Local Commentaries

The Rule Blocking Apprenticeships

By most measures, the economy is booming. Unemployment is at a 49-year low of 3.7 percent. The economy grew at an annualized rate of 3.5 percent last quarter. Recent data from the Department of Labor finds wages and salaries rose 3.1 percent in the third quarter, the largest increase in a ...

The Pipe Bomb Panic: Partisan Violence or Partisan Press?

To understand why American conservatives are uncomfortable with the conversation over rhetoric and political violence inspired by the recent pipe-bomb panic, consider the cases of John Hinkley and Jared Lee Loughner. If you think Hinkley shot President Ronald Reagan in the name of partisan ...

Why I Love Being A Veteran

If you had told me how I’d look back with fondness on the time I served as brigade commander during the worst of Diyala Province in 2006-2007, I would have smirked. Of course I’d love being a veteran, I can imagine my younger self thinking. It meant I would be anywhere but Iraq. Ten years ...

The Goodness Of America Depends On Our Rights

Having just gone through election season, we have all had our fill of political dishonesty and general terribleness, and we have witnessed bias and lack of basic integrity in the news media. We know that big businesses, big labor unions, and big so-called-non-profits and foundations pay big ...

Families Need To Talk About Drug Abuse

I am writing in regard to an article in the Oct. 18, 2018, Post-Journal. It reports of the parents of students at Brocton elementary school questioning the state-mandated education curriculum on drug awareness. The school has partnered with CASAC, our local United way organization that ...

Danger To America Is Already Among Us

How many times have we heard in the last two years some form of, “America is divided” “we are more politically polarized than ever”? It is true. Listen to cable news pundits yell over each other on television, read the comments section below a Post-Journal article online, watch one of ...

Tax Reform: Down With ‘Stepped-Up Basis’

The term “stepped-up basis” is shorthand for a tax loophole that lines the pockets of the haves while it picks the pockets of the Treasury. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the cost over ten years could reach $644 billion. Let’s see how the well-off get handed hundreds of ...

What It Means To Be A Patriot

David Brooks, a conservative columnist in the William Buckley tradition who writes in the New York Times, recently wrote an article where he compared his loyalty to his community and State to that he has for the Nation. He concluded: “ I have to say my strongest attachment is to the nation, ...

Free Stuff Isn’t Free

We have, these days, gotten used to receiving a lot of things for free, as in no charge. Nothing, however, is really free whenever real resources, including time and energy, are used. You might not be charged for an item, but someone gave up something. If you go to a restaurant and your ...

JCC Will Do More To Prepare Workforce

From Sept. 1, 2017, through Oct. 31, 2018, Jamestown Community College (JCC) trained 2,719 individuals who were employees of 76 public and private sector organizations. In partnership with Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties, JCC delivered all mandated New York State professional ...

As Domestic Violence Month Ends, Those Who Witness Abuse Must Act

Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), an annual designation observed in October, is quickly coming to a close, but it emphasizes an issue that many deal with every day of the year. For some, home is a place of love, comfort, security and happiness, but for millions of others, home is ...

Fracking: Cleaning Up A Dirty Word

Yesterday’s article in The Post-Journal about the Library’s entry into a Medina Sandstone Society made my head spin with recalled memories of my days in the oil and gas production business. The reason was because I saw this entry process as a chance to explain a few things I learned in that ...

New York Voters Face A Maze Of Party Choices

Though most voters think the statewide election this year is between the two major parties, Republican and Democratic, there are actually ten lines to choose from on the ballot. Why is that? The quick answer is that there is an accepted political calculus that through cross-endorsements more ...

Trump Puts Gold Standard On the Table

President Trump recently broached the subject of a gold standard for America’s monetary system, which is significant, because no recent president has done so, and the idea has been denigrated by central bankers, politicians, and other popular influencers as a “barbarous relic.” Such a ...

UN Report Highlights Climate Alarmism Issues

For those unable and unwilling to wait for Chicken Little’s coming sequel, the United Nations’ latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report provides a heavy helping of unnecessary alarmism and hysteria. The report’s authors warn that “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented ...

Some Types Of Plastics Can’t Be Recycled

In an earlier article, I wrote of the problem facing municipalities as they deal with recyclables. Probably the most vexing issue is what to do with plastics. Plastics last forever, can be strong and are light — therefore they have become a preferred material for many uses. The problem in ...

Your Neighbors Probably Aren’t Actually Supervillains

The biannual hysteria of election season is in full swing. One side has declared a full-fledged resistance against an antagonist who seems to savor his role as antihero. The other side rallies behind its champion as he campaigns against a supposed conspiracy of subversive agents, mendacious ...

Volunteers Heart Of St. Susan Center

With the economy falling apart, with a community full of violence, poverty and crime, more families feeling lost and alone are seeking or needing help. St. Susan Center offers to many the comfort of fellowship and hope. St. Susan not only provides a hot and healthy meal every day to the ...

Money Is Valuable For A Reason

Most people don’t understand money, but it is simply something that people generally and widely use as a medium of exchange. The dollar and other national currencies are now only pieces of paper or accounting entries, and the only reason that they evolved as money from gold or silver is ...

Medicare For All Is The Wrong Prescription

In the fall of 2017, when Senator Bernie Sanders unveiled his vision for the future of the U.S. health care system (Medicare for All), I wrote a piece for the Center for Vision and Values titled, “Medicare for All is Good for None.” In the piece, I argued that using the Medicare template as ...