Local Commentaries

Studies Suggest Pot Used As Alternative To Opioid Abuse

Drug related issues are playing a prominent role in today’s political discussion. On one hand, the public demands solutions to the opioid epidemic infiltrating communities across the country, especially in rural America. On the other hand, politicians grapple with citizens’ growing support ...

Marijuana Legalization In New York State Is Inevitable

The question “Should NY legalize marijuana sales to persons 21 years of age or older?” has already been decided. The public is in favor — 63 percent of us say yes. Those who agree represent all political parties, genders, races and ethnicities. New York state has invested time and ...

The Catholic Church Needs Married Clergy

I am not a Catholic but I do have a post-college seminary degree. Going back to those “old” days, I recall having conversations with my Catholic counterparts who were also in seminary, who wanted to be married but could not under the celibacy rules of the Roman Catholic Church. Now, ...

Required Work In SNAP Will Reduce Poverty

With Congress considering adding work requirements in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps), I have been reflecting on what I learned while running SNAP and other safety-net programs in New York City for Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The case for work requirements ...

Protecting Our Gardens

I recently reread a book that I hadn’t reviewed for a long time. It is short, but it has had a lasting impact on my own life. The author, James Allen, was born in 1864 in England. His father, a businessman, went bankrupt and had trouble recovering. He moved to America to try a new start ...

Socialism’s Fight Against A Caricature

Socialism seems to be enjoying a revival these days, primarily in the Democratic party. That is a good thing for the Republicans. Most people now understand the immorality and deeply flawed foundation of socialism, and have seen it play in countries like Venezuela. A socialist America would be ...

Marijuana Should Not Be Legalized

This is a follow up to three articles in The Post-Journal (July 13, July 22, and Aug. 6, 2018), by our state officials regarding the legalization of marijuana. All of the articles had the same message. “Legalize marijuana because the pros out weigh the cons, and we could raise about $700 ...

Politics Hurting Chautauqua Lake

The Chautauqua Institution’s lawsuit against the Town of Ellery and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is just the latest example of exhaustive and costly environmental studies followed by lawsuits filed by those with contrary financial, parochial or ideological interests, ...

Reform New York Primary Elections

Any time — not just primary-election time — is a good time to recall why New York should reform how political parties select candidates for governor and lieutenant governor. Some states elect governors and lieutenant governors entirely separately. Sometimes those elected this way work ...

America Remembers John McCain

I was in attendance on Pearl Harbor Day, 2016, when John McCain spoke at the World War II Memorial in Washington. There has probably been no family as associated with the Pacific as the McCain’s. John McCain’s grandfather, John S. McCain Sr., was a 4-star Admiral leading Carrier Attack ...

Taking Stock Of State Dem Primary

Though the general election actually decides who will represent us, Democrats have never been shy about having a free-for-all in the primary elections. It is part of the “fun” of being a Democrat. In the federal Democratic Primary Election for Congress held in June here in the Southern ...

Candidate Learns Lessons From Public Forum

On a hot Tuesday evening on the grounds of Love Elementary School, residents and elected officials gathered for a town hall. I arrived early, thinking I would sit quietly and listen. I discovered the format was casual conversation among community members and those who represent them. I was free ...

Reasons Why John McCain Was One Man’s Hero

I grew up in a place where everyone went to war. Our models were fighter pilots. Our fathers and their friends all fought in World War II and Korea, fighting for our country, keeping everyone safe and risking their lives to do it. Some were shot down, and everyone shot down was ...

The Precautionary Principle Applied To The Environment

From time to time, there are discussions concerning various perspectives surrounding environmental management. The Precautionary Principle is often central to these discussions. Accordingly, and in simple terms, the environmental consequences of an action should be understood before an action ...

Sex Abuse Cases To Loom Over AG Race

In addition to the governor’s race, New Yorkers will vote for a new attorney general in November. Democrats will choose their general election candidates in the September primary. Chief among our concerns should be the degree to which the candidates intend to pursue sexual abuse crimes and ...

The Peaceful Socialists Aren’t So Peaceful

Radical, revolutionary socialism has gotten all the attention. Throughout the twentieth century, new socialist and communist nations were formed, arising often from violent revolution, and many more that resulted in tremendous upheaval, violence, and mass murder. The idea is that the ...

Goodbye Consensus And Hello Courts

I was disappointed recently to read the headline in the newspaper: “Institution Files Lawsuit.” On July 30th Chautauqua Institution sued the DEC and the Town of Ellery for being “arbitrary and capricious” in adopting a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) relative to ...

Does The Good Of Many Outweigh The Good Of Few?

That the good of the many outweighs the good of the few is gospel truth for a wide swath of the population, including many philosophers, economists, and politicians. It just sounds so good, so right. Upon closer inspection, however, it’s goodness, its rightness, its justice is not so ...

Medicaid Should Be A Right For All

An open letter to Assemblyman Goodell, Senator Young, Rep. Reed, Senator Gillibrand, Senator Schumer, and all members of Congress: We celebrate the Fourth of July, thus agreeing to the Declaration of Independence’s statement that we have inalienable rights. That means that our rights cannot ...

Speak Up Against Marijuana Legalization

The Post Journal, July 13, 2018, paraphrase — Proposals to legalize marijuana in New York took a big step forward. A state 74-page report concluded the benefits outweigh the risks. Marijuana use would not significantly raise rates of use. The state could raise $700 million in tax revenue. The ...