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Local Commentaries

We Rise Or Fall Together

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

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 ...

Drawing Boundaries

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

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

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

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, ...

Living On Coronavirus Time

There is a country song about a guy from Oklahoma who goes to California where “people live so fine” but, when he finally gets there, finds things a bit tough and remonstrates that he is still “living on Tulsa time.” I am having the same kind of trouble living my daily life while ...

Pandemic Fallout Includes Handout To Rich Retirees

The coronavirus pandemic is worlds apart from the financial meltdown of 2008-09. Even so the government’s response was identical in one telltale way. Congress once again gave a special dose of tender loving care to taxpayers who need it the least. The 2008 bailout suspended annual ...

The Left And Liberty Can Not Coexist

Crediting nothing to God, a politician boasted, “Our behavior stopped the spread of the virus. God did not stop the spread of the virus and what we do, how we act, will dictate how the virus spreads.” That’s the governor of New York swaggering like Herod. Governor Cuomo claimed all ...

Don’t Let Your Guard Down

The emergence of the COVID-19 virus over the last three months has challenged us to think and act differently as physicians and as a medical community. The first phase of this pandemic found us actively scrambling to respond to the health needs of our patients while keeping them safe from ...

Togetherness: Enemy And Solution

As human beings, we like being together. This is our strength and, right now, our weakness. The coronavirus knows this and that is how it attacks. I remember, as a kid on the farm, that one of the things my Dad feared most was Brucellosis, a bovine disease that could wipe out a whole ...

Disastrous Policy Has Laid Economic Waste To Rural America

On April 23, Bloomberg News reported that U.S and Canadian hog producers had begun to euthanize, (shoot) approximately 200,000 hogs (with more likely to follow) that they would not be able to market owing to the current shut-down of slaughter plants due to the current coronavirus pandemic. ...

Reopen Our Little Corner

I would like to humbly submit my idea to help reopen business in our little corner of the world, Chautauqua County. As of today, coronavirus cases in our county remain at 27 and only 39 people remain in a mandated isolation/quarantine situation. It would appear that social distancing and ...

State And Local Governments: ‘Cut To The Bone,’ Or Ripe For Pruning?

Kansas faces “a devastating hit to tax revenues,” with the damage estimated to be “$1.2 billion… over the current and next fiscal years.” Clark County, Nevada, home of the Las Vegas Strip, must “cover a $315 million shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year.” In Memphis, the ...

Millions Of Workers Are Left Insecure

Tweeter-in-chief Donald Trump constantly bashes “do nothing Democrats.” In fact it’s Mopey Mitch McConnell who’s the do nothing man, refusing to act on nearly 400 bills passed by Pelosi’s House. One big Democratic initiative did manage to become law, pushed through as part of a ...

Operating In The Fog Of War

I don’t know about you, but I feel that I have been operating in a “fog of war” relative to the coronavirus epidemic. Time Slows Down: Everyday seems to run into every other day. What day of the week is it? Will this thing ever end? I feel like we are living in slow motion. Things ...

Life Was Simpler Then Than Now

There are infrequent moments in history when many who were of age remember where they were when they read or heard the news. On one of those days for Americans 75 years ago this month, a Jamestown High School junior walked to his after-school job at an ice-cream store on the northeast ...

The Goodell/Borrello Plan For Reopening Upstate Is Good

Sane. Responsible. Data-driven. Free of hype. These terms define the Goodell/Borrello plan for reopening upstate New York. Gratitude needs to be expressed to these legislators for their activist work. It is their analysis demonstrating great variation in regional risk status that should ...

Thanks For Staying Home

Just over one month ago, I declared a state of emergency in the City of Jamestown over the public health pandemic known as COVID-19. At that time, my team and I, along with our public schools, recognized the tremendous impact this public health crisis was going to have on our community. ...

Is Voting By Mail Coming To NY?

We have been watching with great interest as a few states in the U.S.A. have been forced into absentee voting during the current COVID-19 outbreak. Conducting mostly low turnout and rushed implementation of vote by mail primaries, states have had to overcome more than a few pitfalls. But ...