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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 ...

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Abortion is part of vote Editor, OBSERVER: This is in memory of the tens of millions of boys and girls who some, today, would be in their 40s if they had not been aborted. “I am pro-life,” he said. I heard those words of the last presidential debate on Oct. 19. He continued, “No one ...

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Schmidt a good fit for district attorney Editor, OBSERVER: I write in support of Jason Schmidt for Chautauqua County district attorney. Mr. Schmidt brings to our diverse county the strong leadership and level of integrity that is essential to the important public office of ...

More to gain from dissolution

Here are some items on why a vote yes is a vote for progress: What we lose: “You’re going to lose three things – your work force, your elected officials and your village tax,” said town of Hanover Supervisor Todd Johnson (OBSERVER, Aug. 23). The Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) ...

Voters need to eliminate poor choices

Editor, OBSERVER: I would like to help Donald Trump out with his problem. He insists he has no campaign now but a movement. As an 80 year old woman, I recommend a gallon of prune juice to eliminate his movement. Perhaps it would help to empty him of his delusions of grandeur also. You ...

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Hailing efforts of our presidentEditor, OBSERVER:Soon, we will have a new president. I don't know how President Barack Obama will be remembered but here's some of my thoughts upon portions of his legacy. He wasn't the "Great Emancipator," the "Aristocrat-Commoner," or a "Give 'em Hell Harry," ...

Our unrealized destiny

For centuries mankind has suffered many injustices, simply because we have been dominated by the insecure, who have no interest beyond their own gain. Yet we have slowly improved our conditions through a slowly growing, realization that mankind is a unique being on earth, with potential beyond ...

Voters, not press, must decide election

Editor, OBSERVER: This is an open letter to the Fourth Estate. Please let the citizens of the United States decide the election for president. The purpose of the press is to inform people and to act as a watchdog. In this election, as in 2008, the press decided to do neither. They decided ...

Why do Dems give pass on Clinton’s lies?

Editor, OBSERVERI have a couple of questions for liberal Democrats.Why is it you believe anything about Donald Trump, even when it is said by someone who claims it happened 30 years ago and the liberal news media doesn't give that person's party affiliation or try to find neutral ...

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Control and cure sends mixed messageEditor, OBSERVER:The Clinton Health Access Initiative along with the Gates Foundation plus a host of foreign aid agencies including USAID distribute millions of doses of birth control injections to women in developing world countries each year using tax ...

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Reed understands upstate lifestyleEditor, OBSERVER:As someone who has lived and raised a family in upstate New York, I think it's important we have a representative in Washington who doesn't give in to the pressures of D.C. politics. U.S. Rep. Tom Reed has been a champion D.C. outsider who ...

Reed’s support ruffles many

Backing bringssome questionsEditor, OBSERVER:Dear Congressman Tom Reed,I am writing this in an open forum in the OBSERVER to hope that I and others can get an answer to some questions without the typical political speak.During this campaign you have brought up a few questions of your opponent ...

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Brooks location now is perfectEditor, OBSERVERI am wondering why the hospital must be relocated? It sounds like it is being downsized, except for the parking!There are now four or five floors and a new hospital would be only two. It seems there would be more than enough room for adding up to ...

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 ...