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Opinion

During Emergency, City Council Should Consider Pay Freeze

In Our Opinion

City Councilman Grant Olson, R-Ward 5, asked an interesting question at last week’s City Council meeting — should there be a spending freeze during the COVID-19 pandemic? It’s a good question from a new council member. And while we agree with Council members Kim Ecklund, R-At Large, ...

Make Sure To Use Caution With Your ‘Yankee Ingenuity’

In Our Opinion

There is a reason “Yankee ingenuity” is recognized throughout the world. We Americans have a reputation for identifying challenges and devising ways to overcome them. Use your head if you decide to come up with a home remedy, a way to stretch supplies such as those of food — or any ...

Be Respectful And Socially Distance

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: During this difficult time we all should remember to respect and care for others. This is written after a shopping trip to Wegmans. We went at 8:30 am trying to avoid a crowd since we are senior adults. There were more people than expected but you could still ...

Time To Multitask, Get The State Economy Restarted

In Our Opinion

It is understandable that area residents are struggling to justify the virtual close of Chautauqua County’s economy when there are so few cases of COVID-19 inside the county. There is a good deal of unease for small business owners who don’t qualify for many of the programs available to ...

Say A Prayer, Give Thanks To The Frontline

Local Commentaries

Whenever I have met an Army veteran wearing a medal/badge with a rifle on a blue background resting on a laurel wreath, I take special notice. This is one of the highest honors, in my view, that can be attained in the U.S. Army—the Combat Infantryman Badge. It means, “yes,” I have been ...

In These Times, How Are We Helping?

Local Commentaries

Without truckers, UPS and Fed Ex, what would keep food on the shelves and other vital products delivered? They keep the lifelines of society from breaking down. You have to include the farmers on that one for sure. This is just the short list. It is helpful to thank them and especially the ...

National Press Ignites Panic, Fans Flames

Local Commentaries

Sometimes errors by the press are small. When this columnist was a newspaper reporter, another reporter wrote in a hilarious April Fool’s Day story that a local library was imprisoning – in its dungeon – patrons with overdue books. The story understandably omitted mentioning what in ...

Those Searching For The Best Way To Help Now Have An Avenue

In Our Opinion

Logic dictates that the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic can’t possibly sustain the thousands of out-of-work families in Chautauqua County. A family of four would receive roughly $3,600 if both working adults in the home each earn less than $75,000. That $3,600 is a nice tax ...

Rebuttal To ‘Man Of Faith Should Not Defend Trump’

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: I contend that a “man of faith,” yes, even a pastor, Betty, is free to defend President Donald J Trump if he so chooses. Christians are not following Trump but are followers of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Pastor Mel is an intelligent man of high ...

Americans Need To Get The Message And Start Distancing

In Our Opinion

It is difficult, frankly, to view people refusing to join the rest of us in attempting to contain the COVID-19 coronavirus as anything but spoiled brats. The vast majority of them appear to be young. At least reports from our country, such as those of college students packing beaches for ...

We Need To Determine How Reliant We Are On Foreign Sources

In Our Opinion

Sources ranging from the CIA to the Census Bureau disagree on how reliant we Americans are on drugs and medical equipment imported from China. Extend that to international agencies and the variances are even greater. For example, some sources place China far down on the list of countries ...

Remember, We Are All In This Together

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: There are a lot of people grumbling about the closings and cancellations around the country and even in our areas where we are barely affected so far. What you are not understanding is that the purpose of this is to stay ahead of the virus and try to stop it ...

We Look Outward For Enemies, A Mistake We Can’t Keep Making

In Our Opinion

At President Donald Trump’s urging, the United States is adding a sixth branch — the “Space Force” — to our armed forces, in order to defend the vast region beyond our atmosphere. Perhaps we should be thinking of inner space, instead. Throughout the nation, public health officials ...

Don’t Let Virus Stop Area Small Businesses

In Our Opinion

The decisions being made in the halls of Congress and in Albany regarding COVID-19 are important — but so are the decisions we all make every day. One of the best decisions we can make is to do all we can to support local small businesses that are staying open during the coronavirus ...

A Letter To Our Community

Local Commentaries

To our neighbors, colleagues, and friends: We are living in an unprecedented time where our world, our nation, and our community, is faced with the threat of an international pandemic known as COVID-19. This novel virus is unlike any flu or disease we have seen in modern times, and has the ...

What We Achieved This Week

Local Commentaries

Each day, COVID-19 appears in more counties, more communities across New York. It is inevitable that the virus will appear in Chautauqua County, although at this point, there are no confirmed cases. We are monitoring several individuals and waiting for test results. Because of community ...

How We Proceed Is Our Choice

Local Commentaries

When I lived in Potsdam as a student in 1998 we endured a spectacular ice storm that brought life in the North Country to a standstill for weeks. For seven days I lived with about 1500 others in the college’s fieldhouse, waiting for news from the state about when our power would return. On ...

Coping With Quarantine

Local Commentaries

When I was a kid, there was a TB (Tuberculosis) hospital on a hill near the Cassadaga Lakes. It was meant to be in a rather isolated, rural area because TB was known to be very contagious…it could spread easily. I remember being sad that people with this disease had to be “quarantined ...