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Local Commentaries

More Force Won’t Fix The American Diet

Two nutritionists (Dariush Mozaffarian and Dan Glickman) have sounded the alarm about the American diet, saying bluntly what most of us know intuitively to be true: Americans are sick — much sicker than many realize. More than 100 million adults — almost half the entire adult population ...

There’s No Trust In Our Institutions

The start of a new school year inevitably prompts parents, incoming freshmen and commentators all to question whether college is a worthy investment anymore. What with the astronomical cost of attendance, the obsession with “political correctness” on campus, and the assumed uselessness of ...

Natural Gas In New York

Recently, both National Grid and Con Edison in the New York City area announced that because of capacity restraints they could no longer hook-up new natural gas customers. Of course, the political reactions were predictable. Everyone from the Governor of New York to legislative leaders ...

What To Make Of August Job Numbers?

The Labor Department tells us that 130,000 jobs were created in August. However, around 25,000 were temporary census workers hired by the federal government. That puts the August total for new private-sector jobs at about 100,000. A few days before the Labor Department numbers came out the ...

Tom Reed: Profile In Cowardice

It was only two short weeks ago that Dayton and El Paso suffered horrific back-to-back mass shootings. For a second there, we thought this tragedy might finally stir Congress into taking some action to address the gun violence-slash-mental health epidemic in this country. Sadly, we were given ...

Dealing With China

It is no secret that I am not a particular fan of President Trump. However, he has put his finger on one long-lingering issue — the growing economic power of communist China. China is now the number two economic power in the world, and has the potential to become # 1. It makes common ...

N.H. Plant Protest Shows Conflicting Ideals Of Some Environmentalists

On August 17, eight environmental activists clad in white coveralls entered the grounds of New Hampshire’s largest remaining coal-fired power plant. There, they photographed themselves shoveling the coal into white, plastic buckets. In a press release issued days later, they claimed to ...

Make Deficit A Debate Topic

Midway between the second and third Democratic presidential debates, we should pause to take stock of what we’ve seen. Eight moderators have grilled more than 20 candidates for nine hours on national television. Yet, the most interesting part of it all is that more than two dozen candidates ...

Hearings Were Mueller Being Mueller

A couple of years ago, I wrote an article comparing the backgrounds of the President and the then newly appointed Special Prosecutor. Both came from wealthy families and went to private schools and universities. But their post-college lives were quite different. The President went into the ...

Get Ready For Higher Fuel Prices And The Economic Pressures They Bring

Americans will be paying more for gas soon, courtesy of the United Nations. And that could make it harder for President Trump to remain president if higher costs lead to a weaker economy. Four years ago, during the waning days of Barack Obama’s presidency, the U.N. International Maritime ...

How Congress May Increase Seniors’ Health Care Costs

Currently, there’s a piece of legislation working its way through the halls of Congress that has the potential to alter the entire American health care system. The bill is guided by the best of intentions — the desire to save unwitting victims from the crushing devastation of unexpected ...

Is It Really Time For Fall?

It’s only mid-August and the NFL season is already underway, alas. There will now be televised football every single week until the Super Bowl in February. Summer is still here. If Roger Goodell and the NFL owners are reading this, as I know they do: Please no football before Labor Day! ...

Moving Ahead On Water Service

Efforts are underway in applying to New York State for funds to complete a feasibility study on extending water service up the west side of Chautauqua Lake. There have been requests over the years from homeowners in the area who have had water well problems, and who would benefit from being ...

In Memory Of Dan Walsh

Recently there was an article announcing the final burial arrangements for former Assemblyman Dan Walsh of Cattaraugus County. “Old timers” will remember Dan’s first campaign for the Assembly in 1972 when he walked across the 149th Assembly District asking for votes. He was ...

Well-Funded Reserves Are Necessary In Town Of Busti

As the town of Busti supervisor for the past eight years I would like to respond to the editorial submitted by Councilman Rudy Mueller on July 28 entitled “Busti Town Board Needs To Approve Fund Balance Policy” At the time of his article we had already planned on discussing and ...

Beware The Dangers Of Socialism

“Never in the history of the world did it dawn upon the human mind as it dawned upon your ancestors, what it would mean for men to be free.,” said Anna Howard Shaw in her speech, “The Fundamental Principle of a Republic,” in Albany, New York, June 21, 1915. “They got the vision of a ...

More Shootings. More Helpless, Hopeless Feelings

Horrific, sickening, tragic. Those were the words I used to describe the news from Las Vegas two years ago — the scene of the worst mass shooting in American history. Since then, those words have come to my mind again and again: Parkland. Pittsburgh. And now Dayton and El Paso. But none ...

Words Make A Difference

Words, especially those used by national leaders, make a difference. The words that President Trump used in three “tweets” on, Sunday, July 14,th were especially divisive. This is what he said: “So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came ...

Climate Efforts Dealt A Blow

A panel at the World Trade Organization (WTO) recently decided a dispute between the United States and India over the competitiveness related to renewable energy in both countries in favor of New Delhi. The ruling is a blow to eight U.S. states that have doled out a plethora of financial ...

The Case For Optimism

News, commentary and academia are all-negative all-the-time. The latest Gallup poll shows only 36 percent of Americans are “satisfied with the way things are going,” versus 71 percent 20 years ago. Yet in the main, the United States has never been better off. Across the globe there is ...