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Gerace has strong record of service Editor, OBSERVER: I have seen Sheriff Joe Gerace’s unwavering devotion to serve and to protect the people of Chautauqua County when legislative politics threaten the funding for the Sheriff’s Department. I have seen first-hand the integrity, honesty ...

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Making rulings on our judges Editor, OBSERVER: Sen. Joe Manchin had two reasons for voting for Judge Brett Kavanaugh. I like his statement: “He is a qualified jurist who will follow the constitution and determine cases based on the legal findings before him.” I will make no comment ...

TAKING SIDES

More lip service on domestic violence Editor, OBSERVER: U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, in an Oct. 6 Facebook post, reported that #TeamReed (aka his staff) had attended Domestic Violence Awareness Month events in Jamestown and Elmira. He also reported that “We recently pushed for the reauthorization ...

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Mitrano focuses on district, not donors Editor, OBSERVER: Tracy Mitrano is my choice to represent our Congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. I support her not because I agree with each and every detail of her platform, but because she is a careful listener who hears ...

Quick assistance greatly appreciated

Editor, OBSERVER, My husband and I would like to express appreciation to the young people who helped my husband when he fell at Point Gratiot. A young couple and two young men called for help. They sent for an ambulance. Their kindness is appreciated. TONY SUNZERI, Dunkirk

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Brocton legion lauds support for event Editor, OBSERVER: The John W. Dill Post 434 American Legion in Brocton would like to thank all who donated, participated or volunteered, to make the annual riding lawn mower run a success on Sept. 16. This year’s proceeds were donated to local stroke ...

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Why Mitrano needs support Editor, OBSERVER: When people are young, they may be driven by idealism, passion, and energy. This is good, and as it should be. What young people can’t always foresee is how easily the quest for perfection can become the enemy of what is merely better or good. ...

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Home tour had plenty of help Editor, OBSERVER: The Dunkirk Historical Society just completed a very successful House Tour thanks to the many community members from here and elsewhere who attended. We are very grateful to all who bought tickets and participated in viewing five fantastic ...

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Debate shuts out public discourse Editor, OBSERVER: Many of your readers may be looking forward to participating in a League of Women Voters-sponsored debate between Congressman Tom Reed and his opponent, Tracy Mitrano, in Chautauqua County. I’m sorry to say that there will be no such ...

Inspirations often surround us

Editor, OBSERVER: I am writing you because I’m inspired by a worker that I met at Pizza Hut. He is a waiter. He was very pleasant to talk to and he has been employed there for three-plus years and in a couple of months, he hopes to become a manager. That is such an accomplishment in the ...

Summer readers benefit from support

Editor, OBSERVER: The Anderson-Lee Library in Silver Creek is deeply grateful to the following businesses and individuals, who through donations and gifts helped our library offer a fun, educational, and rewarding summer reading experience. These groups include: Friends of Anderson-Lee ...

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Seeking answers on bicycles Editor, OBSERVER: I have often wondered what happened to those abandoned and unclaimed bicycles collected by the city of Dunkirk. As someone who has seen lives enhanced and even changed by something as basic as a restored bike, I have often felt compelled to pose ...

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Abuse remarks were an insult Editor, OBSERVER: I am writing regarding John D’Agostino’s comments in his Publisher’s notebook (Sept. 14). Writing that Bishop Richard Malone “is just following orders that ... are very slow to change,” is an insult to common sense and decency. It ...

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Brocton school taxes keep rising Editor, OBSERVER: Here we go again. I am so tired of speaking up on taxes. I know I have commented on the town of Pomfret supervisor and most of the trustees taking advantage of other town residents outside of the village of Fredonia. I have recently ...

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McCain made us all proud Editor, OBSERVER: I wonder if John McCain, or his family, or those who voted for him, or those who admired something about him, understood what his most important accomplishment was in his life. It is not that he was a senator. It was not that he almost became ...

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Good and bad signs for city Editor, OBSERVER: I would like to compliment the group that did the nice landscaping in front of the large blue “Welcome” sign on the entrance to Dunkirk at Route 60 and Doughty Streets. However there is also the same kind of sign on the corner of South ...

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Today is Saturday, Sept. 8, the 251st day of 2018. There are 114 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 8, 1974, President Gerald R. Ford granted a “full, free, and absolute pardon” to former President Richard Nixon covering his entire term in office. On this ...

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Reed reports run rampant Editor, OBSERVER: It’s hard not to notice the sudden plethora of articles in the OBSERVER about Tom Reed. As he attends his fundraisers, he schedules a visit to an area food bank or farm to have an empathy photo op, yet his voting record shows that he consistently ...

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Editor, OBSERVER: I think it’s shameful that the death of John McCain, a man who gave all for this country, was reported on Page 8 of the third section on Aug. 26 by this newspaper. REBECCA VASS, Fredonia resident, U.S. Navy veteran

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Petition wants look at Evans policing Editor, OBSERVER: An 87-page petition signed by more than 700 Evans voters asking the Evans New York Town Board to hold public hearings on the cost of policing has been delivered to the town clerk by a citizen’s group, Evans Taxpayers United Inc., a ...