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Opinion

We Need To Ensure Our National Parks Remain A Jewel

In Our Opinion

We Americans do not have Crown Jewels such as those displayed in England and a few other countries. We have something much more valuable and much more beautiful: our national parks. No other nation has such a park system. Ours is so envied that it sometimes is described as “America’s ...

Thank State GOP For Raise The Age Tweak

In Our Opinion

Sometimes, we wonder just what the fuss is about in Albany. Take this statement from state Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean, about the difference of legislative opinion over a proposal to change the age of criminal responsibility from 16 years of age to 18 years of age as an example. “The ...

County IDA Cannot Afford Repeat Of MVP Plastics Failure

In Our Opinion

It is hard to believe there are no lessons to be learned by county IDA officials as the final chapter closes on the debacle known as Jamestown MVP Plastics LLC. MVP Plastics had plans to produce environmentally-safe plastic products in Falconer, but the company never reached full potential ...

Reader Wants To Thank Those Who Paid For Meal

Letters To The Editor

To the Readers’ Forum: My wife and I would like to thank the person or persons who paid for our meals at Friendly’s restaurant on March 26. In over 45-years of eating out, we do not remember having this happen before. While other people have paid for our meals in the past, they were ...

It’s Time To Upgrade Those American Flags

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum; Since the worst part of the winter and early spring weather is almost over, maybe it is time to take a look at your American flag that you proudly display. I have noticed that there are a lot of them in poor condition. If it is faded, tattered beyond repair,or dirty ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to all of the Falconer businesses who are finding a way to keep their doors open in the wake of the arson fire that destroyed half a block of buildings on Main Street, Falconer. Employees of Roots Salon have been invited to work from the Forbici salon on Foote Avenue and Better Life ...

State’s Reliance On Taxpayers Needs To Finally End

In Our Opinion

Tax filings are due in eight days, and New York needs each and every one of those filings from state residents to keep lurching along. Wallethub, a personal finance website, recently released its 2017 rankings of tax burden by state. In order to determine which states tax their residents ...

Good To Get Past Deadlock

In Our Opinion

It is good to see the deadlock over New York’s 2017-18 budget appears to be over. The state Senate began debate over the $152 billion spending plan late Tuesday night after lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo resolved a stalemate that forced them to blow past a Saturday budget ...

Hard To Understand Gebbie’s Stance

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Not being privy to the discussions and background of the proposed Spring Street residential development other than that provided by the local media, it is nonetheless difficult to understand the motive behind the opposition of the Gebbie Foundation (and its board). ...

Who Does Tom Reed Represent?

Letters To The Editor

To the Readers’ Forum: The question ‘‘Who does Tom reed Represent’’ has never been more front and center since Donald Trump took up residency in our White house. Reed’s voting record clearly points out that Reed’s ‘‘party first’’ mentality could not be more clear to ...

JPS Changes Should Wait For New Superintendent

In Our Opinion

It was recently suggested to Jamestown Public Schools board members to add eight positions to the district’s payroll as part of the 2017-18 budget. The budget, as presented, does not increase the tax levy. And it is entirely possible to have additional state aid money that the district ...

Medicaid Is Too Expensive To Be Part Of Political Games

In Our Opinion

Republicans and Democrats are playing an expensive game of political tennis with your money. A couple of weeks ago, Republicans trying to rally support for President Donald Trump’s health care bill offered New York Republicans a deal by which the burden of paying for Medicaid would have ...

The White House And Congress Should Try Again

In Our Opinion

Liberals who favor government control of the nation’s health care system reacted with glee to last week’s failure of a reform bill in the U.S. House of Representatives. There, an attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare never even came up for a vote. It was obvious that had the yeas and ...

Reader Wants To Make Sure Everyone’s Voices Are Heard

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: I want to first state that I don’t know the person who wrote this article (Reader’s Forum,March 4), I will state that I attended the town hall that she makes reference to and I was also present when we protested at Webb’s. The author starts out by saying, ...

Equal Pay For Women Is Still Decades Away

Local Commentaries

Pay Equity Day this year falls on April 4th. In 2012 (5 years ago) the Day fell on April 17th — 2 weeks later. It seems some progress has been made. However, women, on average, still must work 15 months to earn what men, on average, earn in 12 months. The wage gap is true for all areas of ...

Keeping America’s Retirement Promise

Local Commentaries

Too many Americans are saving little to nothing for retirement. According to one study, 45 percent of working-age households “do not have any retirement account assets.” Congress could sharply improve those numbers by adopting dynamic scoring of retiree distributions. The move could lead to ...

A New Governing Coalition?

Local Commentaries

If you are my age, you probably remember the great old western movie “High Noon.” The Marshall (Gary Cooper) of a frontier town meets a gun-slinger and his outlaw gang at noon in a shoot-out. It is a tense, decisive moment. On a recent Friday, it was “high noon” in the halls of ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Arson can be a difficult crime to solve, and often tips from the community are vital in these types of investigations. Thumbs up, then, to everyone who contacted the Jamestown Police Department last weekend with tips into the rash of arson fires that struck Jamestown — particularly the rash ...

Making Plans Now Helps For The Future

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: The article by Dana Corwin, RN, rang so true to me. If you didn’t read it, please do (Monday, March 20, in Senior Life). My stepfather died without a will. My mother spent more than four years sorting out the mess. It was ugly. My husband and I years ago started ...