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People’s column

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 ...

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Morgan can help those in need Editor, OBSERVER: Austin Morgan, a bright young man from a small rural town called Freedom in Cattaraugus County, New York, is running to become senator of New York state District 57, which includes Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties. He is the first ...

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City mayor puts priority on water Editor, OBSERVER: Dunkirk is a city on the Lake. We have a mayor with a vision, of how far we can take our wonderful resource and make it work in our favor. Dunkirk’s water filtration plant is the biggest project we have had these past four years and ...

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More candidates needed to run Editor, OBSERVER: This year, 12 of the 19 county legislators are running unopposed, that’s not even mentioning the array of other incumbents that typically go unopposed every election cycle. This has become a huge problem. What can be done to fix this? I ...

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Candidate needs to have more respect Editor, OBSERVER: What is with the constant bashing of the city mayor’s staff by Paul VanDenVouver? He has called for the resignation of the human resources director, city attorney and the mayor’s executive assistant all because of his personal ...

Coverage, cartoon draws ire in village

Coverage, cartoon draws ire in village Editor, OBSERVER: I was appalled to see the political “cartoon” on Page A4 of the Oct. 7 edition of the OBSERVER. Political cartoons are plentiful, but I have seen few designed to incite violence such as this one. Your portrayal of both Mayor ...

County board needs facts on turbines

Editor, OBSERVER: This is in regard to the front-page article (Oc.t 8) stating, “Members of the Chautauqua County Board of Health are considering stepping up Health Department regulation of industrial wind turbines.” There are currently more than 56,000 onshore wind turbines operating ...

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Green Light law has flaws Editor, OBSERVER: My letter is regarding the Green Light law. Why as a US citizen, veteran, registered voter, and state taxpayer do I need to supply birth certificate, Social Security card, school tax voucher and utility bill to renew my driver license, when ...

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St. George helped make things happen Editor, OBSERVER: Reading the “Publisher’s notebook” article headlined “St. George’s commitment ‘larger than life’ ’’ (Oct. 11) brought back beautiful memories while touching our hearts, especially mine. I remember his involvement in ...

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No funds in Fredonia, more problems Editor, OBSERVER: In the OBSERVER (Sept. 10), Trustee Kara Christina said that while village of Fredonia had an administrator, the infrastructure was bad, the water was brown, the police department had issues, the fire hall was bad, the DPW building was ...

Forgotten salon still delivers

Editor, OBSERVER: I am writing to share good news and bad news. The good news is that almost 90 businesses and offices are participating in the Feeding Fredonia Challenge this year, a wonderful reflection on the caring citizens of our community. The bad news is that this means that the ...

Patients need say in health care

Editor, OBSERVER: Two years ago I had back surgery at a Buffalo hospital to repair three vertebrae which had separated and were causing pain. The doctor woke me up one morning and said he was going to operate then. No second opinion, did not tell me it might make me an invalid. Here I sit ...

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Chautauqua hopes high for 2020 Editor, OBSERVER: Now that the 2019 season is in the record books, this letter expresses my opinion of the Chautauqua Institution programming. Much progress has been made in having presentations that present another side of the issue. Many people attend ...

People’s column

Big surprise on birthday Editor, OBSERVER: Thank you to everyone who came to my 80th surprise birthday party at the Legion Hall and for all the cards and gifts. CHARLES “CHUCK” SKELLY, Forestville $1.2M seems a bit steep Editor, OBSERVER: I have been in real estate and finance ...