Local Commentaries

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 ...

Misguided Blame Must Stop In The Conversation On Gun Violence

On the day after the horrific school shooting in Florida, I tuned into Dennis Prager’s talk show. Refraining from politics, his first take focused on the aggrieved, expressing prayer for the parents experiencing the insufferable agony of the horror. His second take was prayer for mourning ...

Libraries At The Crossroads

You may have heard it said that libraries are becoming a thing of the past. So, why should our hard-earned tax dollars be used to fund them when everything we’ll ever need to know can be accessed through our smartphones? Without a doubt, information technology is changing the way we learn. ...

Despicable May Be Too Kind

For some unknown reason the folks a MSNBC seem to think that it is their duty to have Tom Reed on at least a few times a week as the voice of reason in the Republican Party. Today (Feb. 28, 2018) between the 1:45 p.m. and 1:50 p.m. segment Congressman Reed made his appearance and was asked by ...

Ripley School Board Needs To Take Steps To Regain Public Confidence

After writing two whistleblower books exposing nepotism, cronyism and questionable financial conduct by various boards of education at Ripley Central, I was asked, along with others, to attend last week’s school board meeting to show silent support for a teacher. I certainly got my money’s ...

Failure In Jamestown’s Schools Largely Owes To Curriculum

“It’s clear that our kids in poverty are not doing well,” said Bret Apthorpe, Jamestown’s superintendent of schools. A look at state testing for grades 3-8 should give him a huge clue: nearly ALL district children are “not doing well.” How about that 2017 grade 8 failure rate for ...

After-School Programs Are Game Changers For Students

The hours after school — from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. — can determine a child’s fate. These are the hours when kids are most likely to get in trouble. The school day is over, but many parents are still working so children are often unsupervised. Vandalism, drug use and other risky behaviors rise ...

A Sad Day For Farm Families

Recently the Agri-Mark Milk Producers Cooperative Board of Directors directed that a letter be included with member farmers’ milkchecks, containing contact information for suicide hotlines and mental health resources. Mailed on February 1st, this was an immediate sensation with dairy farm ...

There Is More To Terror Than Guns

Commentary about the Florida school shooting has been profuse, as expected, with some being shrill and ideological and others thoughtful and logical, and a lot can be gleaned by looking from various perspectives. With children being so vulnerable, there is an obvious need to change something to ...

District Attorney Defends Office’s Record

As Chautauqua County District Attorney, I am very proud of the work ethic put forth by my office team working hard every day to serve and protect the residents of our county. As the county’s chief prosecutor, I make decisions that affect people’s lives from driving offenses to murder. I ...

Reducing Crime In Jamestown Will Require A Multi-Pronged Approach

What can we do to reduce crime and recidivism in the Jamestown community when criminals rationalize crime and use techniques of neutralization to justify their criminal activity? Let’s refer to my professor’s statement from part one. “If someone believes something is true, then to that ...

There Is A Way Forward

In case you may not have known, I enjoy writing from time-to-time about politics. Part of this interest comes from having been an elected official years ago. However, my general motivation is described best by an observation made by Anthony Quinn in an old movie, The Secret of Santa Vitoria: ...

Governor Cuomo’s Article 10 Process Is Rigged

As part of his 2018 State of the State message, Gov. Cuomo on Jan. 2 revealed his “comprehensive agenda to combat climate change.” Cuomo says it’s a “fundamental transformative change” - and it is. It forces a major overhaul of the State’s energy production and consumption, totally ...

Dangerous Animal Traps Require Clearer Signage

Just over a year ago, my dog was killed in an unmarked body-gripping trap (conibear) that had been placed on a designated public land access, near the edge (11-27-2016, Watts Flats Wildlife Management Area, DEC call for service #16-023790). Intended for a beaver, it caught my dog instead. I ...

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 ...