Local Commentaries

The Swamp Is Nothing New

This has been an interesting year for the swamp. One of President Trump’s promises was to drain it, and he seems to be making a serious effort, stirring up the fury of the creatures who live there. The President’s talent seems to be saying things deliberately that will incite his opponents ...

Cuomo Wins Decisively

You have to give the Governor credit, he won the Democratic Primary in a big way. I thought that with the “Me-Too” movement and the “Progressives” dominating the news that Cynthia Nixon would have run a closer race. It helped that the Governor outspent her by about 8-1 but, that being ...

Gillibrand’ Bill Will Help Farmers

Agriculture forms the bedrock of our regional economy. Our farmers, brewers and vintners produce more fruits and vegetables, as well as dairy, spirit and grape products than any other New York state congressional district. The Southern Tier, the Finger Lakes and Western New York are critical ...

The ‘Chautauqua Lake Three-Step’

We have made great progress. The Chautauqua Lake Association, the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, the Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance, the Chautauqua Fishing Association, the Chautauqua Fishing Alliance, Chautauqua County, numerous others, and, yes, even the Chautauqua ...

Democrats Pervert The Bible

Grotesque misinterpretations of the Bible by individuals who ought to know better often lead to inexcusable distortions elsewhere. A preacher who divisively perverts the Biblical definition of marriage likely skewers interpretations of the Constitution as well. Such was the case in the PJ ...

Science Is Great When It’s Actually Science

I recently had cataract surgery and the difference is amazing. Having one eye done at a time, I could compare the old eye with the “new” one, and, though after just a few hours the vision was still a bit cloudy and fuzzy, I was surprised at how blue the sky was and how white the clouds. ...

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 ...