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Opinion

Man Of Faith Should Not Defend Trump

Letters To The Editor

Man Of Faith Should Not Defend Trump To The Reader’s Forum: I was astonished by the letter from the Rev. Mel McGinnis in the Reader’s Forum on Wednesday (Jan. 29, 2020) because, as a man of faith, he defended Trump. I’m not upset that Hillary lost. I did vote, but not for Trump or ...

Not Even Cuomo’s Abuse Of The System Qualifies An Emergency

In Our Opinion

New York’s lawmakers did the right thing in approving $40 million to help the state confront the possible threat posed by the coronavirus. They did so in the worst way possible. The legislation came with an expansion of the governor’s powers in a time of emergency despite the fact ...

Random Thoughts On Freedom Of Speech

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: ¯ It used to be that college and university campuses welcomed speakers of very diverse thought so that students’ minds could be opened and expanded on a wide variety of topics or perspectives in life. Tragically, nowadays, leftist political bias outwardly denies ...

Keep Children Active With Local Programs

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Thank you for your heartfelt letter over the demise of the Boy Scouts of America (let’s not forget the Girl Scouts of America). I agree with you over the good moral issues and your dislike over the current fads against neatness and respect in the youth — not ...

So How Worried Should We Be About The Coronavirus?

In Our Opinion

A key indicator of confidence in the economy, the Dow Jones Industrial Average on the New York Stock Exchange, dropped by more than 1,000 points Monday — primarily because of fear about a cousin of the common cold. It is COVID-19, the name public health officials have given to the strain ...

‘Make Known The Atrocities’

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Muslims in Nigeria and throughout various regions of Africa have been in constant danger of rape, raids, plunder, and murder. Hardly a day goes by without a Muslim being a victim of a heinous crime or a Muslim girl being kidnapped for exploitation or Muslim ...

A Good First Step Would Be Borrello’s Mediation Offer

In Our Opinion

We hope state Sen. George Borrello, R-Sunset Bay, is successful in bringing Falconer, Ellicott and Falconer Central School District officials back to the table in his attempted mediation of Jamestown’s attempt to annex a Board of Public Utilities substation on Dow Street. It would be ...

Is The Civility In American Politics Dead Or Alive?

Local Commentaries

As America heads full bore into one of the most significant (and possibly contentious) elections in several years, many Americans are worried about the lack of civility in the current political discourse. Although the current state of civility in U.S. politics leaves much to be desired, when ...

Is Trump Solely To Blame For Lack Of Political Civility?

Local Commentaries

When Donald Trump mocked a disabled reporter, belittled a Gold Star family and insulted deceased Senator John McCain for having been a prisoner of war, many Americans were understandably appalled and shocked. President Trump has publicly vilified individuals and groups of people in a way that ...

Comfort In Having Morning Routines

Local Commentaries

There is comfort in getting the day started with a morning routine. Since I am usually the first up at our house (and usually the first to get to sleep at night,) getting things started in the morning is my responsibility. My first task is to let the dog out, quickly followed by making ...

Lawmakers Should Raise Overtime Threshold For Farms

In Our Opinion

It was obvious last year with the passage of the Farm Laborers Fair Labor Protections Act that downstate Democrats are out of touch with the needs of the state’s agricultural community. This week provided a reminder of just how out of touch the Democrats who wrote the legislation actually ...

What Trump Has Really Done

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: While there are numerous pleas for citizens to give undiluted praise to the current president, nearly all of those posts fail to state exactly why, how he has earned such high levels of praise. I only ask that we become more educated in the ways Trump has given ...

Taxpayers Need To Forget 2017, Think About The Future

In Our Opinion

The difficult position Clymer Central School officials find themselves in stems partially from a failed 2017 merger attempt between the Panama and Clymer school districts. Financial repercussions from the failed merger straw vote combined with a variety of other factors leaves the district ...

Are Schools Acting Fraudulently Or Fiscally Responsibly?

In Our Opinion

Are schools ripping taxpayers off or trying to protect the programs district taxpayers want to see protected? The answer depends on who you ask. Comptroller DiNapoli would argue Bemus Point took more from taxpayers than it needed. Local school district officials would say they are acting on ...

After Court Case, City And Area May Be Labeled Losers

In Our Opinion

The dispute between the owners of GPatti Inc. and Jamestown Brewing Company LLC ratcheted up another notch last week with the filing of an eviction notice by the developer against the brewers in state Supreme Court in Erie County. If there is any hope to resolve the situation amicably, it is ...

It May Be Time To Take A Fresh Look At The ‘Red Flag’ Laws

In Our Opinion

So-called “red flag” laws have been suggested by some as at least a partial answer to keeping firearms away from those who might use them to harm themselves or others. But experiences in Florida, which has had such a statute for nearly three years, indicate a variety of concerns about ...

The Demise Of The Boy Scouts Of America

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: I am saddened to hear a report that the Boy Scouts of America may soon be filing for bankruptcy. Like the Catholic Church, it seems the BSA has been a magnet for pedophiles for decades and an explosion of lawsuits over leaders abusing young boys will probably mean ...