Opinion

Free Expression Rights Are Being Silenced

Local Commentaries

Fifty years ago, the Supreme Court upheld the right of a 13-year-old and her friends to protest peacefully against American involvement in Vietnam at their school. The justices’ decision in the landmark free expression case Tinker v. Des Moines provided us with indelible imagery and a ...

Too Many Yes Men Are A Problem

Local Commentaries

One of the great problems facing people in power is the propensity to surround themselves with “yes men.” Once you have money or power, it is human nature to seek adulation and reinforcement rather than criticism. This is not unusual, it tends to be the norm. I recall my father, a ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to all those involved in bringing Chautauqua County’s annual mid-winter party to life. The President’s Day Winter Weekend Festival kicked off Friday and continues today and Sunday. Today’s events include fireworks and a bonfire, a flare parade if weather permits, a cold-water ...

NY Turns Blind Eye To Gambling’s Cost

In Our Opinion

At the urging of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York has vastly expanded legal gambling options. The state government bet that the benefits - tax revenue and boosting the economies of struggling upstate areas - would be huge and that the costs ... well, the Cuomo administration didn’t talk about ...

The Success Academy Could Bring About Substantial Change

In Our Opinion

Anyone who wondered how much importance Jamestown superintendent Bret Apthorpe places on the new Jamestown Public Schools Success Academy had had their questions answered last week. Last week, Apthorpe said that Dr. Mike McElrath will be moved from his post as Jamestown High School principal ...

The Lakewood Village Board Needs To Make Meeting Changes

In Our Opinion

For too long, the Lakewood Village Board has flouted the state building codes by holding crowded meetings in the second floor of the Anthony C. Caprino building. The issues arises when the board expects controversial issues to arise in large crowds at meetings, such as the vote for an interim ...

Cuomo Has Opened The Legislative Floodgates

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Instead of producing an economic and moral environment conducive for citizens to move to New York, our governor has another agenda to impose. Cuomo not only has “legally” erased distinctions between genders, he just passed a law to erase the lives of more ...

History Has Proven That Walls Do Work

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: I present this information for your consideration. The Great Wall of China was not built to repel the Mongols. The wall was commissioned by the first emperor who died in 210 BC, long before the emergence of the Mongols around AD 800. The threat was from Xiongnu, ...

‘Medicare-For-All’ Plan Comes With A Huge Pricetage

In Our Opinion

Perhaps Democratic candidate for president Sen. Kamala Harris wasn’t thinking when she cut loose with a sound bite she hoped would gain traction among voters. More likely, she was hoping listeners would not stop and think about what she said. Harris, a Californian, is making ...

ODMAP Is A Massive Investment To Help Addicts In Jamestown

In Our Opinion

New buildings are a big, shiny way to show that Chautauqua County is taking steps to battle the opioid epidemic. While necessary, other steps can have a big impact, too. Take, for example, the ODMAP program that links law enforcement and emergency responders, brings more information about ...

It’s Time For New York To Balance Its Checkbook

In Our Opinion

New York has a revenue problem exacerbated by the federal cap on State and Local Tax deductions that were part of President Donald Trump’s 2018 tax reform legislation. That revenue problem is made worse by the state’s longstanding spending problem. State tax receipts look to be about ...

Be Welcoming To Fresh Faces In Local Politics

Local Commentaries

For years, organizations and individuals have tried to encourage young people to come back home and have also worked to encourage others not from the area to relocate here. As an example, an effort with this in mind began years ago as a goal of the city’s Strategic Planning and Partnerships ...

Does It Get Much Better Than Ice Fishing?

Local Commentaries

It is that time of year again when the ice fishermen dominate the landscape of Chautauqua Lake. (My definition of these individuals also includes women who fish through the ice.) Many of them are the same as those who fish by boat in the summertime but, in my view, ice fishermen are in ...

We May Be Better Off Cutting Screen Time

Local Commentaries

Two social media marketing/analysis organizations, “We Are Social” and “Hootsuite” produced a global digital report on various statistics regarding screen time and internet use. There are many fascinating results worth digging into but one in particular stands out. The survey ...

The Folly Of Minimum Wage Laws

Local Commentaries

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has proposed raising the legal minimum wage to $12 per hour on July 1, 2019, and then an additional 50 cents per year until the minimum wage reaches $15 per hour in 2025. Laws mandating a minimum wage have existed without interruption since the federal Fair ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to Julie Ratzlaff, a Sherman Central School senior, for her third-place finish in the nationwide Teens Make Music Contest sponsored by the Grammy Foundation, MusiCares and the Partnership at Drugfree.org. Ratzlaff explained that, on the first day of school, the guidance counselor ...

Town Boards Need To Oversee Their Courts More Closely

In Our Opinion

One of the arguments for town and village courts is that they are better able to administer justice efficiently and effectively than a larger, consolidated court system. Is that really the case in Chautauqua County? The latest chink in the armor of our current court system comes from the ...

State Aid Is Dictating Potential Merger Talks Between Schools

In Our Opinion

Gowanda schools are looking for a partner in a potential merger, but neighboring small schools will never consider it. North Collins, Pine Valley and Forestville districts are always open to sharing services, but why merge? New York state and Albany provide the answer. As noted in this corner ...