Local Commentaries

Hoping For Smoother Summer Trips

This past week, the ice on Chautauqua Lake broke up. Also, the pavement on Route 394 north of Stow is breaking up. These are sure signs of Spring! Within the past couple of years, I wrote about the then-abominal condition of Route 394 around the area of the Interchange with I-86. Last ...

Don’t Ignore Perils Of Human Trafficking

April is National Child Abuse Prevention month. An effort to combat human trafficking starts with preventing child abuse and neglect. Child sex trafficking is an issue that affects children in all communities, both in the United States and Chautauqua County. Since 2016, the YWCA of ...

Bizarre Comments Aren’t A Surprise Anymore

President Trump made a bizarre offhand comment at a Republican fundraiser last week that was largely overlooked in favor of the standard dysfunction at the White House. While deriding sustainable energy alternatives, in his usual freewheeling style he said about windmills, “They say the ...

Jamestown Needs More Than Rental Registration To Fix Housing Issues

Does a compliance rate of 27 percent serve as an indicator that more is needed to assure that rental units in the city are habitable and code compliant? The Post-Journal reported in their coverage of a recent City Council work session that the city would pursue stricter enforcement of the ...

Use Of Health Information Technology Keeps Growing

As demonstrated by the major local hospital systems’ recent and significant financial investments in electronic health records (EHR), the value of health information technology and the benefit it provides to treating physicians is critical to improving the quality of patient care, enhancing ...

State Has Interesting Spending Proposal

I doubt that many people have been keeping track of the various moves and shenanigans that have been going on in Albany relative to the state budget. Most citizens don’t care much unless it hits them directly in the pocket book. Yet, as an old-time observer of Albany budget-making, I ...

Global Warming Must Be Addressed

This paper ran an editorial on Tuesday, April 2 on the subject of Governor Cuomo’s “Green New Deal,” his most recent crack at reducing New York State’s carbon emissions. It’s no surprise that many are apprehensive about pursuing a revolutionary transformation of how humans have ...

Are We Really Putting Patients First In Their Treatment?

Recent headlines sweeping across the United States have provided us with the slow but steady release of legal documents detailing how opioid and fentanyl-based painkillers have been marketed to vulnerable populations, such as children, the elderly and veterans. With the opioid epidemic ...

The National Popular Vote Movement Makes The Smaller States Irrelevant

New Hampshire Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan are angling to eliminate the Electoral College—and now editors at the Concord Monitor are jumping on that bandwagon, too. They urge state legislators to join an under-the-radar effort known as the National Popular Vote interstate ...

What Happens Next For Chautauqua Lake?

There have been some political developments lately that leave me, as a local citizen, a little bit in “limbo.” I am referring to the repercussions of Senator Cathy Young’s recent resignation of her position as our state senator. Just two months into her new term, she has left her ...

Barley/Hops Study Is A Waste Of Your Money

On Thursday, March 28, The Post-Journal featured a story covering the previous evening’s meeting of the Chautauqua County Legislature where a proposal to fund a study of the feasibility of growing cereal barley and hops in Chautauqua County as an aid the area’s growing craft brew and ...

Tax Filing Deadline Delay Makes Sense

The IRS has had a lot to contend with this filing season. The monthlong government shutdown hampered the agency’s ability to provide a level of service that would be adequate in a normal year, let alone in a year where taxpayers are learning how to benefit from lower tax burdens under the ...

It’s Congresswoman’s Politics, Not The Economy, That’s ‘Garbage’

“Where we are is not a good thing. And this idea of like, ten percent better than garbage, it shouldn’t be what we settle for.” — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the American economy. If the American economy is “garbage,” the rest of the world dreams of being Oscar the ...

How To Think Outside The Box

I was intrigued recently to hear County officials talking about another community in New York state which might be a model for addressing the issues surrounding Chautauqua Lake. This is the Lamoka- Waneta Lake area in the southern Finger Lakes. Around fifteen years ago, an old friend, John ...

To Avoid Shortage, Schools Must Support Future Doctors

The United States will be short 120,000 doctors by the end of next decade, according to the latest research from the Association of American Medical Colleges. That shortage will become permanent unless medical schools make the path to becoming a doctor a bit less arduous. Some medical ...

It’s Time To Pay College Athletes

March Madness is here. One of the unofficial signs of Spring. Two weeks of exciting basketball for hardcore fans, casual gamblers, and office dwellers alike. Every year the games produce pressure, excitement, heartbreak, pride—but money is what the NCAA basketball tournament churns out the ...

America — Exceptional, Not Nationalist

Some of the liberal criticism of President Donald Trump since his election stems from an intellectual tradition that gained tremendous influence in the West during the 1960s, especially in American universities. According to what historians have labeled the New Left, a more radical strain of ...

There Is Value In Thinking Big

Last year, soon after the new hotel opened in Celoron, my wife and I joined some other couples in listening to one of the owners discuss the business plan for the facility. At the time, I wondered why there was such a big parking lot. It was much larger than the number of rooms in the hotel ...

Wall Street Mini-Tax Could Raise Maximum Revenue

With great fanfare, politicians on the left are thinking big on tax reform: a 70 percent rate on incomes over $10 million, a wealth tax on the super-rich, estate taxes as high as 77 percent. With no fanfare at all, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has made the case for ...

Rep. Reed Is Master Of The Tight-Rope

It is not uncommon for elected officials, particularly in Congress, to have a “shtick.” With 434 colleagues fighting for legislative victories and press attention, it can be very useful to market themselves as a certain type of legislator and represent that brand in public. Some are ...