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Opinion

What Does ‘Republican’ Really Mean?

Local Commentaries

President Trump’s attempt to thwart the election by denying the validity of the vote in the electoral college and then inciting a mob to attack the Capitol, has split the Republican Party. In a vote this week in the House of Representatives ten Republicans joined Democrats to impeach Donald ...

Downtown Needs Events To Bring Excitement, Vitality

In Our Opinion

For years, downtown Jamestown has looked like a hockey player’s smile — missing enough pieces in key locations to distract you from an otherwise attractive smile. The National Comedy Center filled one of those holes with a shiny, bright piece, but there are still an awful lot of holes ...

The Button

Local Commentaries

Does it make sense to give any one man the power to blow up the world? Seventy-five years ago, science created the most terrible weapon in human history — the atom bomb. As most of us know, World War II ended when the United States dropped two atomic bombs on Japan in August, 1945, one on ...

Silencing Of Voices

Local Commentaries

In nearly nine years of writing this column, I have given my thoughts on dogs, chocolate chip cookies, Christmastime, baking bread, growing older and the wonders and disappointments of life. It’s my belief that life happens in the little moments and I like to remind people of that by ...

To Heal, We Must Stop Hating

Local Commentaries

It is both too soon and too late to pile onto Donald Trump. It is too soon to revisit every warning sign, to dissect every falsehood. Right now our country needs healing more than recrimination. We cannot heal wounds by ripping off scabs with critiques, especially self-righteous ones. It is ...

For New Year, Biden Should Make USPS Woes A Priority

In Our Opinion

U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has a lot of explaining to do, as some in Washington are saying his removal this fall of mail sorting machines at postal facilities is partly to blame for challenges the U.S. Postal Service faced in getting packages delivered during the Christmas season. Of ...

Another Day Of Infamy

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Watching the news today, Jan. 6, 2021, and witnessing the violent attempt to overturn the election, I am reminded of the words of President Franklin Roosevelt, when speaking about the attack on Pearl Harbor, “this is a day that will live in infamy.” The ...

Restore Rule Of Law To Elections

Local Commentaries

The 2020 presidential election is over, and it’s time to look ahead. Looking ahead includes fully reviewing illegalities in the 2020 election, regardless of whether they changed the result, plus carefully and fairly restoring the rule of law to American elections, all with an eye toward ...

Remove President Trump

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: To the Reader’s Forum: I rely on your newspaper so much to inform me of the day’s and community ‘s happenings. But some news gets beyond my comprehension. This is especially true considering Donald Trump. When it was reported that he said that both sides ...

Government Theatrics Are A Sorry Act

Editor's Corner

Tempers had been simmering for the first 11 months of 2020 in Dunkirk City Hall, but it was nothing like this. After Common Council approved a $24 million budget that included increases to the sewer rate and tipping fee — which goes toward garbage collection — at the beginning of December, ...

Cuomo Wants Low-Income High-Speed Internet Access

In Our Opinion

Expanding broadband access is a laudable goal. Anyone who has tried to work from home or lead a child through Zoom classes knows just how important a dependable, high-speed internet line is. We’re a bit worried, though, that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State proposal to require ...

When Dealing With Garbage Issues, We Need To Be Creative

In Our Opinion

The end of glass recycling by the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities makes economic sense for the BPU. It costs more to pick up glass recycling and transport it for disposal, so ending glass recycling will help the BPU avoid solid waste rate increases. And, for the utility, it means ...

Using Caution With Plans To Boost Revenue

In Our Opinion

Desperate times usually bring desperate measures. That appears to be the direction state Gov. Andrew Cuomo is headed when he begins to unveil his virtual State of the State message today. Two controversial items, which were announced by Cuomo last week, are being looked at to boost revenues ...

Concerns Expressed About City Council Meetings

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: I have been watching City Council meetings more than a few times in 2020. I would like to recap a few concerns I have seen at these meetings. The amount of time wasted is astounding. For example, three months talking about where to put ONE food cart. It was an ...

America’s Saddest Day Has Come To Pass

Local Commentaries

I have been around this country now for many decades. Yet, I have never witnessed a sadder day in our history than this past Wednesday when a mob took control of the Unites States Capitol building. It was made especially sad because it was incited and supported by the President of the United ...

We Must Develop Renewable Energy Now

Local Commentaries

To tell you the truth, my first thought on reading Mark Twichell’s commentary on wind turbines in Lake Erie was, huh? Climate change won’t be mitigated by renewable wind power? Turbines are a bigger pollution threat than fossil fuels? Are we living in the same world? Some of Mr. ...

The Day I Heard My Heart Sob

Local Commentaries

It was just six days after the symbolic celebration of the end of 2020, and the positivity of looking forward to a new year with the arrival of our new granddaughter, the hopeful success of the pandemic vaccine, the hope of baseball returning with fans in the stands, The NFL Draft in ...