Local Commentaries

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 ...

Focus On Capitol Hill

Usually, in Washington, the focus for a legislative agenda starts in the White House, especially early in an administration. (This is particularly true when the majority in both houses of the federal legislature is of the same political party as that of the President.) But not this time. It ...

Handling Of Sam’s Club Closing Not Right

The first I heard Sam’s Club was closing was from a press report that a small notice had been put on the Sam’s Club door just saying: “We are closed for the day.” I said to myself: “This couldn’t be. A major international firm like Walmart wouldn’t do that. They would make a ...

An Open Letter To Those Running Education In New York State

An open letter to New York’s THE FOUR: governor, legislature, Board of Regents and commissioner of education: “Mary,” a Jamestown kindergarten child, receives tutoring in reading and traditional math —not the ridiculous Common Core — so that she can have some hope of mastering these ...

Busti Taxpayers To Pay More In 2018, While Town Supervisor Gets A Raise

Dear Busti taxpayers, I regret to inform you that your 2018 local property taxes are going up again and your Town Supervisor just got a big pay raise too! As one of your Town Council members, I want to personally apologize for failing to stop the excessive tax hike and pay raise. In ...

NY Must Make Land Banks A Priority

Governor Cuomo signed the Land Bank Act into law in 2011, empowering local communities to use land banks to proactively address blighted and abandoned properties that affect their residents. There are now 23 land banks throughout New York. Land Banks with a proven solution for strengthening ...

Where Is The Support For Chautauqua Lake?

Control of excess weed growth and algal blooms has been, and will continue to be, critical for recreational use and aesthetics of Chautauqua Lake, and for the economics of Chautauqua County, but temporary weed control measures like harvesting and herbicide application will never solve the ...

No Panama-Clymer School Consolidation

A “straw vote” recently in the Panama and Clymer School Districts was supported by Panama but defeated in Clymer. The result is that the idea of combining the two districts will not go forward. Thus, at least for the foreseeable future, Chautauqua County will continue to govern its ...

The Best Holiday Of The Year

As far as I am concerned, Thanksgiving is the best holiday of the year. It is the one I look forward to most. Christmas is magical; the 4th of July, patriotic; Easter, a time of hope. But Thanksgiving stands by itself as primarily a family event. There are no obligations for gift-giving, ...

Reed: If Standing With The 99 Percent Gets Me Called A “Traitor,” So Be It

When I read Governor Cuomo’s recent column regarding tax reform, I was disappointed to see his negative attitude toward lowering taxes for hardworking people. For far too long, people of the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes, and Western New York have been burdened with one of the highest tax bills ...

Significant State Aid Boosts Sewer Projects

Two projects in the Mayville area recently received a tremendous boost in their efforts to clean-up phosphorous discharges into Chautauqua Lake. New capital improvements at the sewer plant in Mayville and the simultaneous decommissioning of the inadequate sewer plant at Chautauqua Lake ...

The Reformation Continues To Reverberate

Coming just around the corner is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Occurring across the Atlantic on October 31, 1517, the nailing of the 95 Theses on the Castle Church door of Wittenberg, Germany reverberated worldwide. Years before, though, faithful forerunners to the ...

The Blame Game

Regarding Mr. Delmer’s article “Trump’s Response To Storm Is Not Presidential” — he states he has zero respect for President Trump. That’s OK, I have enough respect for both of us. You would not support a Republican president under any circumstances. Trump’s budget calls for ...

Drug Addiction And The County Budget

Recently, the County Executive announced that there would be a slight property tax increase in his proposed budget. It wasn’t a lot, 10 cents per thousand of assessed value, but we have become accustomed to county tax reductions over the past few years and so it caught my eye. When I read ...

Standing Together As A Team

My first memory of Colin Kaepernick in protest was him sitting on a bench while others stood during the National Anthem. A game or so later he knelt during the National Anthem. When asked why he refused to stand he said, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country ...

We Don’t Need A ‘Con-Con’ To Get Things Done In New York

The New York state Constitution (Article 19, 2) requires that every 20 years the following ballot question will be asked: “Shall there be a convention to revise the constitution and amend the same?” This question will appear on the ballot on November 7, 2017. Voters should be aware ...