I am writing this letter to the editor of the OBSERVER. It seems the OBSERVER part in their name has been an observation of a one-sided political agenda and a forum for gossip and revenge.
Recently, a much beloved member of our county was taken from us in a tragic traffic accident. John Dillenburg was always ready to stand up for a just cause and was passionate to see it to the end, hence my reason for writing this letter.
It is my opinion, and many other people's belief, that the OBSERVER took a very distasteful and vicious attack on a man who can no longer defend himself. In their article they had to bring up a 25-year-old political hot spot in this county, this being John's lawsuit against Chautauqua County.
I would like to clarify and hopefully put this ignorant issue to rest once and for all. John was seriously injured many years ago in a moped accident on Whitaker Road due to large rocks that were left in the road that was under repair. He sustained crippling injuries which worsened as his life progressed. He endured the last 30 years in pain and disability. As a politician, his opponents used his lawsuit against him to spin their agendas. Let's clarify at this point: John Dillenburg's lawsuit did not cost you, the taxpayer, a penny.
Chautauqua County pays a mandatory insurance policy just like every other Joe Public does. The county's policy coverage was $1 million at the time, John received a settlement under that amount.
I would hope in the future that OBSERVER will not misuse their power while reporting someone's death, and have compassion for the families and friends.
In closing, I would like to leave every one a word of wisdom which my Uncle Jack (John) told me years ago and I try to practice to this day; that being when you point your finger at someone there are three more pointing back at you.
Stephen A. Cobb is a Fredonia resident.