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Opinion

How Can Cuomo Continue To Govern Amid Turmoil?

In Our Opinion

Ten years ago last month, Rep. Christopher Lee resigned after it was revealed the married former Congressman had been sending flirtatious emails to a woman he met on Craigslist. When the news broke, Lee immediately resigned his post. It was the honorable thing to do. The seat was filled ...

U.S. Capitol Fallout Produces Finger-Pointing

In Our Opinion

Finger-pointing and a botched blame game have marked the testimony regarding the breach of the U.S. Capitol. During Senate hearings last week, the people who were in charge of security that day now say the problem was “missed intelligence” by various federal agencies. Former Capitol ...

Westfield Finalist In Competition, Wow

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: The League of Women Voters of Chautauqua County commends Social Studies teacher and moderator Greg Birner and his awesome team for their major and impressive accomplishment in the state-wide ”We the People” competition. The League is thrilled to recognize ...

Tee Up New Election Law Challenges

Local Commentaries

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas – on his way to being the longest-serving justice in American history – and fellow Justice Samuel Alito have the skill of writing clearly. One rarely has to read one of their sentences twice to understand it. So it was on Feb. 22 when each ...

Gillibrand Can’t Commit To Dunkirk

Editor's Corner

During a blustery, bone-chilling February morning last year, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer was joined by about a half-dozen north county veterans as he called for additional health-care assistance for those who may have been touched by Agent Orange during their service to the United States in ...

Concerns Grow Over Legalizing Pot

In Our Opinion

Legalized marijuana is likely a fait accompli in New York state, though there is still a wide gulf between the approaches backed by the state Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. It is in that vein that something Dr. Kevin Sabet, Smart Approaches to Marijuana president and CEO, said during ...

Funeral Home Thankful For A ‘Job Well Done’

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: The nearly universal response to the loss of the beautiful trees on Third Street was grief, disappointment and for some, anger. The difficult decision made by city leaders and arborist Dan Stone must have been made easier knowing that Jamestown has a well-trained ...

Lake Organizations Should All Get Something That They Want

In Our Opinion

We’ve been critical of the Chautauqua Lake Watershed and Management Alliance in the past, but we’re heartened by something that came to light this week. The alliance has issued a grant covering potential herbicide treatment of Chautauqua Lake in 2021. The village had approved submitting ...

Lessons From Texas

Local Commentaries

Recently, we saw in Texas what happens when the electric grid breaks down—chaos, confusion and human suffering. There is a lot of “finger-pointing” going on right now, but I think that a lot of the lessons learned from this will be based primarily upon common sense. The most obvious ...

Lessons From Texas

Local Commentaries

Recently, we saw in Texas what happens when the electric grid breaks down—chaos, confusion and human suffering. There is a lot of “finger-pointing” going on right now, but I think that a lot of the lessons learned from this will be based primarily upon common sense. The most obvious ...

The Effect That No School In The Ripley Community Would Have

Local Commentaries

A recent Editor’s corner (Feb. 3) by John D’Agostino offered his view on the public sector’s perception of the $16 billion deficit facing New York state. Quoting from his opening paragraph, “It can be summed up in three words: Ripley Central Schools.” He went on to reference the ...

Why So Many Subsidies For Electric Vehicles?

Local Commentaries

If electric vehicles (EVs) are as fantastic as claimed, why do they need so many government handouts? Proponents of EVs are increasingly using the “I Word” — inevitability. They say EVs make too much sense for consumers, not to mention the planet, for it to be any other way. They ...

Investigate Power Issues In Texas

In Our Opinion

It’s clear something went very wrong in Texas last week. Early efforts to play the blame game were off the mark, as some wanted to spread the idea the entire fiasco was the fault of wind and solar energy operations. That’s only part of the picture. More than 4 million people ended up ...

Readers’ Forum

Letters To The Editor

Stopping Political Violence In America To The Reader’s Forum: As a sociologist, I want to understand the origins of the kind of political violence we all saw in the mob that broke into our capitol building. I was shocked by an opinion survey reported on NPR radio on Feb. 11. The report ...

Limbaugh Communicate Great Ideas

Local Commentaries

In a sense, it often seems sad or unfortunate when particular tributes to people are given after they’ve passed away. Isn’t it better to offer such tributes while people can enjoy them during their earthly lives? Maybe that’s part of what one local organization has in mind when it ...

Louder Chorus Needed For Music

In Our Opinion

Members of the Westfield Academy & Central Schools are striking all the right notes. If sports can come back during the COVID-19 pandemic, why not the music program? Last month, music teacher Helen Ihasz called the school board — and state — to allow bands and choruses to be able to ...