Opinion

Gillibrand’ Bill Will Help Farmers

Local Commentaries

Agriculture forms the bedrock of our regional economy. Our farmers, brewers and vintners produce more fruits and vegetables, as well as dairy, spirit and grape products than any other New York state congressional district. The Southern Tier, the Finger Lakes and Western New York are critical ...

The ‘Chautauqua Lake Three-Step’

Local Commentaries

We have made great progress. The Chautauqua Lake Association, the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, the Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance, the Chautauqua Fishing Association, the Chautauqua Fishing Alliance, Chautauqua County, numerous others, and, yes, even the Chautauqua ...

Democrats Pervert The Bible

Local Commentaries

Grotesque misinterpretations of the Bible by individuals who ought to know better often lead to inexcusable distortions elsewhere. A preacher who divisively perverts the Biblical definition of marriage likely skewers interpretations of the Constitution as well. Such was the case in the PJ ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to Jesse Robbins, Busti town supervisor, and the Busti Town Board for removing the $120,000 from its budget that had been spent in previous years supporting the Hazeltine Public Library in Busti and the Lakewood Memorial Library in Lakewood. The libraries will now receive funding as ...

Whoever Ordered Lake Testing Must Pay For It

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Maybe it was the Tooth Fairy who ordered the water tested in Lakewood after the herbicide-spraying boat passed in transit? Perhaps Jordan Patterson was mistaken when he wrote that Lakewood’s mayor contacted the New York state DEC following the complaints by ...

Science Is Great When It’s Actually Science

Local Commentaries

I recently had cataract surgery and the difference is amazing. Having one eye done at a time, I could compare the old eye with the “new” one, and, though after just a few hours the vision was still a bit cloudy and fuzzy, I was surprised at how blue the sky was and how white the clouds. ...

Driving Home A Needed Message

In Our Opinion

Too bad an important presentation this week was just heard by high school students. It was something all drivers, including many adults, needed to hear. On Tuesday and Wednesday, “Hang Up and Drive” was presented to all county school districts highlighting the dangers of cell phone use ...

Stop Animal Cruelty By Neutering Your Pets

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Today I spayed and neutered your kittens, dumped like garbage on the streets of Jamestown as if their lives didn’t matter. I do not get donations to trap these homeless kittens. I have to use my disability. It’s a plague that needs to end. If you have an animal, ...

Jamestown Needs Decreased Reliance On State Funding

In Our Opinion

For the second consecutive year, the city of Jamestown has booked a surplus. The city’s recently completed independent audit for 2017 showed a surplus of $1,337,245, bringing the city’s unassigned fund balance to about $1,849,000. The city managed to spend about $500,000 less than it ...

Thank You Cockaigne For ‘Brewgrass’ Festival

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Cockainge, by definition, is an imaginary land of luxury and ease. On Sept. 14 and 15, the new owners of the Cockaigne brought us from the imaginary to reality. Cockaigne hosted it’s first annual ‘Brewgrass Festival’ and those in attendance were treated to some ...

State Education Department Makes The Right Move

In Our Opinion

A couple of weeks ago, we wrote in this space that the state Education Department should, under no circumstances, financially penalize school districts with less than a 95 percent participation rate on state English language arts and math tests. We weren’t the only ones who took issue with ...

Healing Begins As Drug Overdose Fatalities Decline

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Our community has waited for the good news reported in the headline in Sunday’s paper. It’s not over, but the healing of our community has begun and is on the rise. A mother who lost her son to an overdose made it her mission to try to heal her community. A ...

Resolve Federal Grant Status Before Moving CARTS

In Our Opinion

It has always seemed inevitable that CARTS would need a new downtown service hub once the National Comedy Center opened its doors. County Executive George Borrello has asked the city to extend using Pine Street between Third and Fourth streets as a hub for CARTS buses through Oct. 19, though ...

Vietnam Veteran Plates Should Be For Actual Vets

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: My name is Dan Colwell. I am a combat veteran of the Vietnam War. Yes, I said war! I served in the Army in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division as a grunt (infantryman) from November 1968 to November 1969. For a long time now I make a special effort to reach out ...

More Money Is Not Always The Solution

In Our Opinion

Politicians in the big-government crowd would have us believe that spending tons of money on public schools is the way to ensure children get good educations. Really? Ask parents in Detroit about that. At $14,259, Detroit public schools’ per-pupil spending is the eighth-highest of the 100 ...

Reader Asks Who Wins As Weeds Reign Lake

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: I am a summer resident of the Jamestown area and have a cottage on Chautauqua Lake. This summer the lake is its worst; the weeds reign the water way and shore line. Hence, it was with great interest in reading the Sunday, Aug. 26, editorial, “For The Lake, It’s ...

Village Board Sets Bad Financial Precedent

In Our Opinion

An Aug. 27 letter from Doug Conroe, Chautauqua Lake Association executive director, to the village of Lakewood states that “reputable individuals” saw what appeared to be herbicide treatments in Lakewood’s waters in mid-June. The CLA conducted water testing and then submitted an invoice ...

Thanks To All Involved With Howard Strong

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: We would like to thank everyone that attended or donated to the Howard Strong benefit that we as held at the Jamestown Ice Arena on Sept. 7. Without everyone involved it would not have been as big as a success as it was! A very special thank you to firefighter Eric ...

Studies Suggest Pot Used As Alternative To Opioid Abuse

Local Commentaries

Drug related issues are playing a prominent role in today’s political discussion. On one hand, the public demands solutions to the opioid epidemic infiltrating communities across the country, especially in rural America. On the other hand, politicians grapple with citizens’ growing support ...

Marijuana Legalization In New York State Is Inevitable

Local Commentaries

The question “Should NY legalize marijuana sales to persons 21 years of age or older?” has already been decided. The public is in favor — 63 percent of us say yes. Those who agree represent all political parties, genders, races and ethnicities. New York state has invested time and ...