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People’s Column

Other options for business Editor, OBSERVER: I support the concerns of Roberta Mastrelli in the People’s column (April 9). Great Lakes Refrigeration does not belong in a residential area but in one of the many commercial sites available in the city. The first time around the zoning ...

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An Easter message from the Dunkirk mayor Editor, OBSERVER: As many of us travel for this holiday season, I wish each and everyone a most cheerful and blessed Easter. This is a time that is meant for hope, rebirth and renewal. It is those sentiments that I feel for the city of Dunkirk. We ...

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Zoning board ignores issues Editor, OBSERVER: Thanks to the city of Dunkirk and the Zoning Board for throwing Fairview Avenue and neighboring streets “under the bus” by approving the Great Lakes Cold Storage. The majority was ignored. Much was not mentioned in the follow-up in your ...

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Labels only confuse issues Editor, OBSERVER Could we please stop saying “Repeal and Replace?” Words matter. As long as that is the mantra, Republicans will be trapped by a rallying cry that failed and Democrats will refuse to cooperate. Meanwhile, thousands of people are anxious ...

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Residents get heated over zoning Editor, OBSERVER: This is an open letter to Mayor Willie Rosas; Patrick Corbett, owner of Great Lakes Cold Storage; members of the Zoning and Appeals Board; Bob Bankoski, legislator; Rebecca Yanus, development director, city of Dunkirk. You have ...

Direct care workers deserve more

Editor, OBSERVER: I think that it’s unfair for fast food workers to make more money than direct care workers. Direct care workers care for our disabled population and our most vulnerable people. It’s not fair that Gov. Cuomo is not putting out dollars for this year’s budget to help ...

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Don’t grades matter in state tuition plan? Editor, OBSERVER: Why can’t the free tuition plan proposed for New York state by our governor be based on academic merit rather than income? KAREN SCHRADER, Fredonia Runaway prices ail many users Editor, OBSERVER: Lawrence ...

Powerful military can be reduced

Editor, OBSERVER: The most powerful military in world history is about to receive an increase of $54 billion to its annual budget. Why? Isn’t $600 billion enough? A more suitable name for the Pentagon would be “Department of Lard & Blubber.” We already have a defense budget larger ...

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Trustee’s ‘no’ is appreciated Editor, OBSERVER: I agree with Fredonia village Trustee Doug Essek on voting no for the proposal on the grant administration as part of some funding for Barker Commons. Mayor Athanasia Landis says that if Fredonia does not go for the grant, the state will ...

Bringing two sides at one site

Editor, OBSERVER: In this time of increasing polarization of views and demonization of opponents, a small group of local citizens has been meeting to find common ground among people who voted for Secretary Hillary Clinton and people who voted for President Donald Trump. We believe that our ...

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Build workers, not wall Editor, OBSERVER: Recently, at the Conservative Political Action Conference, President Donald Trump said, “The GOP will be from now on the party ... of the American worker. First, we need to define what this great, great unprecedented movement is and what it ...

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Manners missing at meeting Editor, OBSERVER: High-jacked! What was slated as a Town Hall with Congressman Tom Reed turned into organized mob rule. It was an embarrassing display of many rude and obnoxious liberals shouting and using orchestrated chanting to drown out Reed’s remarks. ...

Voice your concerns on Brooks’ site

Editor, OBSERVER: Reading the front page (Feb. 25), it was a beautiful sentimental article, “Rooted in Love,” telling how Brooks employees were to wed beneath a copper beech tree in front of Brooks Memorial Hospital! What does this title tell us? It shows all of us what our hospital ...

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Without media, freedom lost Editor, OBSERVER: The media is an enemy of the American people? Really? Is the OBSERVER an enemy of the American people when it reports on public employees who embezzle funds or steal equipment? Or on elected officials who meet in secret rather than in open ...

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Fredonia police offer a hand Editor, OBSERVER: On Feb. 19, I had a car accident. The Fredonia Police Department stopped me. I told them my story and mentioned I had lost my billfold so I couldn’t give them my license. I told them if it was still there, it would be at the Walmart in ...

Reed failing in his job

Editor, OBSERVER: Last week, Tom Reed voted against a House Ways and Means amendment to make President Donald Trump turn over his tax returns. One of the duties of Congress is to provide a check and balance to the president, and that includes knowing if the president is acting on our behalf, ...

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Too many still wait for water Editor, OBSERVER: I am a resident of the town of Pomfret and live in the North End Water District. As of now, we still do not have water, but are paying for it through our property taxes. I cannot get any answers as to when we will have water. When this was ...

Trump’s win one for the ‘People’

Editor, OBSERVER: “We the People” have been ignored by our political elected officials for years. They have catered to their special interest groups and political lobbyists. They “believe” that they know what is best for us. They know what is right. They “believe” they can do no ...

We need options like ‘Obamacare’

Editor, OBSERVER: On Jan. 15, I participated in a peaceful demonstration outside U.S. Rep. Tom Reed’s office in Jamestown.  The purpose was to protest the impending repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Obamacare”) in the absence of an improved alternative plan. The ACA provides ...

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City hospital in healthy site Editor, OBSERVER: I’ve been wondering why we haven’t received any more information concerning the future of Brooks Memorial Hospital. Why is it necessary to build a new hospital, rather than remodeling the present hospital? Brooks is certainly big enough ...