Opinion

Sporadic Rain Might Not Be So Bad

In Our Opinion

It's been a wonderful summer to spend lazy days swimming or boating on Chautauqua Lake.All of those dry days just mean there is a little less of the lake than there was at the start of the year. Overall precipitation in the county is five to eight inches below normal for the year. The water ...

Trump Has A ‘Plan’

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader's Forum:For those who have waited patiently for a plan, any plan, from Donald Trump, that long wait is over. Donald could not have selected a more important issue to offer up his very first plan [other than his "great big wall]. His first plan is for job growth, or as sen. Mitch ...

Demolition Is A Step Forward, But We Must Fill Empty Lots

In Our Opinion

Jamestown has taken the wrecking ball to roughly 60 dilapidated homes over the last two years.The pace of housing demolitions is the result of decades of disinvestment both in individual houses and in neighborhoods as a whole. City officials are doing the best they can with the lots that ...

Lucille Ball Comedy Festival Makes Jamestown Shine

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader's Forum:A gigantic congratulations to the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival planning committee, board members and precious volunteers. I had the pleasure to serve cocktails in the Tropicana Room on Friday evening and enjoyed the stand-up show very much. The talent was top notch and ...

Why Worry About Credibility Now?

In Our Opinion

With many Americans, both Democrats and Republicans, questioning the wisdom of a proposed 12-nation trade pact, its supporters are offering what they hope will be a persuasive argument. Rejection of the Trans-Pacific Partnership plan would damage our credibility abroad, they say.On Tuesday, ...

Tax Structure Limits Start-Up NY

In Our Opinion

It is good to see New York's legislators asking questions about underperforming economic development programs.Start-Up NY, a program which has created less than $45 million in wages and investments while spending $53 million on advertising, is just the latest in a long line of economic ...

Zika Vaccine Should Be A Priority

In Our Opinion

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory that pregnant women should stay out of a section of Miami is not the most disturbing news about the Zika virus this week.CDC officials' warning was bad enough, to be sure. The agency said an outbreak of 14 cases of Zika in Miami's Wynwood ...

New Airline Has Short Time To Prove Itself

In Our Opinion

We hope the last three days of comedy-related events in downtown Jamestown provide a glimpse into the future of downtown once the National Comedy Center opens.Downtown business owners could get used to the foot traffic and loose wallets that the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival brings each year. ...

The Trump Test – Searching For Decency

Local Commentaries

What first seemed like faux pas and jabs at political correctness by Donald Trump have turned out to be a series of deeply troubling revelations about his malignant character and his seemingly pathological dishonesty. Trump's campaign is providing Republican Party officials with repeated tests ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to the Roger Tory Peterson Institute for its "Talkin' Trash" community cleanup campaign. The Roger Tory Peterson Institute is calling on community members to be aware of the plastic that is littering the environment and take action. Through the use of an online mapping component, ...

CLCS Realizes The Value Of Joining Together

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader's Forum:Recently, there was an article in one of our three county newspapers that applauded the tuition agreement between Chautauqua Lake and Ripley schools.When it comes to making any "personal" changes among our schools, both sides of the aisle have something to say about it for ...

Order Without Orders

Local Commentaries

People tend to prefer order in their lives. They like things to be predictable. When they go to the grocery store, they expect to find shelves stocked with food. When they go to work, they expect to be paid according to their agreements with the employers. They expect their internet connections ...

Debate Commission Needs To Change Schedule

In Our Opinion

By late September, even voters interested in the presidential election may be ready for some football as an alternative to politics. Yet two of the three televised debates between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton have been scheduled on nights when NFL games are to be ...

Length Of Term To Be Decided In Vote

In Our Opinion

We have spoken out often against the never-ending request to lengthen the term of office for local elected representatives as well as the repeat recommendations of salary commissions to raise the pay for elected officials at both the city and county levels.It will be very interesting to see, ...

Make Your Extra Second This Year Count

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader's Forum:So many times I have told myself, "I could do so much more to make the world a better place, if only I had more time." Well, the universe, or, to be more precise, the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service, has granted my wish! This December 31st we ...

New Nonprofit Organization To Benefit Hispanic Community

In Our Opinion

Max Martin has a unique vision for a nonprofit organization that will help area Hispanic families realize the American dream.After his departure from the Eastside YMCA, Martin has led the creation of the Hispanic Community Council, a non-political, non-denominational and non-nationality ...

Common Ground Needed In Process

In Our Opinion

Process is important. But sometimes, common sense is much more important.Recently, Chautauqua County legislators had to decide if they would follow the county's foreclosure process or break with the process to allow someone to pay the taxes of an elderly man in Ellery who didn't know his home ...