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Local Commentaries

Doctrine Of Stare Decisis Should Not Apply

The following letter was sent to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. ı ı ı Separate statements made by you in your concurrence to Gamble v. United States are very encouraging to us-as they are to many Americans. It is our opinion that the doctrine of stare decisis should not ...

What Did The Clerk Think?

I wonder what the clerk of the court thought who came across the case of trespassing chickens and a Nazi flag in Hanover. This battle of wits has gone on for some time now. By all accounts the flags have been up for at least a year. Todd Schilling was quoted in WGRZ wondering “Has she (the ...

The Loss Of A Local Icon, Community Member

It was with profound sadness I read of the recent passing of Sadie Oag, (The Post-Journal, July 8.) Her quick sweet smile, bright eyes and excellent insights will be long remembered and sorely missed. Sadie and her husband Hugh were icons within Chautauqua County’s dairy farm community. ...

Our Local Roots

An old friend, now deceased, used to say somewhat in jest: “Every morning I read the obits in The Post-Journal. If my name isn’t there, I go to Moonbrook and play golf!” I must admit that I also read the obits every day in the same newspaper. It is more than seeing who has died. ...

What The Warner Dam Can, Can’t Do

In the late 1970s, I was a freshman legislator in Albany looking for a good project for my district. A friend and county planner at the time, John Luensman, suggested rebuilding Warner Dam, a water-control structure in the outlet of Chautauqua Lake. It was in bad shape and only one or ...

Sewer Work On Lake’s West Side Is Progressing On Schedule

We are writing in response to the Oped (“Sewer Project Hits A Snag”) by Rolland Kidder publi shed in the July 7, 2019 issue of The Post-Journal. As Chairman or the Administrative Board of the South and Center Chautauqua Lake Sewer Districts and Chairman or lhe Board’s Technical ...

Another Side Of Border Argument

I read the article in the Sunday edition of The Post-Journal on June 30th entitled “Don’t Strip Migrants Of Their Humanity.” The writer accuses the government of holding refugees in squalid camps, intentional cruelty and neglect, stripping immigrants of their humanity, labeling them ...

New Generic Insulin Is No Cure For What Ails The Drug Market

Pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly is about to face some fierce competition — from itself. The company recently announced plans to offer a generic version of its own insulin drug, Humalog, at half price. What gives? For drug companies, price reductions aren’t as simple as they are for, ...

Sewer Project Hits A Snag

For those who are interested in how sewer construction projects around Chautauqua Lake are faring, I have some good news and some “maybe” not good news. First, for the good news — construction is now happening to connect the old and inadequate sewage treatment plant at Chautauqua Lake ...

Exercise: Powerful And Overlooked

They refer to it as upstream. It’s where it all starts. That is, those things that influence how well we’ll be able to weather life. Social determinants of health is another, related term. But whatever the language, it all boils down to the fact that circumstances and conditions in ...

New York Has Its Own Green New Deal

After a successful closing-session scramble, lawmakers in New York’s state legislature approved an ambitious climate mobilization bill that has been called the state’s own “Green New Deal.” Officially known as the Climate Leadership And Community Protection Act (CCPA) or SB 6599/AB ...

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 ...