Opinion

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to all those who have helped rehabilitate the home of a Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputy as the deputy battles acute myeloid leukemia. What started out as a Facebook request turned into an all-out house re-building campaign, according to Sashene Bargar, a corrections officer with ...

Reed, Collins Should Explain Their Reasoning

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: So messers Reed and Collins don’t like New York Safe Act? I would suggest that they read it first, or at least the explanation that can be easily found on the internet. Does the act prohibit or even inhibit hunters from enjoying their sport? No. Does it prohibit ...

Reader Enjoys Musings Of Sandy Robison

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: I just finished another beautifully written and moving piece by Sandy Robison and felt compelled to finally write to say how much I appreciate her musings on life here in Chautauqua County, and life generally. Though I often wipe a tear from my face after an evocative ...

Doubling Down On Casinos May Not Have Been Smartest Bet

In Our Opinion

A few years ago, New York took a gamble on casinos to provide an economic boost. In 2013, state voters approved a constitutional ballot referendum that allowed the state Legislature to authorize as many as seven new casinos in the state. The proposition was couched as an economic development ...

Reader Worries About Long-Term Influence

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Donald Trump has awakened the sleeping monster of racial, ethnic and religious hatred by appealing to the prejudices of ignorant people. Research done by the Southern Poverty Law Center found that over the last year the number of organized hate groups in our country ...

Trump’s Tax Plan Helps The Wealthy Elite

Letters To The Editor

To the Reader’s Forum: Trump unveiled some sketchy tax plan details this week and to no one’s surprise the bulk of the benefits go to the wealthy, the corporations, and the Wall Street banks. The idea is to reduce taxes for the rich first and after they make their profits they will then ...

Volunteering Can Bring Out The Best In Us

In Our Opinion

Michael Bull’s story is tragic on many levels. Bull was the victim of a homicide Aug. 19 outside his apartment building on East Sixth Street. It wasn’t until Bull reached middle age that he and his sister, Jeanne Johnson, forged a relationship following a medical scare that brought the ...

Strengths, Weaknesses Should Be Recognized

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Following the controversy over the removal of a statue of General Lee, there has been a call by some New York City politicians to remove a statute of Christopher Columbus because of his involvement in the slave trade. What monument will be next? If we remove all ...

Responsible Driving A Must As Kids Go Back To School This Week

In Our Opinion

School is back in session in our area, and that means law enforcement agencies should become attack dogs on behalf of the children. Police and sheriff’s deputies should concentrate on speed limits in school zones and, at least until a no-tolerance message is sent, use additional personnel ...

Verizon Phone Tower Should Be Denied

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Today, the Zoning Board of Appeals will consider Verizon Wireless’s request to erect a cell phone tower on Hallock Street. This request is in direct violation of our zoning laws. It is my understanding that other legally zoned sites have been proposed to Verizon as ...

Changes To Route 60 Will Take Time

In Our Opinion

Local residents have questions about what will happen on Route 60 now that state Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean, has helped secure funding to expand parts of the road into four-lane highway. Where will the land come from for the expansion? Will it make it harder for people who live on Route 60 ...

Debt Ceiling Increase All But Certain

In Our Opinion

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin won last week’s Stating the Obvious Prize when he predicted Congress will approve an increase in the government debt limit sometime in September. Of course lawmakers will approve a new debt ceiling. There will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth by both ...

Proficiency Test Scores Are Cause For Concern

In Our Opinion

Standardized testing results for students in New York’s public schools have been released and, once again this year, there are plenty of reasons for hand-wringing as well as head-scratching. On the whole, the numbers are not good. Data released last week by the state Department of ...

Where Did The Pride In Maintained Homes Go?

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Houses in Jamestown, even those owned or rented by people with modest means, always used to be well-maintained: fresh paint, mown lawns and swept sidewalks. This isn’t the case in a lot of neighborhoods anymore. When did that pride disappear? Why are so many ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to one of the area’s newest Labor Day traditions, the annual Kallie’s Krusade fundraiser to raise money for children and families dealing with serious illness. This year’s event will be held Monday at the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club, 433 E. Terrace Ave., Lakewood. The day will ...

Trump’s Response To Storm Is Not Presidential

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Is Donald Trump really our President, or are we all in a dream together? Things seem to go from bad to worse and no matter how I try I can’t seem to wake from what I perceive to be a bad dream. It has been a struggle to call him “President” and recent events ...

Reader Is Thankful For Return Of Valued Items

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: I want to thank whomever found the small black and white bag in the parking lot outside of the Robin’s Nest Saturday morning and left it on our friend’s van. It contained jewelry given to me by one of my sons and daughters-in-law and also a 50th anniversary gift ...

Reader Questions Deal To Bring Jobs To State

Letters To The Editor

To the Reader’s Forum: A new analysis by the state of Wisconsin reveals that the highly touted deal for the Foxconn manufacturing facility, that was so eagerly sought by Oneida County, would create fewer jobs than announced. One government analysis showed the state might not break even ...

Better Recycling Will Reduce Reliance On Plastic Bags

In Our Opinion

Dr. Sherri Mason, the State University at Fredonia professor and plastic pollution researcher who led a successful effort to ban the use of products with microbeads, is right. Society needs to reduce its reliance on plastic bags. One of the main concerns surrounding plastic bags is the fact ...