Local Commentaries

The Differences Between Public And Private

We have all heard the slogan that “government should be run like a business!” It sounds good but it may be not be that simple. Most small businesses and even many large ones (like President Trump’s real estate empire) are privately held. That means that the business is controlled by a ...

How Chautauqua Institution Learned Of World War II’s End

I’d like to tell you how the news of the end of World War II came to Chautauqua. It happened in August 1945 — 73 years ago this month. Two teenage boys brought the news. I was one of them. The other was my friend, the late Jim Fox. After we grew up, we both became reporters. That day ...

All Debt Is Not Created Equal

“Rather go to bed without dinner than rise in debt.” Benjamin Franklin was a prolific purveyor of wisdom, often on the subject of money, and he, along with many other wise men and women, often viewed debt as an evil to be avoided. It certainly can be, and those who fall into the debt trap ...

Musical Instrument Drive Set

The Jamestown Schools PROMISE Fund has been “quiet” for a while, but before long the sounds of music will hopefully fill the air. Our board has been discussing the musical instrument needs of our students over the past few years. We know that over a number of years the school budget has ...

Could You Retweet This, Mr. President?

Kanye West, Jeff Bezos, Robert Mueller and Stephen Curry. What do these four people have in common? They’ve all been the subject of tweets from Donald Trump. Since taking office, President Trump has tweeted more than 3,500 times, ranging from issues that one could expect the president to ...

Trump’s Tweets Are Helpful To America

In the era of social media, President Trump has taken Twitter to a new level by using it to not only address his supporters but also to help set his agenda with the media and his opponents. Trump uses Twitter like no other politician to express his point of view and answer his critics. The ...

Governor’s Race Outcome Could Change NY Natural Gas Laws

If you are a landowner in the Southern Tier, you have been precluded from drilling for natural gas on your property for the past four years by our current governor. He insured that by not letting the DEC issue regulations for the permitting of gas wells using the modern method of combining ...

Political Advice For The Next Natural Disaster

In a country covering three and a half million square miles, there are bound to be numerous natural disasters occurring over the course of any particular year. The typical reaction from politicians, mayors, governors, and even presidents, is to issue solemn threats to all potential sellers that ...

Wind Turbine Companies Shoot For Dubious History

As Villenova and Hanover decide whether to allow 600-foot wind turbines in the rustic scenic hills of Chautauqua County, the question is: Will they become the first to be the worst? So far, there are no 600-foot wind turbines on land in the U.S. RES, Invenergy, Apex, NextEra, etc. — are all ...

Could Cuomo Lose This Election?

In normal times, the upcoming election for governor might be a “ho-hum” event. After all, Governor Andrew Cuomo has $30 million in the bank for the race and his Republican opponent only a million dollars or so. But, this is not a normal year. The governor has been pummeled by criminal ...

It’s Time To Train The Workforce

The latest Department of Labor jobs report released Friday for the month of July once again has great news for workers, but bad news for employers: America has more open jobs (approximately 6.7 million) than it has unemployed workers to fill them (6.3 million). This type of labor market can ...

Regulations And Amazon — Not Wall Street — Killed Toys ‘R’ Us

No American tragedy is complete without some good old-fashioned pitchfork waving. Exhibit A: the gnashing of teeth and rending of garments among the media and professional activist crowd over the downfall of Toys “R” Us. Obviously, the situation is tragic, especially for the company’s ...

What Happens To Monopolies?

A corporation does not have to control 100 percent of a market to be considered a monopolist. The Federal Trade Commission says that a company is not likely to be sued if its market share is 50 percent or less. Only those that have market power, can raise prices at will, can reduce quality, or ...

Chautauqua Lake Belongs To Everyone

We have lived on Chautauqua Lake for nearly 25 years. It is amazing how the lake comes alive on a good weather day. This particular day started with a spectacular sunrise and glass-like water. A couple of fishing boats were already on the bay when the sun came up. The walleye fishing has been ...

Pay Increase For City Officials Raises Questions

I read the article in The Post Journal about City Officials looking into granting themselves raises. Usually when raises are recommended, there are three criteria that many entities uses for decision-making: Are the increases justifiable?; Are the increases affordable?; and, is the process for ...

Failed Zoning Vote For The Anew Center

I believe that the recent vote by the Town of Ellery to vote against the proposal by the Salvation Army to establish a New York state-certified domestic violence support center is a missed opportunity to reach out to those in need of a helping hand. The Anew Center offers not only a temporary ...

Unilateral Tariffs Put Cummins In Difficult Position

You might have noticed Cummins referenced in the news recently, in articles in which I emphasize both the importance of trade to our continued success and the impact of tariffs on our business. This is intentional, and part of a strategy and work that has been happening across the company for ...

A Revival Of Civics In Schools Is Needed

A revival for civics education in our schools, even colleges, could not come soon enough. Given the impending appointments of several Supreme Court justices during these next few years brings to light how void our populace is on the most fundamental aspects of the mechanisms and principles of ...

Judicial Activism Undermines Rule Of Law

Supreme Court nominations shouldn’t matter this much. But they do, because Supreme Court justices disagree on fundamental questions, such as: Should justices be originalists and interpret the law, including the Constitution, as written? Or should they be judicial activists and substitute ...

Jamestown: A Tale of Two Cities

Thirty percent of the population of Jamestown lives in poverty. That is more than double the national average of about fourteen percent. That number swells in some large swaths of Jamestown. The poorest neighborhoods. As the City prepares for the opening of the National Comedy Center, I ...