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Peoples column

People’s column

Save lives, not canals Editor, OBSERVER: I read an article in the OBSERVER earlier this month that Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced $300 million to revamp the Erie Canal. I thought throwing this money around while our local hospitals are closing due to lack of funds is irresponsible. I ...

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Facility closing an area wound Editor, OBSERVER: I went to TLC three times. I guess there isn’t much demand in Irving. It used to be a big hustle bustle hospital then parts of it became abandoned... people left for better opportunities. I should have left years ago, but my hubris ...

Elected official listening in Arkwright

Editor, OBSERVER: In answer to the question: why have school taxes gone up, not down? Sad to say but the people of Arkwright were not paying attention to the Town Board over the past eight years. The Arkwright Wind Farm was all a sham, and destroyer of people and property in Arkwright. ...

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Rural population being targeted Editor, OBSERVER: Columnist Thomas Kirkpatrick Sr. gets it right. Rural deaths will increase after Lakeshore Hospital closes. This is what some want. To fight climate change, they want most people to live in cities. This segment of the population wants to ...

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Santa thieves take holiday spirit Editor, OBSERVER: On Dec. 5, our 4-foot plastic Santa disappeared from our front yard on Chestnut Street. He was wired to our light pole and had been in our family for four generations. If you have any information on Santa, please call Fredonia Police or ...

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Sale gives back to WCA Home Editor, OBSERVER: A BIG thank you to the Dunkirk-Fredonia and surrounding communities for making The WCA Home’s ninth annual “Gently Used Christmas” sale a huge success! The Friends of WCA Auxiliary were very pleased with the generous donations of Christmas ...

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Gambling takes toll on youth Editor, OBSERVER: Underage gambling is a growing concern in New York state. The explosion of internet gambling and gaming opportunities — combined with the inescapable advertising and marketing of gaming and gambling everywhere from television to the ...

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DPW does great job with leaves Editor, OBSERVER: Tony Gugino and his crew picked up our leaves on Wednesday, Nov. 27 and they did a great job. We want to thank him and his crew for a nice job done. Mr. Gugino is a terrific supervisor for the village of Fredonia. He’s smart and he knows ...

Students contribute in Silver Creek

Editor, OBSERVER: I recently attended the Dr. Seuss musical put on by the Silver Creek Middle School under the direction of Mr. Phillip McMullen. It involved 100 students and all of them did a great job and were like professionals singing and acting. The scenery was also made by students ...

Community support benefits girls hoops

Editor, OBSERVER: We would like to take this opportunity to thank Ginger Pokoj and Big Rick’s One Stop, Mike Porpiglia and La Casa D’Mangia, the Dom Polski Club and its members, WDOE and all the patrons who attended our recent rib dinner and basket raffle fund-raiser. Without the ...

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Mayor must help in transition Editor, OBSERVER: I would like to quote the Fredonia outgoing mayor’s Facebook post from Nov. 5: “In fairness to tonight’s election, and to me, starting tomorrow I will only do my very basic duties, meetings and paper signing when needed. Grants, ...

School professionals are major contributors

Editor, OBSERVER: In 2007, the New York State Legislature officially established the third Tuesday of November as “School-Related Professionals Recognition Day.” This Recognition Day is today, Nov. 19. We would like to publicly acknowledge the hard work that these men and women do every ...

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Wind comments are hot air Editor, OBSERVER: In response to Dr. Ellen Banks thoughts concerning offshore turbines, it is not true that the turbines will not affect the fish industry. She said the cod fish are starting to come back, why did they leave in the first place? These turbines ...

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Give thanks today for veterans Editor, OBSERVER: Too often we go through our days thinking of the next item on our “to do” lists, but today, I hope you will join me in taking a few minutes to honor our Veterans. This day is a day for each of us to remember, thank and honor all of our ...

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Writer’s view proves misunderstanding Editor, OBSERVER: In his commentary (Oct. 28) criticizing “this administration” for “neglecting the downtown business district” in Dunkirk, Richard Makuch accuses the administration as being “already in the hands of illegals.” Clearly he ...

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Revitalize Dunkirk grateful for donation Editor, OBSERVER: On behalf of Revitalize Dunkirk, Inc., and its membership we’d like to say how very pleased and surprised we are to be one of the 15 local not-for-profit organizations to benefit from the recent “Divots For Dunkirk” Charity ...

People’s column: Views on the candidates, issues of Election 2019

Dunkirk’s drive led by Rosas Editor, OBSERVER: The city of Dunkirk’s mayor has proposed a 2020 budget of just over $24 million for 12,000 residents. Yes, we did see an increase over the 2019 budget — but there was no increase in taxes, water rates or sewer fees. How is this ...

People’s column: Voices regarding election 2019

There’s no ‘typical’ day for a mayor Editor, OBSERVER: At the debate on Oct. 23 we mayoral candidates were asked to describe a “typical” working day as the mayor. To be clear, in this job, there is no such thing as a “typical” day. So instead, this is generally what ...

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Village mayor bringing results Editor, OBSERVER: It’s the results that matter. Mayor Athanasia Landis, during her first term in office, led several projects to completion including: $6.4 million upgrade to the wastewater and filtration plant; $1.8 million resolution — critical to ...

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Pledge to work for Fredonia voters Editor, OBSERVER: This is my campaign promise to the voters of Fredonia when I become a village trustee in Fredonia for a four-year term. I promise to try to be everyone’s trustee, not a political party’s trustee. I promise to work to return decorum ...