Opinion

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In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to a chance to see a classic film on the big screen. "The Wizard of Oz" will show at the Reg Lenna Center for The Arts on Saturday at 2 p.m. as a sensory friendly matinee and Sunday at 2 p.m. as a family matinee. Admission is $5. While we can't imagine many people have never seen "The ...

Obama Gets It Wrong About Al Queda, ISIS

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader's Forum:President Obama said Osama bin Laden was dead and al Qaeda was defeated. He was also quoted as saying ISIS was like sending in a JV team.Tell that to the French and Belgians after the recent attacks. We better be vigilant. President Obama better get better advisors.James ...

Train Momentum Still On Track

In Our Opinion

Those looking for proof of Jamestown's love of trains don't know Lee Harkness.The man who served as Jamestown Gateway Train Station general manager from the facility's reopening until the National Comedy Center took over operations this year continues to keep the area's train momentum on track. ...

Unhappy With Politics And Religion

Letters To The Editor

To The Readers' Forum:If the general election were to be held today, none of the candidates would be elected by me.That's right.Not a big fan of Hillary because I don't trust her enough to run our country. Lying is a key factor. Bernie wants to pay for everyone's college education - more money ...

Everyone Should Have A Complete Bathroom, Kitchen

In Our Opinion

The Census Bureau considers a home to have incomplete plumbing if it doesn't have a toilet that flushes, if it has no bathtub or shower or if the home doesn't have hot and cold running water. Homes are considered to have no kitchen if they don't have a sink with a faucet, a refrigerator or a ...

Non-Voters Have The Right To Complain About Government

Letters To The Editor

To the Readers' Forum:When people say they don't vote and then you have others who jeer them because they don't vote, saying they have no right to complain, this is so wrong. People have a right to vote or not to, this is their right, and their business. I don't know what makes one so special ...

Community Can Take Steps To Battle Drug Addiction

In Our Opinion

Too often, communities look to government to solve problems.Such was the case with battling drug addiction in Chautauqua County. Government can be a willing partner in the battle against addiction, but local governments have no money to throw at the problem. It can take years to secure state ...

Raising Minimum Wage Would Relieve Taxpayers

Letters To The Editor

To The Readers' Forum:The amount of bonuses on Wall Street two years ago was more than the amount earned by all full time workers who were paid minimum wage. So there is more than enough money in this country to double the minimum wage. We just have to adjust the system so that the money does ...

JPS Budget As Good As It’s Going To Get

In Our Opinion

The Jamestown Public Schools District's 2016-17 budget shows exactly why Jamestown residents should pay attention to the Small Cities school funding lawsuit.School board members recently approved a budget that comes with a $220,000 tax decrease. The tax cut was made possible when state ...

Government Websites Need To Be Secure

In Our Opinion

About four times a week, on average, hackers gain access to information in the federal HealthCare.gov website, the Government Accountability Office revealed this week. Millions of people seeking information about health insurance or signing up for it use the website, often providing highly ...

Was Misclassification Of Money Really An Honest Mistake?

In Our Opinion

We hope Lakewood and Busti residents do not let the Busti Town Board and Supervisor Jesse Robbins simply gloss over a recent state Comptroller's audit.The audit said the town misclassified the purchase of a $135,000 dump truck and associated equipment for road repair and obstruction removal and ...

Safe Space For Drug Addicts Is Not A Good Idea

Letters To The Editor

To The Readers' Forum:We are well aware of the drug addiction of many of our adults and children in Jamestown and the surrounding areas. This scourge creeps into too many neighborhoods and families. This problem manifested itself from the 1960s drug culture and it reached across the generations ...

Climate Symbolism Carries High Costs

Local Commentaries

During March 22 hearings before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, under questioning by Republican West Virginia Rep. David McKinley, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy acknowledged (once again) the Obama administration's climate efforts will do nothing to protect public or environmental ...

Pay Equity Persists As An Issue

Local Commentaries

Pay Equity Day this year falls on April 12. As in the recent past years in which the day has been noted, women must work an additional 3 months to earn the same pay as men earn in 12 months for equal or comparable work. And the disparity exists at all economic levels, from the top executive to ...

Celebrating National Healthcare Decisions Day

Local Commentaries

"Making personal healthcare decisions may seem too early ... until it is too late!"Imagine you are standing by a bed in the ICU. A close family member is critically ill and unable to communicate with you. The doctor wants you to decide whether to use high-tech medical treatments to keep him/her ...

Don’t Delay: Invest In Infrastructure Now

Local Commentaries

What elements of U.S. infrastructure need attention the most? How should we pay for it?These are good questions, but they have no clear answer. Before we discuss possible solutions, let's go back and look at what brought us to this discussion.For almost 100 years, America's infrastructure has ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to a series of presentations at the Gateway Center, 31 Water St., Jamestown, presented by Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES. The Employer Series will help participants learn about local companies, interviewing techniques, hiring practices and get tips and advice from experts. ...

Problems Facing The Republican Party

Letters To The Editor

To The Readers' Forum:The problems in the Republican Party have been building for many years. Look at the tactics of Newt Gingrich in the 1990s and the rhetoric of Sarah Palin, her cohorts and the Tea Party in the 2000s. Their unending obstructionism in Congress has created an unwillingness or ...

Sanders, Trump, And We, The People

Local Commentaries

Now, more than any time in recent history of the United States, there is a backlash against the establishment political parties. Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are manifestations of the discontent of the people on the streets with the way things are going in Washington. They are popular with ...

Trump Loses His Temper With Kasich

In Our Opinion

In perhaps a demonstration of how ill-prepared Donald Trump would be to handle the realities and inner workings of politics on a national (let alone international) stage, he threw a tantrum over the weekend in which he called for Ohio Gov. John Kasich to drop out of the race to become the ...