Opinion

U.S Rep. Is Wrong When Using Term ‘Concentration Camp’

In Our Opinion

Give U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez credit for one thing: She is highly intelligent — enough so to understand entirely how most people interpret the term, “concentration camp.” Ocasio-Cortez, a frequent critic of U.S. immigration policy, posted this on Twitter a few days ago: ...

The Law May Stink, But County Clerk Barmore Should Abide By It

In Our Opinion

Once again, state lawmakers have made life difficult for local officials. Passage of the Green Light Bill, which allows immigrants to use valid foreign documents to verify their identities when they apply for a New York state driver’s license. Chautauqua County Clerk Larry Barmore is ...

A Wall Street Boost For Social Security

Local Commentaries

The aging of America is putting the squeeze on Social Security. About 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day and the number is heading even higher. Ready or not, our retirement system faces its first major overhaul in decades. Lawmakers should listen to Warren Buffett before they settle on ...

Moving Ahead For The Lake’s Future

Local Commentaries

Things continue to move in a positive direction on the Lake. A friend of mine, who likes his exercise, recently rowed his boat along the shoreline from about Ashville Bay to the hotel in Celeron. It was very evident where the herbicide had been applied and where it hadn’t. The area ...

2020 Census May Be Rigged

Local Commentaries

A critical function of our federal government that gets lost in the daily news cycle typhoon of Trump’s blathering, impending wars, and 2020 Presidential jockeying is the decennial census. The Census is mandated by Article I Section II of the Constitution (though I am uncertain if we’re ...

The U.S. And OPEC Have Unwittingly Become Partners

Local Commentaries

A decade ago, the machinations of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries were front-page news. Accounting for 43 percent of global oil production in an environment of tight capacity, OPEC could easily influence the prices of crude oil and gasoline by increasing or decreasing ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to the Bemus Point, Panama and Sherman elementary schools and Fredonia and Southwestern high schools for their status as Recognition Schools by the state Education Department. Recognition Schools are identified as such because they are among the top performing under ESSA for ...

Boutique Air Needs To Prove Itself Before Money Is Spent

In Our Opinion

We’re not sure spending county government money is what was meant when the federal government said it wanted to see area residents have skin in the game regarding the county airport at Jamestown. Before county legislators approve $72,000 a year in spending to prove to the federal ...

Legislature’s Punt On Pay Raises Now Costing Taxpayers

In Our Opinion

A couple of weeks ago in this space we criticized the state Legislature for punting on hard decisions. A court decision by an Albany judge has proved us correct. At issue was a commission to examine legislative pay raises created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as part of the 2018 state budget. The ...

Officer Resignation Was Likely The Right Move For Everyone

In Our Opinion

It was better for everyone that a Jamestown police officer charged in March with criminal possession of a forged instrument has resigned. Harry Snellings, Jamestown police chief, confirmed Thursday that Kenneth V. Nellis III, 40, had resigned his position. Nellis was previously on ...

Community Should Be Proud For Contributions

Letters To The Editor

Community Shoud Be Proud For Contributions To The Reader’s Forum: I attended the awards night ceremony at JHS a few nights ago. Sally Black and I, representing the class of 1950 awarded two $1,500 scholarships with a possibility of two more in a like amount to the recipients. Several ...

New Bail Reform Bill Should Have Passed In The First Place

In Our Opinion

It must be summer time, because five Democrats in Long Island are wearing flip flops right now. Two months ago, Long Island Democrats Democrats James Gaughran, Monica Martinez, John Brooks, Anna Kaplan and Kevin Thomas were among the 40 senators who voted for legislation to eliminate most ...

Trump Is Trying To Get China To Play By Rules

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: The resulting hollowing out of American manufacturing was just accepted as the price of having China inside rather than outside of the global trading system. This was the view of the Bush and Obama administrations. However, China has been cheating and President ...

Thorough Investigation Is Needed In Attacks On Oil Tankers

In Our Opinion

If indeed Iran is behind recent attacks on several tanker ships carrying petroleum products, action by the world community — not just the United States — may be necessary. But as of Thursday, only circumstantial evidence of Iranian complicity had been provided. One ship is owned by ...

The Quiet Republican Primary For The State Senate

Local Commentaries

There is a big Republican Primary election coming up on June 25th, and you would hardly know it. Things have been very quiet in the race for the Republican nomination for state senator from the 57th District — Cathy Young’s former position. We all know that our County Executive, George ...

Why I Chose This City

Local Commentaries

When I came back to Jamestown a few years ago to start my law career, I constantly heard people say “There is nothing for me in Jamestown” or “Why would I settle for small town life.” It was a choice to return to my roots and be closer to my family, but I found myself defending ...

Stop Doing What We’ve Always Done

Local Commentaries

Over the past several years, there has been a growing disconnect between the city’s administration and the majority of the population. Over the past several years, the mayor and the various committees that he’s formed have been focused only on what they’ve deemed to be important. Out of ...

Let’s Hear About Poverty

Local Commentaries

There has been a number of words touting positive events in Chautauqua County, such as the creation of jobs and the lower unemployment rate. We are told that people in the county have had a moral boost and are feeling more positive. Congratulations, that is good news. But something has been ...