Opinion

Stewart, Caucus Deserve Credit For Advancing 9/11 Bill

In Our Opinion

Much was made of comedian Jon Stewart’s shaming of Republicans in the House of Representatives for failure to replenish a compensation fund for first responders who were injured or sickened by their work related to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Stewart deserves much attention, by ...

Use Common Sense When Taking A Swim This Summer

In Our Opinion

The pleasant days of June are behind us, with the hotter temperatures of July and August just ahead. With the mercury and, often, humidity high, a cool dip in the pool sounds really good. Notice we did not write about diving into the river, a local creek or a farm pond. The risks there are ...

Businesses Must Support Air Service, Not Just Taxpayers

Local Commentaries

As prior commentators regarding, and former frequent passengers of, the Chautauqua County (Jamestown) airport, we continue to follow the series of articles (news and opinions) about Boutique Air and more generally both the absence of and potential return of commercial passenger air service to ...

D-Day Is A Time To Reflect

Local Commentaries

For the past decade or more, I have been on the Board of an organization, Friends of the World War II Memorial, that helps sponsor events at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Though we co-sponsor five days of national commemoration with the National Park Service, ...

Don’t Strip Migrants Of Their Humanity

Local Commentaries

There are children dying from neglect and abuse in United States custody at the border. Think about that. Reasonable people can disagree how to handle mass migration or whether undocumented immigrants should get driver’s licenses. I am having trouble sympathizing with those who do not see ...

Happy Birthday, America, Still The Land Of Dreams

Local Commentaries

Light the candles, tune the instruments, warm up the vocal cords, a very special day is upon us. It is time to celebrate a birth, a unique birth, and a birth that in many ways has lit human hope, kindled human aspiration and fired up a few revolutions. Happy birthday, America! I do not ...

Leave Politics Out Of U.S. Mail Delivery

Local Commentaries

Good news for commerce! Starting in 2020, FedEx will offer home package deliveries seven days a week to consumers in densely populated areas. This highlights the dynamism of e-commerce and win-win opportunities for online and brink-and-mortar stores. However, it also highlights the folly of ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to David and Marissa Troxell, members of the Jamestown Rotary Club who make their winter home in Asia, for the work they have done on behalf of the Rotary Club. Projects range from helping in the development of a women’s weaving cooperative in Nepal to installing playground grass at ...

History Repeats For Baseball Family

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: On Sunday, June 2, my wife and I attended a high school Section 6, Class C playoff game at Diethrick Park. The setting was beautiful, the weatherman finally cooperated and the game between two local schools, Frewsburg and Falconer, was well played. Falconer won the ...

The Game Is Set Against Farmers, The County Takes The Hit

In Our Opinion

There is a lot for New Yorkers to be frustrated about when it comes to the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act passed last week by the state Legislature. Perhaps the biggest, though, is the bait-and-switch pulled on farmers when it comes to the 60-hour trigger for overtime. The new bill ...

We Have Plenty Of Good Programs Around Here: Let’s Use Them

In Our Opinion

We’re encouraged to see local efforts to host a “Signing Day” for high school seniors who accept jobs in their chosen fields to begin after graduation. The signing ceremony is based on what is often done for a top-tier high school athlete when he or she commit to attend a college and ...

Reconnection Of Drug Task Forces Is A Benefit To Community

In Our Opinion

Sheriff James Quattrone was very vocal about wanting to have only one drug task force in Chautauqua County. “We need to get back to one drug task force, not caring about who gets the credit, but focusing on a community-wide collaboration,” Quattrone said during an October debate at The ...

Reader Pleased With Work Done On Lake

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: This letter is an expression of my sincerest thanks to all those involved in the successful application of herbicides in permitted portions of Lake Chautauqua. I’ve lived on this lake, either as a part time or full time resident, most of my life and am witnessing ...

U.S Rep. Is Wrong When Using Term ‘Concentration Camp’

In Our Opinion

Give U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez credit for one thing: She is highly intelligent — enough so to understand entirely how most people interpret the term, “concentration camp.” Ocasio-Cortez, a frequent critic of U.S. immigration policy, posted this on Twitter a few days ago: ...

The Law May Stink, But County Clerk Barmore Should Abide By It

In Our Opinion

Once again, state lawmakers have made life difficult for local officials. Passage of the Green Light Bill, which allows immigrants to use valid foreign documents to verify their identities when they apply for a New York state driver’s license. Chautauqua County Clerk Larry Barmore is ...

A Wall Street Boost For Social Security

Local Commentaries

The aging of America is putting the squeeze on Social Security. About 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day and the number is heading even higher. Ready or not, our retirement system faces its first major overhaul in decades. Lawmakers should listen to Warren Buffett before they settle on ...

Moving Ahead For The Lake’s Future

Local Commentaries

Things continue to move in a positive direction on the Lake. A friend of mine, who likes his exercise, recently rowed his boat along the shoreline from about Ashville Bay to the hotel in Celeron. It was very evident where the herbicide had been applied and where it hadn’t. The area ...

2020 Census May Be Rigged

Local Commentaries

A critical function of our federal government that gets lost in the daily news cycle typhoon of Trump’s blathering, impending wars, and 2020 Presidential jockeying is the decennial census. The Census is mandated by Article I Section II of the Constitution (though I am uncertain if we’re ...

The U.S. And OPEC Have Unwittingly Become Partners

Local Commentaries

A decade ago, the machinations of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries were front-page news. Accounting for 43 percent of global oil production in an environment of tight capacity, OPEC could easily influence the prices of crude oil and gasoline by increasing or decreasing ...