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People’s column

Board member appreciates votes Editor, OBSERVER: I would like to take this opportunity to thank the town of Sheridan residents for their vote on Nov. 7. I appreciate very much everyone’s support and I look forward to continuing to serve on the Sheridan Town Board. TOM WIK, Sheridan ...

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Simplify our tax code Editor, OBSERVER: Maybe it’s time to convert to a consumption tax instead of a “reformed” income tax. Under a consumption tax, everyone contributes, with no exceptions. It’s an absolute disgrace that we have a 16,000-page tax code with tons of loopholes to ...

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Even if battle over, vets still fight on Editor, OBSERVER: Veterans past and present, thanks for you for preserving our freedoms. You lost your comrades. You lost your youth. You lost your sight. You lost your limbs. You lost your hearing. You lost your minds. Many were ...

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Ferguson aims to add jobs Editor, OBSERVER: County executive candidate Mike Ferguson has been talking to a yogurt company about building their new factory here. The company is from Ithaca. They want to make an ethically produced luxury brand of yogurt. They are looking for a ...

People’s Column: Tuesday’s Election

Clerk hopeful has issue with trust Editor, OBSERVER: Just a few short weeks ago, it appeared Larry Barmore was running for county clerk unopposed. Aside from one announcement article several months ago, there was no other candidate visible. Political signs for his opponent were scarcely ...

Borrello disappoints on energy issue

ditor, OBSERVER: I attended the League of Women Voters Chautauqua County executive candidate debate between Mike Ferguson and George Borrello on Oct. 26 at Dunkirk City Hall. The question of what the candidates will do to increase the use of renewable energy in our county was raised. This ...

Conservatives give Johnson backing

Editor, OBSERVER: I am writing this letter on behalf of Constance M. Johnson. Mrs. Johnson had contacted me concerning her endorsement for town supervisor in Perrysburg after the death of Dennis Stopen. Due to the time restrictions in dealing with election law, we were unable to formally ...

After primary, show support in Dayton

Editor, OBSERVER: Congratulations to Angie Mardino-Miller for winning the Republican primary election against an incumbent. It seems good to have a candidate with the best interests of the community at heart. Angie has had a long history of helping others. Her experiences include being a ...

Center is full of flaws

Editor, OBSERVER: Recently, it was implied that Americans should rely on the Southern Poverty Law Center for their analysis of any and all events. In reality, no American, at least those who love God, country, family, truth, law and order and liberty should give the center the slightest ...

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Signs point to ‘dirty tricks’ Editor, OBSERVER: It has come to my attention that once again, as candidates for office in the upcoming election Nov. 7 put up their campaign signs — they fall victim to political “dirty tricks.” In this instance, Mary Stuhr a candidate for a ...

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Fall’s magic won’t be here long Editor, OBSERVER: “Autumning” Leaves will fall Red, gold, and yellow Smell of apples fill the air A dusk will bring the harvest moon As Grandma stands on the stairs She cools the pumpkin pie In the evening breeze As October brings in the true Autumn. She ...

People’s column — Oct. 22

‘Yes’ means state changes Editor, OBSERVER: A “yes” vote for the New York State Constitution is a must. A needed change in Albany will result. Among some of the advocates: Former adviser to Gov. Mario Cuomo, William A. Samuels; state Bar Association; the League of Women Voters and ...

People column — Oct. 15

Convention brings no fix to the state Editor, OBSERVER: New Yorkers will have the opportunity to vote next month on whether they would like to have a state constitutional convention. This is an important decision that could dramatically change agriculture, as we know it, in New York. New ...

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American resolve still resonates Editor, OBSERVER: I remember watching Eric Sevareid in the mid 1960s on CBS interviewing Eric Hoffer about his new book. It had a quote that has come back to me many times over the years. Sevareid asked Hoffer what he thought made Americans different from ...

Game should not be political statement

Editor, OBSERVER: The football players and those who adhere to their disrespect for what true Americans stand for are aliens of this country and should be treated with disdain. President Donald Trump was right for calling them out and chastising them as he did. When the Buffalo Bills ...

People’s column — Oct. 8

A plea for return of missing item Editor OBSERVER: OK, Where is it? How were you able to carry it? When did you decide to take it? Why did you take it? Where did you put it? What are you going to do with it? Will you please return it? Let me know, I’ll be there to greet you. I want ...

Military draft left no option

Editor, OBSERVER: I always look forward to Stephen Kershnar’s articles, which are thorough, well written, and thought provoking. After reading his most recent article on NFL players protesting during the National Anthem (Oct. 4), I take objection to one of his arguments. He talks about ...

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Reed’s reign has been too long Editor, OBSERVER: Thank you for your recent articles about Congressman Tom Reed. I live in a far corner of the 23rd. I’m not sure he’s ever been to my town and you maybe haven’t heard of Groton. I graduated from the State University of New York at ...

People’s column — Sept. 24

Where were votes from Teamsters? Editor, OBSERVER: This letter is regard to the 29 percent cut in the Teamsters pension on Oct. 1 and the 20,767 fellow Teamsters who didn’t have an extra 30 minutes in their life to read the material, circle either yes or no on the ballot and send in ...

People’s column — Sept. 10

Ashley a fit as town judge Editor, OBSERVER: I believe that residents should vote for the candidate that has paid his dues. One who has spent the majority of his life in service to the town he lives in, and in many of the local police facilities that have existed over the past several ...