Local Commentaries

Where Is The Support For Chautauqua Lake?

Control of excess weed growth and algal blooms has been, and will continue to be, critical for recreational use and aesthetics of Chautauqua Lake, and for the economics of Chautauqua County, but temporary weed control measures like harvesting and herbicide application will never solve the ...

No Panama-Clymer School Consolidation

A “straw vote” recently in the Panama and Clymer School Districts was supported by Panama but defeated in Clymer. The result is that the idea of combining the two districts will not go forward. Thus, at least for the foreseeable future, Chautauqua County will continue to govern its ...

The Best Holiday Of The Year

As far as I am concerned, Thanksgiving is the best holiday of the year. It is the one I look forward to most. Christmas is magical; the 4th of July, patriotic; Easter, a time of hope. But Thanksgiving stands by itself as primarily a family event. There are no obligations for gift-giving, ...

Reed: If Standing With The 99 Percent Gets Me Called A “Traitor,” So Be It

When I read Governor Cuomo’s recent column regarding tax reform, I was disappointed to see his negative attitude toward lowering taxes for hardworking people. For far too long, people of the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes, and Western New York have been burdened with one of the highest tax bills ...

Significant State Aid Boosts Sewer Projects

Two projects in the Mayville area recently received a tremendous boost in their efforts to clean-up phosphorous discharges into Chautauqua Lake. New capital improvements at the sewer plant in Mayville and the simultaneous decommissioning of the inadequate sewer plant at Chautauqua Lake ...

The Reformation Continues To Reverberate

Coming just around the corner is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Occurring across the Atlantic on October 31, 1517, the nailing of the 95 Theses on the Castle Church door of Wittenberg, Germany reverberated worldwide. Years before, though, faithful forerunners to the ...

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 ...