Opinion

Financial Carrot Moves Ideas Forward

In Our Opinion

Chautauqua County is making progress when it comes to regional solutions. The most recent evidence of this is the county is one of six finalists for a $20 million grant from New York state. Last week, area officials found out they were one of six to become a finalist for the best government ...

Reader Thanks Couple Who Stopped During Emergency

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: How blessed we are to live in a caring community. Last Saturday on my way home my car spun out and I went in and out of the right hand ditch and landed part way in the left hand ditch, blocking part of the road. Just then a caring lady and her son stopped and ...

Phosphorus Removal Project Should Proceed

In Our Opinion

On Wednesday, Chautauqua County legislators could give final approval to a $3.9 million phosphorus removal project at the North Chautauqua Lake Sewer District. The project is $1.1 million more than was originally approved by the legislature in May 2015 because of a new state DEC disinfection ...

Graduation Rates Show There Is Much Work To Be Done

In Our Opinion

For some young people, a college degree is not a necessity. Many good, well-paying jobs can be found without one — though clearly, a B.S. or B.A. after one’s name provides an advantage. There is no debate about the critical importance of graduating from high school, however. Without at ...

The Time Is Right To Lift Regulator Burdens On Small Banks

In Our Opinion

Apparently Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen feels more at liberty now to do the right thing. No wonder. She has a conservative Congress to back her up — and a president unlikely to veto its actions. On Tuesday, Yellen testified before the Senate Banking Committee. One of her key ...

Trump’s Business Dealings Are Deeply Troubling

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: In a letter sent to me regarding my serious concerns over the President’s conflicts of interest, Rep. Tom Reed told me: “divested his business interests. This was done to ensure that there will be no conflicts of interest while he is in office.” However, this is ...

Help Stop The Fleecing Of Taxpayers

Local Commentaries

Southern Tier TEA Party Patriots (STTPP) launched “Operation Push Back” in fall 2016 with its document (request a copy at sotierteapatriots@gmail.com). The NY state government dictum is “We Create, You Pay!” Policies and spending levels are mandated without examining their consequences ...

Effort Should Be Used To Protect All Animals

Local Commentaries

In regards to recent news articles indicating that New York and New Jersey may institute bans on the declawing of cats, it would seem to me that the time and effort to enact these laws would be better spent working on legislation to protect other animals who suffer far worse cruelties. While I ...

Missing STAR Checks Show Lapse In Responsibility

In Our Opinion

It should go without saying that state Sen. Catharine Young’s legislation to require the state Department of Taxation and Finance to postmark all STAR Personal Income Tax credit checks by Sept. 15 should be approved by the state Assembly and sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his signature. It ...

Court Decision On Travel Ban Doesn’t Keep Us Safe

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: A conference of bishops lauded the ruling by the 9th Circuit Court to reverse the pause on travel from nations notorious for terrorism. As I wonder why the conference of bishops receives millions of dollars from taxpayers for immigration, couldn’t they yet see that ...

Infrastructure Spending Should Be Spread Out

In Our Opinion

Keeping any sort of structure in good condition requires regular maintenance and, on occasion, replacement of worn-out components. That is, of course, easier said than done, particularly with roads and bridges. Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposes spending $477 million statewide for the Consolidated ...

Will Reed Stand With New Yorkers?

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Republicans in Congress are planning to weaken the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an agency put in place after the 2008 financial collapse to give the working people some protection from the big Wall Street banks. We remember the billion dollar bailouts to the ...

Job Creation: No Time For Autopilot

In Our Opinion

Chautauqua County has seen its share of positive economic news in the past year or so. New Flyer has come to Jamestown, Fieldbrook Farms is expanding in Dunkirk, Castelli Cheese is working on expansion plans in Ashville and Athenex is building a facility in the north county. Wind power ...

Troop Support Spreads Far And Wide

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: On behalf of the Blue Star Mothers, NY Chapter 4, thank you for making our Christmas wish come true through your generous donation and support for our organization as we work to support our military. This year we experienced two things we had never dreamed possible. ...

Pass School Bus Safety Law, With Revisions

In Our Opinion

A school bus in Fredonia was recently stopped with its red lights on waiting for day care students to board the bus. Three times, the bus driver had to honk at the children to stop because a van was passing the stopped bus despite flashing red lights telling the driver to stop. One would ...

Annexation Of BPU Makes Perfect Financial Sense

In Our Opinion

It is good to see the city of Jamestown taking the first public steps what we are sure will be a long and winding road to solid financial ground by discussing annexation of the Board of Public Utilities’ Dow Street substation into the city. The substation is on property located directly ...

Readers’ Forum

Letters To The Editor

United Way Grateful For Its Community Support To The Reader’s Forum: On behalf of the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County, we want to say THANK YOU to our wonderful community. We have successfully completed our annual campaign, exceeding our goal of $1,300,000 by $38,652. These ...

Trump Deserves Benefit Of The Doubt

Local Commentaries

Regarding the article “Will Trump Make American Great Again.” I do not have reason for concern like the writer suggests. Give Trump a break. We have heard it all. He has been in office for two weeks. What the heck do you want from the man? As far as his cabinet nominees drawing ...

Westfield Is Full Of Hard-Working Residents

Local Commentaries

As winter marches towards spring this is also the season when villages and school districts form their operating budgets for the upcoming fiscal year. Over the course of this winter two important articles appeared in both the OBSERVER and Post-Journal, which should cause residents of Westfield ...