Opinion

Local Stores Are Best Bet

In Our Opinion

Few people really enjoy the Christmas shopping routine of trudging from store to store, often battling crowds of others seeking the perfect gifts at good prices. Some conclude it would be better to buy online or through catalogs.They are mistaken, having failed to wonder whether those crowds of ...

Understanding Fear

Letters To The Editor

To The Readers' Forum:The terrorist attack in Paris on November 13th has got us all in a tizzy about Syrian refugees and preventing terrorism here in America. I understand the fear, but is it well placed, or a tool for politicians to make other politicians look bad? If it is politically ...

Terrorist Watch List Should Be Scrutinized

In Our Opinion

At first glance, a proposal that Congress ban gun purchases for people on the government's terrorist watch lists seems to make sense. Why, after all, should someone with links to an Islamic Terrorist group be able to purchase firearms he may plan to use in a Paris-style attack?But lawmakers ...

Alzheimer’s Research Funding Needed

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader's Forum:Alzheimer's is the only leading cause of death among the top 10 in the U.S. without a way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression yet.In addition to the human toll of the disease on the more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's and their over 15 million ...

Sherman Considers Dissolution

In Our Opinion

Sometimes, downsizing government makes obvious sense.Selling the Chautauqua County Home, merging the Mayville and Chautauqua central school districts and the more recent dissolution of the village of Forestville are all examples of regional solutions that needed to happen. In each case, though, ...

What Sets Off Violence?

Letters To The Editor

To The Readers' Forum:As I listen and read about the Paris massacre presented by the press, history pops into my thinking. Some of the thoughts that occurred to me started with the My Lai massacre by American soldiers during the Vietnam War. It left more than 350 Vietnamese men, women and ...

How Bias Makes Lung Cancer Deadlier

Local Commentaries

When my wife began feeling chest pains and shortness of breath, we were stumped. Smita didn't smoke, was healthy and active. By the time doctors finally diagnosed her condition - after some four months of tests, consultations and office visits - Smita was on the brink of stage IV lung ...

Is The ACA In Trouble?

Local Commentaries

United HealthCare's surprise announcement that it is considering whether to stop selling health insurance through the Affordable Care Act's health exchanges in 2017 and is also pulling marketing and broker commissions in 2016 has health policy analysts scratching their heads. The announcement ...

Restructuring Government

Local Commentaries

It was big news to hear that on Election Day, the residents of Forestville voted to dissolve their village and consolidate into the town of Hanover. This, I believe, is a "first" for Chautauqua County.As this paper reported, faced with a financial crisis and "a nearly 450 percent tax hike," ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to a new Fenton History Center exhibit that should put anyone in the holiday spirit. Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree opened Friday and will remain in place at the center until Jan. 16. The exhibit features a selection of decorated Christmas trees, including an upside down tree, ...

Minimum Wage Raise Feeds A Fantasy

Letters To The Editor

To The Readers' Forum:I don't understand how so many people could be so naive into thinking a minimum wage hike to $15 an hour is going to resolve anything.First, no one I ever know who made minimum wage ever worked a full 40 hour work week. Those who did made more.I think these people are ...

Thanksgiving Is Profitable

Local Commentaries

Thanksgiving is one of the biggest holidays for our family. It has been a tradition for some extended family to come to our house, not just for dinner, but some of them for multiple days. It is a lot of work in preparations, in cooking and in caring for multiple people. The total amount of ...

Parents Must Find Technology’s Off Buttons

In Our Opinion

Many people still remember a time when it was the number of hours children spent in front of "the boob tube" that was worrisome. Technology has made that an old-fashioned concern.Now the kids have television, computer games, social media and the Internet in general to distract them.A new study ...

Minimum Wage Hike Comes At A Cost

Letters To The Editor

To The Readers' Forum:I would like to point out some facts relating to a $15 minimum wage that people may have not considered.1. The average social security benefit for current retirees is $1,335 per month. This equates to $7.70 per hour.2. The federal minimum wage is $7.25, New York's will be ...

Happy Thanksgiving To You And Yours

In Our Opinion

We Americans set aside just one day in the year to give thanks for our many blessings. It hardly seems enough.No other people are as prosperous as Americans. No other nation, through a combination of organized charity, individual generosity and government programs, does as much to ensure no one ...

I Love This Area

Letters To The Editor

To the Readers' Forum:I was at one of our local Dollar Discount Stores shopping for canned goods and other food stuff for the Lakewood Legion Christmas Needy Baskets. At the check out area, I noticed the lady behind me only had a dozen or so Thanksgiving cards. I let her go ahead of me to ...

Innocence Lost On 9/11 Should Weigh On Refugee Plan

In Our Opinion

New Yorkers learned a hard lesson on Sept. 11, 2001.Nearly 3,000 people were killed on that fateful day 14 years ago for many reasons - not the least of which was allowing our ideology of open borders to blind us to the fact that there are people who want to do harm to Americans. One would ...

Union Contracts With Contingency Plan Needed

In Our Opinion

Chautauqua County officials are comfortable with 2 percent pay increases in each of the next three years for the 900 employees in CSEA Unit 6300 in exchange for union members paying higher deductibles for health care.The union, County Executive Vince Horrigan and 16 Chautauqua County ...

The Time To Unify Is Now

In Our Opinion

French President Francois Hollande is absolutely correct: Civilized nations, even those with long, sometimes bitter records of rivalry, must unite if we are to destroy Islamic terrorism.But Hollande was, in effect, asking a question: Do nations capable of dealing with the barbarians have the ...