Opinion

Congratulations To Economic Development Grant Awardees

Local Commentaries

Several Chautauqua County projects will be funded through the next round Regional Economic Development Council grant funds. The $4.7 million awarded to 23 local projects will make a tremendous difference in our communities for a variety of projects ranging from planning to infrastructure. We ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to all those who have done not only kept their sidewalks cleared through these last two lake effect snow storms, but who have done a little extra and helped their neighbors keep theirs clear as well. While it is a homeowner’s responsibility to keep sidewalks clear of ice and snow, ...

We Must Strike Root Of Jamestown Gun Violence

In Our Opinion

This has been one of the worst years for gun violence in Jamestown’ history. Statistics indicate the city has averaged just one shooting incident a year since 2006, with 2015 topping out at three incidents. In 2016, the city has experienced nine separate shootings — five of the shootings ...

Reed Needs To Keep Us In Mind When With Trump

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Rep. Tom Reed is one of the members of Congress — Paul Ryan being another — whose family, as a child, depended on public assistance in the form of Social Security benefits. It is imperative that his constituents demand from this member of the Trump transition ...

I’ll Just Walk From Here

Local Commentaries

I don’t like the car I have. I don’t think I can sum up the theme of this column any better than that. About four months ago I decided to move back to New York, which in turn meant I needed a set of wheels. I had managed to go the previous year-and-a-half without a vehicle, which saved me ...

I’m From Western New York

Local Commentaries

I’ve had a mantra for most of my life (or call it a battle cry), and it goes something like this: “Look out, I’m from Western New York.” Now, I don’t mean this in the same way someone, for example, might say, “Look out, I’m from the Hell’s Angels.” I mean it more as a way ...

The Wisdom Of Conservation

Local Commentaries

People often ask me why ornithologists band birds. A complete answer could fill a book, but here’s a start. Long-term banding efforts allow us to understand the distribution and migration of birds and to monitor changes in population sizes. And banding allows us to learn how long birds ...

ALICE Proof United Way Could Use Our Support

In Our Opinion

Many have been concerned with rising poverty rates in the Jamestown area. We have long suspected there is a sizeable part of the local population, however, that lives above the poverty line but still struggles to get by each month. Now, there is a way of measuring that number among us. ALICE ...

The Electoral College Is A Necessary System

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Big government, Washington DC; Big Education, Boston; Big Wealth, New York City; Big Tech, Silicon Valley, name some others, like Big Welfare, Big Media, and Big Celebrities and their Bigness metastasizes in mega-cities where power, status, and money morph into a ...

Do Taxpayers Support Subsidized Housing?

In Our Opinion

There is a case to be made both for and against a proposed housing project on North Main and Spring streets. One can make a strong case for the project. Eight dilapidated homes will be demolished at no cost to the city. In their place will be two complexes. One building will have 36 units, ...

Transparency Is Best Bet With Lead Test Results

In Our Opinion

Area schools have done a good job letting residents know the results of state-mandated lead testing of water in school buildings. School administrators have sent letters home to parents, discussed the results at board meetings and put results on their websites. They obviously aren’t trying ...

Three Is Company; Four Is A Blessing

Local Commentaries

The winter weather has put a rather large blanket of snow on the ground, and with it, the hustle and bustle of the holidays has kicked in even more. With presents to get, cards to mail out and more, the city has become a mad rush. Yet, in contrast, I have taken a few days off and stayed away ...

Site Plans Need To Be Approved Swiftly

In Our Opinion

The Jamestown Planning Commission recently tabled site plans for the New Flyer facility in the former Quality Markets on Fluvanna Avenue. The commission’s decision came after concerns over a property easement that is needed for storm water drainage from the New Flyer property to another ...

A Year Of Reckoning That Never Was

In Our Opinion

This year was supposed to be a year of reckoning for Jamestown. We knew, after the City Council approved the 2016 budget, that the city would have little ability to raise taxes while staying under the state’s constitutional taxation limit. We were further convinced this would be a year of ...

‘For Better Or For Worse,’ But How Far Do You Go?

Local Commentaries

A memory of a former client came to light the other evening. She had sought guidance and direction. She was struggling with her marriage, described as ‘‘troubled.’’ Initially, she wanted to come alone. She was torn between staying or leaving her marriage. She told me that her husband ...

Bats Are Extreme Hibernators

Local Commentaries

Bats are among the most fascinating group of mammals on the planet. They live on every continent except Antarctica, have enormous impact on ecosystems and human economies, and at over 1,300 species, make up for nearly 25 percent of all mammals! They are also extreme hibernators. There is a ...

Back To The Stone Age

Local Commentaries

(A brief break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday rush for another memory jog ...) On one of our weekend trips to Cleveland to catch The Tribe, Sally and I got into a discussion of Saturday morning cartoon programs/characters, leading into talk of the first primetime animated series ...

Memories About Wrapping Gifts

Local Commentaries

I was never one to do designer gift wrapping. Usually the size of the gift dictated how it was to be wrapped.  Somehow when I shopped I never thought much about wrapping it. I was more concerned the gift would be special for the person who was to receive it. My first job was as the gift wrap ...

First Fire Of Winter

Local Commentaries

I’m not certain that the last isn’t as precious (only how can we know it at the time?) but it does seem a fire at the beginning of winter is — definitely should be — worthy of remark. I treasure those memories as the call is made to the source of my seasoned and well-cut (if not ...

Affordable Care Act Faces Unclear Future

Local Commentaries

In all likelihood, Trump’s election victory will spell the end for the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s most prominent achievement. With Republicans in control of Congress and with Trump in the White House, the sweeping healthcare legislation will almost certainly be dismantled. But, ...