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Peoples column

Redraw district lines to serve all

Editor, OBSERVER: Last year was a monumental year for many reasons, including the census. The census population counts will impact much in New York state, from school funding, to Medicaid, to how our legislative lines will be redrawn for the next 10 years. The League was a proud partner ...

Leon Fire lucky to have help

Editor, OBSERVER: The Leon Fire Co. would like to thank everyone who so generously donated to our annual fund drive. The department consists of volunteers who perform fire suppression and other related emergency services for the Leon Fire District. They are also on call to provide mutual aid ...

People’s column

Governments here ‘being choked’ Editor, OBSERVER: The “ ‘Outmigration’ is a bipartisan pickle” commentary (April 30) seems to suggest that local county governments are to blame for our state’s population decline. The assumption that local county governments in rural ...

‘Grateful for lessons’ taught by mothers

Editor, OBSERVER: “Mother, a woman who loves unconditionally, leads by example, and puts others before herself.” Sunday is a day to honor motherhood and all mothers. As a son, husband and brother, I am grateful for the lessons learned from the women in my life. Especially my own ...

Who’s calling shots on visitation?

Editor, OBSERVER: I am a seasonal resident of Fredonia and am here from March through August each year to visit my father, who resides at Chautauqua Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Dunkirk. We are assigned weekly visitation time slots and are allowed to visit once per week for a half ...

Country’s values are being lost

Editor, OBSERVER: The far left wants everyone to become reliant on government dependency. Why would people want to work, when they can sit home and collect more money than if they went to work? Right now, Refresco, the steel plant, and Wells Enterprise can’t find people to go to work. The ...

Stale writer won’t fool me again

Editor, OBSERVER: This is in response to an editorial commentary by Richard Makuch (April 19). To be honest, I quit reading this particular column a long time ago. The reason for that was that every commentary was essentially the same thing. The writer complains about the same topics, ...

People’s column

Redistricting needs accountability Editor, OBSERVER: The League of Women Voters of Chautauqua County promotes transparent and accountable redistricting processes, and the ending of hyper-partisan practices that don’t benefit constituents. The League believes that responsibility for fair ...

We must act for our world

Editor, OBSERVER: This is in response to “Painful proposal looms at pumps” (April 19). I certainly agree with the OBSERVER that we all need to be concerned with the state’s environmental future. That’s why I don’t understand why efforts to rein in climate-killing fossil fuel use, ...

Noise is just beginning

Editor, OBSERVER: The weather is getting warmer and the little boys already have their loud exhausts on their vehicles: cars, trucks and motorcycles. Loud music again and again. Buffalo is concerned with ATVs roaming the streets. We see the ATV’ getting ready to roll. Hope this ...

Major issue is overlooked

Editor, OBSERVER: Let’s credit U.S. Rep. Tom Reed for retiring his seat in Congress to take care of his personal problems with alcohol. “The fall of a good man,” we say. “Look, unlike other men, he’s taking responsibility and being publicly honest about his behavior.” But is ...

Tribute to vet, Lakeside Club

Editor, OBSERVER: The Dunkirk Joint Veterans Council respectfully thanks the Dunkirk Lakeside Club Board of Directors for their generous donation to our organization, made in memory of departed U.S. Army Veteran Daniel G. Mikula. It was our honor to pay tribute and respect to our ...

State’s voice not being heard

Editor, OBSERVER: New York should be on the campaign trail in presidential elections. But because of the current electoral college system, we are ignored. Moreover, the candidate with the most votes nationwide should become President. New York has already passed the National Popular Vote law. ...

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 ...

People’s column

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 ...

People’s column

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 ...