Local Commentaries

Making Sense Of Jamestown Crime Statistics

A professor of mine once said, “If someone believes something is true, then to that person it is true, and along with it, all of its consequences.” When studying criminology, I always remembered his words and hypothesized on how strongly it relates to criminal behavior. Criminologists have ...

Focus On Capitol Hill

Usually, in Washington, the focus for a legislative agenda starts in the White House, especially early in an administration. (This is particularly true when the majority in both houses of the federal legislature is of the same political party as that of the President.) But not this time. It ...

Handling Of Sam’s Club Closing Not Right

The first I heard Sam’s Club was closing was from a press report that a small notice had been put on the Sam’s Club door just saying: “We are closed for the day.” I said to myself: “This couldn’t be. A major international firm like Walmart wouldn’t do that. They would make a ...

An Open Letter To Those Running Education In New York State

An open letter to New York’s THE FOUR: governor, legislature, Board of Regents and commissioner of education: “Mary,” a Jamestown kindergarten child, receives tutoring in reading and traditional math —not the ridiculous Common Core — so that she can have some hope of mastering these ...

Busti Taxpayers To Pay More In 2018, While Town Supervisor Gets A Raise

Dear Busti taxpayers, I regret to inform you that your 2018 local property taxes are going up again and your Town Supervisor just got a big pay raise too! As one of your Town Council members, I want to personally apologize for failing to stop the excessive tax hike and pay raise. In ...

NY Must Make Land Banks A Priority

Governor Cuomo signed the Land Bank Act into law in 2011, empowering local communities to use land banks to proactively address blighted and abandoned properties that affect their residents. There are now 23 land banks throughout New York. Land Banks with a proven solution for strengthening ...

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 ...