Opinion

Homelessness Remains A Countywide Issue

In Our Opinion

Jamestown has felt its first major snow night of bone-chilling cold of this winter season. With it comes a renewed realization that Jamestown’s economic and housing issues have led to a startling increase in the number of people who are braving these elements 24 hours a day. In 2012, ...

Reader Thankful For Help After Flooding

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: This morning I was informed that the basement at the UCAN City Mission was flooding. We soon discovered that the flooding was the result of a water main break near Fourth Street. With the assistance of many people the basement was pumped out and clean up begun. ...

Plenty Left To Do For Incoming IDA Director

In Our Opinion

It comes as no surprise that County Executive-elect George Borrello would want to name his own Industrial Development Agency director. For all of the successes the county has had during outgoing executive Vince Horrigan’s four-year term, Borrello and his as-yet unnamed IDA director and ...

JPS: A Proactive Approach To Bullying

In Our Opinion

It is good to see that the Jamestown Public Schools board and Superintendent Bret Apthorpe are taking bullying in the district seriously. Bullying has been a longstanding issue, to varying degrees, in most schools. But the problem forced its way into the front of the public’s consciousness ...

Why Can’t Tax Relief Kick In Next Year?

In Our Opinion

Wait ’til next year is a common refrain among sports fans whose teams are not doing well. It should not be something you hear from Congress. Both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have approved tax relief bills. All that remains is for the two chambers to reconcile their ...

Reader Presents Flag To Governor Cuomo

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Dear. Gov. Cuomo, It was with great pleasure and surprise to receive your letter of thanks for our presence at the “I Love New York” Campaign. We were honored to have received an invitation to attend and have the pleasure to meet you and extend our thanks for ...

Where Is The Support For Chautauqua Lake?

Local Commentaries

Control of excess weed growth and algal blooms has been, and will continue to be, critical for recreational use and aesthetics of Chautauqua Lake, and for the economics of Chautauqua County, but temporary weed control measures like harvesting and herbicide application will never solve the ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Thrift Shop. In addition to helping the community by offering quality items at low prices, the shop recently donated $16,500 to five area agencies. Thrift Shop officials recently gave $1,500 to Meals on Wheels, $5,000 to the Chautauqua County ...

Gun Recertification Promotes Safety

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Perhaps the most widely discussed and debated law in the history of the state of NY, the NY SAFE Act, was enacted by a large bipartisan vote of the state legislature and signed into law by Governor Cuomo in 2013. It has been a hot button topic by gun owners and ...

Is State In A Position To Give Jamestown  Additional Aid?

In Our Opinion

Jamestown will, again, likely receive additional money from New York state to balance its budget for 2018. We wonder how the state will do so while dealing with a projected budget deficit that could be as high as $4 billion, according to state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, but it’s hard to ...

Reader Proud Of Red Dragons’ Season

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Congratulations to the MG Dragons on a historic 2017 season. By the time the dust settles, this may be our most historic season of all. Some may have been surprised, but anyone who’s been around these kids, and certainly the kids themselves fully expected to make it ...

The GOP And A Troubling Pattern

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: The guilty plea of lying to the FBI by Michael Flynn, Mr. Trump’s National Security Advisor, suggests this is just the beginning of a long and sordid unraveling. Time will tell how deep into the White House the crimes will go and how the nation reacts. It is ...

State’s Tax System Will Drive Wealthy Away

In Our Opinion

Many of our readers have a friend or family member who chose not to return to Chautauqua County because there were better job opportunities elsewhere. As difficult as it is for local residents to have their families spread across the country, the situation could get even worse depending on ...

Local Projects Demand Local Jobs

In Our Opinion

Anyone driving through downtown Jamestown has likely seen a crane outside the DoubleTree by Hilton on Fourth Street. The crane is installing new windows made by local company D&S Glass in the building. Company employees will continue installing the new windows as long as the temperature ...

Great Lakes Require Great Expense

In Our Opinion

The Great Lakes, shared by the United States and Canada, are among the world’s most majestic and important bodies of fresh water. But their health is threatened on several fronts. Unless dramatic action is taken to safeguard them, the lakes may become an aquatic disaster area. Pollution and ...

City Must Make Steps Toward A Balanced Budget

In Our Opinion

Doug Champ, a city resident and retired Board of Public Utilities employee, made a good point recently about the City Charter’s requirements of the mayor’s yearly budget proposal. The charter, as amended in 2006, stipulates the budget proposed by the mayor “shall be balanced in that ...

Reader Thanks Those Who Aided Husband In Last Days

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: My husband, Pastor Don Erickson, loved the privilege of writing into Reader’s Forum. Many enjoyed his comments about his faith and his political views laced with his own special brand of humor over the years. I know some didn’t always like his perspective but he ...