Local Commentaries

Businesses Must Support Air Service, Not Just Taxpayers

As prior commentators regarding, and former frequent passengers of, the Chautauqua County (Jamestown) airport, we continue to follow the series of articles (news and opinions) about Boutique Air and more generally both the absence of and potential return of commercial passenger air service to ...

D-Day Is A Time To Reflect

For the past decade or more, I have been on the Board of an organization, Friends of the World War II Memorial, that helps sponsor events at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Though we co-sponsor five days of national commemoration with the National Park Service, ...

Don’t Strip Migrants Of Their Humanity

There are children dying from neglect and abuse in United States custody at the border. Think about that. Reasonable people can disagree how to handle mass migration or whether undocumented immigrants should get driver’s licenses. I am having trouble sympathizing with those who do not see ...

Happy Birthday, America, Still The Land Of Dreams

Light the candles, tune the instruments, warm up the vocal cords, a very special day is upon us. It is time to celebrate a birth, a unique birth, and a birth that in many ways has lit human hope, kindled human aspiration and fired up a few revolutions. Happy birthday, America! I do not ...

Leave Politics Out Of U.S. Mail Delivery

Good news for commerce! Starting in 2020, FedEx will offer home package deliveries seven days a week to consumers in densely populated areas. This highlights the dynamism of e-commerce and win-win opportunities for online and brink-and-mortar stores. However, it also highlights the folly of ...

A Wall Street Boost For Social Security

The aging of America is putting the squeeze on Social Security. About 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day and the number is heading even higher. Ready or not, our retirement system faces its first major overhaul in decades. Lawmakers should listen to Warren Buffett before they settle on ...

Moving Ahead For The Lake’s Future

Things continue to move in a positive direction on the Lake. A friend of mine, who likes his exercise, recently rowed his boat along the shoreline from about Ashville Bay to the hotel in Celeron. It was very evident where the herbicide had been applied and where it hadn’t. The area ...

2020 Census May Be Rigged

A critical function of our federal government that gets lost in the daily news cycle typhoon of Trump’s blathering, impending wars, and 2020 Presidential jockeying is the decennial census. The Census is mandated by Article I Section II of the Constitution (though I am uncertain if we’re ...

The U.S. And OPEC Have Unwittingly Become Partners

A decade ago, the machinations of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries were front-page news. Accounting for 43 percent of global oil production in an environment of tight capacity, OPEC could easily influence the prices of crude oil and gasoline by increasing or decreasing ...

The Quiet Republican Primary For The State Senate

There is a big Republican Primary election coming up on June 25th, and you would hardly know it. Things have been very quiet in the race for the Republican nomination for state senator from the 57th District — Cathy Young’s former position. We all know that our County Executive, George ...

Why I Chose This City

When I came back to Jamestown a few years ago to start my law career, I constantly heard people say “There is nothing for me in Jamestown” or “Why would I settle for small town life.” It was a choice to return to my roots and be closer to my family, but I found myself defending ...

Stop Doing What We’ve Always Done

Over the past several years, there has been a growing disconnect between the city’s administration and the majority of the population. Over the past several years, the mayor and the various committees that he’s formed have been focused only on what they’ve deemed to be important. Out of ...

Let’s Hear About Poverty

There has been a number of words touting positive events in Chautauqua County, such as the creation of jobs and the lower unemployment rate. We are told that people in the county have had a moral boost and are feeling more positive. Congratulations, that is good news. But something has been ...

Embrace Biopharmaceutical Innovation To Save Lives

More Americans are beating cancer than ever before. Cancer mortality rates have plummeted 27 percent in the past quarter-century, according to the American Cancer Society. This trend is no accident. Drug companies have invented hundreds of breakthrough therapies, many of which stop cancer ...

Educate Yourself Before Clymer Vote

Our opportunity as school district residents, to vote on the Clymer school district budget, Tuesday, June, 18, is now only days away. I want to share with you some details I find interesting, hoping to further inform you, as you prepare to fulfill your obligation of casting an informed vote. ...

Analysis Shows Single-Payer Is A Bad Deal

Widespread reports this spring that elderly patients in the United Kingdom were facing significant delays getting routine cataract operations coincided with the news that British rock music legend Mick Jagger underwent successful, highly delicate heart surgery in a New York hospital. The ...

Offending Christians: The Bladensburg Cross Case

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at The American Spectator. One of the major Supreme Court decisions we’ll soon hear about is the Bladensburg cross case. This is the case in which secularists are demanding the removal of a large cross that memorializes veterans in ...

Taxpayers Get What They Pay For

Each year the US News and World Report releases their “best state rankings.” It’s an exhaustive data analysis study that ranks each state one through 50 using complicated surveys, statistics and algorithms way over my head. Mercifully, they boil it down to eight main criteria: ...

Signing Day At A High School

The young faces on front page of my local newspaper were beaming as parents and mentors looked on with pride. This was “Signing Day” at the high school in Walhalla, S.C., a special time when much sought-after seniors sign contracts with their teams of choice. But these young people were ...

CLP Continues To Lead On The Lake

We have lived in Burtis Bay on Chautauqua Lake for 33 years. First as part time residents and after we retired 5 years ago, as full time residents. During that time we have observed the condition of the lake deteriorate with ever increasing invasive weeds and Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs). ...