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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 ...

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Abuse remarks were an insult Editor, OBSERVER: I am writing regarding John D’Agostino’s comments in his Publisher’s notebook (Sept. 14). Writing that Bishop Richard Malone “is just following orders that ... are very slow to change,” is an insult to common sense and decency. It ...

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Brocton school taxes keep rising Editor, OBSERVER: Here we go again. I am so tired of speaking up on taxes. I know I have commented on the town of Pomfret supervisor and most of the trustees taking advantage of other town residents outside of the village of Fredonia. I have recently ...

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McCain made us all proud Editor, OBSERVER: I wonder if John McCain, or his family, or those who voted for him, or those who admired something about him, understood what his most important accomplishment was in his life. It is not that he was a senator. It was not that he almost became ...

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Good and bad signs for city Editor, OBSERVER: I would like to compliment the group that did the nice landscaping in front of the large blue “Welcome” sign on the entrance to Dunkirk at Route 60 and Doughty Streets. However there is also the same kind of sign on the corner of South ...

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Today is Saturday, Sept. 8, the 251st day of 2018. There are 114 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 8, 1974, President Gerald R. Ford granted a “full, free, and absolute pardon” to former President Richard Nixon covering his entire term in office. On this ...

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Reed reports run rampant Editor, OBSERVER: It’s hard not to notice the sudden plethora of articles in the OBSERVER about Tom Reed. As he attends his fundraisers, he schedules a visit to an area food bank or farm to have an empathy photo op, yet his voting record shows that he consistently ...

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Editor, OBSERVER: I think it’s shameful that the death of John McCain, a man who gave all for this country, was reported on Page 8 of the third section on Aug. 26 by this newspaper. REBECCA VASS, Fredonia resident, U.S. Navy veteran

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Petition wants look at Evans policing Editor, OBSERVER: An 87-page petition signed by more than 700 Evans voters asking the Evans New York Town Board to hold public hearings on the cost of policing has been delivered to the town clerk by a citizen’s group, Evans Taxpayers United Inc., a ...

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Praising a village solution Editor, OBSERVER: I am thrilled to have Eagle Street available to village residents for yard waste. There was a problem for many what to do while the board and mayor haggled over the issue The problem was solved with a legal opinion from our village attorney. ...

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‘Extremism’ from the GOP Editor, OBSERVER: I was surprised to read Nick Weinstein’s assessment of the Tracy Mitrano rally in Olean (July 20). He refers to the “ ‘hateful rhetoric’ that followed an event billed as a unity rally.” I wondered why he hasn’t accused the president ...

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Family has praise for support Editor, OBSERVER: My husband and I are touched by the overwhelming support of continuing concerns and contributions given in support of our late son Terry’s memorial golf tournament at Pinehurst Golf Club. Proceeds went to Terry’s M&T Bank Trust Fund ...

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College is failing with Fenner house Editor, OBSERVER: The Fenner house, how should we think of it? Constructed in 1868, this house is a significant part of historic Fredonia. Going north to south Fredonia to Dunkirk Central Avenue is lined with these historic homes. Each home represents a ...

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Remove plant from lakefront Editor, OBSERVER: Unfortunate as the closing of NRG might be, especially as it relates to our tax base, some high end job opportunities lost, and the impact on our cost/source of energy, let us not wallow in these moments of regret. The decision to close has ...

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Fredonia board ignores public Editor, OBSERVER: Several years ago a member of the Fredonia school board resigned her position as a member. The board quickly and rightfully so filled the position with the next highest vote getter in the election – Cristina Gegenschatz. The board did this ...

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It was hotter in the past Editor, OBSERVER: The heat this summer has come up a few times during conversations so I went online and checked what has been recorded at the Buffalo airport. This year we had the coldest April with the most measurable snow over the last 148 years ago. I ...