Opinion

Investment Must Be Made By Neighborhood Residents

In Our Opinion

Jamestown’s lackluster housing market affects more than just the city residents looking for decent housing. The city’s taxable property value fell slightly from $672 million to $665 million between 2007 and 2015, according to a recent czb LLC analysis commissioned by the Jamestown ...

We Have The Right To Protest

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Yes, Mr. McGinnis, you and I stand because of our family, our history, our environment. My father served in the Pacific during World War II; my brother served in the U. S. Navy. I stand because that’s my belief. My parents, my brother and I have never been asked ...

City Continues To Find Itself In Unsustainable Situation

In Our Opinion

We hope, one of these years, to hear something different from Mayor Sam Teresi when he unveils his yearly budget proposal. The story is the same every year. The city is butting up against the state’s constitutional debt limit, a large percentage of the budget pays for employee salaries and ...

Reader Questions Response Tactic

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Doesn’t anyone have even basic knowledge of economics — concepts like misallocation and opportunity cost? Public utilities in Puerto Rico have been knocked out by a hurricane so local people are collecting bottled water to send there by way of Dunkirk. Could ...

Rebuilding Downtown Falconer A Team Effort

In Our Opinion

It’s been seven months since an arson fire leveled half a block of Falconer’s central business district. While life goes on, village residents have a daily reminder of the fire every time they drive down Main Street. While the remains of the damaged building at 29-39 W. Main St. were ...

Solar Energy Works

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Fall is upon us with shorter days and cooler nights, a time when I reflect on another good year of harvesting sunshine. Two years after installing our rooftop solar in July of 2015 we’ve generated more electricity than we’ve used. I’m watching my electric meter ...

Infrastructure Bill Could Benefit New York

In Our Opinion

It’s good to see Chautauqua County has a lower percentage of structurally deficient bridges than the state average. Thirty-five of the 307 county-owned bridges are functionally obsolete, according to a recent report by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. Many counties have much higher ...

Weinstein: What Took So Long?

In Our Opinion

As the floodgates opened for a tidal wave of sexual assault allegations against former movie magnate Harvey Weinstein this week, quite a few in the entertainment industry have some explaining to do. It appears that Weinstein’s sexual predation was an open secret among many in Hollywood ...

Where Is The Pride Of Being An American?

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: A Jamestown grade 9 football player recently “took a knee” during the national anthem. Was this inappropriate and immature copycat behavior? Perhaps it was lack of knowledge in how to demonstrate proper respect toward our national anthem? Did anyone rebuke him? ...

Constitutional Convention Is Not The Answer For NY

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: New Yorkers will have the opportunity to vote next month on whether or not they would like to have a state constitutional convention. This is an important decision that could dramatically change agriculture, as we know it in New York. New York Farm Bureau has long ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to the Robert H. Jackson Center. Part of the center’s mission is to make the work of Justice Jackson as relevant today as it was in the 1940s and 1950s. The center’s recent event featuring Lloyd Abrams, a lawyer who specializes in First Amendment law, certainly fit that ...

Reader Applauds Efforts To Combat Climate Change

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: As we witness the terrible destruction caused by recent hurricanes, we’re reminded yet again of the pain and loss of life that extreme weather, made worse by climate change, is causing. Fortunately, scientists are figuring out new ways to use technology to reduce ...

Library Board Thankful For Fundraiser Support

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: The Board of Trustees of the Lakewood Memorial Library would like to extend its deepest gratitude to all who supported our first-ever fall fundraiser, “Food for Thought”, on September 22. The event was truly a celebration of community, and the outpouring of ...

Affordable, Available Childcare Would Improve Workforce

In Our Opinion

It is a regular occurrence to hear people complain about the lack of good workers available in Chautauqua County. Addiction issues are often blamed, but we wonder how many people want to work but can’t afford to because they have children. On average, child care costs between $140 and ...

Trump Continues To Avoid Truth

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Sadly for several years, we’ve not heard an abundance of truthful statements from the Trump group. This strategy started with the Obama birther lies, and continues to the present with “the Russian Facebook ads are a hoax,” “we’ve not authorized any Price ...

Time Is Now To Discuss Merger

In Our Opinion

Almost a year ago in this space, we asked Clymer and Panama residents to be patient and not make any rash decisions about a proposed merger of the two districts until more information was available. All that was available at the time was hearsay and conjecture, not hard information, about ...

This Is Why We Stand, NFL

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: When will the hijacking reach a stopping point? Symbolizing the promise of God never to judge the earth again with a global flood, the rainbow has been hijacked by a consuming political agenda set on devouring any vestige of the rainbow’s original significance. What ...

Success Is Easy To Overlook

In Our Opinion

Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce President and Executive Director Todd Tranum made it clear that our area needs an attitude adjustment. Instead of negatively reacting to potential economic development, whether it be Athenex or the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, residents need to ...