Opinion

Time To Reassess Nuclear War Plan

In Our Opinion

For decades, U.S. military strategy could be focused on the single nation capable of launching an attack on our mainland, the old Soviet Union. A secondary, though still important, consideration was China. There were no other major threats to Americans here in the United States. That has ...

We Need To Know Where You Stand, Mr. Reed

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: The horrific events of a few days ago in Charlottesville, Va., opened many eyes about the mostly hidden violent people in our society. Many people, including leading republicans have rightly criticized Donald Trump for his ambivalent — and slow — response to ...

Trump Needs To End North Korean Threat

In Our Opinion

After weeks of fiery rhetoric from both North Korean and U.S. leaders, there were indications this week both sides were ready to negotiate their way out of a crisis. But let it be remembered that if talks among the various parties occur, they will repeat a decades-long pattern. It is that ...

Immigration Issues Are Not A Dealbreaker For Sweden

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: In response to a letter to the editor written by Rev. Mel McGinnis questioning whether a trip to a European country can be “magical” in the wake of recent immigration, I feel compelled to ask the writer whether anyone should visit any country that has accepted ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to a slight change to the county’s Macrophyte Management Strategy that will make it easier to improve conditions near the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel under construction in Celoron. The county Planning and Economic Development Committee is recommending changing the area’s definition in ...

Lake Residents Should Have More Of A Say

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: We purchased our cottage almost 30 years ago, and just after we purchased it, herbicides were prohibited. Every year the lake seaweed just got worse. We started a petition to lower our taxes in our area. Our neighbors all signed it. After all, the reason we all buy ...

Young Represents How Politicians Should Act

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: When Senator Cathy Young first decided to run for NYS Assembly she approached me and asked me to be her campaign manager for the Chautauqua County portion of her district. I said yes and after watching her all of these years I consider it an honor to have been able to ...

Every Child Deserves A Family

In Our Opinion

It is heartbreaking that there are 100 children waiting for foster care placements in Chautauqua County, with the need especially great for teenagers and children with special needs. The statistic is staggering and, at the same time, incapable of adequately expressing the depths of the ...

What Is The US Policy On North Korea?

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: We commend the administration on Ambassador Haley’s admirable job of getting China to join other UN Security Council members to vote for sanctions. Secretary Tillerson was also willing to open a dialog with the North if they were willing to halt their missile ...

Covered Grandstand Would Benefit County Fair

In Our Opinion

The Chautauqua County Fair draws a number of people to the Dunkirk area. There’s no official way to know, but we suspect most of those in attendance are from Chautauqua County. Chautauqua County Fair Board of Directors member Dave Wilson guessed the fair had between 45,000-50,000 people. ...

Rogue Officials Threaten Our Nation’s Security

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Sanctuary cities are illegal and have imperiled our safety. Insubordinate mayors and other officials are flagrantly operating outside the law, imposing their own standard in defiance of a hierarchical protocol established by the U.S. Constitution. They’ve raised a ...

There Is No Place For White Supremacy In US

In Our Opinion

Many of the protesters who went to Charlottesville, Va., during the weekend were there simply because they are bigots. Call them what you will, but the plain truth is that scores, perhaps hundreds, of the protesters were white people who despise and often hate those of other races, creeds ...

Charlottesville: Police Put In Impossible Situation

In Our Opinion

Neither in the plain wording of the First Amendment nor in numerous court decisions reaffirming and elaborating on it is there any license for violence or inciting it. Yet some of those who use free speech as a shield clearly are bent on doing harm to others. A small group of bigots was ...

Defense Contract Probe Uncovers Loose Spending

In Our Opinion

Silver screen spy James Bond may have driven an Aston Martin, but one wonders how the high-end sports car fit into Afghanistan’s intelligence agency — especially since U.S. taxpayers covered the cost. When U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., heard rumors last ...

Falconer At Its Finest

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Recently there was a benefit held at the Falconer Fire Department in honor of myself, Wendy Wickstrom-DelValle. My family and I cannot say enough about the event and how special this day was and what it meant to me. This even was made possible by five special ladies ...