Editor’s Note: This commentary, the result of a collaboration between the Olean Times Herald and interviewer Marcia Kelly, gives voice to area citizens of color with the hope of creating bette…

If more than 4.4 million infected Americans and more than 151,000 deaths didn’t fully drive home the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic for President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader …

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to the Nixon Presidential Library last week to proclaim the American opening to China a grand failure. “What do the American people have to show now 50 …

So now we know. It was a white supremacist who started the first riot in Minneapolis. He was walking along wearing a black coat with an umbrella and, the next thing you knew, he was breaking g…

Anxiety can be a funny thing. It’s defined as “a feeling of worry, nervousness or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.”

It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has hit our state and our communities hard. As your local newspaper, we are working to provide coverage of this pandemic along with the rest of our lo…

July has marked the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act signed into law

I'm no fan of cancel culture, which seems to me to be shrill, suffocating and unforgiving. At the same time, Planned Parenthood in New York is distancing itself from its co-founder, Margaret S…

If the protesters swarming the streets of Portland, Oregon, and other cities really want to defeat President Trump, they might want to consider this suggestion: Go home.

Artificial intelligence is everywhere. It helps drive your car, recognizes your face at the airport’s immigration checkpoint, interprets your CT scans, reads your resume, traces your interacti…

An extraordinary measure inserted last minute in New York’s state budget, passed in early April as coronavirus engulfed the state, gave health-care providers and nursing homes broad immunity f…

Millions are unemployed, public budgets are falling apart, the economy is struggling, and the COVID-19 epidemic is raging anew — and most of the $2.7 trillion floor Congress put beneath that m…

In this summer of Republican discontent, a handful of GOP House members have identified what’s ailing the party: Liz Cheney.

It is reasonable for communities across this country to have principled policy debates over the utility of multifamily and single-family housing. But that debate should be hammered out with da…

ALBANY (TNS) — Savannah is not much bigger than Albany, but the Georgia city is nevertheless one of the country’s great places. The history is rich, the architecture is gorgeous and the beach …

My sister and niece have two little dogs at their house. Pixie and Pebbles are easily excitable, and I have often thought of them as “yappers.” They bark if someone happens to walk by on the s…

Recently, I watched the eye-opening 2018 documentary entitled “The Brainwashing of My Dad,” by Jen Senko. It traces the transformation of her father, Frank, “from being a friendly, happy, non-…

I grew up in Hornell, went to JCC in Olean and to Elim College in the Mount Morris area to be a pastor. My father was a pastor his whole life. I never heard my parents swear or argue, only hea…

Jeff Sessions, the former U.S. senator from Alabama who served as President Donald Trump’s first attorney general and punching bag, lost the Republican runoff primary for his old Senate seat t…

I am the older sister of a 45 year-old man with intellectual disabilities and autism. He’s well-known and much beloved in the community because he’s just a happy, social guy. His name is Charlie.

A report by Harvard Health Publishing notes people with mental health issues are more likely to have insomnia and other sleep disorders than the regular population. These include individuals w…

The other day, across a wide and fragrant stretch of mint separating our yards, my neighbor and I talked about the 2020 census. Both of us had read the article about the decennial US census in…

The Supreme Court just gave its blessing to a wide range of companies refusing to offer their female employees health insurance that covers birth control, even when they could do so without co…

WASHINGTON — For weeks, the closest thing to drama on the Democratic side of the presidential campaign has been the Veepstakes: the mysterious process by which Joe Biden is choosing his candid…

COVID-19 is an emotional roller coaster. It brings many emotions out in all who are involved. These emotions have such control over us during this time and can include anger, disbelief, optimi…

ALBANY — The report this week from the state Health Department tries to deflect blame for thousands of coronavirus deaths in the state’s nursing homes — but undermines its own case by withhold…

The Constitution forbids government from abridging freedom of speech and of the press. But we, the people, have no such prohibition, because free inquiry means it is the right, if not responsi…

I noticed something obvious but annoying that occurs the first of every month. It’s my water/sewer bill from the city of Olean.

I fear the email sent to the seniors of the class of 2020 at Allegany-Limestone was a knee-jerk reaction to a message from the Chicago police detective that was unexpected.

At the Allegany-Limestone graduation ceremony on June 26, the commencement address was given by Matthew Bouch, a Chicago police detective and A-L alum, who shared a controversial viewpoint tha…

WASHINGTON (TNS) — For five years, ever since Donald Trump announced he was running for president, we have heard allegations that he is inappropriately obsessed with Russia. Millions of Americ…

“DC should be a state. Pass it on.” That’s the message supporters of D.C. statehood pushed on social media late last week as the U.S. House of Representatives prepared to vote on D.C. statehood.

So we were having dinner when my wife said, “It still feels weird that you’re not going into the TV room to watch baseball later on. Kind of sad, really.”

Our freedom is not free, it comes with a responsibility to preserve and protect it.

Life is often made up of the unexpected. You could be one who planned it all out when you were young. I’ll finish high school, then go on to college. Then, my dream career, my dream life will …

Commentators have been busy trying to discern what Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. was up to when he joined the Supreme Court’s four liberals Monday in striking down a Louisiana abortion law…