Opinion

Beavers: Autumn Architects

Local Commentaries

Recently I was both delighted and dismayed to discover the handiwork of a beaver in a nearby wooded wetland, where the furry little engineers had constructed a barrier of aspen and birch branches and mud across a narrow culvert, damming the small stream and creating a lovely wetland in its ...

Up, Down, In, Out, Front, Back

Local Commentaries

In one of the “Oh God” movie trilogy films, starring the late, great George Burns, God tried to explain why bad things might happen to good people. His explanation to a little girl (Tracy), who had asked God why he let pain and suffering happen to innocent people, was, that in situations ...

Lady Jane And Me

Local Commentaries

Listing resolutions last January first, I resolved to laugh more — especially at myself. It’s far too easy, I find, to let life grow terribly serious. For me, far too often the “shoulds” overwhelm the “coulds” and I find myself struggling to keep up. Keep up with what? Sure, the ...

Baby, It’s Cold In Here!

Local Commentaries

For the last couple days I have spent quite a while inside of a building that they hoped to maintain at about 26 degrees. Why, you ask? I attended the ice carving event that was part of the Festival of Lights in Hamburg, N.Y. Years ago when a cousin and her spouse began to be involved in the ...

Landfill Extension: Agreeing To Disagree

Local Commentaries

In the spring of 2016, I sent a letter to the Ellery supervisor Arden Johnson stating my position that the town lawsuit against the county in regards to the landfill extension was not in the best interest of either the town or county residents; would most likely not be successful; and would ...

Septic, Sewer Or Both?

Local Commentaries

Over the next two years, the county health department will be inspecting septic systems around Chautauqua Lake, Findley Lake and Bear Lake. Cassadaga Lake and Lake Erie will follow. If you have not received a health department septic permit in the past 30 years, you will be ...

Americans Misunderstand Trump

Local Commentaries

It did not take long for my warnings about Trump to cease being warnings and quickly become realities. One of the most disconcerting aspects of the Trump phenomenon is the oft perceived and oft ill-conceived notion that Trump has been “telling it like it is” all along. I have argued ...

Lieutenant Governor To Keynote Chamber Annual Meeting

Local Commentaries

Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Hochul will be the keynote speaker for the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting on Friday, Dec. 9, at Shorewood Country Club, Dunkirk. Prior to her election as Lieutenant Governor, she served New York’s 26th Congressional District from 2011-13. ...

Criminal Activity In Jamestown Is Out Of Control

Letters To The Editor

To The Readers’ Forum: Law abiding citizens are either living in fear or fleeing Jamestown. Local police have become reactive to the drug problem instead of proactive. Criminal activity in Jamestown has gotten so out of control most law abiding citizens fear being outside after ...

Holiday Decoration Event At The Audubon Dec. 10

Local Commentaries

Think about life the way it once was ... living in a cave, a mud shelter, a leather enclosure. You would depend on nature for everything — your water, food, shelter, tools and supplies. I imagine that it would be only natural to take items from nature and give them meaning, turn them into ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to the opening of Carols’ Closet Thrift Store. The store offers a variety of gently used clothing, household items, shoes, coats and other odds and ends — with proceeds benefitting The Relief Zone Youth Center in Frewsburg. The store is a community effort with donations garnered ...

Family Of Michelle Collins Thanks Supporters

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: From the Family of Michelle Collins, we would like to express our sincere thanks to everyone for your support during Michelle’s courageous battle. Your continued prayers and encouragement during her four-year fight and after her passing has helped our family get ...

Two Favorite Feeder Birds

Local Commentaries

The weather this fall has been crazy. Though we have had several killing frosts, it has otherwise been strangely mild. On Nov. 29, I had sunny skies and 64 degrees. And as I write this on November 30, it’s drizzling and 57 degrees. I think such conditions confuse the natural world as much ...

Christmas In The Village

Local Commentaries

No matter where you go in the world, the small town, snowbound, jingle bell version of Christmas persists. It is a uniquely American version of Christmas adopted across the world, with its white fields and horse drawn sleighs and freckled-faced kids sledding down hills in idyllic little towns ...

Ready When You Are, Sgt. Pembry

Local Commentaries

By no means am I a movie buff. In fact, I have probably seen an average to below-average amount of films in my lifetime. Likely somewhere in the middle in the cosmos of viewing hours. Every now and then, however, I come across a movie that makes me wonder why I don’t spend all of my free ...

Childhood Obesity Rates Have Not Improved Under Obama

In Our Opinion

In 2010, First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled her plan to end the childhood obesity epidemic in the United States. The goal was to reduce childhood obesity to 5 percent by 2030, using a multi-faceted approach: increase the healthy foods available to kids in public settings such as schools; reduce ...

State Government Blunders With Taxpayer Money

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: In response to the headline “State to the Rescue,” please correct it to “Taxpayers to the Rescue.” The state has done nothing to rescue anyone. They only take from the taxpayers under duress to serve their own purposes. There would be no need for rescue if the ...

State Bill Could Have Negative Impact On City

In Our Opinion

The weight of employee salaries and benefits, coupled with stagnant tax base growth, are threatening to bury the city of Jamestown. A bill sent last week to Gov. Andrew Cuomo certainly wouldn’t help the situation. The state Assembly and Senate have each passed S7023 and A7490, which would ...

Electoral College Is The Safeguard We Need

In Our Opinion

Our American government never was intended to be a democracy. It is a republic, for the excellent reason that the nation’s founders understood the danger in pure democracy. Pure democracy amounts to majority rule every time, regardless of how oppressive that may be to those in the ...

Jail: Speeding Up The Interview Process

In Our Opinion

Chautauqua County has been stalemated in the fight to keep its jail population under control in recent years. Depriving someone of their freedom unnecessarily is one of the most serious choices a society can make. While those who would cause serious harm to the innocent in our midst should ...