Opinion

Parents Must Find Technology’s Off Buttons

In Our Opinion

Many people still remember a time when it was the number of hours children spent in front of "the boob tube" that was worrisome. Technology has made that an old-fashioned concern.Now the kids have television, computer games, social media and the Internet in general to distract them.A new study ...

Minimum Wage Hike Comes At A Cost

Letters To The Editor

To The Readers' Forum:I would like to point out some facts relating to a $15 minimum wage that people may have not considered.1. The average social security benefit for current retirees is $1,335 per month. This equates to $7.70 per hour.2. The federal minimum wage is $7.25, New York's will be ...

Happy Thanksgiving To You And Yours

In Our Opinion

We Americans set aside just one day in the year to give thanks for our many blessings. It hardly seems enough.No other people are as prosperous as Americans. No other nation, through a combination of organized charity, individual generosity and government programs, does as much to ensure no one ...

I Love This Area

Letters To The Editor

To the Readers' Forum:I was at one of our local Dollar Discount Stores shopping for canned goods and other food stuff for the Lakewood Legion Christmas Needy Baskets. At the check out area, I noticed the lady behind me only had a dozen or so Thanksgiving cards. I let her go ahead of me to ...

Innocence Lost On 9/11 Should Weigh On Refugee Plan

In Our Opinion

New Yorkers learned a hard lesson on Sept. 11, 2001.Nearly 3,000 people were killed on that fateful day 14 years ago for many reasons - not the least of which was allowing our ideology of open borders to blind us to the fact that there are people who want to do harm to Americans. One would ...

Union Contracts With Contingency Plan Needed

In Our Opinion

Chautauqua County officials are comfortable with 2 percent pay increases in each of the next three years for the 900 employees in CSEA Unit 6300 in exchange for union members paying higher deductibles for health care.The union, County Executive Vince Horrigan and 16 Chautauqua County ...

The Time To Unify Is Now

In Our Opinion

French President Francois Hollande is absolutely correct: Civilized nations, even those with long, sometimes bitter records of rivalry, must unite if we are to destroy Islamic terrorism.But Hollande was, in effect, asking a question: Do nations capable of dealing with the barbarians have the ...

BPU, City Council To Plan Budget

In Our Opinion

The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities board will meet Monday to discuss, among other things, a request by the City Council for $482,000 in BPU profits.All sides should approach this meeting with a clear head, putting aside the rhetoric that has filled discussions over BPU revenue payments to ...

Minimum Wage; Another Tally Of Woes

Letters To The Editor

To the Readers' Forum:So now New York is stuck with not only high taxes but now having to pay its entry level employees what many manufacturers pay their workers.And, many of our people had to earn their raises, not expect the make out like bandits the moment they started working for their ...

What Is Polio And Why Should You Care?

Local Commentaries

Polio is a highly infectious disease that strikes children mainly under the age of five. Many of us can still remember frightening polio epidemics in the 1950s when many afflicted young people were paralyzed and some even died. There is still no cure for polio today, but for as little as ...

A Pearl Harbor A La Francaise

Local Commentaries

The response of France, and the West, must be stripped of all sentimentality.What happened in Paris on the night of Friday, Nov. 13, to Saturday, Nov. 14, is the stuff of nightmare or fiction, including for those who witnessed it. The Paris of concerts, of cafe terraces; Paris, the theater of a ...

Supporting United Way

Local Commentaries

As we enter the holiday season, we have reason to be optimistic as we strive toward our goal of helping to improve the quality of life for all those that call Southern Chautauqua County home. We are thankful to so many individuals and organizations that have pledged their support to our local ...

Affordable Care Act Not Working As Intended

Local Commentaries

When the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," passed five years ago, government prognosticators and private research organizations projected between 21 million and 27 million exchange enrollees in 2016. But last month, the Obama administration announced that it reduced that target to just 10 ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to all those who will participate in the 15th annual Amy's Run 5K run and walk in Lakewood on Saturday, Nov. 28. The run honors the memory of Amy King, a 29-year-old who was killed while working as a flight attendant on United Airlines Flight 175, which took off from Boston and was ...

Blaming Gun-Supporters Is The Easy Way Out

Letters To The Editor

To The Readers' Forum:This letter is in response to Mr. Demler's outrageous accusations on Oct. 25. Firstly, your interpretation of the Second Amendment does not consider the mindset of the founders who wrote it. Individual ownership of firearms was a norm in that society - even English law ...

The F-Word Versus The S-Word

Local Commentaries

The horrors of fascism have been pounded into everyone's heads for decades, with visceral reactions of disgust and revulsion being carefully cultivated through visions of the German holocaust. Much less, however, has been made of the horrors of socialism, though they were and are equal or ...

Pay Raises Aren’t Always A Good Thing

In Our Opinion

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to create more $15 per hour jobs in New York state. While kickstarting the economy to generate business growth and high-paying jobs would sound commendable, the governor's approach will likely have severe negative consequences for New Yorkers and for school districts in ...

Tom Reed Has Yet To Fulfill Promise Of Jobs

Letters To The Editor

To The Readers' Forum:A recent front page article in this paper discussed Tom Reed's displeasure over the rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline proposal. This quote from that piece is quite troubling - "Reed said that rejection would kill thousands of jobs that would be associated with the ...

New York Should Get Its Fair Share

In Our Opinion

While it is hardly surprising that New York state pays more in taxes to the federal government than it gets back in federal spending, a recent report by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli still provides some eye-popping statistics detailing just how badly New York is being taken advantage of.New ...

Is Jamestown A Joke?

Letters To The Editor

To the Readers Forum:Let me get this straight: the people of Jamestown have, for years, been calling for industry - much like the ones that pre-dated Lucille Ball - to move to Jamestown because they'll create jobs, hence taking people off the welfare rolls. Never materialized. However we do get ...