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Letters To The Editor

Emergency Services Should Be Commended

To The Reader’s Forum: As local residents, we can hear the fire siren when it goes off. Frequently, we soon see the emergency vehicles crossing the Chautauqua Lake bridge going out of the district that they serve. Their service to surrounding areas along route 86 at all hours of the day ...

Thank You To DPW For A Job Well Done

To The Reader’s Forum: I’m writing this letter in regards to a job recently done by Jamestown DPW on a tree on the terrace in front of my property. A large limb hung across the street and into the power lines. The limb had been hit by numerous delivery vehicles and recently a garbage ...

The CLA May Not Have The Lake At Heart

To The Reader’s Forum: The Chautauqua Lake Watershed and Management Alliance consists of villages, towns, property owners and not-for-profit agencies interested in the healthy maintenance of our lake. The memorandum of agreement was developed and signed to achieve a consensus plan for ...

‘Get Over It’

To The Reader’s Forum: The above quote was taken from a press briefing by Mick Mulvaney where he admitted that Donald Trump withheld congressional aid to Ukraine in turn for baseless investigation announcements into the Bidens. Mulvaney added “we do it all the time — Get Over ...

Maybe It’s Time To Look At A New Plan

To The Reader’s Forum: It’s obvious now that the Impeachment process envisioned by our Framers doesn’t work. Congressmen and Senators all voted, in both the House and Senate, whichever way would get them reelected. From the day they are first elected, all politicians think about is ...

The Real Joke In The City Is The Roads

To The Reader’s Forum: How wonderful that the National Comedy Center has been nominated for “the best new museum.” It’s too bad that the biggest joke is the roads in Jamestown. It is always the same roads and pot holes that need fixed. If Jamestown wants to make a good ...

Libraries Are More Than A Warehouse For Books

To The Reader’s Forum: If you think that libraries are no longer relevant in the age of Google and Alexa, then you haven’t stood outside of the James Prendergast Libary on a Saturday morning at 9:50. I was there this past Saturday with at least a dozen other people waiting for the doors ...

Cheers To Those In The JCC Performance

To The Reader’s Forum: Three cheers for everyone involved in JCC’s production of “La Cage Aux Folles.” The performance I saw was absolutely delightful. There are lots of laughs, and some very tender moments too. Super cast, great orchestra, stunning costumes, especially the ...

JCC Production Is A Delightful Journey

To The Reader’s Forum: I happen to be a big fan of the theater. I have been to many performances locally at the Lucille Ball Little Theater and the Scharmann Theater. Our community is very lucky to have such lovely theater venues but also some very impressive talent. I have just returned ...

Slowing Down The Herbicides May Help

To The Reader’s Forum: I’m trying to pay attention to what’s going on with the health of Chautauqua Lake. I’m not a biologist or a botanist or an ecologist — I’m just a citizen. What seems crystal clear to me as I try to look at all sides is that weeds in the lake are annoying. ...

Two-Faced Politics Make Everything Worse

To The Reader’s Forum: If politics aren’t bad enough already, two-faced politics make it even worse. You can see it as the House ran the process of impeachment without “due process,” but as the House sent impeachment over to the Senate, Speaker Pelosi demands “impartial ...

Trump Simply Must Be Convicted

To The Reader’s Forum: What is the crime that President Trump guilty of? Trump is guilty of the crime of extortion. He did so by trying to get the government of the Ukraine to make an official announcement that it was investigating Trump’s rival political candidate, Joe Biden, in ...

Congress And The Impeachment Process

To The Reader’s Forum: As I write, the House plans to send impeachment Articles to the Senate for a trial of Donald Trump. That action is, perhaps, next to going to war, the most significant thing our republic can do and should not be taken lightly. Whether Senators ultimately acquit or ...

A New Year Brings New Beginnings

To The Reader’s Forum: The New Year brings a new beginning to Chautauqua County in interesting ways. Jamestown and Dunkirk both have new mayors, as does Falconer and Lakewood. Our County Executive is new as well. It makes for an important time in our area’s history. The ...

A Statement In Support Of Choosing Life

To The Reader’s Forum: How good it was to read Dr. James Faulk’s letter to the PJ (12-2) about his cousin who chose life for her unborn child. With every conceivable politically-correct justification to abort, her eventual decision through the timely and thoughtful intervention of her ...

America Seems To Have Forgotten Its History

To The Reader’s Forum: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently announced that Washington is not willing to bow to Iraqi demands to withdraw its troops and any future discussions with Baghdad will be purely confined to the future structure of our forces in their country. Earlier in the ...

Caucus Is Not Place To Look For Leadership

To The Reader’s Forum: Interested to see the two articles recently in “Area News” regarding the Problem Solvers Caucus, of which our Congressman, Tom Reed, is co-chairman. I learned that the Problem Solvers Caucus is “building bipartisan consensus on policies,” and Mr. Reed ...

What Actually Makes Up Property Taxes

To The Reader’s Forum: It’s Property Tax time again, the bills are arriving in the mail. Grrrr. And just so we’ll know why those taxes are where they are, we get a little explanation of what makes up the tax levy. Sure enough, Medicaid, and county tax make up a whopping 92 percent of ...

Sending A Thank You To Public Servants

To The Reader’s Forum: TIME magazine, besides naming its “Person of the Year”, also named public servants, especially federal employees, as “Guardians of the Year”. TIME recognized the importance of the oath taken by federal employees to protect and preserve the US Constitution, ...

The Same Promise To ‘Root Out Corruption’

To The Reader’s Forum: On Christmas Eve the news media, all in the same words, carried the message. The Democratic Party or government (same thing now) in Albany, so the story led off, is going to “root out corruption.” I swoon. In the joy of the holiday season, I picture the ...