Opinion

It Shouldn’t Matter Who Wins SCOTUS Seat

Local Commentaries

The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court has begotten some all-too-expected controversy. Kavanaugh is identified with conservatives and, as a nominee named by President Trump, there is automatic resistance by the Democrats. It has been and will, of course, be the same thing in the ...

Lack Of Rainy Day Fund Leaves State In A Spotty Situation

In Our Opinion

It’s been 10 years since the 2008 recession — and we wonder if New York’s elected officials are forgetting the hard lessons they should have learned. According to a January 2012 analysis by Liberty Street Economics, a blog by the New York Federal Reserve, New York saw a 13.5 percent ...

Words Of Wisdom Still Ring True Today

Letters To The Editor

Editor’s Note: Harry R. Williams recently sent a copy of a letter he submitted to the Reader’s Forum in February 1968. “Contents important 60 years ago, more so today,” Mr. Williams noted in his letter. To The Reader’s Forum: The politically-conceived idea of a gun control law to ...

Have A Camera? Join The Community CrimeCam Program

In Our Opinion

We have already seen what can happen when the video caught on a private citizen’s surveillance camera is shared with police. A couple of weeks ago, a pit bull/mastiff charged toward two Jamestown police officers who were approaching a home to serve an arrest warrant. Almost immediately ...

Democratic System Is A Three-Legged Base

Letters To The Editor

To the Readers Forum: The recent publicity about Democratic socialism started me thinking about our touted capitalist system, and as I thought about it, I realized that our system is really a three legged base, consisting of capitalism, socialism and government regulations. To see that ...

The Growing National Debt Must Be Tackled

In Our Opinion

The $21.2 trillion national debt today is worrisome enough. But it is going to get worse, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. You may want to sit down for this: Within 30 years, the national debt will top $100 trillion, if nothing changes, the CBO is predicting. That ...

Imperative To Find New Home For Anew Center

In Our Opinion

One potential site for the Salvation Army Anew Center was scuttled last year amidst a raft of rumors. It would be a shame if a new site in the town of Ellery is scuttled in the same fashion. The case for moving the Anew Center from its current location hasn’t changed. The former Agnes Home ...

‘Say A Prayer’ For Dunkirk NRG Power Plant

Local Commentaries

You might want to “say a prayer” for the Dunkirk NRG Plant because things are looking pretty bleak as to its reopening. We all remember the December 2013 “Christmas miracle” event in Dunkirk when the Governor, surrounded by plant workers and elected officials, came to town and ...

Liberals Forget Proper Role Of A Supreme Court Justice

Local Commentaries

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s announcement that he will retire after more than 30 years on the Supreme Court ignited a predictable firestorm of controversy. Grassroots activists and senators immediately began trying to influence the president’s nomination and the nominee’s prospects for ...

We Have Plenty Of Reasons To Hate Donald Trump

Local Commentaries

In response to “Why Don’t People Like President Trump?” I can think of a few more than “I just don’t like him”. I don’t like Trump because he is a bully and has no respect for people. Coming up with derisive names for people you don’t agree with is childish at best and only ...

Thanks For Being My Patients And My Friends

Local Commentaries

It has now been eight months that I have retired from being a clinical urologist in Chautauqua County. I have had this time to reflect and think of what I accomplished as a urologist in a small county in Western New York. I look back and can say that through luck and hard work much has been ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to a Chautauqua Region Community Foundation grant that will help the Salvation Army better help people coming to the agency’s food pantry. The $5,000 grant will help the Salvation Army to buy items like enough chicken, beef, fish, beans, peanut butter, and juice that aren’t always ...

City Should Pull In Reigns On Leash Law

In Our Opinion

One interesting question in the wake of last week’s shooting of a dog by two Jamestown police officers involves the city’s leash law. The code states, “No dog shall be permitted to be at large or allowed to run at large within the city, except that a dog may be upon the private property ...

Maryland Shooting Victims Are In The Hands Of God

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Having been born and raised in Maryland, I was deeply moved by the tragic death of the five staff members of the Capital Gazette in my State’s capital, Annapolis. Annapolis is a beautiful and peaceful city, which my wife and I visited often, since I was twice ...

Cuomo Campaign Has Reason To Fight Ruling

In Our Opinion

The wisdom of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME will be born out in just a few short months here in New York state. The decision held that nonunion workers cannot be forced to pay fees to public sector unions. Unions hard argued that it is unfair not to collect fees from ...

America’s Mistakes Will Never Diminish Our Spirit

In Our Opinion

As most Americans observe Independence Day, a few among us insist July 4 is nothing to celebrate. The United States of America is flawed deeply, they insist. We should forget the Declaration of Independence, repeal the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and start anew, some cynics ...

Thank You To All Servicemembers

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Today we celebrate the arrival of the United States of America onto the world stage. As a member of American Legion Auxiliary Samuel L. Derby Post 556, I want to personally thank all servicemembers of the Armed Forces of the United States of America for their ...

Free Press Can’t Be Silenced

In Our Opinion

Like probably every newspaper staff around the country — and millions of other Americans — we were horrified Thursday at a mass murder at a daily newspaper office in Annapolis, Maryland. Police said it was a pre-planned solo attack, in which a 38-year-old man walked into the offices of ...