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Clarifying items on Pearl Harbor Editor, OBSERVER: Dr. Robert Heichberger’s excellent account (Dec. 2) recalling the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor contained a few items that warrant clarification. First, the Japanese carrier fleet was just 220 miles north of Oahu, not the amount ...

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County losing a good sheriff Editor, OBSERVER: Several weeks have passed since the voters of Chautauqua County cast their ballots in the 2018 mid-term election, which included who our next sheriff would be in this county. I was a volunteer for Sheriff Joe Gerace’s campaign and came to ...

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History series is appreciated Editor, OBSERVER: On behalf of the 1891 Fredonia Opera House, I want to extend our sincerest appreciation to all those who attended or were involved in the planning and presenting of our Chautauqua County History Lecture Series. The Series began in May and ...

Choices in life for now or later

Editor, OBSERVER: In a recent Sunday comic strip “Pearls Before Swine” by Stephan Pastis, is illustrated three cartoon characters. In the panel they are apparently pictured at a food and beverage counter. One of the characters has a pal at his side; and meeting an old friend introduces ...

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Upstate needs to stand on own Editor, OBSERVER: Groups in a handful of states are looking towards secession as regions within those states begin to feel less represented in comparison to their more populated counterparts. Due to major political and economic differences, state secession ...

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Plenty of stuff at turkey party Editor, OBSERVER: The West Dunkirk Fire Department would like to express our sincere gratitude to the OBSERVER for your support of our recent Turkey Party and ATV Drawing, which was Nov. 3. The event was extremely successful because of the immense community ...

College effort greatly appreciated

Editor, OBSERVER: It was such a welcome surprise when on a rainy Saturday morning, at least 10 college kids showed up to rake our lawn. We were the only house on our street who put a request on the window of the back door. There are kids at the college who are willing to help and want to ...

People’s column: Voices on the vote

Quattrone has record to lead Editor, OBSERVER: I am a lifelong Chautauqua County resident. In 2017 I retired as a lieutenant from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office after 32 years of service. I currently serve as the mayor of the village of Falconer. I have known both sheriff ...

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Mitrano presents healthy choice Editor, OBSERVER: Like many independent small business owners, we have been buying our own health insurance for a long time. The costs have risen every year since we lost company benefits, and we were concerned about the impact of the Affordable Care Act. In ...

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Reed’s bill short-sighted Editor, OBSERVER: Introduced by Rep. Tom Reed (R-Corning), the Diabetic Vision Loss and Blindness Prevention Act (H.R. 6639) would provide Medicare coverage and reimbursement for retinal imaging of seniors with diabetes in the primary care setting with remote ...

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Mitrano will help save health care Editor, OBSERVER: Republicans in Congress, including Tom Reed, want to undo each and every protection of the Affordable Care Act. Reed voted to eliminate protections for pre-existing conditions, allow an age tax on older citizens, and permit annual and ...

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Editor, OBSERVER: To listen to our current congressman Tom Reed, the speaker of the house Paul Ryan, and the leader of the Senate Mitch McConnell, the startling budget deficit is caused by our elderly and families who need health-care, food assistance, and education. How does Tom Reed solve a ...

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Wochensky brings new attitude Editor, OBSERVER: Over the past several years I’ve been very discouraged about the direction our country has gone in. The amorality, lack of concern for our environment, lack of empathy being witnessed, and the lying that goes on a daily basis that all comes ...

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Gerace has strong record of service Editor, OBSERVER: I have seen Sheriff Joe Gerace’s unwavering devotion to serve and to protect the people of Chautauqua County when legislative politics threaten the funding for the Sheriff’s Department. I have seen first-hand the integrity, honesty ...

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Making rulings on our judges Editor, OBSERVER: Sen. Joe Manchin had two reasons for voting for Judge Brett Kavanaugh. I like his statement: “He is a qualified jurist who will follow the constitution and determine cases based on the legal findings before him.” I will make no comment ...

TAKING SIDES

More lip service on domestic violence Editor, OBSERVER: U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, in an Oct. 6 Facebook post, reported that #TeamReed (aka his staff) had attended Domestic Violence Awareness Month events in Jamestown and Elmira. He also reported that “We recently pushed for the reauthorization ...

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Mitrano focuses on district, not donors Editor, OBSERVER: Tracy Mitrano is my choice to represent our Congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. I support her not because I agree with each and every detail of her platform, but because she is a careful listener who hears ...

Quick assistance greatly appreciated

Editor, OBSERVER, My husband and I would like to express appreciation to the young people who helped my husband when he fell at Point Gratiot. A young couple and two young men called for help. They sent for an ambulance. Their kindness is appreciated. TONY SUNZERI, Dunkirk

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Brocton legion lauds support for event Editor, OBSERVER: The John W. Dill Post 434 American Legion in Brocton would like to thank all who donated, participated or volunteered, to make the annual riding lawn mower run a success on Sept. 16. This year’s proceeds were donated to local stroke ...

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Why Mitrano needs support Editor, OBSERVER: When people are young, they may be driven by idealism, passion, and energy. This is good, and as it should be. What young people can’t always foresee is how easily the quest for perfection can become the enemy of what is merely better or good. ...