees at the facilities are upset. State officials have said staff at the three prison facilities will receive ...

VACCINES ‘Warp speed’ is best we can do

Distribution of millions of doses of vaccine effective against COVID-19 was no Christmas miracle. It happened only because many people at private drug companies worked hard and at top speed — encouraged by the federal government — to develop and test the vaccines. And they were released ...

NEW YORK STATE: Downward trend marches on

Unless something surprising happens, New York stands poised to lose even more of its national clout when the U.S. Census results are announced next year. According to the Census Bureau’s latest estimates, New York’s July 1, 2020, population of 19,336,776 was down 126,355, or 0.65%, from ...

Stay optimistic in new beginning

We have entered a brand new year. It can be a fresh start for all of us ... but there is a lot on the horizon. Choices to be made in 2021 will be monumental — not just for individuals who might be hoping to lose a few pounds or save a little money, but for our nation as a whole. Resolve to ...

Let’s make 2021 a better year

There won’t be huge crowds and big parties to send 2020 on its way. Few will be sad to see this year come to an end, with its daily pandemic updates, the struggles to see loved ones, particularly those in nursing homes; the effect of COVID-related shutdowns on our economies and the ...

Public will make right choice

There is little support amongst Democrats or Republicans in New York state for legislation that would make a COVID-19 vaccination mandatory. That’s the right call — though everyone should be worried about the percentage of New Yorkers who say they have no interest in taking a vaccine. A ...

Fredonia: Some draining project comments

It appears a Fredonia Village Board leader has been a bit too transparent in their thoughts regarding the work on the water treatment facility. In October, Trustee James Lynden criticized the firm doing the work on the facility, tying it to the 20-day boil-water order the village went through ...

BUFFALO BILLS Team has December to remember

With the AFC East wrapped up, many Buffalo Bills’ fans have no dread regarding tonight’s encounter with their nemesis the New England Patriots. For the last two decades, New England has owned the Bills. Tonight could be very different. New England was eliminated from playoff contention ...

Newsmaker of the month: Taxing entities undaunted by stubborn virus

It was a year to forget. Who could have imagined going to the Fredonia Opera House in late January to find out the village won the “Small Business Revolution” to being locked in our homes in March? That’s what happened, and though life continues to evolve in the clutches of the ...

CHRISTMAS: Seeing the lights during holidays

There’s still plenty of time to enjoy the holidays — especially this weekend around northern Chautauqua County. Once the snow has finished falling, motorists can venture out when it is safe to see the area displays. Facebook, which rightly has its fair share of critics, also brings us ...

All is calm, all is bright

Two hundred and fourteen years ago, a young Austrian priest named Joseph Mohr wrote the words to “Silent Night.” Mohr was inspired by a peaceful, quiet in the hills overlooking Mariapfarr, not long after the Napoleonic wars. The town was at peace after more than 20 years of war. The ...

We await our special day

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 ...