Opinion

New York Voters Face A Maze Of Party Choices

Local Commentaries

Though most voters think the statewide election this year is between the two major parties, Republican and Democratic, there are actually ten lines to choose from on the ballot. Why is that? The quick answer is that there is an accepted political calculus that through cross-endorsements more ...

Thumbs Up To Mayville Residents Running For Village Office

In Our Opinion

In a time when there are too many uncontested races, particularly among our smaller towns and villages, thumbs up to the candidates running for mayor and the Village Board in Mayville. There are two candidates for mayor — Ken Shearer and Rick Syper — and five candidates for the Village ...

Reader Questions Committee Appointment

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: I have a serious question to ask. How did Sen. Richard Blumenthal from the great state of Connecticut get picked to be seated on a committee which demands integrity and honesty? Not too long ago Senator Blumenthal was caught flat-footed in a whopping lie. He ran ...

Trump Puts Gold Standard On the Table

Local Commentaries

President Trump recently broached the subject of a gold standard for America’s monetary system, which is significant, because no recent president has done so, and the idea has been denigrated by central bankers, politicians, and other popular influencers as a “barbarous relic.” Such a ...

Donald Trump’s Presidency Has Divided Many Friends

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: It seems fitting that I should write this on unity day. It is very sad to note that the current politics are threatening to split our country apart. People with opposing views can’t talk to each other any more. I have friends who have distanced themselves from me, ...

State Assembly Needs Goodell’s Voice

In Our Opinion

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, during a stop in Dunkirk last weekend to offer support to partisan candidates, made the remark there needs to be “more Democrats in the New York state Assembly.” We, however, would respectfully disagree. Already, there are more than 100 of the 150 seats filled by ...

List Of Reasons To Hate Trump Twists The Truth

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: To the gentleman who wrote in a list of reasons to hate our president, you need to apply for a job at CNN or better yet move to Hollywood. You are fake news. You are taking contents of president and twisting them to your way of thinking and leaving out actual ...

Idea Of America Is At Stake In The Election

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: In my opinion the idea of America — equal opportunity for all — is at stake in the upcoming elections. This idea takes shape in many contexts. In the context of economics, there has been a growing trend in our politics that replaces Adam Smith’s concept of ...

Despite Divide, County Celebrated As One

In Our Opinion

There is a definite divide in Chautauqua County. It comes down to us and them, specifically the north and south. That, however, does not mean we do not always come together. Last week, the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce held its annual banquet, which highlights the best people and ...

Chautauqua Mall Owners Must Continue In New Direction Quickly

In Our Opinion

The closing of the Sears store in the Chautauqua Mall doesn’t come as much surprise. Sears corporate bankruptcy has been years in the making. The company once had around 350,000 employees; as of Monday’s filing, it was down to 68,000. At its peak, it had 4,000 stores in 2012; it will now ...

UN Report Highlights Climate Alarmism Issues

Local Commentaries

For those unable and unwilling to wait for Chicken Little’s coming sequel, the United Nations’ latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report provides a heavy helping of unnecessary alarmism and hysteria. The report’s authors warn that “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented ...

Some Types Of Plastics Can’t Be Recycled

Local Commentaries

In an earlier article, I wrote of the problem facing municipalities as they deal with recyclables. Probably the most vexing issue is what to do with plastics. Plastics last forever, can be strong and are light — therefore they have become a preferred material for many uses. The problem in ...

Your Neighbors Probably Aren’t Actually Supervillains

Local Commentaries

The biannual hysteria of election season is in full swing. One side has declared a full-fledged resistance against an antagonist who seems to savor his role as antihero. The other side rallies behind its champion as he campaigns against a supposed conspiracy of subversive agents, mendacious ...

Volunteers Heart Of St. Susan Center

Local Commentaries

With the economy falling apart, with a community full of violence, poverty and crime, more families feeling lost and alone are seeking or needing help. St. Susan Center offers to many the comfort of fellowship and hope. St. Susan not only provides a hot and healthy meal every day to the ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to Steven Carlson, a Jamestown native who will graduate in May from Princeton University with a degree in ecology and evolutionary biology while, at the same time, rocketing his way up the receiving record board for the Princeton football team. Through last week’s games, Carlson is ...

Schumer Should Be Ashamed For Character Assassination

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Dear Senator Schumer, Tragically, the nation witnessed a display of innuendo and character assassination by Democrats toward a man of integrity, faith, and high intellect and accomplishment. His wife and young children also did not escape unscathed. Such lofty ...