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Opinion

Left-Wing Media Is Driven By Pure Bias

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: The predominantly left-wing news media has a serious credibility problem it may never overcome. It’s scrambling to downplay the criminality of the previous administration that devised the Trump/Russia collusion nonsense as well as an assortment of other nefarious ...

Reader Disagrees With Gun Viewpoint

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Mr. Walton, I too am a pistol permit holder for both New York and Pennsylvania. I also own an AR-15 that I might add has never killed anyone nor will it but that is besides the point because that does not fit the left’s narrative about such weapons. But this is ...

Dodgy Behavior In Governor’s Office Has Violated Public Trust

In Our Opinion

Gov. Andrew Cuomo isn’t legally tainted by Tuesday’s conviction of a former top aide on federal bribery and fraud charges. During an election year, however, we hope voters remember the trial of Joseph Percoco, a man once likened to a brother by Cuomo, and Steven Aiello, an executive of ...

Reed’s Support Of Tariffs Is Revealing

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Never mind that the last time we imposed steel tariffs (under Bush), manufacturers fled, and jobs were lost. Those who are unable to learn from history seem doomed to do the same things over and over again. Steel imports in the US represent about one third of the ...

Tax Abatement For Condemned Properties Should Spur Development

In Our Opinion

We hope there is quick use of a new city program that aims to redevelop homes that have been condemned or for those building homes on lots that once held condemned properties. The city has created a property tax abatement, starting at fully exempt and phasing taxes in over 11 years, for these ...

Power To The People

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Another winter storm, another patchwork of power outages around the state. At best they’re a miserable inconvenience; at worst, they can cost lives. People whose homes, businesses and schools go dark and cold get angry, and some public officials respond by condemning ...

Chautauqua Lake: Time For Action

In Our Opinion

Last week, we said we didn’t agree with Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, R-Jamestown. In our reading, Goodell seemed to be advocating for more concensus building regarding ways to treat weeds and algal blooms on Chautauqua Lake. We are glad to say we were mistaken in our reading of the ...

Tax Reform: Hypocritical Liberals Strike Again

In Our Opinion

Contrary to what you have heard from the liberal tax-and-spend crowd, federal tax reform championed by President Donald Trump is not a big break for the rich. In fact, while tens of millions of Americans are beginning to see substantial tax cuts in their paychecks, many of the wealthy will pay ...

Online Comments Are ‘Warning Signs’

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: When I am reading some of the rude, disrespectful comments at the end of both news and opinion articles in the online version of this paper, I can’t help but wonder if some of them wouldn’t be taken as ‘warning signs’ if their authors were to ever commit a ...

Senior Wants To Thank Secret Shopper

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Yesterday I was shopping at Wegman’s. I was in the cheese department looking for grated cheese for my spaghetti. I couldn’t locate it so I asked this young, attractive woman if she could help me. She said it was over in the pasta section. She asked if I needed ...

Legislature Can’t Afford To Vote Based On Poor Assumptions

In Our Opinion

Twice last week, optimistic assumptions by lawmakers came back to bite Chautauqua County taxpayers in the rear end. We touched on the county’s fly car system earlier this week. We noted that members of the Audit and Control committee said they believed the program was going to be ...

A Preemptive Strike On NKorea Puts Us All At Risk

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Recently, a “tabletop exercise” was reportedly held in Hawaii for several days to help prepare in the case of a potential order to strike the Korean Peninsula. Mr. Trump has on several occasions stated that he would act preemptively if he felt the need and that he ...

Libraries At The Crossroads

Local Commentaries

You may have heard it said that libraries are becoming a thing of the past. So, why should our hard-earned tax dollars be used to fund them when everything we’ll ever need to know can be accessed through our smartphones? Without a doubt, information technology is changing the way we learn. ...

Despicable May Be Too Kind

Local Commentaries

For some unknown reason the folks a MSNBC seem to think that it is their duty to have Tom Reed on at least a few times a week as the voice of reason in the Republican Party. Today (Feb. 28, 2018) between the 1:45 p.m. and 1:50 p.m. segment Congressman Reed made his appearance and was asked by ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation for its $10,000 grant to Meals on Wheels of the Jamestown Area. The additional funding, which came from the foundation’s Fund for the Region, will help provide meals to senior citizens who had been placed on a waiting list due to the ...

Reader Urges Others To Contact Representatives

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: I have recently learned about pending legislation in New York state that all citizens should be aware of. On Jan. 16, Gov. Cuomo introduced his budget bill, S. 7511. Included in this bill is an abortion expansion proposal. If the bill passes, virtually all limitations ...

It’s Time For A Decision On Chautauqua Lake Herbicides

In Our Opinion

Last week’s public scoping session on a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement to use herbicides on Chautauqua Lake shows there is still much division regarding how to treat the lake’s weed and algae problem. Audience members were split on the issue along familiar lines. Both ...

A Lesson In Growth

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Friday, March 2, was my first “snow day” as a retired teacher. What a strange feeling it was not to have an early morning wake up call announcing a day off of work. A snow day in itself gives educators and students an unexpected day to stay home, stay in our ...

It’s Time For A Decision On Chautauqua Lake Herbicides

In Our Opinion

Last week’s public scoping session on a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement to use herbicides on Chautauqua Lake shows there is still much division regarding how to treat the lake’s weed and algae problem. Audience members were split on the issue along familiar lines. Both ...

A Lesson In Growth

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Friday, March 2, was my first “snow day” as a retired teacher. What a strange feeling it was not to have an early morning wake up call announcing a day off of work. A snow day in itself gives educators and students an unexpected day to stay home, stay in our ...