Opinion

Why Are We Losing Out To Pennsylvania?

In Our Opinion

Who would have thought that the greener pastures many Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany county residents seek is a stone’s throw away in Pennsylvania? According to federal Internal Revenue Service tax filer migration data, the top destination for those who left Chautauqua County from ...

Republicans Starting To Bail Out On President

Local Commentaries

It is not usually newsworthy when a state legislator switches political parties, but, recently, a news article caught my eye when the longest serving Republican legislator in the Iowa General Assembly announced that he was switching political affiliation to the Democrats. How could that ...

How Do We Do Justice To Moms?

Local Commentaries

To mothers: There is only one day on the calendar each year reserved specifically to recognize your tireless, selfless, heroic work. Surely it is not enough. For moms work 24 hours a day, 365 days per year without breaks, without pay, and too often…without appreciation. That work ...

Sanders Is Right: Felons Should Be Able To Vote

Local Commentaries

Senator Bernie Sanders ignited a national discussion recently when he endorsed the right of individuals in prison to be able to vote, as is the case in his home state of Vermont. In doing so, Sanders raised fundamental questions of democracy and citizenship that are long overdue. Allowing ...

Outsider Anti-Religious Bigotry ‘Wins’ In Clymer

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Holding a club over the head of the Clymer Central School, a leftist special interest group intimidated the district into shutting down the freedom to assemble at Baccalaureate and the free expression of prayer at graduation. One solitary complaint swung the ...

Where Sanders Goes Wrong On Felons Voting

Local Commentaries

Recently Bernie Sanders — one of the leading candidates for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination — took to Twitter in defense of a controversial position: re-enfranchising felons currently serving time in prison, regardless of their crimes. “South Carolina has a higher ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to state Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers for their efforts rescuing four hikers who became disoriented while hiking last weekend in the Zoar Valley Multiple Day Use Area. Two women, one from Silver Creek and one from Forestville, and two children got lost, ...

Reader Says Republicans Help Russian Interference

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: There is no question that Russia interfered in the presidential election. The Mueller Report looked at whether Trump’s campaign helped them with that. Ultimately it found there was no criminal intent to help the Russians. This doesn’t change the FACT that Russia ...

PVCS Residents Have An Opportunity To Make Serious Changes

In Our Opinion

Pine Valley Central School District residents have a chance to make a serious change to the way their school operates and possibly save some money. Last week, district superintendent Scott Payne announced he will take a new job as Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES superintendent and CEO in July, ...

Reader Sings Praises To JHS Concert Band

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: I just had the extreme pleasure of attending the spring concert of the Jamestown High School bands. Plural, because there is the Symphonic band - kind of the junior varsity, and the Concert band, all seniors. The Symphonic band played some very difficult music ...

Being Concerned Only Goes Half The Way

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: The uptick of child abuse in this country has hit a more than alarming cases. And what is more alarming is the disgraceful trend of absence of concern by today’s society. Being aware has not saved one single child, yet we have plenty of that. Being concerned only ...

DEC Is Clearing Up Herbicide Picture

In Our Opinion

There has been a lot of fear-mongering and rumors about herbicide treatments on Chautauqua Lake over the past several years. A few of those rumors are being dispelled as towns and villages move through the second year of the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s permitting ...

Talk To You Doctor About Vaccinations

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Exercising, eating healthy, getting proper sleep and having a positive attitude are all good habits to have but do not prevent getting measles, mumps, polio, chicken pox, whooping cough and a host of other contagious diseases. A recent letter to the editor of this ...

Compromise Is Necessary On Farm Labor Legislation

In Our Opinion

Over the last five years, Chautauqua County has seen the number of farms decrease from 1,515 to 1,228. That’s right, 19 percent of the farms in an area proud of its agriculture have disappeared. It could be worse. According to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County, the total ...

The Case For Shots

Local Commentaries

The development of vaccines is considered one of the greatest advances of medicine due to the enormous benefits to populations throughout the world. For example, smallpox is estimated to have killed up to 300 million people in the 20th century . It was not until 1980 that the World ...

It’s A Republic, If We Can Keep It

Local Commentaries

It’s a republic, if we can keep it. Neither the impeachment of President Donald Trump nor his defeat by a Democrat in the 2020 election is likely to cure what ails American politics. That’s because what ails American politics is a fundamental misunderstanding of democracy. To be ...

Our Sense Of Humor Is One Reason To Love Upstate NY

Local Commentaries

Last Sunday The Simpsons aired an episode titled “D’oh Canada” which featured Homer singing a parody of Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” that poked fun at Upstate New York. As Homer sang the lyrical wisecracks, he stopped in realistic cartoon depictions of Utica, Buffalo, ...