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The OBSERVER’s View

VILLENOVA: Elimination part of larger problem

Villenova’s elimination of its Planning Board is a problem, but it is not the major issue in how we govern today. The bigger issue is just how effective can a government representing 1,000 residents be? Part of the reason for the Planning Board’s elimination is — surprise — not enough ...

AIRPORTS: Having courage to vote ‘no’

Chautauqua County Legislator Bob Scudder continues to be a consistent voice regarding the future of the airports. Last week, he was the lone vote against hangar funding for the Jamestown facility. Scudder, R-Fredonia, is the only legislator who is voting based on the actions of his ...

LABOR DAY A day off for a job well done

On this Labor Day, not everyone has a day off. Some may be working at the grocery store or restaurant while others are serving the community through law enforcement and fire protection. Many others are overseas and on U.S. soil in the military preserving our freedom. Thank goodness for their ...

SUNDAY SHOUTOUT: Our impact from Athenex

Our non-profit community is certainly welcoming the addition of Athenex to Dunkirk and northern Chautauqua County. Last month, the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation and the Athenex construction team partnered in the Divots for Dunkirk golf tournament that raised more than $65,000 for a ...

CASSADAGA Standing up for business

Though this corner has been critical of whether there needs to be a village government for Cassadaga, we have never questioned its commitment to business. In the past year, there has been new shops and expansions for others. But the comments from one elected official were just downright out ...

sex abuse Victims at loss for answers

A few of the women victimized by the late Jeffrey Epstein got their day in court on Tuesday, and some expressed frustration that they will never see him there. Epstein, the rich sexual abuser who committed suicide in jail earlier this summer, was to have been tried on various charges that he ...

THRUWAY Suspend tolls on rough road

It has turned into political ping-pong. U.S. Rep. Tom Reed is calling for repairs to the state Thruway stretch east of the Silver Creek exit. State Gov. Andrew Cuomo claims the section won’t be repaired until the Seneca Nations of Indians pay the state a portion of the casino profits. The ...

SHARED SERVICES Officer partnership appears likely

There seems to be plenty of consensus regarding the sharing of a full-time code enforcement officer between the village of Brocton and town of Portland. Earlier this month, Village Board members were enthusiastic about the proposal. “I’m in favor of doing that,” said Bryan ...

fredonia Lending a hand at Farm Fest

On Friday, the OBSERVER featured a photo of an important segment of our community on the front page: volunteers. That group played a tremendous role in the Farm Festival happening over the past weekend. As usual, the event made for some congestion on Main and Temple streets. Besides packing ...

AIRPORT State’s Catch-22 with funding

One reason given to spend more than $1 million on a hangar at the Chautauqua County Airport in Jamestown is, basically, if you don’t take the state’s money, you won’t get the state’s money in the future. We have no reason to doubt the county official who said it because similar ...

BOAT RACES City must seek refund

In April, the Dunkirk Common Council learned it was receiving about $225,000 from Market New York to help fund the Great Lakes Grand Prix event that took place last weekend. It was a significant chunk of change. But in the aftermath of last week’s pathetic turnout — in terms of the ...

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

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST LIGHTHOUSE ON SCREEN — Tonight is the world premiere of “Widow’s Point” starring actor Craig Sheffer. The movie by Fredonia native Gregory Lamberson was partly filmed at the Dunkirk Lighthouse. The movie will be shown ...

DEFICIT Trump not alone in spending spree

A new complaint is coming from President Donald Trump’s critics — though the wiser politicians among them probably will hesitate before saying too much. Some analysts were predicting this week that the federal government’s budget deficit during the coming fiscal year will exceed $1 ...

JAMESTOWN City may look to take plunge

Our city neighbor in the south county is looking to Dunkirk as an example. Outgoing Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi is hoping to do what its north-county neighbor did: construct a splash pad. Jamestown representatives were here earlier this week to look at one of the gems of Wright Park. In recent ...

NEW YORK STATE Paving way for more cash

You have likely seen them on the roads. License plates in New York state that have become unreadable — even on some of the newer editions. It was almost like it was planned from the start. Of course the state is blaming the damages on oxidizing and peeling, but that never happened in the ...

GRAND PRIX Less excitement in city event

This year’s edition of the Great Lakes Grand Prix was more of a splish than a splash. Weather conditions throughout the weekend, especially heavy rains and thunderstorms, put the Saturday and Sunday happenings in question for many who were planning to attend. “This is not an easy event to ...

CONGRESS Mitrano learning the landscape

District 23 for Congress in New York state is quite lengthy. It runs from Chautauqua County all the way to just outside of Binghamton along the Southern Tier and covers 11 counties. It also has some political balance. Ithaca and Tompkins County almost always lean left while the western ...

LAKE TURBINES: Reed takes easy way out

Give U.S. Rep. Tom Reed credit. He is consistent in his message on wind turbines. And when it comes to individual governments — and the structures being placed on land — New York State has made it clear that leaders of each municipality will have a say whether the structures get built. ...

HIGHS AND LOWS: Some of best, worst of week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: Best STOCKTON HEADSTONE — A local Revolutionary War veteran’s grave site has been provided a new headstone after the original one was destroyed. His family was able to secure a headstone after learning about the stone and ...

RAMPAGES: Deadly happenings don’t need guns

A 33-year-old Southern California man’s murderous rampage earlier this month was a reminder of the futility of relying on gun control laws to curb violence. He used knives to kill four people in Santa Ana and Garden Grove. After the man was apprehended, one police official described him as ...