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Opinion

Face The Facts, Jamestown Is Not Growing

In Our Opinion

The James Prendergast Library is trying again to institute a 259-vote to place a library tax on registered voters in the Jamestown Public Schools District. The vote will take place June 9 via absentee ballots along as part of the countywide school budget vote and school board elections. As ...

Seeing A Difference In How Races Are Treated

Local Commentaries

I need you to know that this letter is just as much for me as I hope it is for you. Because here is the truth, I am a racist. I am a middle aged, middle class, white, male, educated, Christian minister and I see a difference in races. I see a difference in how races are treated. I see ...

The Lake Comes Alive

Local Commentaries

I have lived on Chautauqua Lake now for 25 years. I have seen big Memorial Day weekends — but nothing like this year. The lake exploded with activity. It was like the Fourth of July! It should not be surprising, I expect, because of the coronavirus “lock down” which has resulted in ...

We Rise Or Fall Together

Local Commentaries

This is a solemn and challenging time in the life of our nation and world. A remorseless, invisible enemy threatens the elderly and vulnerable among us — and some of the healthiest, too. It challenges our sense of safety, security and community. Our children are separated from their ...

How The Lockdown Looks Depends On How You Get Your Bread

Local Commentaries

My wife and I have found silver linings in the COVID lockdown. We’ve baked bread, ordered gourmet foods online, watched movies, taken walks, shared socially distant drinks with neighbors. I’m a musician and decided that, in case the virus sweeps me away, I would leave a legacy of ...

Feisty Mom ‘Rich In Her Spirit,’ Love

COVID-19 Coverage

It was an October 2007 evening that Mary Richir would never forget. After years of volunteering her time and talents for the Festival of Grapes in her hometown of Silver Creek, Richir was honored with the community service award by the Silver Creek-Irving Chamber of Commerce. That evening, ...

A Lesson From The COVID-19 Pandemic

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: As Gov. Cuomo stated, based on the same criteria as medical experts, it will be individual behavior, at least until a proven effective vaccine is created, that determines how successful America is in controlling the impact of Covid-19. The question that follows is ...

The Article 23 Public Input Provisions Are A Red Herring

In Our Opinion

There has been a lot of opposition locally to changes passed as part of the state budget to largely eliminate local opposition to the siting process for renewable energy. We note, then, a Reader’s Forum letter we received from Anne Reynolds, executive director of the Alliance for Clean ...

We Still Must Remember

In Our Opinion

Memorial Day is the traditional beginning of summer. Residents here and around the northeast will likely venture out, take to the grills and gather with family as they always have done. Heading to services to pay tribute to those who fought for our freedoms, however, is one holiday tradition ...

We Would All Be Wise To Remember Bad Times Are Coming

In Our Opinion

“This is by far the worst budget experience I’ve ever experienced. There’s nothing pleasing about this process. We had to furlough a number of people and reduce a number of things and we have a very long list of additions to that reduction list that we may have to exercise, depending on ...

Drawing Boundaries

Local Commentaries

To be honest, I was a little perplexed when I first saw the lines called “Western New York” as drafted for our region in the coronavirus fight. They were different from other maps I have seen over time. For example, the western New York Region for the Courts of the state is called ...

Cuomo’s Nursing Home Fiasco Is Unforgivable

Local Commentaries

Beginning with the outbreak of COVID-19 at a nursing home in Kirkland, Washington, policymakers were on notice as to the contagiousness, and lethality, of the virus in a congregate care setting with residents who are medically fragile. The nursing home resident population is very elderly, ...

Reinvention Of JRC

Local Commentaries

The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation (JRC) Board of Directors announces a reorganization effective immediately, incorporating streamlining and strengthening of functions with an even closer collaboration and integration with its partners, including the sharing of space in the City’s ...

Coping With COVID As We Reopen

Local Commentaries

The SARS- CoV-2 Virus will be with us for quite a long time, right alongside the various flu viruses which are always with us. So far it has wreaked havoc in so many ways, including illness and death, as well as causing a vast array of emotions and hardships including fear, anxiety, ...

New Renewable Siting Law Passed To Fix A Broken Process

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Readers of your May 12 article “Legislators Opposed to Fast Tracking Energy Projects” were undoubtedly left with the impression that the new renewable energy siting law cuts out local government input, which simply isn’t the case. The new law is designed to ...