Local Commentaries

The Blame Game

Regarding Mr. Delmer’s article “Trump’s Response To Storm Is Not Presidential” — he states he has zero respect for President Trump. That’s OK, I have enough respect for both of us. You would not support a Republican president under any circumstances. Trump’s budget calls for ...

Drug Addiction And The County Budget

Recently, the County Executive announced that there would be a slight property tax increase in his proposed budget. It wasn’t a lot, 10 cents per thousand of assessed value, but we have become accustomed to county tax reductions over the past few years and so it caught my eye. When I read ...

Standing Together As A Team

My first memory of Colin Kaepernick in protest was him sitting on a bench while others stood during the National Anthem. A game or so later he knelt during the National Anthem. When asked why he refused to stand he said, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country ...

We Don’t Need A ‘Con-Con’ To Get Things Done In New York

The New York state Constitution (Article 19, 2) requires that every 20 years the following ballot question will be asked: “Shall there be a convention to revise the constitution and amend the same?” This question will appear on the ballot on November 7, 2017. Voters should be aware ...

Marions Should Be Thanked For Their Generous Offer And Willingness To Help

I am very proud to say I was one member of a group of concerned citizens who for two years tried our hardest to offer the Prendergast Library real alternatives to selling the permanent art collection Mary Prendergast left to the people of Jamestown. It pains me we were unable to convince ...

The New Politics Of Washington

Whether you like Donald Trump or don’t, it seems apparent now that he is operating on a different wave-length at least when it comes to partisan politics. On paper, his party controls both houses of the federal legislature, yet he recently signed off on a deal to keep government running with ...

Our Workers Need More Than Band-Aids

The proposal by Congressman Tom Reed and the Problem Solvers Caucus to make permanent The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) sounds like a good idea. The WOTC is intended to induce employers to hire individuals from groups who have historically had a difficult time finding work; among these are ...

Memorials In American Life

I am a bit concerned about all of the recent news reports about moving or removing Memorials. I am also empathetic with what I view as a legitimate concern about recent outbreaks of violence caused by the KKK and other neo-Nazi groups. There may be Memorials supporting the old days of ...

Beware Of Ecological Emotionalism Regarding Chautauqua Lake

In a perfect world, Chautauqua Lake would still be untouched by human beings. But years of misuse by humans — raw sewage dumped in the Lake by home owners and even Chautauqua Institution — have thoroughly disturbed its ecosystem. I own a home on Bemus Bay and only 15 years or so ago we ...

Chautauqua Lake: Local Scientists Sort Scientific Fact From Fiction

In a press release dated June 28, 2007, U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton described Chautauqua Lake as the “Gem of Chautauqua”, while Governor Cuomo recently called it “…one of Western New York State’s greatest tourism assets.” There is no doubt that those who live ...

Domestic Violence Isn’t Strong Enough Of A Word

My youngest daughter endured an unhealthy amount of abuse and harassment while in school. By her senior year she talked only of making tracks. Soon after graduation she moved into her own place in Buffalo to be closer to someone who said all the right things while she was having so much ...

Why Herbicides Are Wrong For Chautuaqua Lake

I am a long-time local biologist, conservationist, community member, and college educator, and have known and loved the waters, wildlife and natural beauty of Chautauqua Lake all my life. I spoke against the public funding of herbicides at the recent July 26, 2017 Chautauqua County Legislature ...

Cuomo, Democrats Are Failing To Address Nation’s Drug Problem

In an article by Andrew Cuomo in the July 16th edition of The Post Journal, Mr. Cuomo blames the proposed health care bill (being argued at the time of this writing), of stripping Medicaid funding used for drug treatment services. The problem is that Obamacare has failed us and the health care ...

An Economic Case For Electric Vehicles

The future belongs to full electric (EV) or plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) vehicles because they make very good economic sense even in this period of low gas prices. There are many different types of vehicles on the road and people have different driving needs and habits but we can use ...

Celoron Residents Deserve Clean Water Now

Clean water is a necessity of life, not something we can choose to refuse. We the People of this country have worked hard together to make sure we have clean water to drink, and we are blessed in most parts of this country to have lots of fresh water. So when residents of two streets in ...

Setting The Record Straight On County Fight Against Addiction

As the opioid crisis continues to take more lives here in Chautauqua County, I commend both the Post-Journal and Observer for reporting on efforts to combat this expanding scourge. It is important to educate the community as to the extent of the problem, as well as inform them of measures being ...

Remembering Two Instrumental Leaders Of Cattaraugus Fire Department

While I sit here preparing to attend the funeral service of a second Past President of the Cattaraugus County Volunteer Firefighters Association in the past month (Bill Pratt of Otto on 6/28 and Gary Wuethrich of Weston Mills on 6/14), I started to think about how the timing of this service ...

Cuomo: A Health Bill Retreat From Opioid Crisis

While states like New York continue to fight against the opioid epidemic ravaging this country, in Washington House and Senate Republicans instead continue their assault on Americans living through this crisis. The health care legislation being advanced in the Senate would strip Medicaid ...

Reed: The Dignity Of Developing Our Workforce

I see it everywhere I go: We need better job opportunities in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes. People regularly tell me about how their children and grandchildren have left because they cannot find good jobs where they grew up. We need to help people get the training they need for the jobs ...