Opinion

Being A Good Man Is A Fitting Legacy

In Our Opinion

When former President George H.W. Bush passed away Friday, he left a legacy with much to recommend it. It is of a kinder, gentler nation fully capable of using an iron fist. Bush, our 41st president, was 94 when he joined his beloved wife, Barbara, who died earlier this year. Supreme Court ...

Reader Asks For Whom The President Works

Letters To The Editor

To the Reader’s Forum: These are the words of Mr. Trump explaining, when he was the presumptive nominee for president, why he was dealing with Russian officials while lying about it to the American people: “I was campaigning. There was a good chance that I wouldn’t have won, in which ...

In Support Of The Lake And Gary Peters Sr.

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: I have lived in Chautauqua County for almost 70 years. In the 1960s and 1970s we sprayed the lake for weeds and have never seen fish killed by the herbicide. Now that we only spray small areas of the lake weeds prosper in those that don’t. Some suggestions: ...

Shopping Locally Makes A Lot Of Sense

In Our Opinion

Many of us get a little crazy during the holidays. Sometimes we just don’t use our heads. Clearly, the person who wrote a recommendation for one of those national consumer organizations wasn’t using his or hers. In deciding what model of a particular product to buy, shoppers should ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to the Jamestown, Chautauqua County and town plow crews who did a yeomanlike job this week keeping streets as clear as possible when parts of Chautauqua County received more than twice the snow they were expected to see. Jamestown, which was forecast to receive 6 to 10 inches of snow, ...

Local History Can Be Filled With Nonsense

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Jamestown was first called The Pearl City in the 1880’s, decades after the ash trade was over. I’ve asked the city to take that accursed error off their web site. Chautauqua does not mean bag tied in the middle. George Washington never came closer than 15 miles ...

Lawmakers Should Follow Private Sector Rules For Pay Hike

In Our Opinion

A state commission will soon issue a recommendation whether or not New York’s state legislators should receive a pay raise. Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently came out in favor of raises for the legislature, saying they work hard and deserve more money. By that logic, millions of New York state ...

Consider The Benefits Of Capitalism

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: There are very few heroes in economics but for me the best of the best was Nikolai Kondratieff, who was shot by firing squad on the orders of Stalin in 1938. His execution was ordered because his academic work propounded that the capitalist system would survive the ...

The State Might As Well Legalize Sports Betting

In Our Opinion

In July, New Jersey netted $325,646 in state taxes from sports betting. Such are the spoils for the Garden State, which won a U.S. Supreme Court case in May clearing the way for all 50 states to offer sports betting if they choose. Since betting began in New Jersey on June 14, more than $57 ...

Reader Thankful For ‘Guardian Angels’

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: I think this is the appropriate time of year to offer my thanks to a group of unsung heroes who live here in our community, but all too often are taken for granted. The group I refer to are the first responders here in Jamestown; EMT’s, Starflight pilots and flight ...

Niebel Opposes DA’s Plan To Hire Outside County

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: District Attorney Patrick Swanson recently appeared before the Public Safety committee, and requested support for a Resolution which would allow him to hire up to 4 assistant district attorneys from outside Chautauqua County. The reasons Mr. Swanson cited for ...

Bridge Reopening May Calm Traffic

In Our Opinion

It will be spring before a traffic study of the area near Harrison Street and Foote Avenue can begin. The study came at the suggestion of Brent Sheldon, R-Ward 1, who said the intersection is one of the busiest intersections in Jamestown and that the volume of cars at peak traffic times may ...

Local Blue Star Mothers Collecting Items

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: I was recently reminiscing about a childhood memory of a name given to Jamestown — The Pearl City. I have often wondered about this name. A quick search on the internet revealed this about Jamestown’s history in the early 1800s: “During the clearing of the ...

Ensuring That Real Justice Will Prevail

In Our Opinion

Five million dollars is a lot of money. It is not nearly enough to compensate three men for being imprisoned wrongly — for 20 years. At least they ought to have some assurance that true justice will prevail in their cases. In 1995, three Cleveland, Ohio, men, Laurese Glover, Eugene Johnson ...

Readers Notes The Importance Of Armistice

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: The year was 1918. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the armistice to end World War I was signed. Ten million military personnel had died. In Germany, one in three men who had been aged 19 to 22 when the war started was dead by November 1918. In ...

Volunteer Thanks Sheriff Gerace For Service

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Several weeks have passed since the voters of Chautauqua County cast their ballots in the 2018 mid-term election which included who our next sheriff would be in this county. I was a volunteer for Sheriff Joe’s campaign and came to know Joe not only as a dedicated ...

Viewing The U.S. Elections From Scotland

Local Commentaries

Since we were going to Scotland to visit friends, we voted absentee this year on election day. That also meant that we viewed the U.S. elections from abroad which was interesting in itself. Our Scottish friends are Conservatives (Tories,) and so each day we would read The Daily Telegraph to ...

Why Not Use Mechanical Voting Machines?

Local Commentaries

The U.S.A has spent millions of dollars “upgrading” to electronic voting machines and the results are not good. Our elections these days are a mess. These new electronic machines have created a myriad of problems that frankly did not happen with the old mechanical voting machines. The ...