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Service after attacks took toll on many Editor, OBSERVER: As the 19th anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks on America passes, it is with a somber heart I remember that day and the days and months following. As a member of the New York State Police, like so many of my brothers and ...

Water issue part of larger problem

Editor, OBSERVER: Is anyone asking this question: what happened to our water supply? Fredonia in the past enjoyed the best tasting water, year after year. With the absence of the Carriage House, the demand on the water has drastically decreased, so you can’t blame the warm summer. ...

Portland Town Board puts constituents first

Editor, OBSERVER: This is an open letter to the Portland Town Board. Please be aware of the gratitude you deserve for performing your office for the benefit of all our community. I have witnessed the hours and energy you give to be sure that Brocton and its surrounding area is well governed. ...

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County working hard regarding COVID-19 Editor, OBSERVER: A few weeks ago as the story about Fieldbrook Foods was breaking, a rather negative article appeared (Aug. 28) blasting the local health department and county government “handling” of the news. The story line was something to ...

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Mental health needs more help Editor, OBSERVER: September is Suicide Prevention Month and it’s important that we are there for each other and take steps to prevent suicide. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s theme for the month is to #KeepGoing, by taking simple actions ...

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Reed must help our postal service Editor, OBSERVER: Louis DeJoy the current postmaster general is sabotaging our postal service in your 23rd Congressional District of New York. His independent and rogue actions are negatively impacting our constitutional right for a Post Office (Article 1, ...

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We are all benefiting from renewables Editor, OBSERVER: In regard to the commentary, “Renewable energy is not all green,” (Aug. 7), the writer’s concerns are not new. In the fallout of the 1973 oil crisis, the American Association for the Advancement of Science published a yearlong ...

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Take the power out of Cuomo’s clenches Editor, OBSERVER: In just a couple of weeks children will be returning to school in New York state for in-person instruction. Restaurants have reopened and people are shopping in stores and malls. Major League Baseball and the National Basketball ...

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Unused NRG plant must be eliminated Editor, OBSERVER: In case anyone in the Dunkirk-Fredonia area has forgotten, the old NiMo and NRG plant has been dormant for more than a few years. As I drove by the lake the other night to admire the sunset as I turned to the right my view was blocked by ...

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Poppy sale means so much to VFW post Editor, OBSERVER: The Sheridan Memorial Post 6390 Veterans of Foreign Wars would like to extend a grateful thanks to Brad Balentine, manager of the Fredonia Walmart, for allowing us to sell poppies at the Route 60 store. We would also like to thank the ...

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Columbus article insight appreciated Editor, OBSERVER: Dr. Ray Belliotti’s article about the establishment of Columbus Day is timely in light of the ongoing controversy over monuments honoring certain men who figured in the shaping of our country. Buffalo’s changing of “Columbus ...

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Caution lights needed for roundabout Editor, OBSERVER: This letter is in regard to the new roundabout at Routes 20 and 60 that was designed by the New York state Department of Transportation. One with foresight should have known there would be accidents. Caution lights should have been ...

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Class misses out on golden event Editor, OBSERVER, Life has been put on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the call to return home endures for the members of the Class of 1970 at Fredonia High School. Our 50th class reunion, set for the last weekend of July, only has been postponed. ...

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‘Good people’ help in dilemma Editor, OBSERVER: I want to thank the person or persons that saw my car being hit in the Walmart parking lot on Monday morning. I appreciate that there are good people in this area that would take the time to take a picture of the license plate of a driver ...

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Racism remains ‘serious’ problem Editor, OBSERVER: “What, then, is racism? I don’t know and neither do you.” So states a recent commentary to the OBSERVER (July 1). The author, a philosophy professor at SUNY Fredonia, laments anti-racism protests, denies the complexity of ...

Nothing easy in today’s world

“We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.” George Washington There comes a time when every writer suffers from writer’s block. And it is my belief that this malady is frequently not ...

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Racism column was ‘misleading’ Editor, OBSERVER: I am responding to a column written by Stephen Kershnar on Wednesday. No easy answers regarding racism? Your supposition that racism is a complex, convoluted, philosophical subject that in the end no one “knows what it is” and that ...

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Westfield engaged with its school Editor, OBSERVER: I am writing in regard to the Westfield Academy and Central School budget vote and board of education election. What a turnout! The budget passed by a vote of 955 to 296. It’s impressive to note how many voters are interested and ...

Kershnar missed some key points

Editor, OBSERVER: Dr. Stephen Kershnar presents his views about “systemic racism” in his recent column “Another perspective on the protests,” (June 17) at a time when we have to strive always to discuss such critical topics openly if we are to seek to understand the history and future ...

Without a ‘D,’ Goodell has critics

Editor, OBSERVER: This is in response to “Goodell missed chance at rally” (June 13) in which the author claims to be disappointed about Assemblyman Andrew Goodell declining to speak at the recent peace demonstrations, aka political rally. She says Goodell might have helped to let people ...