Peoples column

People’s Column

Area can help NicaraguaEditor, OBSERVER:The Dunkirk-Fredonia Center for Peace & Justice is continuing its program for humanitarian donations for poverty-stricken residents of the Central American nation of Nicaragua. The center is doing this in conjunction with Ann Marie Zon, a Catholic ...

Closing Cuba prison is good choice

Editor, OBSERVER:An editorial in the OBSERVER, "Keep Cuba location open," (June 10) argues for the continued operation of the U.S. Detention Center at U.S. Naval Base, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The detainees are nonstate players seized by U.S. officers outside U.S. territorial bounds after Sept. ...

People’s Column

Poppy sale, site big boostEditor, OBSERVER:A grateful thank you to Walmart for giving permission to the Sheridan Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6390 to sell poppies on Saturday, May 28.The poppies are sold to honor our dead by helping the living!Many thanks to all of the people who contributed ...

People’s Column

Can't get pastcolumnist's agendaEditor, OBSERVER:Is this guy Stephen Kershnar for real? I am a professor emeritus at Fredonia and to have him say things like "on average, professors at research universities are smarter and know more about their field than professor at teaching universities" ...

County needs its airports

Editor, OBSERVER:This is in regard to a recent item on the county airport. Let's start with a basic proposition: The purpose of government is to provide a service to its citizens.Roads do that, motor vehicle offices do that and airports do that. Those things cost money.As chairman of the ...

People’s Column

Finding 'joy'in our livesEditor, OBSERVER:One of the reasons I came out of retirement after having served 48 years in the priesthood was because of the enlightening Christian teaching of Pope Francis.While Christ gives us the way to love and be loved, in the human condition, both we and the ...

Reed’s remarks in poor taste

Editor, OBSERVER:I am writing to rebut the derogatory comments made by Rep Tom Reed in regard to his opponent John Plumb's military service.To call a Naval officer serving in uniform at the Pentagon a "Washington Insider" is an insult. Since Reed's father was a career Army officer, one would ...

There’s plenty of good neighbors here

Editor, OBSERVER:On a recent Wednesday, about 3 p.m., I ventured out to pick up my mail. The next thing I knew, I was flat on my back in the driveway. I bumped my head and I was unable to get up. My next door neighbor happened to glance toward my house and saw me in trouble.She was unable to ...

Some retirees missing a benefit

Editor, OBSERVER:I served the federal government for 22 years with the U.S. Postal Service as a proud postmaster. I also worked in the private sector in health care. Having been in the Federal Employees Retirement System, I do receive my retirement and Social Security.Unfortunately. This is not ...

Old Caboose is an option

Editor, OBSERVER:The former Caboose building has a lot of space and could be a great location for the Fredonia Police Department.It has a second floor that could be great for offices, meeting rooms, etc. This location is great and across the street from the Fredonia Fire Department.It would be ...

Patriotism lives for vets

Editor, OBSERVER:I am writing in response to the commentary on "Taking our freedom for granted" by Richard Makuch on May 2.I agree with Mr. Makuch's comments, but I would also like to thank all the people and businesses who support us at veterans events held in the community as well as the ...

Driving up problems

Editor, OBSERVER:I believe the Arkwright Town Board should consider the fact that there might be less junk cars in Arkwright if the roads were fixed.JEAN M. KULPA,Dunkirk

Residents here also need work

Editor, OBSERVER:The construction of the drug plant in Dunkirk is much needed for our local towns. Producing medicine will not only assist individuals with cancer but will also create jobs for the surrounding communities and stimulate economic growth.It also provides the area with extensive aid ...

Kershnar full of blasphemy

Editor, OBSERVER:In Stephen Kershnar's article on Easter (March 30), he raised doubts about the veracity of Atonement and Christian forgiveness in general.He refers to the penal substitution theory as being "unjust." Of course it's unjust. Why would an all-powerful God submit himself to the ...

Republican tactics go awry

Editor, OBSERVER:We've learned from Republican insider committee members, that the sole purpose of that GOP committee on the Benghazi incident was an attempt to derail Hillary Clinton's campaign and after three meaningless, lengthy investigations. No one can argue that fact.After endless hours ...

Hotel is more than eyesore

Editor, OBSERVER:The historic hotel is an abandoned building in the heart of Silver Creek. Apparently it has no owner and no one accepts responsibility.The structure is a heath and safety hazard as well as fire hazard. Village residents have raised concerns only to fall on deaf years to the ...

Tourism industry not the answer

Editor, OBSERVER:I hope that Chautauqua County Democrats and Republicans offer up candidates for County Executive in 2017 with a vision of Chautauqua County that is not based upon low paid, seasonal tourism jobs and the continued loss of good jobs and population. No parent or grandparent dreams ...

Healthy choice in a leader

Editor, OBSERVER:As I stated in my last article, I can't find one presidential candidate to vote for. But, if just one of them would say they would provide free health care for all Americans he or she would definitely have my vote.Please don't say it's not possible, because it is!CLIFFORD C. ...

Not all have access to information

Editor, OBSERVER:This is in response to the article concerning parking tickets issued to Ruggles Street residents on Leap Day (April 17). Wouldn't it be interesting to conduct a survey of those issued tickets that day to find out how many have Internet access, use Facebook, read or listen to ...

U.S. needs to start over

Editor, OBSERVER:Neither political party can effectively manage this country and they both deserve to be flushed. Draft a new Constitution and start over as a nation, not an empire.Convert all foreign aid to domestic aid and take care of our own. Stop interfering in the affairs of other ...