Opinion

State ABC Changes Worth Legislative Approval

In Our Opinion

We often disagree with Gov. Andrew Cuomo - look no further than the job-killing $15 minimum wage or paid family leave as proof.We also give credit where it is due.Cuomo recently unveiled a proposal to make several changes to the state's alcohol control laws: allowing alcohol sales in bars and ...

Facts Needed In Debate Over Library Funding Vote

Letters To The Editor

To the Reader's Forum:I found the recent letter by the Chautauqua Cattaraugus Board of Realtors to be disappointing. To single out the library as a drain on resources rather than a positive influence for the community is short sighted and without merit.Prendergast Library is at a crossroads. ...

Secrecy In Westfield Is Troublesome

In Our Opinion

Shame on the village of Westfield! How could a municipality, which maintains a wastewater treatment plant, not tell its residents or the area about the dumping of raw sewage into a creek in June 2014.Despite questions from residents at Village Board meetings in the past about horrible smells, ...

A Clean Boat Can Help Lake

In Our Opinion

It is surprising that there aren't more facilities where the public can wash their boats given the importance of Chautauqua Lake to the regional economy.That won't be a shortcoming of our tourism infrastructure much longer thanks to the Chautauqua Lake Association.CLA officials were recently ...

Thank A Veteran

In Our Opinion

Even taking into account the many challenges facing our nation, we Americans enjoy liberties, security, peace and prosperity that is the envy of most other people in the world.Those who guarantee all that to us, the men and women of our armed forces, willingly sacrifice liberties, security, ...

State Should Approve UPMC/WCA Merger

In Our Opinion

We hope the state Public Health and Health Planning Council Establishment and Project Review Committee's recent decision to postpone a decision on the integration of WCA Hospital and UPMC is merely a delay of a few weeks and not a more lengthy matter.Betsy T. Wright, WCA Hospital president and ...

Politicians Must Enforce The Law Or Resign

Letters To The Editor

My wife and I moved to Jamestown in 1960 - I was to start a new job as a salesman on Jan. 2, 1961. Our first child was born on April 6, 1959, our second child was born on Feb. 21, 1960, and we were expecting our third child (the first of our children born in Jamestown at WCA Hospital) on Feb. ...

To Honor And Remember

Local Commentaries

In this country, we celebrate a dozen or so American holidays set aside to honor this country, or to honor certain people who died for this country, or to commemorate service to this country. These days include the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Flag Day, The Fourth of July, ...

He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands

Local Commentaries

Think back to your school days. How many of the programs you participated in do you remember? Programs in school come and go. I must admit that I have no recollection of most of them, but one program in particular is indelibly etched into my memory.I guess I was probably in fifth or sixth ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to all those who have given their time - or who will give their time this weekend - decorating the graves of area veterans throughout our area. There are dozens upon dozens of cemeteries throughout our area. Some are large like Lakeview Cemetery. Others are small and tucked away in ...

Appleyard Terrace Is Succumbing To Rot

Letters To The Editor

To The Readers' Forum:I was walking down by the Appleyard Terrace recently and noticed something disconcerting.Some of the wooden porch columns out in front on the oldest section are already beginning to peel paint and rot.How long ago were they built? Ten to 12 years ago? I am no gentleman nor ...

The NRP Has No Clothes

Local Commentaries

Like the king in the familiar fable, the Negative Interest Rate Policy (NIRP) is being paraded around as some magnificent creation by central banks. Like in the children's story, people are confused. They know they are supposed to be dazzled by its brilliance, and they are being told by the ...

State Ban On Declawing Cats Could Get Hairy

In Our Opinion

We're sure plenty of fur will be flying as people debate the merits of a proposed state ban on declawing cats.To us, the proposal seems illogical.Recently, several veterinarians visited the state capitol to lobby for the ban. They said the declawing procedure, which involves cutting through ...

Jamestown Airport Is A Wonderful Service

Letters To The Editor

To The Readers' Forum:I agree with Sam Alessi's article about the local airport. I think it is a wonderful service to our people, and my family has used this airport a few times to get connections with an SAS airline to go to Sweden, where relatives picked them up. I also went to Sweden in 1981 ...

Drug Legislation Is Good, But State Can Do Better

In Our Opinion

There is much to like in a series of legislation introduced recently in the state Senate in response to the state's growing drug problem.Senators introduced 48 bills, 22 of which have already passed, dealing with drug prevention, treatment, recovery and enforcement. The treatment bills seem to ...

Self-Serving Restaurant Kiosks Cuts More Jobs

Letters To The Editor

To the Readers Forum:It had to happen sometime. And perhaps even sooner than expected. A major restaurant chain has announced it'll place self-service kiosks at 6,000 locations, on the way of eliminating MORE jobs as minimum wage is pushed higher. With this, I am reminded of a series of movies ...

Voters Made Good Choice On Pawelski

In Our Opinion

The Jamestown Public Schools Board of Education faces many challenges in the next few years.It is good to see a steady hand rejoining the board after Joseph Pawelski, a previous board member and former board president, won a write-in election during last week's school board election and budget ...

Where Are The Libertarians In This Presidential Race?

Letters To The Editor

To the Readers Forum:Trump, Clinton and Sanders all of them have proven they aren't good candidates for presidency through and through. Trump keeps changing his mind on various topics such as minimum wage, doing so hoping to sway voters into voting for him. At one time Trump swore he'd join the ...