Opinion

State Must Restore Trust In Local Projects

In Our Opinion

New York's school children are asked by teachers to show how they arrived at their answer in math class because it is entirely possible to arrive at the right answer using the wrong logic.In the wake of the latest corruption scandal to rock New York's government, it's time for the state to show ...

Executive: County Is In A Time Of Growth

Local Commentaries

This past Wednesday I delivered my 2017 Tentative Budget for Chautauqua County. For the third year in a row we have cut the Chautauqua County property tax rate to a point where it is now 40 cents less than the average of all 14 counties in Western New York. What is even more important is that ...

Trump’s Economics Don’t Work For The Rest Of Us

Local Commentaries

Just last week, a friend confessed that they were "saddened by the way in which honest, hard working, country folk were being duped by a rich, petulant, New York City kid, who had never done manual labor a day in his life."In Monday's debate, Trump reminded me of this friend's words and how his ...

Reader Makes Case To Elect GOP Candidate

Local Commentaries

Regarding the article "What It Would Sound Like If Trump 'Told It Like It Is'.I found the article twisted, short witted, offensive and incendiary. Seems to me that whenever liberals get put in a corner they tend to throw dirt around like the race card.They take a chapter right out of the Louis ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to Pam Brown, Harmony and Panama historian and a longtime employee of the Panama and Jamestown school districts, for receiving the Julia Reinstein Lifetime Achievement Award by the Government Appointed Historians of Western New York. Since being appointed Panama historian in 2001, ...

Cultural Appropriation Is Awesome

Local Commentaries

I heard a new one recently. White Americans should not do yoga, because that is cultural appropriation, as though that is a bad thing. Cultural appropriation is a new whip with which the radical progressive left tries to flog Americans who happen to be white, especially if you also happen to be ...

Park Vandalism Is A Crime Against Taxpayers

In Our Opinion

It's discouraging that Jamestown City Council members and Mayor Sam Teresi feel it is necessary to spend $50,000 from the city's contingency budget to buy security cameras for city parks.That is the cost to the good citizens of Jamestown for the pointless actions of an inconsiderate few who ...

There Is Good News To Report

In Our Opinion

We sometimes get caught up in so much negativity that it's easy to forget the good sitting right in front of us. The annual Busti Apple Festival is one such event that can bring a community together for a worthy cause.The festival, which always occurs right around the turn of the seasons, is ...

Library To Hold Artists’ Auction

Letters To The Editor

To the Readers' Forum:Come help the James Prendergast Library and support local artists at the same time.An exciting new community event will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, October 15, at Prendergast Library, and I encourage all area residents to attend.The library is trying something ...

Education Dept. Must Listen To Public Longer This Time

In Our Opinion

We're not sure who the public trusts less right now: the state Education Department or New York's elected officials.The public's skepticism with anything either body says makes perfect sense. For all of the state's tough talk on ethics reform, each corresponding corruption scandal that hits the ...

We Must Not Judge Appearances Only

Letters To The Editor

To The Readers' Forum:I think it's totally absurd, disgusting and downright ignorant that my daughter had to explain to her son how screwed up the world has become.He has been told if he gets stopped for any reason put both hands in the air and show nothing but respect for law enforcement ...

Drivers Must Share The Road With Amish Neighbors

In Our Opinion

Several lives will never be the same in the wake of an accident that killed an Amish man and injured four people riding in the family's buggy.According to Sheriff Joe Gerace, the buggy was traveling south on Weeks Road when it was reportedly struck by a vehicle. The vehicle crashed into a ...

Nehemiah House: Community Can Help Solve Drug Problem

In Our Opinion

We have said recently that government can't be called upon to fix all of the problems our society faces with drugs or in our neighborhoods.Members of the Christ First and Bemus Point United Methodist churches are a perfect example of what we mean.Chautauqua County faces a shortage of safe, ...

What’s Wrong With Today’s Youth?

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader's Forum:I was driving toward Jamestown on East Second Street last Saturday night when out of the darkness between two parked cars jumped a young man running from the Puzzle Bar to the opposite side of Second Street to greet some others gathered there.Apparently old enough to ...

Plan Needed For Underfunded Schools

In Our Opinion

The final ruling in Maisto v. State of New York, also known as the Small Cities Lawsuit, really should never have been in doubt.The lawsuit was filed in 2008 by 80 parents and students from the Jamestown, Poughkeepsie, Port Jervis, Utica, Niagara Falls, Mount Vernon, Kingston and Newburgh ...

Westfield Community Kitchen Accomplishes Mission

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader's Forum:We wish to extend our deepest appreciation for all the dedicated hours and funds donated to the Westfield Community Kitchen (WCK), which make fulfilling our mission possible.When I joined the WCK, I was looking for a worthwhile, time-consuming volunteer job, hoping to ...

Privatizing VA Health Care System Makes Sense

Local Commentaries

I would like to suggest some changes to the VA Health Care system and encourage my fellow citizens to contact their senators and representatives to make the following changes to veteran's health care.VA Health Care is a bloated behemoth that has no real intention to evolve to meet veterans' ...

The Unsung Heroes Of Sewer Systems

Local Commentaries

I have always thought that the least appreciated part of public infrastructure is what is buried underground, i.e. sewer and water facilities. The public sees their schools, highways and bridges since they are above ground. However, the average person doesn't give much thought to the miles of ...

What It Would Sound Like If Trump ‘Told It Like It Is’

Local Commentaries

Whether it was at church, a family gathering, or in the break room at work, I am sure you have heard a Trump supporter repeating, verbatim, one of his campaign's most consistent talking points; "He tells it like it is!" In fact, I'd say it is repeated by nearly all of his many supporters from ...