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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 ...

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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 ...