Letters To The Editor

Thanks To Those Behind Holly Tour

To The Reader’s Forum: What a fabulous day we had in Westfield for the 30th Holly Tour! So much preparation and time goes into planning this event and we couldn’t do it without the many hands involved. We would like to extend much thanks and appreciation to the Baran, Bronstein, and ...

Downtown Parking Fine The Way It Is

To The Reader’s Forum: Lander’s Men’s Store says leave the parking alone. The people on the city’s parking advisory board must see congestion and parking confusion that we have not seen. We have been on Main Street for over 40 years and like the parking the way it is. If they had a ...

Reader Thankful For Help After Flooding

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. ...

To The Guardian Angels Who Watch Over Us In Disastrous Situations

To The Reader’s Forum: Thank you Ladies and Gentlemen of our volunteer fire services in Westfield, surrounding communities and all of Chautauqua County. Late Tuesday afternoon a local contractor finished removing several very old, large, dangerous trees that were a threat to my home and ...

Reader Presents Flag To Governor Cuomo

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 ...

Gun Recertification Promotes Safety

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 ...

Reader Proud Of Red Dragons’ Season

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

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 ...

Reader Thanks Those Who Aided Husband In Last Days

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 ...

Tax Cuts Also Mean Cuts To Vital Services

To The Reader’s Forum: When anyone says “tax cuts” they must at the same time say “service cuts.” Taxes provide for schools, teachers, police, fire fighters, national museums, national parks, medical insurance for retirees and the disabled and our military. So to cut taxes is to cut ...

Death And Taxes Take On New Meaning

To The Reader’s Forum: There’s a saying that the only two sure things in life are death and taxes. As to death, two gun-related incidents occurred recently — 58 killed in Las Vegas and 26 killed in Texas by lone gunmen with legally-obtained assault-style rifles. In both cases, the ...

Remember Reed’s Role In Tax Reform

To The Reader’s Forum: On May 6, 2017, Congressman Tom Reed faced a chorus of boos at the Busti Fire Hall in response to his consistent lack of accurate representation in Washington. According to Jesse M. Robbins, Busti town supervisor, a number of “non-town liberals and dirty people” ...

Help Fill Care Packages For Troops On Saturday

To The Reader’s Forum: Imagine giving 1,068 gifts this year…. That number represents the care packages that the NY4 Blue Star Mothers (with the kind and generous support of this community) have been privileged to send this past year! Think of it – 1068 packages received and opened by ...

An Extra Special Thanksgiving

To The Reader’s Forum: This past year was a very difficult year for my family. My husband was out of work for at least six months due to an injury. While dealing with his injury, we were also struggling to help my sister who lives with us overcome a very bad reaction to medicine. We ...

Reader Believes Trump Policies Have Hurt US

To The Reader’s Forum: Congratulations President Trump. You’ve done a great job of exposing all of the hate, bias and prejudice in this country. You, the master of superlatives, have shown that lying, bullying and sexual predatory behavior is okay, not to mention bigotry. What a ...

Reader Thankful For Business Generosity

To The Reader’s Forum: Thanks to the many businesses that offer discounts or freebies to active duty or veterans of military service on November 11. It certainly is a generous gesture which means much to those who served. Personally, my wife and I were enjoying a meal at Applebee’s, ...

Lack Of Discipline Is Hurting Today’s Youth

To The Reader’s Forum: The federal and state mandates concerning children in our children’s homes and schools of this country are ruining the youth of this country. It has come to my attention that discipline is banned in our children’s homes nad we have known for a long time that ...

Library Should Be A High Priority For City

To The Reader’s Forum: The city of Jamestown would appear to be on the path to committing one of possibly the most tremendous mistakes it has ever done. The unprecedented reductions of funding for the James Prendergast Library could be a primary cause for a downward direction for the city. ...

Family Appreciates Support During Difficult Time

To The Reader’s Forum: To everyone who has supported us before and following the death of our loved one, Kathy Peck, who passed away into the arms of her Lord & Savior Sept. 12, we would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation. Your many acts of kindness and sympathy ...

Flag Is Symbol Of Those Who Served

To The Reader’s Forum: Thank you Rev. Mel McGinnis for your recent eloquent support over standing for the Stars and Stripes. We all need to be reminded that yes, the flag is just a symbol; but a symbol of the humans’ lives, husbands and wives, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters. ...