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Opinion

Best Way To Recover From COVID-19 Is Not To Get It At All

Local Commentaries

Almost every person in America is tired of hearing about ‘the virus’ and the increasing tolls from COVID-19. Nearly all of us want the kids back in school where teachers teach face to face, little girls dance and sing, little guys play, and parents joy as they see their children learn and ...

Compare Votes To Historical Trends

Local Commentaries

America’s major political parties are continually shifting alliances of voters. What Democrats and Republicans have historically been isn’t what they are today. Likewise, Americans’ affinities for the major political parties are continually shifting. Please don’t take the word of ...

Irrelevant Dems Bail Out Weak County GOP

Editor's Corner

As an election approached, a battle was brewing inside the membership committee of the Chautauqua County Democratic party. It had nothing to do with the upcoming vote involving three local candidates vying for positions of importance and influence. It instead revolved around the appointment ...

COVID-19 Raises Educational Gap Learning Concerns

In Our Opinion

Tidbits from two separate area school district’s board meetings should be cause for concern as we move through a school year impacted by COVID-19. Ann Morrison, Sherman Central School principal, recently told board members that many ninth-grade students who are in need of academic ...

Washington Street Traffic Lights Upset Driver

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: As driving across town on Washington Street yesterday, I was again appalled as I had to stop at Third, Fifth, Sixth and Eighth street signals. Imagine being a trucker hauling 40 or 45 thousand pounds of freight. Those vehicles are tough enough to drive without having ...

A Salute To Those Working The Polls For This Election

In Our Opinion

How about a nice salute to some unsung heroes who made Tuesday just a bit easier for everyone else: the poll workers. Across America, there were some real concerns due to the coronavirus that there would be a shortage of these people we rely on each Election Day. That was not the case here. ...

It’s The Final Day To Have Your Say

In Our Opinion

Chautauqua County — and much of America — has responded like never before when it comes to voting this year. Thousands of absentee and mail-in ballots have been sent out by the Board of Elections while Early Voting has been a downright hit. Since Oct. 24, more than 25% of the normal ...

Gates Conflict Of Interest In Pandemic Protocols

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: On March 3, 2020, the pandemic-addled Democrat majority in Albany gave virtual dictatorial powers to Gov. Cuomo, for a year. One of the governor’s first dictates was to use the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) for its Covid-19 protocol. Gov. Cuomo ...

Vote For Right Now Or For Future

Local Commentaries

I am still not sure who will get my vote for President today. My quandary is not indecision between Republican Donald Trump, the incumbent, and Democrat Joe Biden, the challenger. I am trying to decide how far into the future I want the effect of my vote to linger. “Into the future” ...

Imagine No Sewer System Or Power Grid

Local Commentaries

Water is one of the things we depend on. We simply expect it to be there. We rarely think about what it takes to deliver safe and abundant quantities of that precious liquid to our taps, not even when paying our water bill, until it’s not safe to use. The same is true about other ...

Traveling Changes During COVID

Local Commentaries

Most Americans like to travel. It is part of our DNA. We have a big country, and it has always been accepted that we can cross state lines without customs barriers or border controls. This has changed with COVID-19. Now, you have to be careful if you leave the state and travel to a state ...

A Productive 1st Year In The Senate

Local Commentaries

I will never forget the evening of November 5, 2019. It was Election Night and the returns were in. I was going to be the next State Senator for the 57th District. I was overwhelmingly grateful to the voters of our region for trusting me to represent them in Albany and I immediately began ...

Disappearing Middle In US Politics RIP

Local Commentaries

If one thing has become clear during this election year it is that the center in U.S. politics has all but disappeared. It’s been said that politics is a blood sport but never before has the rabid and blind passion of the sports fanatic manifested itself so acutely in the political ...

If Budget Is A Mess, Then Officials Can Blame Themselves

In Our Opinion

The median Chautauqua County household income is $42,720 a year — and a lot of the people who work hard every day to earn every penny of that $42,720 aren’t getting big raises this year. Why, then, is the Chautauqua County Legislature approving raises for management-level employees. ...

We Have Failed To Heed Good Advice

In Our Opinion

If last week’s announcement that Russian and Iranian operatives are using technology once again to influence U.S. politics came as a surprise, you clearly have not been paying attention. That makes you preferred prey, by the way. We were warned in advance of the 2016 election of how the ...

Readers’ Forum

Letters To The Editor

Hearings Bring To Mind John’s Gospel To The Reader’s Forum: The recent questioning of Judge Amy Coney Barrett by the Senate judiciary committee was quite interesting and revealing. Her answers to her Democratic inquisitors were polite, thoughtful and focused. However, I doubt that she ...

Trump Gets Court Appointees Right

Local Commentaries

President Trump rightly calls appointing Supreme Court justices one of a president’s more important duties. Activist justices lean toward basing decisions on their own policy preferences, while originalist justices lean toward basing decisions on the meaning of law as written. The ...