Opinion

Village Board Sets Bad Financial Precedent

In Our Opinion

An Aug. 27 letter from Doug Conroe, Chautauqua Lake Association executive director, to the village of Lakewood states that “reputable individuals” saw what appeared to be herbicide treatments in Lakewood’s waters in mid-June. The CLA conducted water testing and then submitted an invoice ...

Thanks To All Involved With Howard Strong

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: We would like to thank everyone that attended or donated to the Howard Strong benefit that we as held at the Jamestown Ice Arena on Sept. 7. Without everyone involved it would not have been as big as a success as it was! A very special thank you to firefighter Eric ...

Studies Suggest Pot Used As Alternative To Opioid Abuse

Local Commentaries

Drug related issues are playing a prominent role in today’s political discussion. On one hand, the public demands solutions to the opioid epidemic infiltrating communities across the country, especially in rural America. On the other hand, politicians grapple with citizens’ growing support ...

Marijuana Legalization In New York State Is Inevitable

Local Commentaries

The question “Should NY legalize marijuana sales to persons 21 years of age or older?” has already been decided. The public is in favor — 63 percent of us say yes. Those who agree represent all political parties, genders, races and ethnicities. New York state has invested time and ...

The Catholic Church Needs Married Clergy

Local Commentaries

I am not a Catholic but I do have a post-college seminary degree. Going back to those “old” days, I recall having conversations with my Catholic counterparts who were also in seminary, who wanted to be married but could not under the celibacy rules of the Roman Catholic Church. Now, ...

Required Work In SNAP Will Reduce Poverty

Local Commentaries

With Congress considering adding work requirements in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps), I have been reflecting on what I learned while running SNAP and other safety-net programs in New York City for Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The case for work requirements ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to the Jamestown Chamber of Commerce for taking time to honor Lee Harkness during the annual Downtown Jamestown Cruise-in recently. Harkness has spent the past two decades working to make Jamestown a better place in which to live, work and play in his roles as the Downtown Jamestown ...

Mobile Market Gives Fresh Food To Poor Communities

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Over the last several months, I’ve been on a personal wellness project to develop healthier foundations in living: reducing stress, eating wholesome tasty foods and sharing some of what I’ve learned with others. This week I had the opportunity to share one of my ...

Protecting Our Gardens

Local Commentaries

I recently reread a book that I hadn’t reviewed for a long time. It is short, but it has had a lasting impact on my own life. The author, James Allen, was born in 1864 in England. His father, a businessman, went bankrupt and had trouble recovering. He moved to America to try a new start ...

CLA Needs To Update Lake Data More Frequently

In Our Opinion

There are no shortage of organizations working on behalf of Chautauqua Lake. Why is it so hard, then, to find information about what is in the lake’s water? The Chautauqua Lake Association, to its credit, has historical information developed through the Citizens Statewide Lake ...

Please Give Your Prayers To The Catholic Church

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: In regards to the sexual abuse scandals that are plaguing the Catholic Church now, I do not condone what priests did or how this was handled in the past. We must pray for the victims, their families and the priests involved. I had no idea that this had been going on ...

Cuomo Can Do More To Keep College Students Fed

In Our Opinion

Good for the State University at New York and Jamestown Community College for making sure their students have access to food in advance of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s December deadline. Earlier this year the governor announced his “No Student Goes Hungry Program” that mandated all New York ...

Good Leadership Saves Sheridan Man Who Nearly Lost Home

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: The story about the Sheridan resident who was able to keep his home is what true leadership looks like. After his home of 30 years was auctioned off due to unpaid taxes, the resident’s county legislator, Terry Niebel, brought the issue before the legislature. The ...

Foreclosures Must Protect Elderly From Losing Their Homes

In Our Opinion

Following established processes is important. There are times, however, when compassion and common sense are just as important as the all-important bureaucracy. We note the recent case of David Blodgett, a Sheridan man who suffers from severe bipolar depression and faces dual disorders of ...

Clymer School Faces Staggering Tax Hike

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: As we start a new school year, Clymer residents should be prepared for months of talks about next year’s budget and the dire need for hefty tax increases. The school leadership is looking for “more input” from the community in creating a new focus group to look ...

Now Is Not Time To Abandon The Church

In Our Opinion

To The Reader’s Forum: The recent exposure of the priest’s scandals left me heart broken and angry. They are despicable and not to be tolerated! Does this mean we should leave the church in disgust? No! If you were Satan, what church would you attack? You would attack the one true ...

Our Worst Day, We Were At Our Best

In Our Opinion

Today marks the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York City. As is the case with events both good and bad, the passage of time fogs our memories and dulls our collective emotions as more children are born who were born who have no recollection of the attacks nor ...

Distrust Vaccinations? Just Look At Europe

In Our Opinion

World health officials are worried that measles may be making a comeback. During the first six months of this year, Europe alone reported more than 41,000 cases of the disease. Thirty-seven victims died. Contrast that with U.S. statistics: This year, there have been just 107 instances of ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to Brandon Caruso, a Falconer native who now works for the National Comedy Center as its guest experience research developer, for making it easier for at least one patron to laugh. Tom Willard, a Westfield native and current Rochester resident, has attended previous events at the ...

As Enrollment Numbers Decline, County Schools Resist Merging

In Our Opinion

On the field, the student-athletes who comprise the Clymer-Sherman-Panama Wolfpack come together to create a formidable team. Together, the team has a fighting chance to play for the Section 6 Class D championship this year. Separately, with the exception of a four-year stretch in which Jehuu ...