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Without a ‘D,’ Goodell has critics Editor, OBSERVER: This is in response to “Goodell missed chance at rally” (June 13) in which the author claims to be disappointed about Assemblyman Andrew Goodell declining to speak at the recent peace demonstrations, aka political rally. She ...

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Respect is shown by listening Editor, OBSERVER: Recently I was asked why I did not speak at the “Black Lives Matter” rally in Dunkirk. The reason is simple. I went to the rally to support the peaceful demonstration, not to draw attention to myself or to score political points. ...

Last push needed to help Charities

Editor, OBSERVER: With less than two weeks to go in Appeal 2020, we are continuing with a final push towards reaching the $10 million goal by June 30. Appeal 2020’s theme – Think of Me – reinforces how we come together as a faith community and think of our neighbors in need. To date, ...

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We can change on local level Editor, OBSERVER: The same political machine has had complete control over Chautauqua County for more than a decade. Nothing has been done on a state or local level to address the issues that lead to the tragic murders like George Floyd’s. As a nation, and ...

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Clippings can be dangerous Editor, OBSERVER: I’m a member of the Sons of Liberty in Dunkirk. I am offering a reminder to all those who mow their lawns close to traffic. Never, ever shoot grass into the road or street when mowing. It causes a very slick, ice-like surface. It could ...

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Grades don’t off full picture Editor, OBSERVER: Dunkirk OBSERVER gets an “F” for investigative reporting. A recent article (May 21) headlined, “County government boards praised, criticized for openness” could be disturbing unless you explored the facts surrounding Open ...

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White Inn has lost prominence Editor, OBSERVER: What happened to the White Inn? The queen of Fredonia sits on the corner of East Main and White streets. Her crown is tilted and she looks forlorn and empty. The lawn is straggly and unmowed and bushes untrimmed. Wake up, Fredonia. ...

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Centers combine for special tribute Editor, OBSERVER, Hats off to the Chautauqua Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for reaching out to the Dunkirk Senior Center residents who reside in the Home and thank you to Julie VanValkenburg and staff for the well- organized car parade tribute for the ...

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Bashaw brings village down Editor, OBSERVER: Fredonia’s three majority trustees have not changed. James Lynden, Kara Christina and now EvaDawn Bashaw — who was not elected but put in the trustee post — continue to make poor choices. Bashaw just happened to be in the audience the ...

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Quit naming history’s villains Editor, OBSERVER: The April 30 “Today in History” concerning the tragedy at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte you go out of you way to mention the psycho shooter’s name but conspicuously leave out the student hero’s name. The student that ...

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Editor, OBSERVER: Much has been reported, broadcast and written about the coronavirus pandemic. It is very difficult to process all the information available about staying at home, social distancing, masks, testing, and ventilators, as well as what the CDC, the governor, and the president ...

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#GivingTuesdayNow needs local assistance Editor, OBSERVER: Over the years, Giving Tuesday has emerged as a way to give back during the busy holiday season. With the recent COVID-19 outbreak, many communities have launched a #GivingTuesdayNow movement for May 5 to raise dollars for ...

Let’s all be proud of health-care workers

Editor, OBSERVER: It is Nurse and Hospital week once again. What a time to be in the health-care business and what a time to be a provider. Never in our history have we seen or experienced the pandemic of today. Some areas have been hard hit while other areas remain almost unscathed. We ...

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Another side to Amish article Editor, OBSERVER: I am writing to give my opinion of the article that appeared on the front page of the OBSERVER on April 20 in regard to the “Amish not distancing.” First, in the article it stated “the local Amish still continue to gather at school ...

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Wrong climate for city grudges Editor, OBSERVER: Enough is enough. I have been sitting on the sidelines reading and watching the sad state of affairs between Mayor Wilfred Rosas and Dunkirk Common Council. The most irritating occurrences are the constant complaining of Vicki Westling and ...

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Crisis has been chaos for Trump Editor, OBSERVER: This is in response to the commentary “Trump’s leadership shines through in crisis” (April 13). Let’s cut right to the chase. President Donald Trump and his administration knew about this virus back in February. He chose not to do ...

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Environment needs to be a priority Editor, OBSERVER Getting outdoors and experiencing nature is one of the most highly recommended methods of keeping safe and sane in these times of social isolation. Just when we need clean fresh air the most, the Trump administration has announced it ...

‘Together’ without drawing the lines

Editor, OBSERVER: I started writing a rebuttal to an article written by a lady from Sheridan. After reading what I wrote, I decided it was just another opinion so I scraped it and started a new letter. I am a 90-year-old guy who has lots of opinions but it’s the observations and experiences ...

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County needs better numbers Editor, OBSERVER: A recent quandary by County Executive PJ Wendell concerning the uncertainty of when the apex of cases might reach Chautauqua County is answered in his next breath: “For us, our data is somewhat limited” (April10). Even Christine Schuyler ...

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Nothing changes in Fredonia Editor, OBSERVER: The voters in November wanted a change so they elected a new mayor. But they didn’t want enough change to make a difference. Case in point: When Doug Essek was elected mayor, the three Democrats who were elected — instead of doing the ...