Local Commentaries

We May Be Better Off Cutting Screen Time

Two social media marketing/analysis organizations, “We Are Social” and “Hootsuite” produced a global digital report on various statistics regarding screen time and internet use. There are many fascinating results worth digging into but one in particular stands out. The survey ...

The Folly Of Minimum Wage Laws

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has proposed raising the legal minimum wage to $12 per hour on July 1, 2019, and then an additional 50 cents per year until the minimum wage reaches $15 per hour in 2025. Laws mandating a minimum wage have existed without interruption since the federal Fair ...

Rural America And The Role of Government

When people run for office, we often hear that their goal is to promote “jobs, jobs and more jobs!” In my own experience of having held public office, there is a limited impact that a single individual can make in government in terms of job creation no matter how good their ...

Devil Of The Green New Deal Is In The Details

The Green New Deal calls for replacing fossil fuel power production with renewable energy — excluding hydroelectric and nuclear — by 2030. While ideals are fine, the advocates of this agenda should have taken the time to calculate its practicality. According to the Edison Electric ...

Catholic Charities Counting On Our Generosity

We are honored and excited to serve as chairs for the 2019 Appeal in support of Catholic Charities. We have been involved with Catholic Charities for years as parishioners at St. Mark’s Parish in Buffalo and as donors and Appeal volunteers. We have learned and experienced firsthand how the ...

Saving The Family Farm

I grew up on a dairy farm in Chautauqua County. Our family is still in the business. My dad was progressive when it came to modernization. We were one of the first farms in the county to chop hay instead of bale it. We contoured our fields to prevent erosion. We installed a milking ...

Unwanted Noise Is More Than A Nuisance

I am writing in response to the front-page story on noise in The Post-Journal on January 19. Having written or co-authored several op-eds during the past two years about the management of Chautauqua Lake, I see a similarity between lake weeds and noise. If weeds can be defined as ...

Our Counterfeit Social Security Crisis

The humorist Mark Twain once called reports of his death “an exaggeration.” The same goes for the endless fearmongeringand scare stories about America’s most popular government program, Social Security. On the contrary, the nation’s safety net for seniors is in remarkably good ...

Cuomo Governs Well With A Majority

At its essence, Government is about getting things done. Once all the balloons have fallen on election night, politics is no longer about what you say, what you promise, or what you believe. It is about using the power of office to enact change. The federal government has ground to a halt. ...

The Case Against Public Campaign Financing

Editor’s Note: This opinion piece was printed first this week by the Gotham Gazette. It is reprinted with the permission of the Gotham Gazette. It’s a new day in New York. On January 1, the Senate Republican Conference, our state’s last line of defense against tax-and-spend, ...

Thoughts On Wall-Building

It wasn’t too long ago that President Reagan in a speech in Berlin exhorted the leader of the Soviet Union to “tear down this Wall!” Now we are talking about building one of our own along the entire Mexican border. I must admit early on that I am not much of a fancier for walls ...

Lawsuit Is About Fair Aid, Not More Aid

The recent Maisto vs. NYS decision in favor of the state is yet another blow to disenfranchised small city students. Maisto, a Jamestown student, along with 80 parents and students from eight small city school districts including Jamestown, contended that their quality of education was ...

Rural America And Manufacturing

Though I grew up on a farm and, at one time, was chairman of the New York State Assembly’s Agriculture Committee — it has always been my opinion that manufacturing was the backbone of our local economy here in upstate New York and across rural America. As a recent article in the New York ...

Will Progressives Assure Trump A New Term?

Somehow I got on the email list of Steve Novick, a Portland, Oregon, self-described progressive. Novick lost to the even more progressive (if that is possible) Senator Jeff Merkley in the 2008 Democratic primary for U.S. Senate. Novick was then elected to the Portland City Council, only to ...

Extending Electric Vehicle Tax Is Misguided

Enacted in 2008, the EV tax credit — which allows electric car buyers to qualify for up to $7,500 in federal subsidies — was meant to foster the fledgling electric vehicle industry. By law, the credit phases out once a manufacturer makes its 200,000th car. Tesla reached that threshold ...

You Are Smarter Than a Computer

The question artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and the future of human work is a Rorschach test: the answer you get depends on what you see. For some, the advent of “smart” everything portends a future of rising living standards and human flourishing. Others see a dark side. Without ...

Chautauqua Lake Battle Royale

Ice may be covering Chautauqua Lake and things may seem quiet right now, but there is a “battle royale” going on between the various organizations that work at making the lake a better lake. First and foremost, it was announced recently that Chautauqua Institution’s lawsuit against ...

Pursuing Wellness Is A Resolution You Can Keep

New Year’s resolutions are often punishing, such as resolving to do sit-ups each morning when you get out of bed, eliminating all sweets or banning all swear words from your vocabulary (including when you hit your thumb with a hammer). Impossible! No wonder we all abandon the plan after ...

Save The Neck Tie In 2019

No New Year’s resolutions this year. Nary a one. Instead I am throwing myself, body and soul, into campaigns — campaigns designed to halt the slide in civilized life. Here are my campaigns: ¯ Rescue the necktie: More and more men are going around naked about the throat but wearing a ...