Opinion

The Debate On County Shared Services Should Be More Vocal

In Our Opinion

Too often, winning today’s political battle obscures the real discussions in our county that need to take place. The Lakewood Village Board recently spent a large portion of two meetings debating a $3,000 cut in the village’s funding to the Lakewood Memorial Library. Falconer village and ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to each and every volunteer in our area who gives their time and talent to help others. We were honored this week to help the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County and The Resource Center honored several volunteers on our pages this week, but we also know full well it would take an ...

Readers’ Forum

Letters To The Editor

To the Readers’ Forum: The residents of Spring Street won a small victory on a Tuesday morning recently, when the city boarded up 869 Spring street, which was vacant and left open for over a month. Now we need a larger victory and have Jackson Spring Apartments funded. I am calling on ...

Prom Night For High School Students Should Not Involve Alcohol

In Our Opinion

It is high school prom season, when lasting memories of wonderful evenings are made for many area young people. But more than at any time during the year, prom nights raise the terrible possibility some parents will have nothing but memories of sons and daughters killed by alcohol-fueled ...

Reader Is Grateful For Support Of Family

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Sometimes in our day-to-day lives it’s difficult to see the good in people that surround us. So when family, friends (new and old) and businesses come together to help someone they possibly haven’t even met, it’s just amazing! We had the opportunity to ...

Dairy Dispute Should Be A Grade A Priority

In Our Opinion

It’s nice to see U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and President Donald Trump playing nicely together when it comes to securing a better deal for U.S. dairy producers trying to sell their wares in Canada. Recently, all three have protested regulatory plans by the Province of ...

Albany Slow But Steady On Athenex

In Our Opinion

Government will never be accused of moving too fast. But the Athenex announcement by state Gov. Andrew Cuomo in Dunkirk, which came some 14 months ago, is progressing. Most recently, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul in a stop in the town of Hanover announced the project that could bring up to 900 jobs ...

County: Storage Lease Should Be Approved

In Our Opinion

It appears a Chautauqua County Legislature vote on a lease between the county and a company that wants to store materials for the Arkwright wind project will be close. It doesn’t need to be. Two committees approved the lease last week, but both votes had two dissenting votes: ...

The Proposal From The Bemus Bay Property Owners Is Worth Hearing

In Our Opinion

Owners of homes in Bemus Bay purchased homes there because they wanted to be able to enjoy Chautauqua Lake; they want to be able to use their boat or jet ski, to play fetch with their dog on the shore of the lake and perhaps wade into the lake on a hot day. At the very least, they want to be ...

Sewers: What Comes First, The Chicken Or The Egg?

Local Commentaries

Nearly everyone, I assume, is for cleaning up lakes by constructing public sewers. The real question is: “What will it cost me?” Here, the matter gets tricky. It can be summed up in the old adage-”What comes first, the chicken or the egg?” Before Sewer Districts can be created or ...

White House Transparency Is Crucial

In Our Opinion

Some of what Americans knew about former President Barack Obama came through knowledge of visitors welcomed to the White House. Many represented ultra-liberal points of view. Now, however, President Donald Trump reportedly plans to keep White House visitor logs confidential. He should alter ...

Spirit Of American Fighters Lives On

In Our Opinion

Seventy-five years ago Tuesday, people in Tokyo, Japan, looked up and saw something they had been assured was not possible: American B-25 bombers flying low as bombs spilled from them onto the city. Japan’s surprise attack at Pearl Harbor was supposed to have been the kickoff of an ...

A Small Village With A Big Heart

Local Commentaries

On the crisp, cold morning of March 22, 2017, the residents of Village of Falconer woke up to the sound of fire sirens racing down Main Street, scenes of flames raging through the air and smoke billowing from our historical downtown buildings. It was obvious to all very quickly that the ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to the Fenton History Center’s second annual Slice of History Pizza Challenge. The competition will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 29, with proceeds benefitting the center’s educational programs. The Jamestown Italian Heritage Dancers will perform with live accompaniment ...

Reader Grateful To First Responders

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: I was in Chautauqua County last week visiting family and taking care of some rental property. My last errand on Tuesday, April 4 took me to a house I had not visited before, and, as I came in, I took a step back into thin air, falling down a steep cellar stairway, ...

A Gentle Nudge From The State May Be A Good Thing

In Our Opinion

There has been much criticism of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s latest push for shared services from organizations like the New York Conference of Mayors, the New York Association of Towns and some labor unions, to name a few. They don’t like the time frame laid out to have plans put together. They ...

Cuts In Federal Budget Will Hurt

Letters To The Editor

To the Readers’ Forum: In the proposed upcoming United States 2018 federal budget, the elimination of many vital federally funded programs, threatens to have a highly detrimental effort upon our communities. Two federal programs functioning beautifully in our communities are under attack ...

Land Bank Should Explore Programs To Keep Homes Occupied

In Our Opinion

It should be troubling that houses targeted by the Chautauqua County Land Bank are still occupied — not because of anything the land bank is doing wrong, but because people probably shouldn’t be living in a home that pops up on the land bank’s radar. Gina Paradis, land bank executive ...