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Overwhelmed by support Editor, OBSERVER: On Jan. 26 I found out just how many people care about me. My sister and mother planned an awesome benefit raffle along with help from many other friends and family. The weather was bad but the turnout was heartwarming. I’ve had so much support ...

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Village needs new leadership Editor, OBSERVER: Village residents have a decision to make this year. It involves the choice for mayor. My vote: Incumbent Athanasia Landis — no; Douglas Essek – yes. This mayor has been talking about a new jail, fixing the East and West parking lots, ...

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Left remains in sore loser mode Editor, OBSERVER: This is in response to the Publisher’s notebook “Cuomo’s evolutionary hue shift to true blue” (Jan. 25) and the hatred we see of the president. Why does Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the left hate President Donald Trump? Perhaps it is ...

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History, environment still an issue Editor, OBSERVER: I am unsure what is getting local officials so excited about this time in Chautauqua’s history. They killed one golden goose when they demolished the national landmark Amphitheater to build a $42 million replica, and now the other ...

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City leadership lacks in vote change Editor, OBSERVER: Am I confused? Isn’t the process of adopting a new law in the city of Dunkirk very clear? The council adopts a resolution, it’s presented to the mayor and it becomes law if not vetoed. Why then wasn’t there a referendum for ...

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Hospital moves, city sits still Editor, OBSERVER: What is happening to Dunkirk? This is in regard to the relocation of Brooks Memorial Hospital to Fredonia. 1) Brooks Hospital has always been in Dunkirk since its inception by the Brooks family. 2) Why didn’t Mayor Wilfred Rosas and the ...

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Sounding off on the climate Editor, OBSERVER: This is regarding a recent commentary “Our country cannot ignore climate change” (Dec. 20). Here are a few historic, geologic reminders: ¯ In recent geological history this area was covered with two miles of ice, which has been melting as a ...

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Accolades for a loved one Editor, OBSERVER: Heavy rain did not prevent the community from remembering Gary Grobaski at a memorial service held Thursday evening, Dec. 20. Gary, a unique individual was friendly, warm-hearted, and wildly known for his “one liners.” He owned German ...

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An era of more than just news Editor, OBSERVER: An Associated Press article in the OBSERVER (Dec. 12) regarding a program that President Trump has ... “began touting his administrations new Opportunity Zone program that offers massive tax breaks to developers who invest in downtrodden ...

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Area tracks need repairs Editor, OBSERVER: I read in the paper that $1.3 million was granted for improvements of rail tracks in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties. Please include the double tracks on Van Buren Road. Crossing is in terrible shape. MARY ANN NORDSTROM, Van Buren ...

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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 ...