Opinion

Dealing With The Young Immigrants

In Our Opinion

What to do about children who accompany parents crossing the border illegally into the United States is a heart-wrenching problem — and not as simple as one might wish. As many as 500 children have been separated from their mothers and/or fathers after their parents brought them across the ...

JHS Musicians Give Astounding Performance

Letters To The Editor

To the Reader’s Forum: Last evening at the Arthur Grandson bandshell in Allen Park, I was privileged and very pleased to watch and listen to the Jamestown High School Concert Band. The director, Megan Murray has continued the excellence started by the creator of the high school band, Arthur ...

Fleet Management Plan Prompts Further Evaluation

In Our Opinion

County officials are debating an offer from a private company that could give the county a newer fleet of vehicles at less cost. Enterprise Fleet Management recently met with county legislators to discuss what it calls open-ended equity leases that are designed for the county to pay as ...

Raise A Glass … Of Milk!

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum; Let’s raise a glass of milk for June Dairy Month. It is a time to recognize not only the many delicious products that we enjoy but also the hardworking farm families who put the food on our tables. It is no secret that it is a tough time right now for dairy ...

Thank You, Elizabeth

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: I was in Dr. Uitos’ waiting room on Monday and a woman by the name of Elizabeth asked each person in the room their name. She then proceeded to give us all a card with our name written out in caligraphy. Thank you, Elizabeth, for your lovely gesture of kindness, ...

County Budget Needs To Bring Lake Issue Forward

In Our Opinion

Herbicide treatments on Chautauqua Lake have been completed for this year. There will never be agreement on the use of herbicides on the lake amongst all county residents and lake-related organizations. The state Department of Environmental Conservation, however, seems satisfied with the ...

On Flag Day, We Are Free To Not Salute

Local Commentaries

By John Q. Barrett Thursday, June 14, 2018, will mark the 75th anniversary of the decision by the Supreme Court of the United States, embodied in Justice Robert H. Jackson’s opinion for the Court, in West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette. The Barnette decision, rendered ...

Random Acts Of Kindness Are The Best Of All

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum; A big thank you to the caring (though anonymous) person who left a cala lily plant on my doorstep on Sunday, May 20th. I can only think that this was in sympathy to my losing a dear friend to cancer recently. So far I have been unable to solve the mystery as to who ...

Commit Father’s Day To Creating New Identity Of Manliness

Local Commentaries

A great flaw in American consumerist society is that which capitalizes on important moments and trivializes them to mere dollars and cents. It becomes difficult to celebrate meaningful days like Father’s Day when year after year our only association with it is bland gestures and weeks long ...

Lake Herbicide Treatment Is Necessary

Local Commentaries

On behalf of the Chautauqua Lake Partnership Board of Directors, I congratulate the members and Board of the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy (CWC) for making the decision to use herbicides to control the various invasive plant species on their Ball Creek Nature Park at Stow. As written in The ...

As Gun Violence Rises, Reed Works Against Mental Health

Local Commentaries

America has become unfazed by the epidemic of gun violence in our schools. Recently another mass school shooting took place at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas. This most recent shooting did not seem to faze us in the same was many Americans were by the shooting in Parkland, Florida. In ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to use of CDBG funding to help the United Christian Advocacy Network City Mission perform necessary work. The city is including $100,000 in CDBG funding for masonry repair and to paint the exterior of the UCAN City Mission building at 7 W. First St. There was a definite hole in the ...

Labor Rep On County IDA Board Is The Right Move

In Our Opinion

Later this week, there is expected to be a welcome change to the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency. County Executive George Borrello, at a luncheon on Saturday in Dunkirk, indicated there will be a representative from labor on the board of directors. Borrello told the area labor ...

Seattle Meets Economic Reality

Local Commentaries

The city of Seattle passed a law that would require large corporations that do business inside the city to pay a head tax for all employees, hoping to raise tens of millions of dollars in extra revenue for pet projects. What they found is that, surprise, surprise, business owners and managers ...

Rebels Need Financial Success In Jamestown

In Our Opinion

Ken Dennis was looking for the right fit for his Philadelphia Rebels, a successful team that has had an itinerant history through little fault of its own. Northwest Savings Bank Arena officials were looking to return to a higher level of hockey with a long-term commitment to the arena. By ...

Is Press Or Belief Bias ‘Enemy Of The People’?

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Buy one for $5 get a second one free. On some level, I know the above statement is a lie. So why bite, when I know I’m paying $2.50 for each item ... exactly what the seller wants? The answer is a simple one — because I want to believe I’m a smart shopper. So ...

We Need Renewed Focus On Veterans’ Health Care

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Post traumatic stress disorder is a common result of exposure to the horrors of war. Our veterans who have risked their lives and mental health for our freedom must be given the best medical care our country can provide. 22 veterans take their lives every day and the ...

Our Flag Stands For So Much More

In Our Opinion

Today is Flag Day, when really thoughtful Americans pay homage not to a mere piece of red, white and blue fabric, but to our nation for which it stands. But now also is another of the times in our history when critics of our government commit the error of assuming the flag represents it and ...

American Legion Auxiliary Celebrates Flag Day

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: On Flag Day, June 14, 2018, we commemorate the adoption of the American flag. For more than 200 years, Old Glory has served as a symbol of our nation’s freedom and as a source of pride for our citizens. In patriotic parades and musical salutes, we support our local ...