Opinion

Is Political Polarization Really So Bad?

Local Commentaries

Political polarization is a serious problem for the United States because it impedes steps necessary to solve mounting national problems. These problems include rising levels of government debt, illegal immigration, spending on entitlement programs, the deterioration of America's roads, ...

The Positive Side Of Political Polarization

Local Commentaries

Three weeks before Halloween in 2002, the chambers of Congress considered House Joint Resolution 114.In non-Congress-speak, that meant the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate voted on a bill officially called the "Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution 2002." ...

Shale Revolution Revitalizes US Manufacturing

Local Commentaries

Quietly but unquestionably, the shale revolution has jumpstarted a U.S. manufacturing sector long thought in terminal decline. Surging domestic oil and natural gas production has strengthened America's energy security, pushed down global oil and gas prices, and saved many consumers thousands of ...

Improving Data On Higher Education

Local Commentaries

A little over a week ago the Obama administration released version 2.0 of its College Scorecard, a dramatic expansion of the one created in 2013 to help students and parents find key information about colleges and universities. The new Scorecard is the end result of the administration's ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to teachers, administrators, parents and students at Maple Grove Junior-Senior High and Southwestern Senior High schools for being named reward schools in recent state Education Department School and District Accountability Designation Reports. Both were designated high performing ...

Common Good Is Not The Goal

Local Commentaries

Pope Francis is a nice enough guy, described as a lovely and good man. He talks a lot about the poor, says compassionate things, and kisses little children. A significant theme for him is that building a future of freedom requires promoting the common good. While some of his ideas ring true, ...

Obama Shouldn’t Play Game With Kim Jong Un

In Our Opinion

For decades, with both Democrats and Republicans in the White House, North Korea's supremely brutal family dictatorship was able to get away with military blackmail. The U.S. response to Pyongyang's saber rattling often was aid to the regime in the name of "engagement."Now, North Korean ...

Balancing On A Tightrope Budget

In Our Opinion

When facing a $3.3 million budget deficit, city officials have tough decisions to make on where to cut costs.That deficit should make for an easy choice when it comes to proposed raises for City Council members and the mayor. The money isn't there, so raises aren't an option.Mayor Sam Teresi ...

Prosecuting Sweat Is Not Worth The Cost

In Our Opinion

There can be little doubt David Sweat is guilty of escaping from prison. He and fellow inmate Richard Matt were there in Clinton Correctional Facility on June 5, and then the next day they weren't. Three weeks later, Mr. Matt was shot to death in the woods, and a state trooper caught Mr. Sweat ...

‘When In Doubt, Sit Them Out’

Letters To The Editor

To The Readers' Forum:Recent tragedies have occurred in both high school and collegiate sports which underscore the ongoing and absolutely essential importance of proper head injury management and concussion evaluation. As concussion management physicians, we are the ones entrusted to care for ...

Support The United Way

In Our Opinion

Everyone deserves opportunities to have a good life.For the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County, that means finding ways to help children and youth achieve their potential; promoting an individual's financial stability and independence; and helping people improve their health.The United ...

Have We Forgotten 9/11 So Quickly?

In Our Opinion

Fourteen years ago, Americans were brutally shocked out of our complacency regarding Islamic terrorism when organized murderers used aircraft in a massive attack on us.We learned quickly the assault had been mounted by al-Qaida terrorists who enjoyed a safe haven in Afghanistan, courtesy of ...

Prendergast Library Needs Solutions, Not Protests

In Our Opinion

We have heard a lot of reasons for and against the James Prendergast Library Association's decision to sell art purchased with money from the estate of Mary Prendergast.It is wonderful to have a nice art collection in the Prendergast Library, but not at the expense of cutting the library's ...

What Do We Mean By ‘Representative Government’?

Local Commentaries

With a presidential election year fast approaching, we're in for a lot of public talk about the state of American democracy. Much of that discussion will be insightful and thought-provoking, but there's a good chance you'll also find a lot of it vague and hard to pin down.There's a reason for ...

The Unseen Casualties Of EPA’s Climate Agenda

Local Commentaries

Since the Environmental Protection Agency, unilaterally and without congressional authorization, conferred on itself the power to regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant, many changes have taken place in America, with few of them related to the climate.As a prime example, one study shows that ...

Your Life Expectancy And Your Social Security Are Intertwined

Local Commentaries

According to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, life expectancy in the United States is the longest ever, approaching 79 years. This was highlighted in the recent Time cover story, "This Baby Could Live to Be 142 Years Old." With very few exceptions - such as the ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

A long overdue thumbs up to the Busti and Lakewood fire departments for coming together over the last several months to make sure the departments are able to handle rescue calls. The departments had a lack of manpower from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Michael Volpe, Busti fire chief, and Jack ...

Why Bans Always Fail

Local Commentaries

The rules for cooperation in society have developed over thousands of years. They include what may, in a very loose sense, be called a ban on murder, theft, coercion, fraud, and so on. People widely accept them because they protect each individual from aggression of various types. They form a ...

State Must Ease Off On Teachers

In Our Opinion

We're not sure school districts ever really had a problem identifying bad teachers.Building principals typically had a good handle on the teachers who were absent too much, who didn't collaborate with others or who just didn't do a good job of imparting knowledge to their students. School ...