Local Commentaries

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 ...

Ripley Wants Taxpayers In The Dark

At a recent Ripley Town Board meeting, a book I authored, “Killing Ripley II,” was discussed. The board wanted the Grape Discovery Center in Westfield to stop selling my book. The OBSERVER and the Westfield Republican newspapers covered and reported the meeting. Apparently the board ...

The Story Of Old Abe, The Case Tractor Eagle

The majestic bald eagle was chosen in the early days of American independence as our national symbol. During summers when I was a boy, you might have found me riding with my neighbor, the late Henry W. Dahlgren, on a tractor, as he worked the fields that once belonged to my grandfather. ...

Investigate Solutions To Onerous Regulations

There were two excellent editorials in the July 3 issue of this paper. One was written by a very famous journalist, Tom Morgan, who defined American Exceptionalism and why America is exceptional. His conclusion? We are exceptional because the structure of our government was created by ...

Findley Lake Votes ‘No’

When I saw the projected cost for the Findley Lake sewer system, I didn’t think it would pass. The projected cost was over $1,300 per user a year and over $600 per vacant lot. By 10 votes, property owners said: “No thanks!” Since there is currently no formula or program to project ...

Sheldon House Sale Is Key Event For Neighborhood

To The Reader’s Forum: I have been asked if I intend to bid on the Sheldon House again and for my general thoughts on the drawn-out sale of this house. I am most certainly going to bid again! I see that house as a key to making or breaking the neighborhood where I grew up. We are regularly ...

Some Questions For You, Tom Reed

Congressman Tom Reed, I have a couple of questions for you but I need to preface them with a short story. A young man served his county for almost four years honorably then got a job after serving. He worked at this job for almost 40 years, paid his taxes (including FICA and Medicare) ...

Drug Deaths Skyrocket

Back when I was a kid, heroin addiction was something we read about happening in places like New York City. Now it has become a plague here in Chautauqua County. When the final numbers are in, it is expected that drug overdose deaths in the United States for 2016 will total over 59,000. ...

Pray For Sweden, The Swedish People, And Sverigedemokraterna

In her op-ed titled “What’s Up With Rape in Sweden?” from the February 27th issue of The Post-Journal, Mona Charen is to be commended for crediting President Trump for recently raising awareness about the ghastly problems native ethnic Swedes are experiencing in response to years of ...

Where The Rubber Hits The Road

Recently, a friend of mine invited me for lunch at St. Susan’s soup kitchen in Jamestown. After lunch, we then visited the offices of the Mental Health Association located in the same building. I met lots of people, including another friend and volunteer who was serving lunches to the ...