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Opinion

Good Intentions Aren’t Enough

Local Commentaries

In 2016, Governor Jerry Brown of California signed into law the $15 minimum wage, saying, “Economically, minimum wages may not make sense” but, “morally and socially and politically, they (minimum wages) make every sense.” It’s been three years since then, and despite the American ...

Fuel Adjustment Charge Slaps Ratepayers In Faces

In Our Opinion

A piece of legislation introduced this week in the state Senate should become law quickly during the next state legislative session. State Sen. Chris Jacobs, R-Buffalo, wants to bring some transparency to the costs born by local utility ratepayers for state clean energy programs like the ...

Let Us Be Grateful For The Many Blessings We Have

In Our Opinion

Most of us have good reason to pause and give thanks today. Our families top the list of blessings bestowed upon us, of course. Consider, though, the new Americans taking the oath of citizenship every day around our country. Having learned what it means to be an American — gaining in the ...

Our American Holiday

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Since 1863, when it was announced by President Lincoln, Thanksgiving has been an official American holiday. It is uniquely American, almost as much as the 4th of July, and it has become all about families getting together and celebrating our common freedoms in this ...

One Might Wonder How The Dems Will Prove Their Case

In Our Opinion

What has occurred thus far in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump bears little resemblance to a criminal trial — and that is appropriate. The House of Representatives move against Trump involves politics, not allegations of criminal behavior. Much of the inquiry was ...

Time Has Come To Make Needs Known

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: This concern is addressed to the many individuals who make decisions regarding new development for the citizens of Chautauqua County. An important segment of the population has been ignored and the time has come to make our needs known. Who are we? We are ...

Now Is The Time For The Public To Get Off The Sidelines

In Our Opinion

Quite often, public input meetings are attended by the same few dozen select people. Those few dozen voices take on outsized importance because they are the only ones speaking. We hope that isn’t the case with four public meetings to be hosted by Mayor-elect Eddie Sundquist and his ...

Reader Says Reed Wasn’t Treated Justly

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: The recent town hall meeting with Congressman Tom Reed in Falconer on Nov. 8, along with previous meetings in the past, shows a huge rudeness and discourtesy on the part of some of the attendees. There is never an appropriate time at a public meeting to shout down ...

Reader Calls On JHS To Upkeep District

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: The State of New York and the tax payers of the Jamestown Public School system have generously funded over $150 million in capital improvements to the schools and facilities of this school system over the past 20 years. However to take a look around our city today ...

Political Division Doesn’t Have To Mean Gridlock

In Our Opinion

For the first time in more than a decade, Republicans will control a branch of Jamestown city government after incumbent Brent Sheldon, R-Ward 1, was confirmed as the winner of his tightly contested race against challenger Tim Smeal. It appears, from city Republican Party Chairman Brent ...

The Calming Effect Of Water

Local Commentaries

We have lived on the lake now for over 20 years. It is still hard for me to describe what it is like, but the word “calming” may be best. Of course, the lake is not always calm. Sometimes, when the winds come and are strong, the waves can wash out your dock. Water is not always your ...

How Much Time?

Local Commentaries

The value of Chautauqua Lake to the residents of the area in terms of beauty and recreation cannot be measured. But here is the situation now: In the summer, a lakefront home at Lakewood was rented for three months. A few days after the tenant moved in, the wind filled a nearby small bay ...

Chautauqua Lake: A Framework For Success

Local Commentaries

As a key economic driver for our county and one of our most valued natural resources, Chautauqua Lake boasts an array of engaged stakeholders ready to weigh in with opinions on how best to manage this most vital of shared resources. From the new Chautauqua Harbor Hotel and Webb’s Lodge at ...

A Human Approach To Capitalism

Local Commentaries

America and the world are facing a crisis of division. Left vs. right. Have vs. have not. Urban vs. rural. Us vs. them. Many blame capitalism for these ills. Left and right criticize capitalism for failing to serve their constituencies. More young people approve of socialism and disapprove ...

Hong Kong Protests Reaching Crescendo Against Chinese Rule

In Our Opinion

Slightly more than 30 years ago, millions of Americans watched helplessly as pro-democracy protests in China were crushed ruthlessly. Our horror at the Tiananmen Square massacre was mixed with admiration for the courage shown by more than a million Chinese in standing up to the ...

‘In A World Where You Can Be Anything, Be Kind’

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: I would like to take a second to remind everyone to please be safe out there while hunting as today is the two-year anniversary of my wife Rosemary Billquist’s death due to a fatal hunting accident. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of her and all the ...

Small Businesses Need To Be Given A Chance To Succeed

In Our Opinion

We don’t know whether or not it is a good idea to put a tattoo studio on Fourth Street in downtown Jamestown. There may be a good reason why the city’s zoning code is written to only permit tattoo businesses in manufacturing areas. There may be a good case to be made for rewriting that ...

There’s More Than Meets The Eye

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Are the young people in the instant mobs who can effortlessly decide someone is a modern Hitler or a fascist the same ones who can’t tell you who we fought in World War II? Do the people who take drugs or “vape” buy organic food? Will the people who favor ...

Has The City Realized That Tourism Dollars Don’t Just Appear?

In Our Opinion

Give the city of Dunkirk credit for realizing that if the city wants vitality, it has to create vitality. In addition to a Spring Fest in June and a Beach Bash in August, the Dunkirk Local Development Corporation has created a Music on the Pier series that features a free band on the Dunkirk ...