Opinion

More Shootings. More Helpless, Hopeless Feelings

Local Commentaries

Horrific, sickening, tragic. Those were the words I used to describe the news from Las Vegas two years ago — the scene of the worst mass shooting in American history. Since then, those words have come to my mind again and again: Parkland. Pittsburgh. And now Dayton and El Paso. But none ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to the organizers of the annual Big Fish Triathlon. The 2019 race raised more than $13,000 to support Camp Onyahsa’s week of camping for children with Type 1 diabetes while the event has now raised $79,489.08. The money pays for children with Type 1 diabetes to enjoy all of the ...

Pop Culture, Sports And Contradictions

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: A curious quote about God says, “God is too big to fit one religion.” Sounding like it popped out of a pitiful intellectual puddle of pop culture, the quote sure enough is traceable to a rapper in 2006. The quote assumes that God can be shrunk into a ...

JCAA Pact Restores Some Balance To The City Budget

In Our Opinion

We’re sure, back in the 1970s and 1980s, City Council members and Jamestown mayors thought they had arrived at contracts with city employees that were fair to employees and taxpayers alike. Hindsight tells us those contracts were, in fact, albatrosses around the neck of the taxpaying ...

It’s Time This Nation Made A Commitment To Ending Violence

In Our Opinion

Exactly why the pitiful, sick weaklings who murdered 31 people in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, committed their horrific deeds may never be known. But as always, the reaction has been calls that the government do more to prevent mass killings. Stricter gun control laws already have been ...

There Is Still Work To Be Done On MWBE Legislation

In Our Opinion

It’s nice that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation expanding and extending the state’s Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises program. It would been even nicer if the state made sure the program worked the way it should in the first place. Two Republicans who spoke on the ...

Leftists Have A Right To Speak Their Minds

Letters To The Editor

To the Reader’s Forum: Many of our national leaders, most of whom I very much respect, are taking a tack which I do not agree with. I am certainly with them when they say that the leftists are despicable, but I don’t think they should be told to leave our country. As long as they don’t ...

Voter Protection Should Remain In The States’ Hands

In Our Opinion

U.S. senators were told last week that the federal government should have a bigger role in protecting states’ election systems from computer hackers such as those working for Russia. That sounds reasonable. Proposals that Uncle Sam have more power over us almost always do. A report ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to the Roger Tory Peterson Institute as it celebrates its 35th anniversary today. In 1984, a group of friends and colleagues of Roger Tory Peterson, famed artist, naturalist and author, founded RTPI in Jamestown. Roger Tory Peterson was the pre-eminent American naturalist who ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to the Roger Tory Peterson Institute as it celebrates its 35th anniversary today. In 1984, a group of friends and colleagues of Roger Tory Peterson, famed artist, naturalist and author, founded RTPI in Jamestown. Roger Tory Peterson was the pre-eminent American naturalist who ...

If You Support Racist Sayings, You’re Racist

Letters To The Editor

If You Support Racist Sayings, You’re Racist To the Reader’s Forum: Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream that his children and all of America would measure the quality of a person by the content of their character instead of the color of their skin or their religion. Today we are ...

If You Support Racist Sayings, You’re Racist

Letters To The Editor

To the Reader’s Forum: Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream that his children and all of America would measure the quality of a person by the content of their character instead of the color of their skin or their religion. Today we are witnessing a President who feels that the color of ...

County DA Knows Benefits Of Village And Town Court Partnerships

In Our Opinion

Merging of municipal courts does not need to be problematic. In fact, the village of Brocton and town of Portland are already utilizing this practice. With courts in 27 towns, 13 villages and two cities, that is a major burden on the Chautauqua County district attorney’s office. Patrick ...

Welfare Is Completely Out Of Control

Letters To The Editor

To the Reader’s Forum: Censoring information is what Kwai Chang Caine lamented on the 1970s TV series Kung Fu, starring David Carrradine. The character Master Po with the shimmering blind eyes stated, “To suppress a truth is to give it power beyond endurance.” The 2020 election is ...

Any Project That Impacts Lake Erie Should Be Studied

In Our Opinion

Whether it’s permanent or a mere speed bump, the Chautauqua County Legislature has done the right thing in passing a resolution stating the county’s opposition to wind turbines on Lake Erie. Erie County, N.Y., has already passed such a resolution while the Lake Erie Foundation has ...

A Plea To Policy Makers To Have Compassion

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: To ignore the plight of animals — domestic and captive wild — in the “entertainment” industry, those caught in cruel leg-hold traps or snares, those raised for food or their pelts under deplorable and inhumane conditions, those used in painful laboratory ...