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Opinion

Rethink Split School Vacations

Local Commentaries

Many local schools have just completed another year of split one-week spring-semester vacations. It may be time to rethink these. It used to be that during the spring semester, schools had one two-week vacation, plus assorted individual days off. That two-week vacation took place during ...

Tom Reed’s Apology Is Commendable

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Although Tom Reed’s actions in the Nicolette Davis situation were certainly not right, his humble response was an example to us all. Many other leaders have been accused of sexual harassment, but few have responded in as humble a manner as Tom did. By taking ...

CDC Needs To Reduce Distancing Requirements In Schools

In Our Opinion

A recent Jamestown Public Schools survey of how parents want their children to attend school for the rest of the school year will be for naught if the state Health Department doesn’t adopt CDC guidance reducing social distancing requirements in schools from 6 feet to 3 feet. ...

The Accused Deserve Fairness Too

Local Commentaries

An often-quoted passage from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland mocks the “stuff and nonsense” of the Queen of Hearts. Why? Because she’s eager to reach her desired conclusion without knowing the relevant facts or fairly applying the law to the facts. “‘Let the ...

Peace In The Valley, In The Pasture

Local Commentaries

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no ...

Questionable Actions By Democratic Legislators

In Our Opinion

What were Chautauqua County legislators thinking last week when they proposed appointing Loren Kent as the next Democratic election commissioner? We aren’t quibbling with Kent’s qualifications, nor are we opposing the appointment of the Luz Torres, the Dunkirk resident chosen for the ...

Time To Look At Regional High Schools To Help County Taxpayers

In Our Opinion

In one year, public enrollment in Chautauqua County decreased roughly 400 times more than it usually does. Over the previous nine years, school enrollment has decreased by an average of about 190 students a year with enrollment decreasing in eight of those nine years. The 2020-21 decrease in ...

It’s Time To Treat Volunteer Firefighters Fairly

In Our Opinion

In January 2021 alone, Falconer’s firefighters responded to 29 mutual aid requests — 23 of them were responses in Jamestown. In 2020, Falconer firefighters responded to the city for mutual aid 176 times, the vast majority using its ambulance for an EMS call. The mutual aid system as it is ...

My Boy Bill ‘Didn’t Need No Shots’

Local Commentaries

Back in the old, old days when I was in grade school — the late 1940s and early 50s — we were taken as a class to the doctor’s office where we got ‘shots.’ Everyone was vaccinated against smallpox, diphtheria, and typhoid. But when it came to the “big four” — measles, chicken ...

County Democrats At A Crossroads

Local Commentaries

Recently, in this newspaper, was the headline “Times Remain Desperate for Area Dems.” There is a lot of truth in that statement. On the county level, Democrats now hold only 5 seats out of 19 on the county legislature. There are no county-wide Democratic elected officials. Even the ...

Church’s Silence Continues To Hurt LGBTQIA+ Catholics

Local Commentaries

The recently disclosed sexual abuse of young boys and girls by dozens of priests across the United States was shocking and disturbing especially since I personally knew some of these men. The physical and psychological damage done to the young persons abused is almost beyond comprehension. My ...

Congress Should Stop 10-Digit Dialing

Local Commentaries

Once in a while, someone comes up with an idea that’s just plain unnecessary. So it is with mandatory 10 digit dialing for telephone calls within your own area code. Readers of this column will recall that when this columnist’s mother was little, the family’s telephone number was five ...

Hush Falls Upon Remorseful Reed Camp

Editor's Corner

Everything was seemingly falling into place. As scandals were brewing in Albany around intentionally deflated nursing home deaths tied to COVID-19 in the spring and a governor facing allegations of sexual misconduct, area Republicans and current U.S. Rep. Tom Reed looked to be on the cusp of ...

Spring: Exit Astraphobia, Enter Acrophobia

Local Commentaries

While the return of springtime weather is welcome, it is not without its scary aspects, including the return of thunderstorms. As a child, I dreaded sky-brightening flashes of lightning and stomach churning rattles of thunder. Today, I respect lightning’s power, but I don’t fear it. ...