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Peoples column

More high costs for Fredonia

Editor, OBSERVER: The 2020 property taxes for our modest corner lot home here in the village of Fredonia is $6,672. The March edition of Kiplinger’s magazine states that the average tax bill on a $350,000 home in New York state is $5,922. Now comes the front-page news that our mayor is ...

Cuomo’s attitude turns rotten

Editor, OBSERVER: To Gov. Andrew Cuomo. I actually approve of many things you have done. I’ve been a Democrat for years, though a bit libertarian leaning. Face facts though. You have failed. Entirely separate from the issues of governance in this state, where while we are trying hard — ...

Words do matter — and can hurt

Editor, OBSERVER: March is spread the word to end the word month. That word in particular is retard or retarded. When some the community call a disabled person that name and make fun of them, this allows for feelings to be hurt. The new words are: respect; be kind to others; be helpful to ...

People’s column

Opposing cuts for needy group Editor, OBSERVER: I am a constituent and supporter of New Yorkers with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They are our family, friends, loved ones, and members of our community. I am writing in extreme opposition to the governor’s proposed $335 ...

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Small businesses missing perks Editor, OBSERVER: Our Airbnb house on Cedar Beach pays an occupancy tax, bed tax, city tax, school tax, state taxes and a county tax. Why does a hotel, which is now the Clarion Hotel Marina & Conference Center, not have to pay these taxes also? The ...

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Still time for Catholic Charities Editor, OBSERVER: Over the past year, 14,522 neighbors in need of all ages throughout Chautauqua County were served by the seven programs Catholic Charities offers here. We provided basic emergency assistance, including support for food and resources ...

Vaccinations on slow pace

Editor, OBSERVER: I was astounded to see that only 300 doses of the COVID vaccine are delivered per week lately and that about 11,500 have received the first shot. After deducting the former and those under 16 that leaves about 89,000 to receive their first shot. Absent a significant increase ...

Charged up over article

Editor, OBSERVER: The true situation in Texas with the outage was caused by infrastructure shortcomings and insufficient planning for extreme weather and not by renewable energy failures. It was readily apparent that the front-page story belonged in the Opinion section — and not ...

Remembering a parishioner

Editor, OBSERVER: Long gone but not forgotten. Sister Rosemary Lockett gives support to the old saying – May the work I have done, speak for me. She was a lifelong member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. A faithful worker serving on the Usher Boar; Sunday school working with the ...

Job losses grow under Biden

Editor, OBSERVER: Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness has been ignored by the prescient administration. To exasperate this basic right, President Joe Biden picked John Kerry, to run the climate debacle. Kerry, during the Vietnam War, testified before Congress our troops killed women ...

There’s worries with lake turbines

Editor, OBSERVER: The big corporations speak of renewable energy, but the one thing that is not renewable is our great lakes. They always compare how many houses the wind farm turbines power. I say what is wrong with solar roof-top construction on homes those that want it get it installed ...

Unhappy trails while snowmobiling

Editor, OBSERVER: Recently my two girlfriends and I set out for an afternoon cross county ski on a trail shared with cross country skiers, hikers, and snowmobilers. The snow conditions were good and the trail was well groomed and very wide. As the trails were busy with snowmobilers, we ...

Country must be suspicious

Editor, OBSERVER: I read the letter, “We all need to accept the results” (Dec. 22) and, to say the least, I could not believe it. The writer said it does not make sense a challenger would be able to steal an election. He says accept the truth of the election, I suppose like they did ...

‘Good people’ can be wrong

Editor, OBSERVER: I rely on your newspaper so much to inform me of the day’s and community ‘s happenings. But some news gets beyond my comprehension. This is especially true considering former President Donald Trump. When it was reported that he said that both sides of the ...

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Not everyone is masking up Editor, OBSERVER: I walked into an appointment recently and walked up to the reception desk, which prompted two of the three clerks to put on their masks. I awaited another worker, who had not yet arrived by the appointed time only to observe another ...

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Support keeps society going Editor, OBSERVER: The Dayton Historical Society would like to take this time to wish all a much better New Year. At this time we would also like to thank all who donated to our roof fund over the last couple of years. We received enough donations to ...

Another take on Arizona sheriff

Editor, OBSERVER: I only had to read the first paragraph in Susan Bigler’s commentary “There’s still time for more time for damage” (Jan. 2) to realize this writer is filled with lies and hatred. What she wrote about Sheriff Joe Arpaio from Arizona, abusing immigrants, is a total lie. ...

As cases climb, we know less

Editor, OBSERVER: As Chautauqua County is seeing an increase in positive COVID-19 cases, the Chautauqua County Health Department has been less and less forthcoming with information. When someone dies, it is now simply noted as a new death on the dashboard. The only way to know the age of ...

Poet is example for others

Editor, OBSERVER: “The Hound of Heaven” is a poem by Francis,Thompson (1859-1907), a man in search of answers. Throughout his early existence there is a discomfort, an unease of mind and soul. Our poet was born with many opportunities that could give him a life style through family and ...

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We all need to accept the results Editor, OBSERVER: There’s an old Russian saying that states “The truth is like concrete.” As we move into a new administration on Jan. 20, we must accept the truth of the election of Joseph Biden as president of the United States. The ...