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Do you have confidence in your local officials’ ability to run things properly?

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PhilJulian

Jul-09-14 9:04 AM

JUDEYE - I ran for office three times.How many times did you run? As for that immigration issue, check out the photo of immigrants on the back page of today's Observer. The woman on the left in the photo looks very pregnant to me. The baby will automatically be an American citizen. Who do you think is going to support that child for the next 20 years? The immigrants coming in do not know the language and I doubt that they have any skills to support their families. Where do you think they are going to find jobs? But then, that might be a mute issue. Our government will support them so long as they vote Democratic. I have to believe politics is the reason why our government is refusing to enforce the immigration laws. I say throw them all out, not just the immigrants but the politicians too!

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judeye

Jul-09-14 8:47 AM

How many of the 82% who voted NO will run for office? If you seriously think the elected officials are not working towards the best interest of your community RUN FOR OFFICE. Stop just whining and do something about it.

I see too many people taking the easy way out, just sitting back and complaining and whining and not taking any actions to improve the situation. If you do not like what is going on..GET INVOLVED. Change it. Run for office, get elected, go to meetings, get on community boards, take action.

If you are not part of the solution..you are part of the problem.

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judeye

Jul-09-14 8:41 AM

JoeW...If you are referring to all the CHILDREN who came here to try to escape the violence and threats in their own countries...I think the term is REFUGEE.

one that flees; especially : a person who flees to a foreign country or power to escape danger or persecution

A law signed by Pres Bush in 2008 William Wilberforce Trafficking Victi

the bill gave substantial new protections to children entering the country alone who were not from Mexico or Canada by prohibiting them from being quickly sent back to their country of origin...Instead, it required that they be given an opportunity to appear at an immigration hearing and consult with an advocate, and it recommended that they have access to counsel. It also required that they be turned over to the care of the Department of Health and Human Services, and the agency was directed to place the minor “in the least restrictive setting that is in the best interest of the child” and to explore reuniting those children with family me

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judeye

Jul-09-14 8:35 AM

Dusty1...how can you tell that they are on welfare? Do you think they have a mark on them to identify it? Or are you referring to something else?

As for someone who screamed until he got what he wanted...huh? The worker should have called the police if he would not have left. That is what we were taught to do if anyone would threaten us or yell at us.

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joew

Jul-08-14 9:19 PM

Look at southern border for yet another example of the dysfunctional bunch in DC supposed to be enforcing our immigration laws.

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whoreallycares

Jul-08-14 1:29 PM

Item on NBC news last evening, there was $1,000,000,000 in food stampds sent out in the past year to people who have passed away. The response from the Food Stamp bureau(?) was we aren't doing a good enough job checking the obits!!!

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whoreallycares

Jul-08-14 1:21 PM

How many time a year is this stupid question going to be asked?????

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joew

Jul-08-14 1:16 PM

George hit the nail on the head but of course the "non partisan"(chuckle chuckle)think otherwise!

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Christopher

Jul-08-14 12:32 PM

GeorgeB67 " by breeding a multigenerational dependent class of people that can be controlled and will vote for the people who promise give them the most." BREEDING!!? Wow, could you sound any more ignorant and red necked if you tried? No mention of course to the larger amount of money in tax breaks given to those who need it the least but contribute the most to campaign funds. The difference between the parties are quite simple, really. The Democrats want to take all my money and give it to people who don't have any, and the Republicans want to take all my money and give it to people who don't need any. That about sums it up.

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Santora

Jul-08-14 12:15 PM

I didn't vote either way because once again the Observer is not being fair by not giving a 3rd choice...a maybe or an indifferent or something else. Do you really think people are all going to say yes?I look at it as not being an easy job and I give credit to those that accept the challenge.There are some very good elected officials who try to do their best but sometimes are confined and/or gobbled up by mandates from above or general costs beyond their control. many run opposed because ppl like myself or others who comment here don't wish to step up to the plate for various reasons so the same get re-elected.Many issues should have been solved a long time ago like the seawall. That should have beem don at least 25 years ago. Something like this....the longer you wait the more cost involved. It's easy for all of us to criticize but what's that saying "walk a mile in my shoes."remember that always!

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rumblefish

Jul-08-14 11:44 AM

if the "definition" of the word "properly" is: in to the ground and not having a "clue" than by all means.............

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rumblefish

Jul-08-14 11:14 AM

do we have what in whom, we would laugh out loud at this poll question, if it wasn't so "ridiculous and rhetorical" but in reality the elected officials are a "embarrassment" to all in this region, worst yet, there is "NO ONE" who is better waiting in the wings,

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COUNTRYOLDGUY

Jul-08-14 9:59 AM

It appears at times the "elected officials" are more concerned with-what's in it for me. Screw the towney who elected him or her.

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timetochange

Jul-08-14 9:45 AM

Our elected officials in the city of Dunkirk are in a word unqualified to lead. Dolce has done very little to nothing to improve the quality of life in the city. Streets still have pot holes. Streets need repaving. Yet 4.2 million dollars was spent to repair the beach wall. Then once that was done the wall behind the water plant needs fixing. Is this the way Dolce works? Our city looks bad yet housing is in disrepair lawns are over grown and nothing is being done. Fines are not issued. The appointed employees are overpaid and do nothing. Now drugs are being manufactured in the city. Riots are breaking out and Dolce he smirks when asked if water rates are going to go up. What a leader.

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PhilJulian

Jul-08-14 9:10 AM

(con't) the people we put in office don't have a clue!

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PhilJulian

Jul-08-14 9:09 AM

When I first read this question I thought it must be a joke. I don't think this mayor and council could run a leamonade stand properly. Why does it take $22 million to provide basic services to a population of only 13,000 residents? Why do we have minimum staffing clauses in our contracts resulting in outrageous overtime costs? Why do we have staffing and a budget double the size of Fredonia while our populations are similar? Why do we have government salaries, pensions and benefits that are completely out of line with the private sector? Why, in July, do we still have streets that are full of potholes? Why do we have a city dominated by low income housing and welfare recipients? And finally, why do four city unions have more power that the people we elect to serve us? There is only one solution to Dunkirk's problems. Dissolve the city charter and become part of the town or county government. Government as it is currently structured is beyond repair and the people we put in office don

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eastwood

Jul-08-14 8:56 AM

most people say no...but the officials manage to get re-elected?

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Christopher

Jul-08-14 8:43 AM

Dusty1, "we can't even enjoy what is done for all because the welfare people overrun every event. Ever been to Memorial Park? I have during a event and I was pushed and shoved out of the way by the majority of welfare clientele who overran the event. " Really? I go to Memorial park every year for the fireworks, I see mostly families camped out on blankets with coolers and snacks for their kids, lots of adults packing their own folding chairs, and have never once been pushed shoved 'out of the way". Yes, some kids on bikes and skateboards can be a chore on sidewalks and such, but that's because they're KIDS, not because they're poor or on welfare. Do I think Welfare is too much or too easy to obtain? Probably in a LOT of cases, but certainly not all. That being said, my "No" answer had nothing to do with Welfare and everything to do with services and decisions on spending. I think you have other issues.

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GeorgeB67

Jul-08-14 8:40 AM

Dusty1- you realize that what you just described is totally out of the hands of local officials.

Welfare is a total runaway train that eats up nearly all of the property tax dollars paid. But it is state officials that have created the most expensive, and easiest to attain, welfare program in the country.

Why? To preserve and grow the power of the liberal elite. To keep people like Sheldon Silver in power by breeding a multigenerational dependent class of people that can be controlled and will vote for the people who promise give them the most.

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Dusty1

Jul-08-14 8:32 AM

em everything paid for by OUR taxes! We can't enjoy what WE pay for because of the extreme amount of welfare lowlifes! Get the welfare out of here and give the city back to the TAXPAYERS! Otherwise, maybe we won't keep electing the ones who are in office!

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Dusty1

Jul-08-14 8:29 AM

A resounding NO! DUNKIRK AND TO SOME EXTENT FREDONIA HAVE BECOME NOTHING MORE THAN A PLACE FOR WELFARE RECIPIENTS TO BENEFIT FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE INTIMIDATED BY THE SCREAMING AND YELLING WELFARE RECIPIENTS DO TO GAIN WHAT THEY WANT. I personally witnessed a man screaming at a welfare worker behind her desk..the woman was so frightened by his attitude he left with EVERYTHING he wanted and yet was not entitled to. I am sick of this city and trust me..if I could afford to get out of here and move to another state I would do so in a heartbeat. The city officials don't do anything but vote for things that are only going to benefit the lowlifes..not the ordinary people..we can't even enjoy what is done for all because the welfare people overrun every event. Ever been to Memorial Park? I have during a event and I was pushed and shoved out of the way by the majority of welfare clientele who overran the event. Why give them MORE, MORE MORE? The city officials need to wake up and stop giving th

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judeye

Jul-08-14 7:52 AM

I voted YES. I have attended many local meetings and have seen first hand how they discuss, gather information, and then vote on what is in the best interest of our Village.

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snottynosepunk

Jul-08-14 6:55 AM

you can't be serious?

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Christopher

Jul-08-14 6:46 AM

I voted no, but I must add that I also don't have any confidence in my State or Federal officials ability to run things properly either.

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