Peoples column

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 ...

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Westfield needs to recycle Editor, OBSERVER: I would like a review of garbage and recycling guidelines in the town and village of Westfield. We have the new pickup schedule, but I don’t recall seeing what we can and cannot recycle for some time. I understand glass will be picked up at ...

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Immigrants need a history lesson Editor, OBSERVER: To all the illegal immigrants crying about how unfair it is for U.S. citizens to want them deported, because it would break up their families, I say learn U.S. history. In the later 19th and early 20th century that is how millions of ...

A holiday wish for our Common

Editor, OBSERVER: I am writing about the grant money for Barker Common. We do NOT need a panel or a study, just some common sense ideas. I have a great idea. Pick a little corner or plot and put up a bronze sculpture such as the  Make Way for Ducklings in Boston Commons or Alice in ...

Lots of debate on flag burning

Editor, OBSERVER: The United States 90th Congress enacted Public Law 90-381, better known as the “Flag Protection Act” of 1968. It was an  expansion to nationwide applicability of a 1947 law previously restricted only to the District of Columbia. The text of the law reads: “Whoever ...

Family grateful for its support

Editor, OBSERVER: Robert Carrow and his family would like to thank everyone for their support, kindness and contribution to his aid and well-being during such a difficult time. Robert was discharged on Thanksgiving day, where he happily spent it home with his family. After three ...

‘Count our blessings’ at holiday

“CHRISTMAS – IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN” By ART ASQUITH The glow of autumn has come and gone, The hardwoods are now bare, And stately firs stand proud and tall, As snowflakes fill the air. A hush descends upon the world, Thoughts of love and peace abound, And tinkling ...

PEOPLE’S COLUMN

Still time on wind plan Editor, OBSERVER: A public notice has been issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers concerning the permitting of the Arkwright Summit Windfarm, LLC. Application 2010-00299 for permit under authority of the Clean Water Act is open to public comment. This notice ...

A country divided

If you, like me, are shocked and angry about the outcome of the Presidential election, you are probably asking yourself, “what can I do?” First of all, what we can’t do, is give in to despair and accept that this is the new normal. That is dangerous and it’s already happening. What we ...

Trump voters had their reasons

I am writing my opinion as a 71-year-old woman, a wife and a mother, a grandmother and a proud American. I am having a problem with Fredonia College professors and liberal women in  this newspaper, upset about Donald Trump winning the 2016 presidential election. They are telling me, I must ...

Not a lot of ‘love’ shown by protesters

I have witnessed 13 presidential terms. Some were excellent!; others routine. Most had my support, though not necessarily my approval. Any disagreement I had was shown through my vote or change of party affiliation. I had never ventured onto the streets as a form of protest even though ...

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Ohio wind plans will impact area Editor, OBSERVER: Beware Lake Erie dwellers, your drinking water is destined to become polluted soon just like Toledo and Flint, Mich. The polluter is dubbed the “Icebreaker,” a Lake Erie offshore wind turbine pilot project of six turbines, eight ...

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Welch building being watched Editor, OBSERVER: I was so glad to see the article on the Welch building on South Portage and Main Streets. Hope it gets the attention it deserves. A lot of people, myself included, would like to see it become a senior citizen complex with several ...

Remember our local heroes of war

Editor, OBSERVER: In the Nov. 5 issue of the OBSERVER, there was a very interesting article about World War II hero Louis Zamperini. It was suggested that we talk with family and people in our community about World War II veterans’ experiences. There were five boys in my family. I am ...

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Endorsement means ‘very little’ Editor, OBSERVER: After reading your editorial (Nov. 2), I find myself questioning the criteria used for determining “the only hope” for the Fredonia Village Board. Your stated rationale for backing Doug Essek is that he volunteered with the Boy ...

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Newspaper failed in endorsement Editor, OBSERVER: Integrity and honesty are the core foundations of good journalism, and good journalism includes one golden rule: always present accurate and complete information to readers.  When journalists and newspapers fail to do so, they not only ...