Local Commentaries

The Road To Tariff-Free Trade

The basic economic laws, as with the basic laws of physics, have been known for a very long time. They still are valid today, and they do not change to conform to good intentions. If you artificially fix the price of a good or service above the market level, you will have a surplus. If you fix ...

We Need More Veterans In Public Debate

In 2002, I was a 23-year-old platoon leader, and I didn’t have much interest in politics. I considered my role in policy to be solely in the execution, especially during a time of war. My job was to take lawful orders and lead my men to their successful completion. But, it wasn’t that I was ...

Remembering ‘The Father Of All Moral Principle’

Americans are passionately attached to no two things perhaps more closely than they are to their rights and to equality. Under the banner of furthering those two things have most of the broad social movements and transformative legislative agendas taken place that mark our nation’s ...

Many More Reasons To Hate Donald Trump

Under President Obama the stock market went from 8,000 to 20,000, the unemployment rate went from 10 percent to 4.7 percent, the monthly new job rate grew for 78 straight months to approximately 2 million new jobs year, more than any president ever. This was all during President Obama’s ...

Despite Challenges Of Winter, DOT Keeps County Roads In Great Shape

If you drove down West Lake Road (Route 394) last winter without your teeth rattling from the bumps — you were in the minority. However, the DOT has recently been actively addressing the problems of the road and things are improving. Observing construction projects may be a “guy” thing, ...

It Shouldn’t Matter Who Wins SCOTUS Seat

The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court has begotten some all-too-expected controversy. Kavanaugh is identified with conservatives and, as a nominee named by President Trump, there is automatic resistance by the Democrats. It has been and will, of course, be the same thing in the ...

‘Say A Prayer’ For Dunkirk NRG Power Plant

You might want to “say a prayer” for the Dunkirk NRG Plant because things are looking pretty bleak as to its reopening. We all remember the December 2013 “Christmas miracle” event in Dunkirk when the Governor, surrounded by plant workers and elected officials, came to town and ...

Liberals Forget Proper Role Of A Supreme Court Justice

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s announcement that he will retire after more than 30 years on the Supreme Court ignited a predictable firestorm of controversy. Grassroots activists and senators immediately began trying to influence the president’s nomination and the nominee’s prospects for ...

We Have Plenty Of Reasons To Hate Donald Trump

In response to “Why Don’t People Like President Trump?” I can think of a few more than “I just don’t like him”. I don’t like Trump because he is a bully and has no respect for people. Coming up with derisive names for people you don’t agree with is childish at best and only ...

Thanks For Being My Patients And My Friends

It has now been eight months that I have retired from being a clinical urologist in Chautauqua County. I have had this time to reflect and think of what I accomplished as a urologist in a small county in Western New York. I look back and can say that through luck and hard work much has been ...

A Closer Look At Those Jobs Numbers

As with prior presidents, Donald Trump is taking credit for last week’s good unemployment numbers. Politicians like to talk about the jobs that they create, but they don’t create jobs. At best, they move jobs from one place to another by taxing one group of people and spending the revenue ...

Mix Of Weed Harvesting, Herbicides Can Restore Balance To Chautauqua Lake

Chautauqua Lake has a steadily-worsening invasive weed problem resulting from an unsuccessful 25-year “no herbicide” experiment. That can change now that the Town of Ellery, with support of the Chautauqua Lake Partnership, has completed a new Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement ...

Uncertainty Remains With Lake Herbicide Treatment

Next to the Chautauqua Lake Ferry being in dry dock for repairs, the biggest news on the lake is probably the completion of a second year of herbicide treatment led by the Chautauqua Lake Partnership. (The coverage given by this newspaper is indicative of the public’s interest in the ...

Time To Axe Tariffs, The Hidden Sales Tax

All consumers (even Bill Gates) know that the sticker price of an item is never its final price. There are, of course, often-hefty state and local taxes that can add nearly 10 percent to the final bill. On top of these taxes are hidden federal fees (from tariffs) that, on average, hit most ...

On Flag Day, We Are Free To Not Salute

By John Q. Barrett Thursday, June 14, 2018, will mark the 75th anniversary of the decision by the Supreme Court of the United States, embodied in Justice Robert H. Jackson’s opinion for the Court, in West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette. The Barnette decision, rendered ...

Commit Father’s Day To Creating New Identity Of Manliness

A great flaw in American consumerist society is that which capitalizes on important moments and trivializes them to mere dollars and cents. It becomes difficult to celebrate meaningful days like Father’s Day when year after year our only association with it is bland gestures and weeks long ...

Lake Herbicide Treatment Is Necessary

On behalf of the Chautauqua Lake Partnership Board of Directors, I congratulate the members and Board of the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy (CWC) for making the decision to use herbicides to control the various invasive plant species on their Ball Creek Nature Park at Stow. As written in The ...

As Gun Violence Rises, Reed Works Against Mental Health

America has become unfazed by the epidemic of gun violence in our schools. Recently another mass school shooting took place at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas. This most recent shooting did not seem to faze us in the same was many Americans were by the shooting in Parkland, Florida. In ...

Seattle Meets Economic Reality

The city of Seattle passed a law that would require large corporations that do business inside the city to pay a head tax for all employees, hoping to raise tens of millions of dollars in extra revenue for pet projects. What they found is that, surprise, surprise, business owners and managers ...

Dairy Farm Crisis Is A Self-Inflicted Wound

That the nation’s dairy farm families face a deepening financial crisis is well established. A Dairy Farmers of America, (DFA) Cooperative, National Director, David White of Clymer, New York, recently quoted in Jamestown New York’s, The Post-Journal, speaking of the growing crisis and ...