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The OBSERVER’s View

STATE ORDER More pay freezes are required

State Gov. Andrew Cuomo is familiar with slowdowns in the economy. When he first took office in 2011, the governor was dealing with the ramifications of the 2008 recession and took appropriate steps. Now, he is facing a much greater slowdown. His action late last week was not popular with ...

SUNDAY SHOUTOUT: Those essential are exemplary

Health-care professionals on Thursday received their due from Dunkirk police and firefighters at Brooks Memorial Hospital and the Chautauqua Center. It was a heart-warming appreciation to those who are truly on the front lines battling and assisting those affected with COVID-19. Somehow, we ...

EASTER A new focus this holy day

Easter 2020 will be a celebration like no other for pastors, parishioners and families across the country. Churches cannot host their traditional sunrise worship services followed by a hearty breakfast and the traditional morning service filled with the beautiful sounds of church choirs. ...

COVID-19: Lots of mistakes made along the way

Democratic Party leaders in the House of Representatives are preparing to launch a formal investigation into how President Donald Trump’s administration has handled the COVID-19 crisis, it has been reported. At some point, such an examination needs to be conducted — but not as an exercise ...

Warning: District attorney sends message

Coughing and spitting has never been polite in society — and in today’s world it could be deadly. That is why county District Attorney Patrick Swanson’s promise to prosecute those who target police officers to the “fullest extent of the law” is a welcome sign. Swanson’s actions ...

CORONAVIRUS: Using mask is a ‘service’

At the most recent Chautauqua County briefing regarding the coronavirus, Dr. Robert Berke issued an educational moment when discussing the uses of masks. Most importantly, Berke said, N95 masks or face shields must be saved for health-care providers, workers and those first-responders. What ...