Opinion

Extending Electric Vehicle Tax Is Misguided

Local Commentaries

Enacted in 2008, the EV tax credit — which allows electric car buyers to qualify for up to $7,500 in federal subsidies — was meant to foster the fledgling electric vehicle industry. By law, the credit phases out once a manufacturer makes its 200,000th car. Tesla reached that threshold ...

You Are Smarter Than a Computer

Local Commentaries

The question artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and the future of human work is a Rorschach test: the answer you get depends on what you see. For some, the advent of “smart” everything portends a future of rising living standards and human flourishing. Others see a dark side. Without ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to Alex Card, a Southwestern Central School senior who made headlines for his play on the football field this fall and now, as a member of the school’s basketball team, is making headlines for his play on the basketball court. Through Card’s efforts, the Trojans’ basketball team ...

Reader Would Settle For Classic Voting Machines

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: In response to Norman Green’s article (Dec. 30) on potential changes to the voting process, I’d settle for a ballot I can read and a tabulating system you can be fairly sure is accurate. As my vision declines, it’s becoming more and more difficult to fill in ...

Maybe A Third-Party Commission Is Needed To Root Out Corruption

In Our Opinion

Three days into the new year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo fired a warning shot over the heads of state legislators who said they would investigate the governor’s economic development contracts. Last week, the governor threatened to investigate funding for state Legislature member item grants if the ...

American Politics After 2016

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: 2019 is a time to look backward and forward. 2017 brought Donald Trump, Twitter, the DOJ/Mueller investigation, fractures in alliances, and “national division” front and center. 2018 brought massive tax cuts to corporations and the wealthy combined with a roller ...

Personal Finance Education Necessary In Today’s World

In Our Opinion

You step up to the counter, the clerk rings up your purchase, you hand him money ... then watch, half in amusement, half in annoyance, as he informs you, “Computer’s down. Can’t make change.” In your head, you have done the math and know how much change you are due. The clerk, without ...

Don’t Put Off Getting The Flu Shot Any Longer This Season

In Our Opinion

If you managed to get into the new year without suffering through a case of influenza, even though you haven’t been vaccinated against the virus, congratulations. Now, go get that shot. The most dangerous part of the flu season lies ahead. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said recently that cases of ...

Shutdown A Big Test For Problem Solvers Caucus

In Our Opinion

If there was ever a time for the Problem Solvers Caucus to shine, this is it. The shutdown of the federal government is now in its second week after the House of Representatives and the Senate were unable to come to an agreement over the budget legislation, with the biggest disagreement ...

Money Is The Answer To The Lake’s Problems

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: We don’t need any more studies by “scientists.” We need to listen to the scientists that have spoken. We know what is causing the lake’s problems. Now we need to unite in solving the problems. We need herbicide treatment, weed cutting and skimming and reduced ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for vetoing legislation that would have allowed workers to take up to 12 weeks of paid leave after the death of a family member. The legislation had been opposed by business groups because the way the legislation was written could have led to rampant abuse under ...

County Staff Have More Pressing Needs At The Momement

In Our Opinion

Having a nationally televised Web.com Tour is a good thing for the Peek’n Peak Resort and the rest of Chautauqua County. It makes little sense for county employees spending time lining up sponsors and organizing the tournament. The 2019 tournament is on schedule to take place from July 1-7 ...

Those In Need Of Assistance Continues To Grow Locally

In Our Opinion

Far too many Chautauqua County residents are at risk of falling through the cracks — news releases from the St. Susan Center and Meals on Wheels of the Jamestown Area are proof of that. St. Susan Center has seen a continual increase in the number of people it serves over the past few years, ...

Creating A Citizen Advisory Committee Is Right Move To Make

In Our Opinion

It was interesting to read that County Executive George Borrello wants to create a citizen advisory committee that consist of people who aren’t involved in government entities. The group had been created as of mid-December, though it had yet to meet. “These people are not normally ...

Any Reform To Parole System Needs To Include Local Housing

In Our Opinion

Proposed changes to the state’s parole system aren’t a bad idea as long as state legislators remember a couple of things. Legislators want to shift the parole system’s emphasis from technical violations to a series of incentives to reward good behavior. The legislation, as written, ...

Businesses Will Feel The Pinch With Minimum Wage Hike

In Our Opinion

All of New York’s businesses — especially the small ones — will be feeling a new pinch right before the start of the new year. Beginning Monday, the state’s minimum wage will rise 70 cents to $11.10 per hour. That is almost $4 more than the federal minimum wage, which is $7.25 per ...

Mayor Thanks Village Residents

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: As the year comes to a conclusion so does my term as your Mayor, I wanted to say thank you to each and every person in our village. My 25 years serving our community have been very rewarding and it was all done for the good of the community. But it was the support ...

Borrello Is Taking On Tough Tasks

In Our Opinion

It is impossible for there not to be conflicts where Chautauqua Lake is concerned. Rolland Kidder — a former state Assemblyman, Robert H. Jackson Center executive director and a Stow resident — summarizes the situation surrounding the organizations working for the lake’s benefit in an ...

Taking Exception With Views On The Press

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: I grew up in Lakewood, as did my father before me. I must take exception to some of the points made by Margot Russell in her “Lakewood Lens” column in this paper on Saturday, December 22. I do not agree that the “mainstream press...has lost its way”; indeed, ...