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Local Commentaries

Should Each County Have One Senator?

Delegates to the 1787 constitutional convention were divided over how to apportion Congress. States with larger populations advocated basing representation on population. States with smaller populations feared this would allow states with larger populations to ...

Keep Statues As Reminder Of Our Not-So-Proud Times

Recently, I wrote an article about the peaceful civil rights demonstrations going on at Dow Park and of the very powerful sculptures located there built a few years ago called the “Underground Railroad Tableau,” created by a recently-deceased friend, David Poulin. In contrast, the ...

Those Using The ‘What About’ Argument Are Part Of The Problem

Racism in America usually takes two forms — direct and indirect. To be honest, I have helped perpetuate indirect, but unintentional, racism by enabling it through a lifetime of “white privilege”. I have stood on the sidelines and cheered on the racial justice movement, but did not really ...

Retire The Jamestown High School ‘Red Raider’

White-appropriated Native American imagery has no place in education or athletics. The Jamestown Justice Coalition agrees with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the American Psychological Association (APA), and fellow Jamestown residents of good conscience that there is no ...

Economic Growth And Prosperity Depends On Many Partners

How often do you hear people grumble that their community isn’t moving in the right direction? Claiming that things were so much better in the past? How often do any of them do something about it, other than to whine in letters to the editor or to gripe about it on social media? One ...

Readers’ Forum

We Need People to Stand Up For Our Country To The Reader’s Forum: Our forefathers forged a nation built on the idea that “all men are created equal” with endowed rights from their Creator. Churches, communities, businesses, families and individuals stand as testimonies to the ...

It’s Almost Doomsday For County Dems

Chautauqua County’s Democrats are in shambles. With five significant regional races taking place in this November’s election, the party appears to have no direction. It is without a consistent message, voice or face. It appears to be a lost cause. Norman Green, county party chairman, is ...

Stay On Message, Mr. President

Hon. Donald Trump The White House Washington, D.C. Dear Mr. President: During the spring and summer of 2016, it wasn’t clear who would win the 2016 general election. But in October and early November 2016, you largely followed excellent advice that you gave yourself at a rally late ...

Governor’s Reform Edict Is Not Just Wrong-Headed, It’s Unconstitutional

To the citizens of Chautauqua County: Many of you are aware that the governor has recently issued his 203rd Executive Order, this time directing all counties to reform their police agency — the Sheriff’s Office — or lose all state funding for all county programs. The Governor’s Order ...

Remembering The Fourth Of July

The Fourth of Julys that I remember most were when I was most isolated from our country— the three years I was in the Far East in the Navy, part of that time on patrol boats in the Mekong Delta during the Vietnam War. You appreciate your country more when you are in a faraway place ...

It’s Time To Rebuild Police From The Ground Up

The killing of George Floyd ignited protests across the country demanding an end to what is perceived as institutional racism and systemic police brutality. Promises to implement new policies and pledges to hold police officers accountable fall from the lips of politicians. For all too brief ...

Joining Fred, Arbed For A First-Hand Experience, Home Visit

Last article, we met Jules, the adult son of Arbed and Fred. Jules had been worried about his aging parents who still reside in their self-built family home. The multi-story home is where Jules and his brother and sister were raised. His siblings reside in the west. Neither attended our first ...

Spending Childhood Summer Days At Cheney’s Point

CHENEY’S POINT — On Chautauqua Lake between Stow and Ashville is a bay where the waters are generally calmer than elsewhere. Cottages face east, so the sun rises each morning from across the lake and sets each evening behind them. The view includes much of the lake’s southern ...

They Just Fade Away

In 1951, General Douglas MacArthur, at the end of his Army career, made an address before a Joint Session of Congress which ended with the tearful reminder that “old soldiers never die, they just fade away.” I have often thought that the same is true of writers — once they stop ...

Movement To Repeal, Replace ‘Qualified Immunity’ Is Brewing

Last week the Supreme Court fumbled a tremendous opportunity to fix the doctrine of “qualified immunity” — the very mess it created decades ago. This policy has helped perpetuate police misconduct for more than 50 years. No other single reform is as critical in this moment. Qualified ...

Deficit Day, COVID-19 Edition

Our COVID-19 panic attack has resulted in 30 million jobs lost, no clear answer for where to get good medical advice — and has pushed us closer to a looming fiscal cliff. Following the largest round of stimulus payments in history, the Congressional Budget Office predicts a nearly $4 ...

Antifa, The Left-Wing Version Of Fascism

Antifa, the group that fancies itself as the face of modern anti-fascism, has a handbook. Really. It is named, appropriately enough, “Antifa: The Antifascist Handbook.” The author, Mark Bray, also wrote “Translating Anarchy: The Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street,” and co-edits ...

The Slippery Slope Of Heroism

Here we are again: Our focus has been turned to the killing of another black man at the hands of the police. I fully understanding the warranted rage of our black community facing another violent manifestation of probable racism and discrimination. Racism is prevalent throughout our society and ...

Downsizing At Jamestown VA Clinic

I try not to be personal in these articles, but, rather, discuss issues which affect the general public. I have made an exception here because this issue does affect an important segment of the general public — veterans. I am a Vietnam veteran and have benefitted from receiving medical ...