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Why competition still matters

Living in a rural area, I know a lot of farmers, but I actually know more former-farmers. They no longer farm because, for whatever reason, they could not be profitable, or the profits they earned were not worth the tremendous investment of their lives and their energy.On the other hand, many ...

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Honor our health prosEditor, OBSERVER:Central Service professionals are being celebrated for their important role and commitment to patient safety during the annual International Central Service Week, from today to Oct. 15. The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel ...

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Intersectioncan be saferEditor, OBSERVER:Here we go again. Another accident - on Sept. 21 - at Hanover and Angel Roads in the town of Hanover. What does it take to have a four-way stop or red blinker light put there?I have been two doors from the corner since 1967 and cannot count the accidents ...

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Tax enginenot slowingEditor, OBSERVER:I just received my Brocton School tax bill. I could not believe how much my taxes went up again. I called the town of Pomfret assessor's office to make sure it was correct. The person I spoke to informed me that the Cassadaga and Fredonia school systems, ...

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Donors, stores help veteransEditor, OBSERVERThe Charles Tinley Post 142, Dunkirk, recently had a forget me not fundraiser and would like to thank Walmart on Bennett Road, Fredonia, and Tops Markets, Vineyard Drive, Dunkirk.Without these businesses allowing us to set up outside their ...

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Columnist has blinders onEditor, OBSERVER:This is in regard to columnist Connie Schultz who called Hillary Clinton, "the most qualified candidate to run for office in your lifetime." Who's been living on the planet Dagobah?Ms. Schultz, how can you constantly write about Donald Trump's negatives ...

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Setting record straight on fineEditor, OBSERVER:This is in response to the OBSERVER's View (Aug. 25) about Westfield taxpayers footing the bill for our operator's fine. It's this simple: if the editor had read his own paper's article on the overflow he would have realized that not one penny of ...

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Having gun saves livesEditor, OBSERVER:An analysis of mass shootings in the United States by the Stanford University Libraries dataset of mass shootings (''Stanford Mass Shootings in America, courtesy of the Stanford Geospatial Center and Stanford Libraries"), between the years of 2002 and ...

Village eyesore is also a hazard

Well as usual the buck is being passed around on the old Revere Inn in Silver Creek. How do I know? The building is still standing.The village got the back boarded up but this is as far as it has gotten.Let's start enforcing the code in this village. I am sure there are plenty of violations ...

Road through park drove discontent

Editor's note: This "Yesterdays" column was published in the OBSERVER in 2003. It was submitted by Rosamond Burns and extensively notes the history of Barker Common as written by Elizabeth Crocker, Chautauqua County historian.Get officials elected who will support your agenda. This has been the ...

Who’s the real crook?

Editor, OBSERVER:I recently had a short "discussion" with someone in one of our local clubs about the upcoming presidential election.As I was walking out of the place some guy started on me about voting for Donald Trump. He was yelling about Trump being a liar and a crook. He repeated it a ...

Trump’s plan is hypocrisy

Editor, OBSERVER:For those who have waited patiently for a plan, any plan, from Donald Trump, that long wait is over. Donald could not have selected a more important issue to offer up his very first plan - other than his "great big wall." His first plan is for job growth, or as Sen. Mitch ...

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Casket was poor tasteEditor, OBSERVER:I am writing in regards to the article about John Giordano's 1920 Model T Ford "Blown T" displayed at the recent car show in Hamburg. The car was pulling a casket behind it with a "Hillary" likeness inside.Shame on you! Very uncool!Death is not a laughing ...

Healthy outcomes from the election

Editor, OBSERVER:In an election season the news headlines may lead us to believe that candidates can't agree on anything.Not so fast. There is an issue both Republicans and Democrats can and do agree on: the importance of Community Health Centers to our U.S. health care system.House and Senate ...

Hunting ups risk of deer collisions

Editor, OBSERVER:Instead of reintroducing mountain lions to reduce deer populations and deer-car collisions, here's a much simpler and more immediate solution: Stop hunting.A Pennsylvania-based insurance company analyzed deer-vehicle collision data and found that the opening day and opening ...

Life matters in your vote

Editor, OBSERVER:Recent elections show that pro-abortion candidates were elected. This is very alarming and sad. Many people of goodwill seem to neglect the moral and social justice issues.In some parts of our country, we neglect the poor, the helpless, the homeless, including veterans who gave ...

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Tuition effort a successEditor, OBSERVER:Recently, there was an article in one of our three county newspapers that applauded the tuition agreement between Chautauqua Lake and Ripley schools.When it comes to making any "personal" changes among our schools, both sides of the aisle have something ...

Dishing dirt on village decision

Editor, OBSERVER:I would like to respond to a comment made in a letter "Fence tells other to stay away" of July 24. I quote, "Remember when a former mayor decided probably with the help of the 'Trustees,' using the term loosely, to fill the Barker Fountains with dirt instead of fixing the water ...

Preservation Society opposes fence plan

Editor, OBSERVER:The Fredonia Preservation Society asks that the mayor and village trustees do not place a fence around Barker Commons.There might have been a fence at one time so that villagers could graze their livestock or tie their horse, but as you can see from these century-old postcards, ...

Keeping it fun at the county fair

Editor, OBSERVER:A year ago, the fair closed an hour early Saturday due to youths fighting. Forty years ago, bullies broke my ear drum at the Fair. Here's a short poem on my thoughts."Keep the Fair Fair"You know what's really cool?To obey the golden rule ...Do as you would be done by.Want to ...