Local Commentaries

A Wake-Up Call For The Church

Here it is Easter Sunday, the day of resurrection, during a time when the world just witnessed an utter catastrophe at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Constructed 850 years ago, the wow and wonder built into the magnificent megastructure were accomplished by individuals who knew they would ...

A New Take On Voting Rates

One day, when I was in the state Assembly, I had an interesting conversation with another Assemblyman who represented Harlem. “How many people voted in your district in the last election?” I asked. He said, “about 10,000.” I was astounded, for in the same election, 40,000 people ...

The Mueller Report Is Russia’s Unearned Victory Lap

The release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, along with allegations of obstruction of justice by the president, has (seemingly) answered some questions but only generated still others. That the ...

Memorandum Is A Sign Of Unity For The Lake

This past week, the County of Chautauqua demonstrated once again that we can put our differences aside and come together to achieve consensus in place of our disagreements. Under the leadership of our County Executive, George Borrello, 15 of 16 Chautauqua Lake municipalities and lake ...

Hoping For Smoother Summer Trips

This past week, the ice on Chautauqua Lake broke up. Also, the pavement on Route 394 north of Stow is breaking up. These are sure signs of Spring! Within the past couple of years, I wrote about the then-abominal condition of Route 394 around the area of the Interchange with I-86. Last ...

Don’t Ignore Perils Of Human Trafficking

April is National Child Abuse Prevention month. An effort to combat human trafficking starts with preventing child abuse and neglect. Child sex trafficking is an issue that affects children in all communities, both in the United States and Chautauqua County. Since 2016, the YWCA of ...

Bizarre Comments Aren’t A Surprise Anymore

President Trump made a bizarre offhand comment at a Republican fundraiser last week that was largely overlooked in favor of the standard dysfunction at the White House. While deriding sustainable energy alternatives, in his usual freewheeling style he said about windmills, “They say the ...

Jamestown Needs More Than Rental Registration To Fix Housing Issues

Does a compliance rate of 27 percent serve as an indicator that more is needed to assure that rental units in the city are habitable and code compliant? The Post-Journal reported in their coverage of a recent City Council work session that the city would pursue stricter enforcement of the ...

Use Of Health Information Technology Keeps Growing

As demonstrated by the major local hospital systems’ recent and significant financial investments in electronic health records (EHR), the value of health information technology and the benefit it provides to treating physicians is critical to improving the quality of patient care, enhancing ...

State Has Interesting Spending Proposal

I doubt that many people have been keeping track of the various moves and shenanigans that have been going on in Albany relative to the state budget. Most citizens don’t care much unless it hits them directly in the pocket book. Yet, as an old-time observer of Albany budget-making, I ...

Global Warming Must Be Addressed

This paper ran an editorial on Tuesday, April 2 on the subject of Governor Cuomo’s “Green New Deal,” his most recent crack at reducing New York State’s carbon emissions. It’s no surprise that many are apprehensive about pursuing a revolutionary transformation of how humans have ...

Are We Really Putting Patients First In Their Treatment?

Recent headlines sweeping across the United States have provided us with the slow but steady release of legal documents detailing how opioid and fentanyl-based painkillers have been marketed to vulnerable populations, such as children, the elderly and veterans. With the opioid epidemic ...

The National Popular Vote Movement Makes The Smaller States Irrelevant

New Hampshire Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan are angling to eliminate the Electoral College—and now editors at the Concord Monitor are jumping on that bandwagon, too. They urge state legislators to join an under-the-radar effort known as the National Popular Vote interstate ...

What Happens Next For Chautauqua Lake?

There have been some political developments lately that leave me, as a local citizen, a little bit in “limbo.” I am referring to the repercussions of Senator Cathy Young’s recent resignation of her position as our state senator. Just two months into her new term, she has left her ...

Barley/Hops Study Is A Waste Of Your Money

On Thursday, March 28, The Post-Journal featured a story covering the previous evening’s meeting of the Chautauqua County Legislature where a proposal to fund a study of the feasibility of growing cereal barley and hops in Chautauqua County as an aid the area’s growing craft brew and ...

Tax Filing Deadline Delay Makes Sense

The IRS has had a lot to contend with this filing season. The monthlong government shutdown hampered the agency’s ability to provide a level of service that would be adequate in a normal year, let alone in a year where taxpayers are learning how to benefit from lower tax burdens under the ...

It’s Congresswoman’s Politics, Not The Economy, That’s ‘Garbage’

“Where we are is not a good thing. And this idea of like, ten percent better than garbage, it shouldn’t be what we settle for.” — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the American economy. If the American economy is “garbage,” the rest of the world dreams of being Oscar the ...

How To Think Outside The Box

I was intrigued recently to hear County officials talking about another community in New York state which might be a model for addressing the issues surrounding Chautauqua Lake. This is the Lamoka- Waneta Lake area in the southern Finger Lakes. Around fifteen years ago, an old friend, John ...

To Avoid Shortage, Schools Must Support Future Doctors

The United States will be short 120,000 doctors by the end of next decade, according to the latest research from the Association of American Medical Colleges. That shortage will become permanent unless medical schools make the path to becoming a doctor a bit less arduous. Some medical ...

It’s Time To Pay College Athletes

March Madness is here. One of the unofficial signs of Spring. Two weeks of exciting basketball for hardcore fans, casual gamblers, and office dwellers alike. Every year the games produce pressure, excitement, heartbreak, pride—but money is what the NCAA basketball tournament churns out the ...