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Penalize poor city properties Editor, OBSERVER: I feel the city of Dunkirk needs to crack down on slum homeowners who live in their homes and don’t take care of them. You can walk and drive through the city, and you can see with your own two eyes where you see some houses have broken ...

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‘Un-American’ act a cruel message Editor, OBSERVER: I am an American citizen by birth. I am a great-great-grandson of immigrants to the United States. I’m married to a naturalized American citizen. One of my daughters-in-law is a Chinese national. My family knows about ...

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Generosity shows in race turnout Editor, OBSERVER: I am writing to express my thanks to the community of Westfield for their support of the third annual Bereda Memorial Run/Walk. This event is held in memory of my two grandchildren, Brennen and Finley Bereda. Proceeds from the race are ...

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Young couples quick to help Editor, OBSERVER: There is so much bad news about young people that I wanted to share my good news. On July 2, my daughter and I were returning home from Buffalo. We heard a loud noise and then the car veered to the left by an underpass near Hamburg. We got ...

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Officer assists with trapped fawn Editor, OBSERVER: Last Sunday night when I went to bed, I heard a loud cry in my back yard. I couldn’t see any animal because it was so dark. Then I heard the cry again. The animal did not cry again. The animal did not cry again until the next morning at ...

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A message for our country “Prayer for America” “I beseech thee, O Lord God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments: let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer ...

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Rules made without common sense Editor, OBSERVER: I wish someone would explain the following to me. How can New York state pass a law allowing illegal immigrants to be issued driver’s licenses to be able “to drive to and from work?” The Federal Department of Homeland Security requires ...

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Food trucks have no appetite for taxes Editor, OBSERVER This Village Board and mayor of Fredonia are very wrong in approving a short term $50 food truck license. Fifty bucks is quite a deal for out-of-towners who pay no taxes, no insurance, no health permits (of $250), no property ...

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Borrello is proven leader Editor, OBSERVER: Over the past several years, I have gotten to know a little of George Borrello. At a charity auction I was doing for the Association for the Blind, he proved to be a valuable contributor, not just in purchases but in his vocal support. He has ...

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Councilman: ‘I’m sad, I’m angry’ Editor, OBSERVER: As Fourth Ward Councilman, I was, and am, appalled at the actions of the individuals that resulted in the death of a 15-year-old a block from my home last month. I’m sad, I’m angry and I’d love to be able to do something to ...

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Destroyer crew deserves credit Editor, OBSERVER: I have just returned from a trip to Vietnam and have been reading about a conflict that I knew very little about. In a book named “American Boys” by Louise Esola, I learned of the sinking of an American destroyer named the USS Frank E. ...

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Food trucks take bite out of eateries Editor, OBSERVER: I listened to the Fredonia Village Board meeting of May 20. I listen to basically every one. My recollection of the food truck topic was that the approximate cost to the village was about $300 for fees, permits and other related ...

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Poppies support area veterans Editor, OBSERVER: Honor the fallen and support the living. Wear a poppy with pride. Donations are used to help veteran and military families in their need. They have given so much and this is a small way of letting them know we care and thank them. Look ...

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Nuring home abuse shocking Editor, OBSERVER: I am sharing the following letter that I sent to the governor of Arizona: Dear Gov. Doug Ducey, I advocate for people with disabilities. I found an article dated Jan. 27 regarding violations increasing in Arizona nursing homes. I found it a ...

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Preservation efforts failed in county Editor, OBSERVER: I commend WNED public television and everyone who had a part in making “Reimagining A Buffalo Landmark,” the new Richardson Olmsted Campus documentary. It clearly and convincingly illustrates why this is a model preservation ...

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Ill decision on hospital Editor, OBSERVER: Why would Brooks Memorial Hospital pick a location in Fredonia on Route 20 in close proximity to the high school, a possible roundabout and all that traffic from Route 60? How will they repurpose its Central Avenue hospital? Behind the scenes, ...

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More worries for our farmers Editor, OBSERVER: Farmworkers deserve to be and are treated with respect. The Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act concerns me. While its supporters mean well, the economic realities facing family farms — 97% of farms are family owned — will make it ...

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Happy Easter to everyone Editor, OBSERVER: This is a special time. It is a time when we celebrate one of the holiest days of the year, a time of new beginnings and a time of remembering what Easter really means. Whether you spend this Easter Sunday in church, hunting Easter eggs, or ...

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Editor, OBSERVER: I don’t think the New York state Department of Transportation took a proper car count on Routes 60 and 20. That roundabout will have traffic, will be backed up to Vineyard Drive and the other way past McAllister Road. The state needs to blacktop Route 20 from Fredonia to ...

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Company aims to praise good deeds Editor, OBSERVER: The world is full of heroes — individuals with a desire to help and those who do so quietly and without credit. We believe everyone has the power to create change. Every action, no matter how small, is significant. This is why at Farrell ...