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Local Commentaries

Many Reasons To Be Proud Of Our Area’s Schools

Now that we have grandchildren living with us, “back to school” has again become a part of our lexicon. I love it, actually, and look forward to those days when I drive our grandkids to school where all cars and school buses are met by the principal and other teachers welcoming them to ...

There Are Actions The Federal Government Can Take to Reduce Veteran Suicides

Although veterans comprise only 7.9 percent of the U.S. population, they account for 13.5 percent of all U.S. adult suicide. From 2008 to 2016, there were more than 6,000 veteran suicides each year, according to research conducted by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of these men and ...

Our Times Are Ugly, Divisive, Harmful And Exciting

Well it is the moment we’ve all been waiting for: impeachment. As Congress’ impeachment process transpires it is sure to be ugly, divisive and harmful. I must admit that I am a little bit excited to watch it all. We get to watch history unfold day by excruciating day. Indeed, we will be ...

Lake May Rely On Taxing District

Recently, we received an “Important Notice” from the Chautauqua Lake Association (CLA) whose purpose it seemed was to send an alarm about possible recommendations of creating a Lake Management District. It highlighted the potential that any such district could be empowered to collect ...

FDA Should Limit Access To E-Cigarettes For Youths

In response to the seventh death from severe lung injury associated with “vaping,” which occurred in Tulare County (California), the Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency issued a warning against the use of “electronic cigarettes.” The alert stated that: “The Tulare County ...

E-Cigarette Flavor Ban — Ineffective and Dangerous

Never let a crisis go to waste. That could be the official motto for the anti-tobacco industry, which has irresponsibly exploited this summer’s sudden outbreak of “vaping-related” lung ailments. With the aid of sloppy news reporting and biased announcements from federal officials, ...

Local Support Is Key For District

Before the end of this year, the Chautauqua County Legislature is due to receive a recommendation from its Chautauqua Lake Protection and Rehabilitation Agency. The recommendation will be whether to create a Chautauqua Lake Management District. If creation of a district is recommended, ...

Brexit Is Our Concern Too

As Americans, we tend to look upon what is now happening in Britain as a far-off, complex problem which is something of secondary importance to us. However, we recently had friends visit us from the United Kingdom (UK) and to them, “Brexit,” as it is called, is a matter of deepening ...

Michigan Capitulates To Fear Amid Outbreak

In an unprecedented move, Michigan announced a state-wide ban on all flavored vaping products that would go in effect in a matter of weeks. Gov. Whitmer cited “youth addiction” as the culprit. What the Governor fails to see, however, is that this ban would only encourage black market ...

The Rich Just Keep Getting Richer And Its Happening Through Tax Policies

“I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor. Believe me, rich is better.” This famous quote has always been true, but never as true as today. After decades of dominance by the right, here’s the 2019 version: “I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor. Believe me, rich is insanely ...

New Poll Finds Strong Support For Investments In Safe Sidewalks

Overwhelming majorities of Americans value safe sidewalks in their neighborhoods and believe taxpayer funding should be spent on sidewalks according to a recent poll. These findings are more evidence of a growing national desire for sidewalks that provide pedestrians the opportunity to ...

More Force Won’t Fix The American Diet

Two nutritionists (Dariush Mozaffarian and Dan Glickman) have sounded the alarm about the American diet, saying bluntly what most of us know intuitively to be true: Americans are sick — much sicker than many realize. More than 100 million adults — almost half the entire adult population ...

There’s No Trust In Our Institutions

The start of a new school year inevitably prompts parents, incoming freshmen and commentators all to question whether college is a worthy investment anymore. What with the astronomical cost of attendance, the obsession with “political correctness” on campus, and the assumed uselessness of ...

Natural Gas In New York

Recently, both National Grid and Con Edison in the New York City area announced that because of capacity restraints they could no longer hook-up new natural gas customers. Of course, the political reactions were predictable. Everyone from the Governor of New York to legislative leaders ...

What To Make Of August Job Numbers?

The Labor Department tells us that 130,000 jobs were created in August. However, around 25,000 were temporary census workers hired by the federal government. That puts the August total for new private-sector jobs at about 100,000. A few days before the Labor Department numbers came out the ...

Tom Reed: Profile In Cowardice

It was only two short weeks ago that Dayton and El Paso suffered horrific back-to-back mass shootings. For a second there, we thought this tragedy might finally stir Congress into taking some action to address the gun violence-slash-mental health epidemic in this country. Sadly, we were given ...

Dealing With China

It is no secret that I am not a particular fan of President Trump. However, he has put his finger on one long-lingering issue — the growing economic power of communist China. China is now the number two economic power in the world, and has the potential to become # 1. It makes common ...

N.H. Plant Protest Shows Conflicting Ideals Of Some Environmentalists

On August 17, eight environmental activists clad in white coveralls entered the grounds of New Hampshire’s largest remaining coal-fired power plant. There, they photographed themselves shoveling the coal into white, plastic buckets. In a press release issued days later, they claimed to ...

Make Deficit A Debate Topic

Midway between the second and third Democratic presidential debates, we should pause to take stock of what we’ve seen. Eight moderators have grilled more than 20 candidates for nine hours on national television. Yet, the most interesting part of it all is that more than two dozen candidates ...

Hearings Were Mueller Being Mueller

A couple of years ago, I wrote an article comparing the backgrounds of the President and the then newly appointed Special Prosecutor. Both came from wealthy families and went to private schools and universities. But their post-college lives were quite different. The President went into the ...