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Opinion

Goodell Has Earned Two More Years As Representative

In Our Opinion

Incumbent state Assemblyman Andy Goodell, R-Jamestown, faces a spirited and feisty challenge from Christina Cardinale, a Jamestown resident endorsed by the Democratic Party. Cardinale’s has made several proposals since announcing her campaign earlier this year. The challenger has said she ...

In Tight DA Race, All Votes Are Important

In Our Opinion

From the beginning, Jason Schmidt has been a thorn in the side of District Attorney Patrick Swanson. Schmidt stepped up in 2016 to challenge Swanson, who was named to head the office after David Foley was elected Chautauqua County judge. It was a bitter, emotional campaign then and it has ...

Dems, Your Leaders Are Radicals

Local Commentaries

The election is closing in, and voters will have to make choices, not only for the presidency of the United States, but also for various senators, representatives, and other officials at the national, state, and local levels. It would be nice if there were clearly good guys and bad guys, but ...

Dems Could Revive A Reagan Tax Reform

Local Commentaries

Conservatives have every reason to love Ronald Reagan. He cut taxes hugely on high incomes. Once a union leader, he became a ruthless union-buster. He warred endlessly against welfare. But the darling of the Right made one sharp Left. His landmark Tax Reform Act of 1986 called for equal taxes ...

More Engaged, And Tired, Electorate

Local Commentaries

It used to be that “voting time” meant a day certain, the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Now, with early voting and voting by mail—that time has started already. I have no problem with making voting easier. The average voter turn-out in America in my lifetime has ...

No News Is Good News

Local Commentaries

The only way anything has ever survived this world was because it was cared for and nurtured. That goes for babies and the Honda sitting in your driveway. It also goes for the sauce you made last Sunday and the flowers you planted in your window box last summer. And so, too, does it apply to ...

County Connection Favors Martoche For Supreme Court

In Our Opinion

There are two candidates for New York state Supreme Court Justice on the Nov. 3 election ballot — Amy Martoche and Gerald Greenan III. Greenan is endorsed by the Republican, Conservative and Independence parties after narrowly losing a seat on the bench in 2019 to Diane Devlin. Greenan has ...

President Trump Has Common Touch

Local Commentaries

ERIE, Pa. - Here and there this campaign season one sees an unusual lawn sign. It appears to be not from a candidate’s campaign but from persons acting independently. It urges voting for a particular presidential candidate. The candidate is President Trump. Yet none of these are ...

To S. Dakota In A ‘Big Rig?’ In My Dreams

Local Commentaries

I might have enjoyed making my living as a long-haul big-rig truck driver instead of as a journalist — except for the long haul, big-rig 18-wheel tractor-trailer. I relearned that last week during a drive to and from South Dakota, 16 hours out and 18 hours back. Younger daughter Natalie ...

We’re On A Slippery Slope Just Following The ‘Science’

In Our Opinion

We’ve been urged to “follow the science” so many times during the past six months that we suspect many people are growing sick of the advice. Besides, what if the scientists aren’t following the science? Some of them are not. Americans became justifiably suspicious of the World ...

Celebrate Connections With Local Food

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: While the “Back to School” season may look different this fall, one thing remains constant: Whether your child’s school day calls for lunch in the cafeteria or at your kitchen table, dairy farmers like me throughout New York are working to ensure children are ...

Parking Fee, Ticket Hikes Eat Up Small Tax Reduction

In Our Opinion

Mayor Eddie Sundquist proposes to save the owner of a $70,000 house about $12 a year on city taxes in 2021. That’s a laudable step, until you realize that if that homeowner works downtown, the savings are going to be quickly eaten up in the form of new parking fees in about six weeks. ...

To Win, GOP Needs To Find Different Voters

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: There is more to the sixth anniversary of the passing (Oct. 18, 2014) of Buffalo’s former Republican State Comptroller Edward V. Regan. He was also a member of the Buffalo Common Council and served as Erie County Executive in the 1970s. It was a time when ...

The COVID-19 Game Is To Limit Positivity Rate

In Our Opinion

This has been a bad week for Chautauqua County when it comes to COVID-19. The county reported 118 cases from Oct. 11 through Oct. 18 — more than half of them tied to an outbreak of COVID-19 at Tanglewood Manor. Of course, that means that half the cases are from community spread; which ...

The Presidential Debate Was Painful, Disgusting

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: The Presidential Debate held on Sept. 29 was painful and disgusting. Donald Trump repeatedly interrupted Joe Biden trying to speak in his time slot. Several times Moderator Chris Wallace requested that Donald Trump let Joe Biden answer the question asked of him ...

Thank You To Our Area’s Good Samaritans

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: On Aug. 10. I put my car in a ditch on Big Tree Road. I want to thank Buteras for the amazing service. It only took 20 minutes for them to arrive and pull me out! I want to thank the two gentlemen that stopped to check on me. One pulled in front of me while, at ...

How To Disagree

Local Commentaries

There is a good country/western song I was listening to on the radio the other day sung by Billy Dean about a couple that has split up but who still want to remain friends. It goes: “There ain’t no good guy, there ain’t no bad guy. There’s only you and me and we just ...

Technology Is A Set Of Tools

Local Commentaries

For a number of years I have been involved with and advising various people and organizations in several countries in Africa and other parts of the world. The primary reason is because I was using Facebook and posting my writing and other items for a number of years. The technology allowed me ...