Opinion

Chautauqua Lake Battle Royale

Local Commentaries

Ice may be covering Chautauqua Lake and things may seem quiet right now, but there is a “battle royale” going on between the various organizations that work at making the lake a better lake. First and foremost, it was announced recently that Chautauqua Institution’s lawsuit against ...

Pursuing Wellness Is A Resolution You Can Keep

Local Commentaries

New Year’s resolutions are often punishing, such as resolving to do sit-ups each morning when you get out of bed, eliminating all sweets or banning all swear words from your vocabulary (including when you hit your thumb with a hammer). Impossible! No wonder we all abandon the plan after ...

Save The Neck Tie In 2019

Local Commentaries

No New Year’s resolutions this year. Nary a one. Instead I am throwing myself, body and soul, into campaigns — campaigns designed to halt the slide in civilized life. Here are my campaigns: ¯ Rescue the necktie: More and more men are going around naked about the throat but wearing a ...

Mayor Should Find Fresh Face For Vacant Council Seat

In Our Opinion

Mayor Sam Teresi finds himself with a vacancy to fill on the City Council after the resignation of Vanessa Weinert. It’s unfortunate Weinert had to step down. She had proven herself early in her first year as a bright, energetic member of the council who added depth to the conversation ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to the Evans’ Skatelcub Social Rollers, a group of area residents who gather twice a year to reminisce about their god times at Evans’ Skateland. The longtime Jamestown fixture closed in December 2009 and, with it, a chapter of Jamestown history for those of a certain age who grew ...

State Needs To Find A Way To Help Victims Of Sexual Abuse

In Our Opinion

It was interesting to see a report in Newsday last week indicating Democrats in the state Legislature were taking a second look at the Child Victims Act. The story quotes Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, D-Albany, as one of the Democratic Party legislators voicing concern that the legislation, ...

Green New Deal Likely To Hurt Families It Is Designed To Help

In Our Opinion

One area of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2019 Justice Agenda isn’t likely to be particularly fair for low- and middle-income families. Cuomo plans to make New York the most progressive state in the nation in moving to renewables and growing the new sustainable green economy. His Green New Deal ...

There Are Many Who Go Above And Beyond On Christmas

In Our Opinion

We pull out all the stops for Christmas. Household budgets are torn up in our determination to get the perfect gift for everyone on our lists. Many — most, here in Chautauqua County, we have reason to believe — set aside a few dollars, perhaps more, in our concern for the less fortunate. ...

Sherman Should Look Into Merging Schools

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: My name is Cassandra Henning. I live in Sherman, N.Y., and I believe that there is a different proposition that should be brought to a vote in Sherman school district. It’s not that I don’t believe or want to put money into improvements at my children’s school. ...

For Many, The Most Joyful, Calming Night Of The Year

In Our Opinion

Well, despite our best planning and our most focused efforts, Christmas has a way of sneaking up on us. It’s tomorrow, in case you’d lost track. There is so much left to do! The house or apartment needs a last cleaning for family members who visit just a couple of times a year. There’s ...

Wishing Those Who Work On Christmas A Safe Shift

In Our Opinion

Tonight, while most of us relax in anticipation of The Big Day, firefighters will have to hold themselves ready to respond to the almost inevitable fires in chimneys and Christmas decorations. Police officers and sheriff’s deputies will patrol our streets and roads. Men and women will watch ...

Reuniting Drug Task Forces Won’t Be Easy

In Our Opinion

Four of the five recommendations proposed by the Countywide Alliance for Enforcement and Rehabilitation make a lot of sense. The group, formed by County Executive George Borrello in January 2018, recently released a report that includes ideas to pursue in the coming year. Task force members ...

Chautauqua Lake Needs More Science, Less Emotion

Local Commentaries

Everyone concerned with Chautauqua Lake’s stewardship and optimum management agrees on the basics: The lake is 17.3 miles from end to end, has a maximum depth of 75 feet and spans 42 miles of shoreline. The lake drains 33 streams and 10 major watersheds and 10,500 people rely on the lake, ...

Spending Christmas With Friends

Local Commentaries

On a recent Sunday, I witnessed a wonderful children’s service at our Church in the morning, attended a terrific holiday musical concert at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts in the afternoon, and wrapped up the day with a magnificent dinner with friends in Lakewood. To be honest, two days ...

Lawsuits Cost Money That Could Help The Lake

Local Commentaries

The Court has dismissed the Chautauqua Institution’s (Institution) suit against the Town of Ellery, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and the Chautauqua Lake Partnership (Partnership). More specifically, in its Dec. 21, 2018 ruling, the Court held that, ...

Beware Of Billionaires Who Come Bearing Gifts

Local Commentaries

More and more frequently, we hear of mega-size donations to charity by the wealthiest people in our society. We’re especially likely to see them around this time of year, as the season of giving really gets underway. From Bill Gates to Jeff Bezos to Mark Zuckerberg, Forbes magazine’s ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to each and every individual who took part — in both large and small ways — in the dozens of donation drives during this holiday season. Agencies have said repeatedly the need has never been higher for both basic necessities and for holiday gifts for children, yet Chautauqua ...

Keep Politics Out Of Justice Center Investigation

In Our Opinion

Were it not for the sometimes odious air of politics, there would be little controversy over a federal investigation of the New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People With Special Needs. Claims that the agency hasn’t investigated crimes that involve neglect, abuse, sexual ...

Having Schools Report Where Their Funding Goes Is Right Move

In Our Opinion

The concerns voiced by educators statewide about reports showing how a school district’s funding is divided between its individual school buildings appear to be coming true. This year, every school district has to file such a report to the state Division of the Budget to comply with federal ...