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Opinion

School Votes About More Than Budget

Editor's Corner

DUNKIRK — Northern Chautauqua Catholic School in Dunkirk has been somewhat of an unsung hero throughout this trying academic year across our region. With public districts struggling last summer and early on in the fall to come up with a plan to bring students back to in-person learning during ...

Raising A Red Flag Over Stefanik’s Rise In The GOP

In Our Opinion

Liz Cheney has been ousted as House Republican conference chair, likely soon to be replaced by Elise Stefanik of New York. The reason is that Cheney has called Trump out on the election lie and is trying to get the GOP to be honest. She’s losing that fight. The party’s federal lawmakers ...

‘Big Box’ Stores? Sure; But Not Always

Local Commentaries

The pandemic changed my shopping habits. While mostly imprisoned at home, I learned to value the online convenience of Walmart, Staples, Amazon, the “big box” outfits. It’s not just big stuff. I ran out of printer ink cartridges. Rather than drive 20-30 miles and risk the stores being ...

County Democrats Need Compromise Rather Than Conflict

In Our Opinion

It is not a surprise that Democrats on the Chautauqua County Legislature were defeated in court over their pick to be the next Democratic Election Commissioner. We foresaw this outcome more than a month ago. The text of state law is clear, as state Supreme Court Justice Lynn Keane wrote in ...

‘Diversity’ In The USA Is Presently Impossible

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: A few weeks ago I heard the results of a survey revealing that out of over 100 professional financial advisers, only two were Black. Of course, the commentators said we need more “Diversity.” We would have Diversity in every part of our society if we had ...

Larson Kept A Treasured Piece Of Downtown Going

In Our Opinion

For almost seven decades, a member of the Lisciandro’s family has been at the helm of Lisciandro’s Restaurant on North Main Street. For 46 years of the restaurant’s 67-year history downtown, John Lisciandro has provided homemade food, a friendly joke, an update on his golf game and ...

Time A Factor In Cancellation Of County Fair

In Our Opinion

There has been some harsh criticism in recent days regarding a decision by the Chautauqua County Fair board of directors for deciding to cancel this year’s edition. Unsurprisingly, most of that discussion is on social media. We understand the disappointment, but does anyone truly believe ...

Start Making A Difference By Casting Your Vote, LadiesTo The Reader’s Forum: Over the years I haven’t always agreed with Norman Carlson, but I have to agree with your comments in the Readers’ Forum Thursday, April 15, 2021, “Hiding from the truth while having it both ways.” Yes, we (the United States) are finally facing many of our faults … racism, police reform, not educating our children and ourselves about our true history, the list goes on and on! We the people do have a voice in reforming our government for the better, not so in many other countries! Ladies be thankful you live in these United States. Educate yourself, look at what you have, compared to other countries, a lot!! We are all God’s children and I mean all!! No matter what your nationality, no matter where you live! Wake up, our country has a lot to correct, yes, you can be a part of this… respect, love, caring for people! Are you ladies trying to leave America? Are you not comfortable in your homes and in your town? I believe the answer is, “you are just fine!” Start making a difference to correct our mistakes by voting! Look around your neighborhood, city, what can you do to make it better?! Diane J. Peterson, Jamestown

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Over the years I haven’t always agreed with Norman Carlson, but I have to agree with your comments in the Readers’ Forum Thursday, April 15, 2021, “Hiding from the truth while having it both ways.” Yes, we (the United States) are finally facing many of our ...

Sewers Promote Healthy Lake

Local Commentaries

Recently, the South and Center Chautauqua Lake Sewer District (“Sewer District”) moved ahead on extending sewer service up the west side of Chautauqua Lake as far as Stow. Bid specifications were sent out to potential contractors to construct this new sewer extension. As readers of this ...

Ask Doctor If You Are Hesitant About Vaccines

Local Commentaries

Are you undecided about getting a COVID Vaccination? Are you worried about getting the vaccine? Do you know what a nasty disease COVID-19 can be? This decision is hard for many people. One expects clear medical science, but so many groups have weighed in that it makes one’s head spin. ...

A Different Kind Of Mother’s Day

Local Commentaries

I don’t want to be in a group I’m in now. It’s the “Mother’s Day without Your Mother” Club. The annual drive to a local flower shop to pick out a lovely hanging basket with an attached sentimental personal note for mom is over. Mom died and went to be with Jesus less than 2 months ...

Happy, Relaxed, And Engaged

Local Commentaries

Parenting is arguably the most challenging occupation any adult will ever acquire. Raising children (biological or not) requires a great deal of attentiveness, responsibility, and patients. Each and every child is entirely its own, and as my mother always says “they don’t come with a ...

Immediacy Haunts Mental Health Arena

Editor's Corner

During his tenure as executive director of the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County, Rick Huber understood all too well the significant disadvantage he and other counselors seeking to help those struggling with personal demons faced on a daily basis. It is a large part of the reason ...

A ‘No’ Vote On PRO Act Is A ‘Yes’ For Free Enterprise

In Our Opinion

Among other things, President Joe Biden called for passage of the “PRO Act” on Wednesday during his first address before a joint session of Congress. The Protecting the Right to Organize Act, which the U.S. House passed by a narrow margin of 224-194 in March, is part of Biden’s American ...

Projects Provide Sense Of Progress To County Residents

In Our Opinion

All of a sudden, development is booming in Chautauqua County. The former Silver Creek Elementary School and the former Fluvanna Elementary School in Greenhurst are poised to become apartments. The former Fairbank Farms and Castelli Cheese building in Blockville may soon be a cheese-making ...

A Few People Cause A Wasteland Of Destruction

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Giant wind turbines and vast fields of solar panels are not made of fairy dust brought by unicorns. Do ‘greens’ think we can’t see that huge quantities of raw materials and fossil fuels are used to mine, manufacture, transport and construct these intermittent, ...