People’s Column

Hailing efforts of our president


Soon, we will have a new president. I don’t know how President Barack Obama will be remembered but here’s some of my thoughts upon portions of his legacy. He wasn’t the “Great Emancipator,” the “Aristocrat-Commoner,” or a “Give ’em Hell Harry,” but he did more for this country in closing the racial divide and making us more aware of the inequalities and deficiencies of law enforcement and the penal system.

Unless you’re living on a remote mountain top and taken a vow of asceticism, you can’t help but notice an increase in the diversity within the media. Many leaders spout platitudes invoking the cause of racial equality and after the elections retreat back to the “same-old, same-old.” Obama, just by his presence and demeanor did not back up. The power of the federal government and its adjuncts as the Federal Communications Commission with authority to license and review perked up the media moguls attention to accommodate, acknowledge and staff qualified but diverse persons that make up this nation’s citizenry.

In law enforcement, steps were taken by the courts to discipline, dismiss or punish excessive and unreasonable actions by lawmen that incurred during a confrontation ending in arrest, injury or death.

The President pardoned more incarcerated individuals than anyone before him, saying, “There but for the grace of God…” Also, the Department of Justice is working to phase out private prisons.

Many label President Obama as liberal. I see a man who is God fearing, married, has a nice family and tried to help as many as he could within the boundaries of his office. In my opinion, he gave us a good two terms of office.



People’s Column

Control and cure sends mixed message


The Clinton Health Access Initiative along with the Gates Foundation plus a host of foreign aid agencies including USAID distribute millions of doses of birth control injections to women in developing world countries each year using tax dollars. Taxes support the grants that produce them.

One of the drugs, Depo Provera is a shot of synthetic hormones that help in preventing ovulation and is associated with a number of health risks. In 2004, the Food and Drug Administration issued warnings. The Center for Disease Control, the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organization are involved.

The main priorities are the distribution of birth control and vaccines. For sure, vaccinations save lives, while abortions kill lives. Kind of opposing programs from the same agencies. What gives?

Not right at all.


Silver Creek

People’s Column

Reed understands upstate lifestyle


As someone who has lived and raised a family in upstate New York, I think it’s important we have a representative in Washington who doesn’t give in to the pressures of D.C. politics. U.S. Rep. Tom Reed has been a champion D.C. outsider who fights to provide economic development and job opportunities in New York. He consistently pushes for fair policies that protect our freedoms and truly cares about the community.

Having met Tom more than once, I can safely say he is the right choice and will continue to look out for us. Tom takes the time to listen to our local concerns and then brings those concerns to Washington, where he keeps fighting for us.

Tom Reed has my vote for Congress, not only because he listens to us, but also because he understands our way of life and what our families need.



Plumb’s roots

are in the district


I find it totally outrageous that U.S. Rep. Tom Reed is attacking U.S. Navy Capt. John Plumb as a carpet bagger in the 23rd Congressional race though he was born and raised in Randolph. This is simply gutter politics.

Plumb left to serve his country in the Navy, Department of Defense, and the National Security Agency. What Reed needs to know is that you do not choose where you serve in the Navy. The Navy chooses for you. If you are going to work in the Pentagon and the White House it makes sense one would live in the Washington, D.C., otherwise you are going to have one very long commute every day.

For Reed to use this as reason to vote for him shows that either he has no concept of what true service to country is or he will say or do anything to win. After all, he has no real accomplishments to run on – unless you consider being rubber-stamp vote for his Republican Tea Party bosses and every right wing group that contributes to his campaign all these years as an accomplishment.

Reed should apologize publicly not only to Plumb, but to every hero who served their country and decided to go back home to start the next chapter of their lives.



People’s Column

Brooks location now is perfect


I am wondering why the hospital must be relocated? It sounds like it is being downsized, except for the parking!

There are now four or five floors and a new hospital would be only two. It seems there would be more than enough room for adding up to date, modern facilities and state of the art diagnostics.

One of the biggest concerns should be accessibility. The public transportation in northern Chautauqua County is lacking, and this is being generous. Both patients and especially employees are now able to get to the hospital.

Locating it out of the city would be a grave mistake.

Location! Location! Location!



Forestville will

always exist


If we dissolve, Forestville will continue to exist as a hamlet. All your memories remain. The Post Office, school, churches, Food Pantry, American Legion and businesses will be intact.

Your phone number, Social Security number, e-mail address, zip code and all other pertinent information will not change.

You will still be attending community events like the Village Wide Garage Sales and the Fall Festival. Your brush will be picked up, the sidewalks plowed and the roads plowed. What do you have to lose except the leadership of the “good ole boys?”

Gone will be the salaries of the board, salary of the lawyer, and the salaries and benefits of the employees.

When someone tries to convince you that our taxes will go up, ask yourself what connection does that person have to the “good old boys.” Our hometown will still be Forestville but the “good old boys” will be no more.



People’s Column

Honor our health pros


Central Service professionals are being celebrated for their important role and commitment to patient safety during the annual International Central Service Week, from today to Oct. 15. The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management has served more than 27,000 Central Service professionals in the U.S. and abroad by providing educational and professional development opportunities for these professionals.

Central Service professionals are integral members of the health care team who are responsible for decontaminating, inspecting, assembling, disassembling, packaging, and sterilizing reusable surgical instruments or devices in a health care facility that are essential for patient safety.

If you or someone you love has undergone a surgical procedure, a Central Service professional was directly responsible for the cleaning and sterilization of the instruments used throughout your operation.

Please join us in honoring these dedicated Central Service professionals by celebrating International Central Service Week



Example is not ‘great’


Does it strike you as ironic that the man who wants to be president has paid no federal income taxes that support what makes this country great? He lets all of us little, hard-working citizens take care of that.

He has taken advantage of all this country offers to invest his monies in businesses in other countries and then bemoans the economic situation we are facing.

He offers no solutions to any problem, but spends his time and energies negating that suggested by others.

Yes, we are facing some difficult times in our country. Let’s not make it more difficult by electing someone who will not do all that they should to make lives better, safer and more enriching. Vote!



People’s Column


can be safer


Here we go again. Another accident – on Sept. 21 – at Hanover and Angel Roads in the town of Hanover. What does it take to have a four-way stop or red blinker light put there?

I have been two doors from the corner since 1967 and cannot count the accidents we have seen there. Does someone have to get killed before a change is made? The white blinker light on Angel Road does not seem to stop people from running through the intersection. Wake up before someone gets killed.


Silver Creek

Sports has role in U.S. mess


If you want to let people know how you really feel, blog it. Like the blogger who admonished a recent letter writer for her presumptive lack of knowledge of the First Amendment. Of course a blogger can be presumptive when they fail to use their name!

That’s OK with me. I personally understand the letter writer’s dilemma (Sept. 13) and the way she feels about what is happening to our country. Our country has become a product of a generational shift and the Supreme Court has followed in its wake. The rulings they handed down in this decade are beyond reason and we are bound by them. This is why Hillary must be defeated!

I do agree that pro players showed gross disrespect for our country by not standing when the national anthem was played. Those who break the law, burn cities when they don’t like the ruling of the court and show disrespect for our country, our flag, “Your life does not matter!”

I say to these million-dollar football players, if you are so concerned about black lives matter why don’t you use your resources and pay a visit to Chicago where many are being killed, in large numbers, by their own people? I would also like to give a warning to those players that did stand. Your future in football and football in general could be in jeopardy if this nonsense continuals.

Vote for Trump.