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People’s column

Remembering a ‘tenacious leader’

Editor, OBSERVER:

Sadly missed along life’s way,

quietly remembered every day …

No longer in our life to share,

but in our hearts, you’re always there.

We, the Democratic Committee of the city of Dunkirk, wish to express our saddened hearts regarding the passing of Charles Porpiglia. He was a forthright and tenacious leader who always found the time to connect with and help the citizens of Dunkirk.

Chuck, until we meet again to talk about all of the wonderful memories and justice we tried to impart, and did, at times. One of my favorite quotes from President Barack Obama states “Democracy isn’t a spectator sport.” Charles Porpiglia, your life demonstrated that.

NATALIE LUCZKOWIAK

and MEMBERS OF THE DUNKIRK DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE

Ills lie ahead for new hospital site

Editor, OBSERVER:

Has anyone wondered about the following, or just me?

Brooks Memorial Hospital trustees searched for a new building site when ground breaking was stalled. Their reason was due to concerns of losing the state money.

The current site was selected a while ago. Has it been over a year, I cannot recall. This site has yet to break ground, but the trustees do not appear to be concerned with losing state money.

What they should be concerned about is building a new hospital in an area where contaminated water seems to be an ongoing issue. How is a hospital to function without safe water for extended periods of time?

Is it time to search for a new site in the Dunkirk water district where potable water is not an issue? Is it time for the Dunkirk Common Council members to become involved with this hospital issue? They were elected to represent Dunkirk’s citizens and they want the hospital to remain in Dunkirk. Now is the time to provide a perfect reason to keep the hospital in Dunkirk. Speak up and fight for your citizens.

SUSAN LIS,

Dunkirk

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