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The OBSERVER’s View

SCHOOLS Lots on table in reopening

Less than one month until schools are scheduled to open, it is much too soon for many of the area districts to have a concrete plan on what model to use in having the students return. For now, three options exist: complete in-person, a hybrid model of in person and remote and remote only. At ...

POINT GRATIOT Happy ending to scary scene

It was an emotional scene at Point Gratiot on Sunday. Around 3:20 p.m., city police and fire crews were called to respond after a swimmer went missing. One of the early reports from a witness was the male, who was believed to be in his 20s, was seen near the cliffs by the Dunkirk Lighthouse ...

LACROSSE Shining moment for hometown hero

Zed Williams had a tremendous athletic career as a Silver Creek Black Knight. Over the weekend, in leading his Premier Lacrosse League Whipsnakes to a title, his legend grew even larger. Williams had six goals in the championship, including five in the fourth quarter, in leading the ...

COUNTY Can landfill be privatized?

The opening of a new transfer station in Warren County, Pa., sparks a radical idea here in Chautauqua County — is it time to privatize the county’s waste transfer stations? Chautauqua County currently has four transfer stations: one in Falconer, one in Fredonia, one in Sherman and one at ...

One voice benefits all

New York state Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul has a close connection with Chautauqua County. As a Buffalo-area resident, she has spent many summers enjoying the wonder and beauty of our region as well as Chautauqua Lake. Hochul also understands an important dynamic. If something is good for Jamestown, ...

COVID-19 Making plans for a vaccine

Rationing of medical treatment is viewed by many Americans as unacceptable. Making health care decisions based on anything but need is seen as immoral. That is as it should be. But as researchers race to develop vaccines against COVID-19, the specter of rationing is being raised by ...