Local Commentaries

Panama, Clymer Should Be Commended For Merger Dicussions

Panama and Clymer School Districts have been sharing the cost of a district superintendent, and this newspaper recently reported that focus groups are now meeting in these communities to discuss the possibility of merging the districts. As far as I am concerned this is heartening news. Most ...

There Needs To Be A Common Sense Approach

I have a vision for the future of Chautauqua County that emphasises common sense as we take aggressive and proactive steps to shape the future of our county. A large part of my vision is based on the reality that in 50 years there will not be 40 different municipal entities and school ...

Health Care Reform And The Nightmare Of Trump And His Administration

The American nation is facing new challenges in regards to health care reform. The vast majority of the population is confronting problems with health care and the system. What will happen to ACA, and how are services going to be delivered when people receive health care? The nation is under ...

No One Was Heard At Reed’s Town Hall Meeting

After reading the P-J article (5-18) about the Busti Town Board’s response to the obnoxious behavior of disruptive participants at the town hall with Congressman Tom Reed, it simply confirmed my experience. Before the town hall began, we were told to submit our questions on paper and ...

Sewers: What Comes First, The Chicken Or The Egg?

Nearly everyone, I assume, is for cleaning up lakes by constructing public sewers. The real question is: “What will it cost me?” Here, the matter gets tricky. It can be summed up in the old adage-”What comes first, the chicken or the egg?” Before Sewer Districts can be created or ...

A Small Village With A Big Heart

On the crisp, cold morning of March 22, 2017, the residents of Village of Falconer woke up to the sound of fire sirens racing down Main Street, scenes of flames raging through the air and smoke billowing from our historical downtown buildings. It was obvious to all very quickly that the ...

Equal Pay For Women Is Still Decades Away

Pay Equity Day this year falls on April 4th. In 2012 (5 years ago) the Day fell on April 17th — 2 weeks later. It seems some progress has been made. However, women, on average, still must work 15 months to earn what men, on average, earn in 12 months. The wage gap is true for all areas of ...

Keeping America’s Retirement Promise

Too many Americans are saving little to nothing for retirement. According to one study, 45 percent of working-age households “do not have any retirement account assets.” Congress could sharply improve those numbers by adopting dynamic scoring of retiree distributions. The move could lead to ...

A New Governing Coalition?

If you are my age, you probably remember the great old western movie “High Noon.” The Marshall (Gary Cooper) of a frontier town meets a gun-slinger and his outlaw gang at noon in a shoot-out. It is a tense, decisive moment. On a recent Friday, it was “high noon” in the halls of ...

Two Options For Public Service

Most people, I believe, support the idea that public service is a good thing. It may have fallen out of favor recently as we have started “draining the swamp” in Washington. Nevertheless, I am confident that most Americans still rally around the idea that public (government) service and ...

Transgender Rights Should Be Left For The States To Decide

Regarding Mr. Rabb’s article about the President’s despicable act of betraying our national commitment to equal rights for all, including transgenders. I admire his fortitude however I found his article a bit melodramatic and inaccurate. His reason for jumping on Trump seems a bit wanted ...

Public Opinion Does Not Dictate Outcome Regarding The Cell Tower Application

I read the editorial in Sunday’s paper from three trustees from the village of Lakewood regarding the recent cell tower application in Lakewood. As the deputy chairperson of the Lakewood Zoning Board of Appeals, I feel it is necessary to set the record straight. I was requested to conduct ...

Sewer Action In Mayville Promising

Those interested in sewer improvements around Chautauqua Lake were heartened recently by actions affecting the North Chautauqua Lake Sewer District (North District) in Mayville. As reported in this newspaper, the County approved a $3.9 million bond issue which will enable the District to ...

Lakewood Trustees Speak Out In Favor Of Cell Tower Plan

Lakewood Village Trustees Ellen Barnes, Sue Drago and Randy Holcomb wish to set the record straight regarding the proposed cell tower on the Lakewood Fireman’s Grounds located to the south of East Summit Avenue between Woodlawn and Linwood avenues. During the last year and a half, the ...

Trump’s Comment On Health Law’s Complexity Is Surprising

I just watched a video of President Trump commenting on his amazement that health care was such a complicated subject. I am wondering how that came as a surprise to him, when the subject of health care has been so studied and debated by so many people for so many years who do grasp it’s ...

There Could Be A Lot Of Spilled Milk

Federal Milk Marketing Order# 1, (FMMO 1) which encompasses the Northeastern U.S. will be facing a huge surplus of milk production this spring, as it has in the previous two years. The result will overwhelm the milk trucking and milk processing infrastructure and will result in, at least, ...

Trump’s Administration Has Only Been In Office One Month; Give Him A Chance

Regarding the article “Trump Doesn’t Look Like The Man Who Campaigned”— the writer’s whole article is based on the false assumption that Trump has completely abandoned many of his campaign themes. His reason being Trump has surrounded himself with those Wall Street power players that ...

Half-Truths, Lies Do Not Make America Great

Hypocrisy is in the eye of the beholder. Case in point: Pay for Play. Hillary Clinton was vilified for allowing wealthy foreigners to support The Clinton Foundation because it could have had influence on decisions of State while Hillary was Secretary. I agree that is not good optics. ...

Russian Ties To Trump, Election Should Lead To Probe

I am writing to express my deep concern regarding the findings of the Intelligence Community as stated in the report “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections”. The report, conducted by our top intelligence agencies including the CIA, FBI, and NSA concluded ...