Opinion

Mental Health Bill Could Help Many In Region

In Our Opinion

To The Reader’s Forum: America’s population is aging, and with it a little-known problem is growing: roughly one in five older Americans has a mental health challenge. AARP thanks Representative Tom Reed for trying to attack this problem by co-sponsoring the bipartisan Mental Health ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to Alexis Barron of Lakewood for earning the Girl Scouts of Western New York’s 2019 Gold Award. Barron’s project, the Dock Project, was to build a floating dock for community use in Jamestown. The six-section dock, with a ramp and a concrete footer, is anchored at the Chautauqua ...

Reader Concerned By Economic Realities

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Farmworkers deserve to be and are treated with respect. The Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act concerns me. While its supporters mean well, the economic realities facing family farms (97% of farms are family owned) will make it difficult for many farms to survive ...

Sewer District Should Be Commended On Phosphorus Reduction

In Our Opinion

Quietly, a major step has been taken to decrease the amount of phosphorus making its way into Chautauqua Lake. Last October, improvements were completed at the North Chautauqua Lake Sewer District’s wastewater treatment plant. The improvements were called for in the 2012 Total Maximum ...

The Presumption Of Innocence

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: I hear a lot these days about the presumption of innocence. This, I say, is good up to a point. But if charges have been brought against someone and that person is on trial, I believe that his/her official status should be “intermediary.” That is, guilt or ...

Legislators Should Focus On Families, Not The State Fair

In Our Opinion

Yesterday, we referred to a claim by Deborah Glick, D-Manhattan, that a scholarship for children whose parents were killed serving in the military shouldn’t be expanded because the costs were unclear and the legislation came up after the state’s 2019-20 budget had already been finalized. ...

Reader Questions Use Of Vaccinations

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Parents who purposely choose not to vaccinate their children are not being irresponsible to their children nor to society! They are seeking to do the right and healthy thing for their children! If vaccinations are so effective then please tell me why those who ...

Expansion Of Tuition Assistance Was The Right Move To Make

In Our Opinion

It’s disappointing, though certainly not surprising, that members of the state Assembly balked at expanding the number of students who qualify for tuition and other assistance to family members of military personnel killed or disabled while engaged in or training for hostilities. Assembly ...

Documentary Highlights What Could Have Been

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: I commend WNED public television and everyone who had a part in making “Reimagining A Buffalo Landmark,” the new Richardson Olmsted Campus documentary. It clearly and convincingly illustrates why this is a model preservation project, one most deserving of its ...

Time To Make The Memorandum A Win For The Lake

In Our Opinion

A lot of people weren’t happy with the Memorandum of Agreement that will govern Chautauqua Lake improvement efforts for the next two years — but all but one of the affected agencies have signed the legislation. A couple of groups had to swallow hard to sign on to the agreement due to the ...

Teacher Inspired By Battle Of The Classes

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: As an elementary teacher, it is not that often that one can participate in the Jamestown High School Battle of the Classes. I had the privilege of chaperoning inspiring dance groups last year and this. This year I had a wonderful opportunity to work with some ...

On Easter, Fake News Was Overcome By The Good News

In Our Opinion

There was alleged “fake news” two millennia ago, too. Jesus Christ was no more than a political troublemaker, a social revolutionary, claimed those in power. He was not the Messiah in whom some had faith, they insisted. So they put an end to the revolution - or so they thought. They ...

A Wake-Up Call For The Church

Local Commentaries

Here it is Easter Sunday, the day of resurrection, during a time when the world just witnessed an utter catastrophe at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Constructed 850 years ago, the wow and wonder built into the magnificent megastructure were accomplished by individuals who knew they would ...

A New Take On Voting Rates

Local Commentaries

One day, when I was in the state Assembly, I had an interesting conversation with another Assemblyman who represented Harlem. “How many people voted in your district in the last election?” I asked. He said, “about 10,000.” I was astounded, for in the same election, 40,000 people ...

The Mueller Report Is Russia’s Unearned Victory Lap

Local Commentaries

The release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, along with allegations of obstruction of justice by the president, has (seemingly) answered some questions but only generated still others. That the ...

Walking A Different Course On Easter

Letters To The Editor

To the Reader’s Forum: Ten years ago. Tiger Woods was at the pinnacle of his golf career but then he lost his wife, health, name and golf game. He went through hell and his game was seen as good as dead. Last Sunday at the Masters, he showed that he still had the heart, mind and ...

Memorandum Is A Sign Of Unity For The Lake

Local Commentaries

This past week, the County of Chautauqua demonstrated once again that we can put our differences aside and come together to achieve consensus in place of our disagreements. Under the leadership of our County Executive, George Borrello, 15 of 16 Chautauqua Lake municipalities and lake ...