Opinion

Was Misclassification Of Money Really An Honest Mistake?

In Our Opinion

We hope Lakewood and Busti residents do not let the Busti Town Board and Supervisor Jesse Robbins simply gloss over a recent state Comptroller's audit.The audit said the town misclassified the purchase of a $135,000 dump truck and associated equipment for road repair and obstruction removal and ...

Safe Space For Drug Addicts Is Not A Good Idea

Letters To The Editor

To The Readers' Forum:We are well aware of the drug addiction of many of our adults and children in Jamestown and the surrounding areas. This scourge creeps into too many neighborhoods and families. This problem manifested itself from the 1960s drug culture and it reached across the generations ...

Climate Symbolism Carries High Costs

Local Commentaries

During March 22 hearings before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, under questioning by Republican West Virginia Rep. David McKinley, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy acknowledged (once again) the Obama administration's climate efforts will do nothing to protect public or environmental ...

Pay Equity Persists As An Issue

Local Commentaries

Pay Equity Day this year falls on April 12. As in the recent past years in which the day has been noted, women must work an additional 3 months to earn the same pay as men earn in 12 months for equal or comparable work. And the disparity exists at all economic levels, from the top executive to ...

Celebrating National Healthcare Decisions Day

Local Commentaries

"Making personal healthcare decisions may seem too early ... until it is too late!"Imagine you are standing by a bed in the ICU. A close family member is critically ill and unable to communicate with you. The doctor wants you to decide whether to use high-tech medical treatments to keep him/her ...

Don’t Delay: Invest In Infrastructure Now

Local Commentaries

What elements of U.S. infrastructure need attention the most? How should we pay for it?These are good questions, but they have no clear answer. Before we discuss possible solutions, let's go back and look at what brought us to this discussion.For almost 100 years, America's infrastructure has ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to a series of presentations at the Gateway Center, 31 Water St., Jamestown, presented by Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES. The Employer Series will help participants learn about local companies, interviewing techniques, hiring practices and get tips and advice from experts. ...

Problems Facing The Republican Party

Letters To The Editor

To The Readers' Forum:The problems in the Republican Party have been building for many years. Look at the tactics of Newt Gingrich in the 1990s and the rhetoric of Sarah Palin, her cohorts and the Tea Party in the 2000s. Their unending obstructionism in Congress has created an unwillingness or ...

Sanders, Trump, And We, The People

Local Commentaries

Now, more than any time in recent history of the United States, there is a backlash against the establishment political parties. Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are manifestations of the discontent of the people on the streets with the way things are going in Washington. They are popular with ...

Trump Loses His Temper With Kasich

In Our Opinion

In perhaps a demonstration of how ill-prepared Donald Trump would be to handle the realities and inner workings of politics on a national (let alone international) stage, he threw a tantrum over the weekend in which he called for Ohio Gov. John Kasich to drop out of the race to become the ...

Jordan Circus Comes To Town

Letters To The Editor

To The Readers' Forum:I had the enjoyable experience Tuesday, March 29, 2016, of taking my family to the Jordan Circus at the Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena.Over the years, circuses have had a poor reputation for how they care for the animals in their acts, but I was impressed with this one. ...

Fines Aren’t Enough To Give Laws Teeth

In Our Opinion

Jamestown has had a law on the books prohibiting open burning, punishable by a $250 fine, for years.How, then, is it possible that city residents opening their windows to let in a cool summer's breeze be treated to smoke from a bonfire within the city limits? One can call the fire department - ...

Two Women Honored At Feast Of St. Joseph

Letters To The Editor

To The Readers' Forum:On the feast of St. Joseph, March 19, two very ambitious women from Holy Apostles Parish presented a beautiful, authentic, traditional St. Joseph's Table at St. John's Church Hall. The Sicilian celebration began with a noon mass, followed by a procession to the table, with ...

Trump Can’t Keep His Foot In His Mouth

In Our Opinion

There he goes again: Once again, Donald Trump has made an emphatic statement of what his policy would be if he is elected president and once again he has been forced to retract it.How long will Trump get away with shoving his foot in his mouth before he starts losing Republican Party primary ...

Purse Returned, Along With Faith In Human Nature

Letters To The Editor

To The Readers' Forum:To the very kind person who found my purse which I had mistakenly left in my shopping cart at Wal-Mart on Easter Sunday, I cannot thank you enough.You have certainly restored my faith in human nature. I feel in my heart that the person who found it was the gentleman who ...

Cyber Terrorism Is A Real Threat

In Our Opinion

Cyber terrorism - for profit, not twisted ideology - has become a clear and present danger to Americans. If there is a cohesive strategy to defeat it, it is not working.Last week Monday, hackers crippled computer networks at several hospitals in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. The facilities ...

Tobacco Law Is A Complex Issue

In Our Opinion

There is no right answer with Chautauqua County's local law to raise the tobacco purchase age to 21.We can think of no logical health reason not to support the law. Kenneth Dahlgren of Tobacco-Free of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties and Christine Schuyler, county public health ...

How Will New Smoking Law Be Enforced?

Letters To The Editor

To the Readers' Forum:I'd like to know how your city is going to enforce the new smoking law if enacted.Businesses here and elsewhere do such a wonderful job of not enforcing it when people come within 10-15 feet of their "entrances." This could also include taxis and buses as well. Your city ...

Private Business Should Lead The Way In Space Exploration

Local Commentaries

If you want humanity to develop a space-faring civilization, you need to understand that space should be a free-market frontier and entrepreneurs should lead the way.Start by reorienting your thinking. Space is a place, not a government program. It's a place, a frontier in which humans can work ...

The Democratization Of Space

Local Commentaries

Zipping among the stars is no longer something that can only be achieved by global superpowers and multinational firms with deep pockets and legions of rocket scientists. Instead, we are witnessing a movement, one of democratization, that has made outer space accessible to not only the global ...