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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 ...

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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 ...

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‘Political’ attack is unfounded Editor, OBSERVER: As councilmen for the city of Dunkirk, we must respond to the false accusation made by Councilman Shaun Heenan at a recent Council meeting regarding the recent Grand Prix Offshore Boat Race. The council was informed and had numerous ...

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Donors, events keep Camp Gross going Editor, OBSERVER: A big thank you to the city of Dunkirk Recreation Department, Ryan Hall and his staff for another spectacular year of Day Camp in Cassadaga at Camp Gross. This is a great help to our financial security and it helps us to maintain a ...

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Prayers, support help family Editor, OBSERVER: Many people have asked “How can I help?” when it comes to our beautiful mother, wife, friend MaryLou Dykas’ double lung transplant care and recovery. A Go Fund Me page has been established to assist in deferring the growing medical ...

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Minor details go missing Editor, OBSERVER: The parks look beautiful — the dock refurbished. Little parks throughout the city are cut and trimmed. Plenty of help. The streets are deplorable. Sunken manholes, potholes, patches and bumps. Not enough help! Shortage of workers. Try going up ...

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Finding a ‘spark’ in assisted living Editor, OBSERVER: Learning that a loved one needs long term care is difficult. We wish they could live at home forever, but for some, moving to an assisted living community may be the best option to ensure their safety and wellbeing. That doesn’t ...

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Reed inconsistent with bullies Editor, OBSERVER: Congressman Reed’s criticism of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision not to repair the Thruway is well-warranted. On the other hand, it leads one to question where the congressman has been the last few years, given the sycophantic nature of his ...

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One more item needed at pier Editor, OBSERVER: I made my first stop to the new Dunkirk Pier on Monday. Despite all the improvements, there was still something missing: a throwable life ring. These are needed in case someone is to take a misstep and go into the water. I’m not picking on ...