Local Commentaries

Medicare For All Is The Wrong Prescription

In the fall of 2017, when Senator Bernie Sanders unveiled his vision for the future of the U.S. health care system (Medicare for All), I wrote a piece for the Center for Vision and Values titled, “Medicare for All is Good for None.” In the piece, I argued that using the Medicare template as ...

Are We Doomed To Repeat The Kavanaugh Nightmare?

It was never really about the alleged sexual assault. Or the beer drinking. Or the scribblings in a high school yearbook. Or the alleged lying. Or even judicial temperament. For the vast majority in the Senate as well as the general public, the battle over Brett Kavanaugh was a fight for ...

The United States, Or The Divided States?

The evening of the Kavanaugh hearing, I “surfed” the channels to get the news. All I could find was the hearing or commentary on it. I finally turned off the TV. It made me sick. The hearing confirmed to me that America is more divided than ever. It was not just his word vs. her word. It ...

Legislation May Lower Drug Prices

“Something’s wrong!” my daughter complained. Glancing at her in the car, I saw blotches and welts appearing on her face and neck. We sped to the ER where they immediately gave her an IV and stopped the allergic reaction. Within two hours she was fine, though we were perplexed as to what ...

Chinese Economy Becoming More Like American

China continues to grow as an economic powerhouse, which has many people baffled, because it is still officially a communist country, and communist countries are not supposed to grow and succeed. Without doubt, there is still repression there. Government still maintains state-owned enterprises, ...

Discussing Antenatal Infanticide

Whenever someone calls himself or herself an ethicist, the warning bells go off in my head, recognizing that what I am about to hear might be twisted logic to justify something that is unethical. So it is with a recent article published in the Journal of Medical Ethics that proposes that it is ...

Western New York Needs Higher Voter Turnout In Order To See Change

Driving from Jamestown to Saratoga Springs for the New York Conference of Mayors, I was disheartened to see the communities that are suffering the same fate as our own city. I met with a number of representatives of their communities. The consensus was the same — high taxes, fewer services, ...

What’s Happening With Recycling?

Every Saturday morning, I trek down to the Town transfer station with my garbage and recyclables. We are required to separate glass, plastics, paper, metal and cardboard and put them in separately marked containers. The garbage goes directly into the garbage truck and to the landfill. But what ...

Town Council Addressing Lake Problems

As town supervisor for the town of Ellicott I wish to respond to a letter from Patrick Appleby that appeared in the Reader’s Forum on Sept. 30. The letter concerned a meeting with residents conducted by the Ellicott Town Council on Sept. 24 to discuss the weed problem in the Burtis Bay and ...

We’re Better Off Keeping Illegal Aliens

Recently, The Post-Journal reported that Gerino Barrera- Tapia, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, was arrested during a traffic stop in Cattaraugus County. It would not be a stretch to assume that upon reading that story, many of the PJ’s readers muttered something to the effect of ...

The Down Side Of Social Media

I must first acknowledge that I don’t participate in “social media” (internet sites like Twitter and Facebook.) When asked “why?” I generally respond that my life is complicated enough with answering emails and looking at a few websites. I just don’t want to be connected to more ...

Sending Youth The Wrong Message

As the county’s only alcohol and other substance abuse prevention provider, it is Chautauqua Alcohol & Substance Abuse Council’s (CASAC’s) responsibility to bring awareness and educate the community on the effects of marijuana use, especially when it concerns youth. CASAC opposes the ...

Reject Legalization Of Marijuana

Federal and state governments spent the last several decades attempting to educate U.S. citizens that cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease. Yes, tobacco use declined from 20.9 percent to its current 15.5 percent prevalence (37.8 million adults), but it appears stuck at ...

A Tiny Tax Reform, Billions For America

It’s no secret that the federal government needs more revenue going forward. Congress could put the Treasury on autopilot to raise billions (and ultimately tens of billions) year after year. Guided by fairness, it could enact spend-down rules for non-retirement accounts that mirror those for ...

The Swamp Is Nothing New

This has been an interesting year for the swamp. One of President Trump’s promises was to drain it, and he seems to be making a serious effort, stirring up the fury of the creatures who live there. The President’s talent seems to be saying things deliberately that will incite his opponents ...

Cuomo Wins Decisively

You have to give the Governor credit, he won the Democratic Primary in a big way. I thought that with the “Me-Too” movement and the “Progressives” dominating the news that Cynthia Nixon would have run a closer race. It helped that the Governor outspent her by about 8-1 but, that being ...

Gillibrand’ Bill Will Help Farmers

Agriculture forms the bedrock of our regional economy. Our farmers, brewers and vintners produce more fruits and vegetables, as well as dairy, spirit and grape products than any other New York state congressional district. The Southern Tier, the Finger Lakes and Western New York are critical ...

The ‘Chautauqua Lake Three-Step’

We have made great progress. The Chautauqua Lake Association, the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, the Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance, the Chautauqua Fishing Association, the Chautauqua Fishing Alliance, Chautauqua County, numerous others, and, yes, even the Chautauqua ...

Democrats Pervert The Bible

Grotesque misinterpretations of the Bible by individuals who ought to know better often lead to inexcusable distortions elsewhere. A preacher who divisively perverts the Biblical definition of marriage likely skewers interpretations of the Constitution as well. Such was the case in the PJ ...

Science Is Great When It’s Actually Science

I recently had cataract surgery and the difference is amazing. Having one eye done at a time, I could compare the old eye with the “new” one, and, though after just a few hours the vision was still a bit cloudy and fuzzy, I was surprised at how blue the sky was and how white the clouds. ...