Opinion

Teresi, Young Come Out Against Injection Facilities

In Our Opinion

Places where drug users can go to use their drugs under the supervision of a trained nurse are a bad idea.Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick proposed in March for his city to host the nation's first supervised injection facility, enabling heroin users to shoot illegal drugs into their bodies under the ...

Community Should Be Proud Of Andrea Swiderski

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader's Forum:Kudos and many thumbs up to Ms. Andrea Swiderski for her inspired determination and hard academic work that she had to do to earn more than a quarter of a million dollars scholarship from Quest Bridge National College Match. Not only her parents but the entire Jamestown ...

Scientist Committee A Good Addition For Lake

In Our Opinion

There have been scientists working in and around Chautauqua Lake off and on for decades, though they typically are seen when there are problems with weeds, invasive species or water quality.The work of those scientists has been helpful in diagnosing short-term issues and proposing possible ...

Constitutional Convenience?

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader's Forum:It's interesting how anxious this president is to "do his constitutional duty" after virtually ignoring the same constitution for most of his term. No other president in recent memory has so blatantly treated the document like it didn't apply to him, one that he honors ...

Fraud Prevention Should Be A Priority

In Our Opinion

Many people think of "entitlement" programs as federal government responsibilities. While it is true most of the money for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid comes from Washington, billions of dollars a year come from state coffers for some payments, including Medicaid and unemployment ...

Get The Message: Stop Texting And Driving

In Our Opinion

"Distracted driving" by those using cell phones - often for texting or other activities requiring them to take one or both hands off the wheel - causes a substantial number of traffic accidents.Capt. Eric Balon, Troop A Zone III commander at the New York State Police barracks in Jamestown, ...

Censorship Is Dangerous And Wrong

In Our Opinion

Nearly everyone agrees censorship and banning books (or, rather, eliminating access to books) are wrong ... except for that one book he or she disagrees with or that makes him or her uncomfortable.Every year the Office for Intellectual Freedom for the American Library Association issues its ...

Libertarians Dissent Against Sunday Morning Alcohol Law

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader's Forum:As a staunch libertarian I disagree with the state law which prohibits serving alcohol before noon on Sunday.In my opinion, what this law really prohibits is "choice." Personally, I prefer to go to church on Sunday, but if someone prefers to drink on Sunday, that is none ...

Donald Trump: Viewer Discretion Advised

Local Commentaries

With Donald Trump now such a prominent voice, many of us are confronted with the necessity of explaining him and his behavior to our children.I recently wrote of one such moment. I was watching a Republican presidential debate as my 8-year-old sat next to me. Trump, the front-runner, looked ...

Flint Is The Canary In Our Nation’s Water Mine

Local Commentaries

In the past, the death of a canary in a coal mine was the indicator of poisonous fumes and for miners to react to a pending emergency. To that point, the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, should serve as the signal for our policymakers at all levels of government to address a growing national ...

Republicans Must Get Serious, Recall Winning Formula

Local Commentaries

ABILENE, Kan. - Near America's geographic center are a library and museum commemorating a native son of Kansas who won the country's hearts as a war hero and successful president.Just down the road in Lindsborg, a gift-shop proprietor, city-council member, and admirer of her fellow Kansan ...

Manufacturing Matters To New York Voters

Local Commentaries

Voters are going to the polls this year with economic worries uppermost in their minds. Although the "headline" unemployment rate has fallen to 4.9 percent, the labor force participation rate remains near historic lows, indicating that many people who might work are not doing so. Discouraged ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

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 ...