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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 ...

People’s column — Sept. 3

Some food for thought Editor, OBSERVER: I cannot believe the mayor of Fredonia called the decision on the stalled roundabout “bad news.” As far as Trustee Kara Christina asking if there were any alternative proposals in the works, the only thing I can say is to lower the speed limit to ...

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Convention can fix corruption Editor, OBSERVER: Leaders of CSEA and our area representatives are showing opposition to the state Constitutional Convention proposal. The voters can choose the convention – for ethics reform. New York and Albany is corrupt. It will not fix itself. Only ...

People’s column — Aug. 20

Mascot also is an insult Editor, OBSERVER: On July 30, the OBSERVER had a letter. The writer, from Fredonia, had seen two Confederate Flags in Dunkirk. She called them a symbol of racism. How can that person or anybody from Fredonia say that, when all of Fredonia schools sports teams are ...

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Tall shrubs are parking lot hazard Editor, OBSERVER: I cannot be the only one who is straining to see around the overgrown shrubs in the plaza on Vineyard Drive. I am talking about the parking lot that is shared by Tops, Subway, Yotality and others. Nobody has time to get T-boned. ...

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Comfort comes in area caring Editor, OBSERVER: The family of recently deceased Terry R. Ames’ hearts have been touched by the warm, caring concerns of his friends and family and their willingness to give of their time and money to help raise funds for Terry’s children’s education at ...

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Plenty of donors, special ride Editor, OBSERVER: The Sons of Liberty Military and Veteran Support Riding club, above, would like to thank everyone who was involved in our third annual Disabled American Veterans run. This includes all the riders who came to participate, Dunkirk Mayor ...

People’s column — July 29

Aim for speed reductions on Route 60 Editor, OBSERVER: This letter concerns the possibility of a roundabout at Routes 60 and 20. It might be simplistic, but I think reducing the speeds on Route 60 from the Thruway exit to Stone Quarry Road to 30 mph (with certain places allowing 35 mph) ...

People’s column — July 28

Don’t give up JC Penney fight Editor, OBSERVER: Remember just a few months ago when the New England Patriots were losing the Super Bowl 28-3 at halftime? How many of you thought they were going to win that game? However, Tom Brady and his teammates did NOT give up. Instead they made the ...

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Pothole makes for rough visit Editor, OBSERVER: On April 2, after attending Lenten church services and visiting in Dunkirk, on my way home to Hamburg, I hit a pothole which I like to describe as a “crater” at Lake Shore Drive and Main Street. Extensive damage was done to my vehicle ...

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Get food trucks off area menu Editor, OBSERVER: With approximately 10 restaurants in Fredonia that pay local taxes, increasing water and sewer fees, electric, gas, maintenance, etc., why do we need food trucks in our village? It makes me laugh when I hear the mayor say we need to bring ...