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Local Commentaries

Let’s Meet On A Civil Street

Barely a week went by before the justified protest over the murder of George Floyd devolved into a frenzied demand for defunding the police coupled with crazy-talk over COVID-19. NYC councilman Mark Levine, tweeted, “If you see an increase in corornavirus cases, don’t blame the ...

Cummins CEO: We All Have A Role To Play

The past few weeks have been difficult. We are horrified and angered by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the other acts of discrimination and violence against black people that we have seen across the U.S. The anger and frustration spilling into the streets reflects longstanding ...

A Pastor’s Message To Fellow ‘Mzungus’

Just about every year I have the privilege of spending some time in Uganda, East Africa. Over there I am identified as a “Mzungu.” That is Swahili for “white person.” – These comments are intended to be words of encouragement from one Mzungu to other Mzungus (but everyone is welcome ...

Unity Is Best Path Forward For Lake

Facilitating cooperation and compromise is critical to maximizing our success in addressing issues involving Chautauqua Lake management. While thoughtful people might disagree on the priorities facing Chautauqua Lake, a consensus strategy is much better than endless conflict and the threat of ...

Sewer Project Is Govt. At Its Best

The other day I drove down the road which runs parallel to the lake in the town of North Harmony and saw what looked like surveyor stakes with small red flags attached. It tweaked my interest enough to call the sewer district to see if they were related to extending the sewer up the lake ...

Prendergast Library Argues In Favor Of Library Tax Ballot Measure

Governor Cuomo recently announced an extension on school budget ballots, which can now be received by mail through June 16. The James Prendergast Library’s Board of Trustees would like to encourage all voters in the Jamestown Public School District to take this opportunity to make your voice ...

Seeing A Difference In How Races Are Treated

I need you to know that this letter is just as much for me as I hope it is for you. Because here is the truth, I am a racist. I am a middle aged, middle class, white, male, educated, Christian minister and I see a difference in races. I see a difference in how races are treated. I see ...

The Lake Comes Alive

I have lived on Chautauqua Lake now for 25 years. I have seen big Memorial Day weekends — but nothing like this year. The lake exploded with activity. It was like the Fourth of July! It should not be surprising, I expect, because of the coronavirus “lock down” which has resulted in ...

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. ...