Opinion

Lack Of Competition At The Root Of Rising Drug Costs

Local Commentaries

Experts keep telling us that the economy is improving, but that's not how it feels for too many Americans. Politicians frequently lament stagnating wages and too few jobs - big problems, to be sure - but downplay another common financial concern: increasing costs that make it difficult for ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to Ed Shults Ford Lincoln Hyundai & Kia of Jamestown and the Sherman Future Farmers of America for a partnership that will yield real-world experience for the students who will restore a 1945 John Deere B Tractor. The tractor was owned by Ed Shults III, who was thinking about ...

Common Vision Needed For Downtown

In Our Opinion

If the National Comedy Center draws anywhere near the predicted 114,000 annual visitors, Jamestown and beyond will see significant benefits.While we hope the center on its own will serve as an attraction worthy of an extended stay, an improved downtown would go a long way to keeping tourists in ...

Obama Will Cause Government Shutdown

In Our Opinion

If there is a partial government shutdown after Friday, Americans will have no doubt who caused it: President Barack Obama.Friday is the deadline for Congress to approve a bill providing money for many federal agencies. But Democrats and Republicans are far apart on several issues related to ...

Obama Utters More Empty Assurances

In Our Opinion

Prior to his latest televised address, President Barack Obama had used the Oval Office as a backdrop for televised speeches just twice. In making his third such address, Obama clearly wanted the American people to view it as something very important.The subject matter, terrorism, was that. ...

Invest In NYS Farm To School Program

Letters To The Editor

To The Readers' Forum:There is a child obesity epidemic in New York State. According to the Department of Health, 17 percent of New Yorkers under the age of 18 are obese and nearly 33 percent are overweight or obese. Unless something is done to decrease these numbers, these children risk a ...

Scale Back Federal Role

In Our Opinion

We are glad to see U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, was among the House members who voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to sharply scale back the federal role in American education.While the ESEA bill does retain the testing requirement in the 2002 No Child Left Behind law that many parents, teachers ...

Obama’s Refugee Motives In Question

In Our Opinion

Are President Barack Obama's histrionics over Syrian refugees out of concern for their welfare - or frustration that he is not getting his way? It is a legitimate question in view of his own comments.Many Americans worry that simply throwing our nation's doors open to the refugees could usher ...

Hats Off To Brent Sheldon

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader's Forum:A tip of the hat to Brent Sheldon for only being the only counsel member to vote against a tax increase.My wife and I raised 5 children that went to Jamestown schools and every one of them has left the area. In researching City Data to where they all moved to, the median ...

We Need Ideas And Action

In Our Opinion

There isn't much about Jamestown's 2016 budget that hasn't already been said.We note the little support for nine part-time and summer help position cuts proposed by Brent Sheldon, R-Ward 1, that would have cut about $200,000, or 1 percent, from the tax levy increase. Council members voted ...

Government Must Implement Carbon Tax

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader's Forum:Re: "Reed Sponsors Climate Resolution" (Nov. 27, 2015), great thanks to Reed and co-sponsors for this key step.The resolution doesn't call for particular climate solutions, only ones that are "economically-viable." One option would be a carbon tax. (If the government ...

Talking Point: War Against ISIS

Local Commentaries

On Nov. 12, in an Interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, President Obama waxed optimistic about the current state of U.S. counterterrorism strategy. His administration's efforts over the past year had successfully "contained" the Islamic State, Obama said. "I don't think they're gaining ...

Don’t Intervene In Syria’s War, End It

Local Commentaries

A Paris evening etched in infamy. A Beirut marketplace laid waste. A Russian airliner obliterated.These atrocities share two things in common: They were perpetrated by the Islamic State, or ISIS. And the victims came from countries whose governments - or in Lebanon's case, the powerful ...

Learning Standards Leave No Room For Teachers

Local Commentaries

Common Core Learning Standards is a phrase that sounds reasonable. Who could be against benchmarks? By first grade children should be able to do simple addition and subtraction, by second grade more complicated problems and so on up to your senior year in high school. Ideally you will leave ...

The Case To Restructure Jamestown

Local Commentaries

The handwriting has been on the wall, but it is now pretty clear that something needs to "give" in the way Jamestown does business. The city has hit its "constitutional ceiling" debt limit and the City Council just raised the budget in excess of the state's 2 percent spending cap limit.This is ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to a special day for the Marsh family of Jamestown. Thousands of college-bound athletes recently signed a national letter of intent. Signing day was doubly special for the Marsh family. Matthew Marsh announced he will attend West Virginia University to swim while his sister, Megan, ...

Selling Prendergast Artwork Is Sad Reality

Letters To The Editor

To The Readers' Forum:A couple of months ago I received a request on social media entitled "Save Local Art." I learned that the Prendergast Library had planned on selling some of its artwork to cover current and future budget shortfalls. My first thought was what you might expect: don't do ...

Caldron Of Corruption Boils And Troubles

In Our Opinion

Sheldon Silver held one of the three most powerful positions in New York state politics just months ago. The former Assembly speaker's fall from his post among Albany's "three men in a room" hit a new low Monday with his conviction in a $5 million corruption case.The ousted Manhattan lawmaker's ...

Remember The Warning Of John Quincy Adams

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader's Forum:Our sixth President, John Quincy Adams, served as Secretary of State in 1819. Corresponding with a European about immigrants coming to America, Adams candidly wrote, "They come to a life of independence, (and) to a life of labor-... if they cannot accommodate themselves to ...

Downtown Cameras Pay Off

In Our Opinion

We're not sure what two Jamestown men with a loaded gun were planning last week.Thanks to a new public safety camera system purchased with grant money provided by the Johnson Foundation, we never had to find out.Jamestown police were called to the area of 708 E. Second St. for a report of two ...