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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 ...

An option against more of same

Editor, OBSERVER:In regard to the "Commentary" headlined "Trump factor of fear" (June 29), I say that "Islamic terrorists" do not need help "exacerbating the fears and anxieties" of the American voter as they have accomplished it by themselves and Donald Trump only points out what they ...

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Once fiscally soundvillage is no moreEditor, OBSERVER:Did any of the residents of Fredonia feel the earth move last week? I'm betting some have, because Uncle Harry Salhoff has to have rolled over in his resting place in Forest Hill Cemetery. He was a five-term mayor of his beloved Fredonia ...

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Fencing the publicin - or out?Editor, OBSERVER:Sometimes in a quest for a woman to beautify herself, she brushes on another layer of eye shadow and swipes on one more coat of lipstick. Somehow the intent and the outcome just don't mesh.The items that drew my attention to the Barker Common are ...

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Post vetsin new battleEditor, OBSERVER:Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legions and other military post are fighting to survive.The VFW has lost one-third of its members over the past 20 years. A thousand posts have closed in the past decade.With more than 400,000 members 80 years old and ...

Street name a rough road

Editor, OBSERVER:This morning our street name changed again. It was over a decade before it was marked, then streets supervisory fell under paid leave due to an investigation.The street was then marked with two different names. The name didn't match Google maps. Then it was remarked and matched ...

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Goodemotebenefit had helpEditor, OBSERVER:Randy Goodemote and the Benefit Committee would like to sincerely thank everyone who has helped to make the benefit that was held on May 22 at the Sheridan VFW a great success.Special thanks to all the local businesses, clubs, bands, family and friends ...

Being a part of solution

Silver Creek is not alone in its battle with litter and overgrown weeds.Last Sunday, village officials took aim at the railroad for the unkempt conditions of properties near the tunnel on Route 5. But it is not just a railroad problem. It is across the region when it comes to trash and ...

Expert’s advice is appreciated

Editor, OBSERVER:My Westfield Academy and Central Schools environmental science class and I would like to give a huge thank you to Brian Noody from WestWinds Taxidermy.For the week of May 10, Mr. Noody spent several hours with my class teaching them how to properly prepare a squirrel for ...

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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. ...

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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 ...

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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 ...