Letters To The Editor

Reader Understands The Pains Of Addiction

To The Reader’s Forum: My son died in August of 2016. I have an opinion on the efforts of President Trump to promote a death penalty for drug dealers. It may surprise some people because my son died of an overdose of heroin. The reason being even though my son was making a good living, ...

Cuomo’s Pay-To-Play Schemes Exposed In Percoco Trial

To The Reader’s Forum: On March 13 Gov. Cuomo’s close friend, chief enforcer and campaign manager, Joseph Percoco, was convicted in federal court of extortion, getting kickbacks for government contracts: pay-to-play. Poor Percoco, Cuomo’s loyal money-man gets prison for chump change ...

Animal Abuse Law Makes Plenty Of Sense

To The Reader’s Forum: The Animal Abuse Registry, proposed by County Executive George Borrello, should become law in Chautauqua County. Passage of this law will ensure individuals convicted of animal abuse crimes will not be able to obtain animals from any pet seller. Since animal abuse is ...

St. Patrick’s Day Event Was A Success

To The Reader’s Forum: The St. Mary’s Cemetery Restoration Committee at Guernsey Hollow wishes to extend to the community a heart felt thank you for supporting our efforts by attending our St. Patrick’s Day celebration held last weekend at the Horseshoe Inn restaurant in Onoville, New ...

EMS Legislation Must Be Approved

To The Reader’s Forum: New York is the only state in the nation that does not allow fire departments to recover costs for providing Emergency Medical Services (EMS), which puts strain on both taxpayers and fire department budgets. As the costs to provide EMS services increase, it is ...

Parents Shouldn’t Attack One Another

To The Reader’s Forum: There was a cartoon in the paper a few years ago that showed two coaches watching little leaguers out for their first day of practice. One coach says, “it looks like we have a great group of kids this year.” And the other coach says, “yeah, but there’s only ...

Left-Wing Media Is Driven By Pure Bias

To The Reader’s Forum: The predominantly left-wing news media has a serious credibility problem it may never overcome. It’s scrambling to downplay the criminality of the previous administration that devised the Trump/Russia collusion nonsense as well as an assortment of other nefarious ...

Reader Disagrees With Gun Viewpoint

To The Reader’s Forum: Mr. Walton, I too am a pistol permit holder for both New York and Pennsylvania. I also own an AR-15 that I might add has never killed anyone nor will it but that is besides the point because that does not fit the left’s narrative about such weapons. But this is ...

Reed’s Support Of Tariffs Is Revealing

To The Reader’s Forum: Never mind that the last time we imposed steel tariffs (under Bush), manufacturers fled, and jobs were lost. Those who are unable to learn from history seem doomed to do the same things over and over again. Steel imports in the US represent about one third of the ...

Power To The People

To The Reader’s Forum: Another winter storm, another patchwork of power outages around the state. At best they’re a miserable inconvenience; at worst, they can cost lives. People whose homes, businesses and schools go dark and cold get angry, and some public officials respond by condemning ...

Online Comments Are ‘Warning Signs’

To The Reader’s Forum: When I am reading some of the rude, disrespectful comments at the end of both news and opinion articles in the online version of this paper, I can’t help but wonder if some of them wouldn’t be taken as ‘warning signs’ if their authors were to ever commit a ...

Senior Wants To Thank Secret Shopper

To The Reader’s Forum: Yesterday I was shopping at Wegman’s. I was in the cheese department looking for grated cheese for my spaghetti. I couldn’t locate it so I asked this young, attractive woman if she could help me. She said it was over in the pasta section. She asked if I needed ...

A Preemptive Strike On NKorea Puts Us All At Risk

To The Reader’s Forum: Recently, a “tabletop exercise” was reportedly held in Hawaii for several days to help prepare in the case of a potential order to strike the Korean Peninsula. Mr. Trump has on several occasions stated that he would act preemptively if he felt the need and that he ...

Reader Urges Others To Contact Representatives

To The Reader’s Forum: I have recently learned about pending legislation in New York state that all citizens should be aware of. On Jan. 16, Gov. Cuomo introduced his budget bill, S. 7511. Included in this bill is an abortion expansion proposal. If the bill passes, virtually all limitations ...

A Lesson In Growth

To The Reader’s Forum: Friday, March 2, was my first “snow day” as a retired teacher. What a strange feeling it was not to have an early morning wake up call announcing a day off of work. A snow day in itself gives educators and students an unexpected day to stay home, stay in our ...

A Lesson In Growth

To The Reader’s Forum: Friday, March 2, was my first “snow day” as a retired teacher. What a strange feeling it was not to have an early morning wake up call announcing a day off of work. A snow day in itself gives educators and students an unexpected day to stay home, stay in our ...

No Power Comes For Free

To The Reader’s Forum: The other day a Facebook connection of mine posted a meme with a happy beagle, tongue out, ears flopping, running ecstatically towards the camera. The caption read something like “me on my way to pick up a new gun”. This got me thinking: While I, myself am the ...

Congressman Reed’s Empty Response

To The Reader’s Forum: Congressman Reed’s empty response to the Parkland, Florida murders — “We must not take away Second Amendment rights” — endangers all Americans. The following letter was signed by over forty people gathered outside Tom Reed’s office on Wednesday, Feb. 21, ...

Good On Liuzzo For Questioning Elite

To The Reader’s Forum: Newly elected to the Jamestown City Council, Andrew R. Liuzzo is now a politician. Politician: one who engages in politics for personal or partisan aims rather than for reasons of principle. He is in a Republican minority and represents the people of Jamestown. ...

Albany Would Burn Through Marijuana Tax Revenue

To The Reader’s Forum: In regards to the Monday, Feb. 5 articles on the proposed study and pros and cons of recreational marijuana, I felt the need to respond. I drove commercial trucks for many years and as all truck drivers are aware of is the constant vigil of the Department of ...