Answers sought for Home


County Legislator Lori Cornell’s commentary in the OBSERVER (Feb. 24) brings up many questions that need to be answered.

1. Who rates the quality of the homes in question? Do you ask the owners or the occupants who were not happy with the care provided? You should have asked a non-biased third party or group.

2. A financial audit should be done to be sure bookkeeping was or is up to par.

3. A purchasing agent should OK all the vendors who supply cleaning supplies, food, drugs and vendors who do major maintenance.

4. Should the above be put out to bid? A low bid might not be the best, depending on the integrity of the vendor.

5. A purchase order should be presented to the board or council for approval before paying the invoice. Also the cost of labor, help and administration must be taken into account.

6. When a final total covering all expenses has been determined then the shortfall in the operation of the Home will be noted.

7. How much of a tax will be needed to cover the deficit?

8. Would the additional tax be so large as not to be objectionable to those who want to keep the home operating? I would hope that the tax revenue, if it occurred, would be designated for County Home shortfalls only and not used elsewhere.



Animal advocate responds in area


Dear Gentleman named Joe from Bear Lake, I loved your poem on animals, but I have another take.

I love to watch the bunnies playing in my yard, but I never once wondered what they would taste like charred.

The deer walk through as the sun begins to set, it’s been 48 years and I’ve never wondered how they would taste yet.

My kittens love to chase the squirrels up the tree, but those hairy little critters don’t look appetizing to me.

I hope the possums and skunks are where you draw the line, because no amount of barbecue sauce could make them taste fine.

Oh no, I see the turkeys are back, and here’s where we agree – they are best on my oven rack.

Here’s to Chautauqua County and all the wonderful sights to see, along with these great animals, the four seasons work for me!



Call for help

while on phone?


While reading the article in the Sunday OBSERVER (March 17) headlined “More seeking help from emergency food pantries,” I found it quite amusing that the individual that may have trouble “making ends meet” or providing for his family – if that is the case – is being waited on while talking on a cell phone.

If someone is struggling to provide food for the table, wouldn’t you think that funds would be applied toward food for himself or the family instead of a cell phone?

An observation on a “system” gone terribly wrong for the average taxpayer!