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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. ...

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Home tour had plenty of help Editor, OBSERVER: The Dunkirk Historical Society just completed a very successful House Tour thanks to the many community members from here and elsewhere who attended. We are very grateful to all who bought tickets and participated in viewing five fantastic ...

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Debate shuts out public discourse Editor, OBSERVER: Many of your readers may be looking forward to participating in a League of Women Voters-sponsored debate between Congressman Tom Reed and his opponent, Tracy Mitrano, in Chautauqua County. I’m sorry to say that there will be no such ...

Inspirations often surround us

Editor, OBSERVER: I am writing you because I’m inspired by a worker that I met at Pizza Hut. He is a waiter. He was very pleasant to talk to and he has been employed there for three-plus years and in a couple of months, he hopes to become a manager. That is such an accomplishment in the ...

Summer readers benefit from support

Editor, OBSERVER: The Anderson-Lee Library in Silver Creek is deeply grateful to the following businesses and individuals, who through donations and gifts helped our library offer a fun, educational, and rewarding summer reading experience. These groups include: Friends of Anderson-Lee ...

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Seeking answers on bicycles Editor, OBSERVER: I have often wondered what happened to those abandoned and unclaimed bicycles collected by the city of Dunkirk. As someone who has seen lives enhanced and even changed by something as basic as a restored bike, I have often felt compelled to pose ...