Opinion

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to Fletcher Ward, a student of local history who is taking on an exciting new project, has written several books on local history, including: "Chautauqua's Largest Fish," "Saving Chautauqua's Muskies" and "Chautauqua Lake's Great Race." At one time, Chautauqua Lake was a primary ...

Who Is Qualified To Run The Country?

Local Commentaries

With the (far, far too long) presidential election season upon us, we have already heard endless discussions about who is the right person to run the country. Should it be a billionaire businessman who obviously knows a thing or two about running successful for-profit companies, or should it be ...

‘Marmaduke’ Creator Made His Mark

In Our Opinion

Aug. 30 now marks a sad day both locally and nationally.That is the date that "Marmaduke" creator Brad Anderson died at his home in Montgomery, Texas. He was 91 years old.Anderson was born in Jamestown and grew up in Portland,. He graduated from Brocton Central School before attending Syracuse ...

Hillary Clinton Isn’t ‘The Best Choice’

In Our Opinion

Her handling of email communications while she was secretary of state was not the "best choice," Hillary Clinton has admitted. On Friday, the Democrat front-runner for president added that she did not "stop and think" about the matter.Stop and think about that. Clinton is admitting she did not ...

Salvation Army To Kick Off Red Kettle Campaign

Letters To The Editor

To The Readers' Forum:It is always good to look ahead and have a plan of action, hence the reason for this note. Within the next three months the Salvation Army will be into their main fundraiser, the Red Kettle Campaign.We have had the privilege of coordinating the town of Carroll/Frewsburg ...

Villainizing Of Officers Must End

In Our Opinion

Many in law enforcement feel under siege because of public protests in which violence directed at them is encouraged.For a couple of decades, murders of local, state and federal law enforcement officers and deputies were on the decline. Then last year, they soared - to 51, compared to 27 in ...

The ‘Fox’ Has The Last Laugh

In Our Opinion

It appears the very agency accused of spying unconstitutionally on Americans now has the authority to stop anyone who objects. Two recent court rulings make that clear.In 2013, a U.S. district court judge ruled the National Security Agency's bulk collection of telephone data on most Americans ...

More Should Celebrate Today

In Our Opinion

For millions of workers nationwide - and a fair amount in Chautauqua County - today provides a much-needed working man's holiday.Such a day was a welcome break for the working man in 1894, when Labor Day was approved as a federal holiday by Congress and signed into law by President Grover ...

Amphitheater Project Will Benefit Everyone

In Our Opinion

The decision announced Saturday by Chautauqua Institution to tear down the historic amphitheater and rebuild a new amphitheater in its place will not be a popular one for some.It is, however, the right decision.Buildings are important, but they are not all that makes a place unique. It is the ...

The Key To A Better Life Is A Union Contract

Local Commentaries

Many Americans will spend Labor Day at barbecues, festivals and other family events. Some will lament the end of summer. Others will cheer the beginning of football season. But we must remember what Labor Day is truly about: a recognition and celebration of working people.Working men and women ...

Skills, Not Unions, Will Grow the Economy

Local Commentaries

High levels of income inequality and low rates of wage growth in the economy are sometimes blamed on a decline in labor unions. But do union actions, however well-intentioned, always result in the best outcomes for workers and help grow the economy? Recent evidence would suggest otherwise.The ...

Commuter-Airline Service Needs To Be Renovated

Local Commentaries

The Aug. 29 story in The Post-Journal that the passenger count is down at the Chautauqua County airport should surprise no one.Absolutely, positively no one.Commuter-airline service began at our airport 40 years ago. For four decades, we've known that the best service for our airport is on a ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to what should be an enlightening process on the process to dissolve a village. Forestville residents will decide on Nov. 3 whether to dissolve the village and combine its operations with the town of Hanover. A baseline study that analyzes the village's finances and the impacts of ...

Climate Change At The Forefront

Local Commentaries

President Obama recently visited Alaska to put a focus on climate change, choosing that state for its great photo-ops: pictures with receding glaciers. "This is as good of a signpost of what we're dealing with when it comes to climate change as just about anything," the president said while ...

Lakewood To Conduct Citizen Survey

In Our Opinion

Lakewood residents have the chance to weigh in on the future of the village. They should seize the opportunity.Through Sept. 12, village residents who respond to a survey will shape Lakewood's first comprehensive plan in 45 years. Citizens often choose to sound off on local issues in the course ...

Federal Reserve Could Cause Greater Recession

In Our Opinion

Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fisher commented a few days ago that there is "a pretty strong case" for the Fed raising interest rates next month. In what alternate universe has Fisher been spending his time?Central bank officials have used ultra-low interest rates for several years to ...

Parents Should Keep Kids In Public School

Letters To The Editor

To The Readers' Forum,I have always said, "A child is going to step on a few cow patties as he/she walks through the pasture of life, until he/she learns to walk around them each in their own individual way."There is a push toward home schooling these days that is frightening to me. While I ...

As Winter Nears, Please Donate A Coat

In Our Opinion

Last week's chilly weather served as a stark reminder that the warm summer months are quickly coming to an end.This week before Labor Day means the days of swimming in the pool, running around in the yard or the park and spending lazy days soaking up the sun are numbered, to be replaced with ...