Local Commentaries

Is Politics Affecting Operations Of NYS Independent System Operator?

The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) has come under blistering criticism for their extraordinary imposition of a $114 million bill for re-hooking Dunkirk’s power plant back into the grid. “We need to shine the light of accountability on the NYISO,” it’s been observed, ...

Region Is Going To Miss Catharine Young

Things will change with the retirement of Cathy Young. It is not often that our region has an elected official who achieved the level of political leadership that she did in Albany. Among Republicans, you may have to go back to when Joe McGinnies of Ripley was Speaker of the Assembly ...

Need For FISA Is Clear

I am deeply disappointed in the 3/2/19 Lakewood Lens column titled “A FISA Primer”. Primarily, “primer” is defined as a basic introduction to something. The column falsely states the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) is a means for the US government to “spy” on its ...

Where Does Your Food Come From?

If you’re like many Americans, the answer is the grocery store. And frankly, that disturbs me. The grocery store isn’t where food comes from – it is just from where it is distributed. In reality, far too many people are unaware of the role of American agriculture in their daily ...

Jamestown Success Academy Is An Example Of Wasted Good Intentions

What’s wrong with this scenario? Reopen a school closed because of low district enrollment (Success Academy). Focus only on the supposed 1600 “traumatized” students (a wide-open category) in grades 5-12. Provide open-ended, “soft” services with no-to-low accountability (mental ...

Now Is The Time To Help The Middle Class

In 1931, author James Truslow Adams conceived the phrase the “American Dream,” the idea that America is the land of upward mobility for the masses, instead of just the privileged few. As America’s housing markets boomed after World War II, the masses attained the American Dream, giving ...

We Are All Creatures Of Habit

I guess we are all “creatures of habit.” Once we find something that we like or that works, we tend to do it again. So it is, that for the fifth year in a row, we flew over the “wall” and went with another couple from home to Mexico for three weeks in the sun. Things are fairly ...

Breaking the Link Between Mental Health and Poverty

Mental health demands simple ingredients to flourish. Just like a plant needs sunlight, water and fertilizer, the brain needs sleep, nutrition, exercise, social connectedness and personal balance to protect against depression. A person might have a genetic predisposition for depression, but ...

‘Red Flag’ Law Should Be A Middle Ground

After spending several years in a legislative logjam, last week Governor Cuomo signed the so-called Red Flag Law. This was one of those bills that was passed in the Democratic Assembly but had no chance of being taken up by the Republican State Senate. The Democratic majority vowed to make ...

Coordinated Effort Needed To Restore Air Service

As fervent past supporters of our local airport and frequent passengers on prior Jamestown commuter flights, we respectfully disagree with parts of the analysis outlined in The Post-Journal on Feb. 17. Neither is this our first public or (the first) Post-Journal comment on Jamestown air ...

An Energy Squeeze In New York

One of my interests continues to be how, in the State of New York, we deal with energy issues. I have some background as former owner of a natural gas exploration company (an industry which has pretty much been put out of business in the State by regulations from Albany,) and as a former ...

Why Some Economies Struggle As Others Thrive

Americans continue to be on the move. According to North American Moving Services, California and New York were losing residents and had some of the highest rates of outbound moves (based on moving truck rental data) in 2018, while Texas and Florida were among the states with highest rates of ...

State Of Union Ignored Climate Change – We Should Not

In the recent SOTU one omission stood out, that of climate change. Instead the President bragged about eliminating regulations and promoting fossil fuel development, both contribute to the crisis rather than addressing it. The Democratic party response was not much better with climate ...

Ocasio-Cortez’ Green New Deal Is A Raw Deal

With fawning support from leftist candidates for president, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) submitted a fantasy for America, the Green New Deal (GND). The GND bans fossil fuel, natural gas and nuclear power, the elimination of your gas-powered car, the end of air travel, forced retrofitting ...

Who’s The Real Mooch In NYS?

Of all the issues that divide New York State residents, few are as fundamental or provocative as the cultural differences between Upstate and New York City. A citizen need not travel far or read many lines Upstate to encounter someone who thinks all our problems would disappear if the two ...

Free Expression Rights Are Being Silenced

Fifty years ago, the Supreme Court upheld the right of a 13-year-old and her friends to protest peacefully against American involvement in Vietnam at their school. The justices’ decision in the landmark free expression case Tinker v. Des Moines provided us with indelible imagery and a ...

Too Many Yes Men Are A Problem

One of the great problems facing people in power is the propensity to surround themselves with “yes men.” Once you have money or power, it is human nature to seek adulation and reinforcement rather than criticism. This is not unusual, it tends to be the norm. I recall my father, a ...

Be Welcoming To Fresh Faces In Local Politics

For years, organizations and individuals have tried to encourage young people to come back home and have also worked to encourage others not from the area to relocate here. As an example, an effort with this in mind began years ago as a goal of the city’s Strategic Planning and Partnerships ...

Does It Get Much Better Than Ice Fishing?

It is that time of year again when the ice fishermen dominate the landscape of Chautauqua Lake. (My definition of these individuals also includes women who fish through the ice.) Many of them are the same as those who fish by boat in the summertime but, in my view, ice fishermen are in ...