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Opinion

The Slippery Slope Of Heroism

Local Commentaries

Here we are again: Our focus has been turned to the killing of another black man at the hands of the police. I fully understanding the warranted rage of our black community facing another violent manifestation of probable racism and discrimination. Racism is prevalent throughout our society and ...

Downsizing At Jamestown VA Clinic

Local Commentaries

I try not to be personal in these articles, but, rather, discuss issues which affect the general public. I have made an exception here because this issue does affect an important segment of the general public — veterans. I am a Vietnam veteran and have benefitted from receiving medical ...

Let’s Meet On A Civil Street

Local Commentaries

Barely a week went by before the justified protest over the murder of George Floyd devolved into a frenzied demand for defunding the police coupled with crazy-talk over COVID-19. NYC councilman Mark Levine, tweeted, “If you see an increase in corornavirus cases, don’t blame the ...

New Roundabout Pattern Working; Congestion Is Less

In Our Opinion

So far, so good. That is the preliminary report regarding the controversial roundabout that is located at Routes 20 and 60. Yes, it is far from perfect as work is still being completed. Even the drivers are sometimes unsure about the new pattern. But it seems to be working. Congestion is ...

Readers’ Forum

Letters To The Editor

Thank You Mike’s Nursery Of Lakewood To The Reader’s Forum: The Women’s Club of Lakewood would like to thank Mike’s Nursery of Lakewood for growing and donating all the flowers for the Chautauqua Avenue planters! Please take a walk along the Avenue and enjoy Mike’s ...

No Excuse For City Playgrounds To Remain Closed

In Our Opinion

It’s fairly unfathomable that Jamestown’s playgrounds still aren’t open a week after Gov. Andrew Cuomo lifted restrictions on play areas. The city’s network of playgrounds is a selling point for those with young families and likely one of the reasons those with children choose to pay ...

Lowering Fee May Help Downtown Restaurants During Tough Time

In Our Opinion

It would be interesting to see if downtown businesses interested in pursuing outside dining can afford to use the parklets being discussed by city officials. Parklets are platforms that would be used on parking locations outside of a restaurant to allow the business to have more room to seat ...

Town Of Carroll Goes Above And Beyond

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Community Helpers has been the final theme in our Kindergarten classrooms for the last few years. This year it appeared that we would not be experiencing anything that we had done before. Our community walking trip was going to have to be canceled. Just one more ...

Residents Need To Follow Rev. And Mrs. Walker’s Examples

In Our Opinion

In these times of unrest, there is something we can all learn from the Rev. LeRoy Walker and his wife, Debbie. Rev. Walker has been ministering at Jamestown’s Emmanuel Baptist Church for 25 years. Rarely have the Walkers ever sought out a spotlight. Rarely would you ever hear them ...

Economic ‘Normal’ Will Not Be Coming Back Anytime Soon

In Our Opinion

As the nation began the process of “reopening” slowly but, we all hope, safely, there was encouraging news on the economic front. About two weeks ago, nearly 25 million Americans were receiving unemployment benefits, the Labor Department reported. By Thursday, the number had decreased to ...

Cummins CEO: We All Have A Role To Play

Local Commentaries

The past few weeks have been difficult. We are horrified and angered by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the other acts of discrimination and violence against black people that we have seen across the U.S. The anger and frustration spilling into the streets reflects longstanding ...

A Pastor’s Message To Fellow ‘Mzungus’

Local Commentaries

Just about every year I have the privilege of spending some time in Uganda, East Africa. Over there I am identified as a “Mzungu.” That is Swahili for “white person.” – These comments are intended to be words of encouragement from one Mzungu to other Mzungus (but everyone is welcome ...

Unity Is Best Path Forward For Lake

Local Commentaries

Facilitating cooperation and compromise is critical to maximizing our success in addressing issues involving Chautauqua Lake management. While thoughtful people might disagree on the priorities facing Chautauqua Lake, a consensus strategy is much better than endless conflict and the threat of ...

Sewer Project Is Govt. At Its Best

Local Commentaries

The other day I drove down the road which runs parallel to the lake in the town of North Harmony and saw what looked like surveyor stakes with small red flags attached. It tweaked my interest enough to call the sewer district to see if they were related to extending the sewer up the lake ...

A Few Miles Distance Can Change A Lot

In Our Opinion

What a difference a few miles makes. On Wednesday, Pennsylvania’s state legislators passed a concurrent resolution to end Gov. Tom Wolf’s disaster declaration, a resolution that restores balance to the state’s government and limits the governor’s reach into how businesses can ...

Racial Justice In America Is Long Overdue

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: On Sunday, June 7, 2020, Linda and I attended a Black Lives Matter rally at Dow Park. Many years have passed since we attended a local gathering to promote a social justice cause. Except this time was different, not only because of the potential adverse impact of the ...

Police Agencies Must Do Some Self-Examination, House-Cleaning

In Our Opinion

Prosecutors in Minnesota last week made the right move by broadening the reach of their efforts in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. Now the three officers who stood by and watched Derek Chauvin press his knee into Floyd’s neck until he stopped breathing have been charged with aiding ...