Peoples column

Differing voices on Brooks’ move

Process has been ‘ridiculous’ Editor, OBSERVER: I try to read the many articles regarding the relocation of Brooks Hospital with an open mind, but the “people in power” make it so difficult. One statement made by the current hospital chief executive officer was the hospital ...

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Hoping for city run from Welka Editor, OBSERVER: I was told to read an article in the OBSERVER (Feb. 16). I was amazed to finally see someone stand up to this Council administration in the city of Dunkirk. Dennis Welka, I applaud you for what you wrote. I could only hope we in Dunkirk ...

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Young always has helped our region Editor, OBSERVER: I think that the article in the newspaper dated Jan. 23 criticizing Sen. Cathy Young was distasteful, among other things I will not address. Cathy is for all of the people. She worked hard for all that she does for all of us from all ...

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Invest in roads, not new hall Editor, OBSERVER: To me it is plain and simple. How can the town of Arkwright decide to build a new Town Hall when taxpayers are suffering with the horrible mud bogs in the town roads. The only time I take my life into my own hands is when I travel to a ...

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Change more than just the location Editor, OBSERVER: I support the new hospital location at 3710-3724 E. Main St., Fredonia. My suggestion, however, would be to change the name from Brooks Memorial Hospital to Fredonia Regional Hospital to support the State University of New York at ...

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Keep developer option open for Brooks Editor, OBSERVER: There is obviously some very intense posturing going on from all sides regarding the relocation of Brooks Hospital. I have one question that I hope is seriously considered during the re-use meetings should Brooks leave Dunkirk: Is ...

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Overwhelmed by support Editor, OBSERVER: On Jan. 26 I found out just how many people care about me. My sister and mother planned an awesome benefit raffle along with help from many other friends and family. The weather was bad but the turnout was heartwarming. I’ve had so much support ...

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Village needs new leadership Editor, OBSERVER: Village residents have a decision to make this year. It involves the choice for mayor. My vote: Incumbent Athanasia Landis — no; Douglas Essek – yes. This mayor has been talking about a new jail, fixing the East and West parking lots, ...

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Left remains in sore loser mode Editor, OBSERVER: This is in response to the Publisher’s notebook “Cuomo’s evolutionary hue shift to true blue” (Jan. 25) and the hatred we see of the president. Why does Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the left hate President Donald Trump? Perhaps it is ...

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History, environment still an issue Editor, OBSERVER: I am unsure what is getting local officials so excited about this time in Chautauqua’s history. They killed one golden goose when they demolished the national landmark Amphitheater to build a $42 million replica, and now the other ...

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City leadership lacks in vote change Editor, OBSERVER: Am I confused? Isn’t the process of adopting a new law in the city of Dunkirk very clear? The council adopts a resolution, it’s presented to the mayor and it becomes law if not vetoed. Why then wasn’t there a referendum for ...

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Hospital moves, city sits still Editor, OBSERVER: What is happening to Dunkirk? This is in regard to the relocation of Brooks Memorial Hospital to Fredonia. 1) Brooks Hospital has always been in Dunkirk since its inception by the Brooks family. 2) Why didn’t Mayor Wilfred Rosas and the ...

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Sounding off on the climate Editor, OBSERVER: This is regarding a recent commentary “Our country cannot ignore climate change” (Dec. 20). Here are a few historic, geologic reminders: ¯ In recent geological history this area was covered with two miles of ice, which has been melting as a ...

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Accolades for a loved one Editor, OBSERVER: Heavy rain did not prevent the community from remembering Gary Grobaski at a memorial service held Thursday evening, Dec. 20. Gary, a unique individual was friendly, warm-hearted, and wildly known for his “one liners.” He owned German ...

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An era of more than just news Editor, OBSERVER: An Associated Press article in the OBSERVER (Dec. 12) regarding a program that President Trump has ... “began touting his administrations new Opportunity Zone program that offers massive tax breaks to developers who invest in downtrodden ...

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Area tracks need repairs Editor, OBSERVER: I read in the paper that $1.3 million was granted for improvements of rail tracks in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties. Please include the double tracks on Van Buren Road. Crossing is in terrible shape. MARY ANN NORDSTROM, Van Buren ...

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Clarifying items on Pearl Harbor Editor, OBSERVER: Dr. Robert Heichberger’s excellent account (Dec. 2) recalling the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor contained a few items that warrant clarification. First, the Japanese carrier fleet was just 220 miles north of Oahu, not the amount ...

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County losing a good sheriff Editor, OBSERVER: Several weeks have passed since the voters of Chautauqua County cast their ballots in the 2018 mid-term election, which included who our next sheriff would be in this county. I was a volunteer for Sheriff Joe Gerace’s campaign and came to ...

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History series is appreciated Editor, OBSERVER: On behalf of the 1891 Fredonia Opera House, I want to extend our sincerest appreciation to all those who attended or were involved in the planning and presenting of our Chautauqua County History Lecture Series. The Series began in May and ...

Choices in life for now or later

Editor, OBSERVER: In a recent Sunday comic strip “Pearls Before Swine” by Stephan Pastis, is illustrated three cartoon characters. In the panel they are apparently pictured at a food and beverage counter. One of the characters has a pal at his side; and meeting an old friend introduces ...