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Opinion

LEAP Helps JPS Increase District Literacy Skills

In Our Opinion

Something needs to be done about the fact that fewer than one-third of third- through eighth-grade students in the Jamestown Public Schools District are proficient in English Language Arts. Stopping the summer slide would be a start. “Summer slide” is the tendency for students, ...

The White House Is A Task Taken On By ‘The Better Halves’

In Our Opinion

Whether the exquisite furniture in the Blue Room at the White House is genuine antiques or department-store reproductions is nowhere near as important as, say, the war in Afghanistan. And whether the wallpaper in the Red Room is refurbished or, at high cost, replaced has no effect on the ...

The State Needs To Support Public Defense

In Our Opinion

It is important that those accused of crimes receive their due process guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Mandating that prosecutors hand over evidence to defense attorneys within 15 days of an arraignment while including more material in the discovery material prosecutors are required to ...

Brexit Is Our Concern Too

Local Commentaries

As Americans, we tend to look upon what is now happening in Britain as a far-off, complex problem which is something of secondary importance to us. However, we recently had friends visit us from the United Kingdom (UK) and to them, “Brexit,” as it is called, is a matter of deepening ...

Michigan Capitulates To Fear Amid Outbreak

Local Commentaries

In an unprecedented move, Michigan announced a state-wide ban on all flavored vaping products that would go in effect in a matter of weeks. Gov. Whitmer cited “youth addiction” as the culprit. What the Governor fails to see, however, is that this ban would only encourage black market ...

Tax Money For Education Should Be Spent More Wisely

In Our Opinion

There are roughly 2,700 fewer children enrolled in Chautauqua County schools than there were 10 years ago. The cost for both local taxpayers (15.33%) and state taxpayers (21.89%) has increased over that same time period. According to U.S. Census data released earlier this year, New York ...

Halls Of Albany Don’t Like Echoes Of Opposition

In Our Opinion

New Yorkers will not be forced to replace their license plates once the plates are at least 10 years old, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office. Cuomo’s plan would have began in the spring. In addition to a $25 replacement fee, drivers who wanted to keep their old license plate numbers ...

Clymer Faces Some Big Shoes To Fill In Bailey’s Departure

In Our Opinion

It’s unfortunate that a fairly clear path forward for the Clymer Central School District will have to take place without Ed Bailey, who resigned last week as district superintendent. Bailey has a long, distinguished history with the district starting as a member of the graduating class of ...

Reader Makes Call To Action To Help The Earth

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Years ago someone from England proposed the idea that Gaia - that being the Greek word for Earth - is a big organism, and was able to take care of herself. If things got too far out of balance, she would take steps to correct them. Well, things have gotten pretty ...

Lake Buoys May Provide Correct Information For Policy Makers

In Our Opinion

The introduction of buoys to collect information about harmful algal blooms could be a true game-changer in the fight against algal blooms. Bowling Green State University is one of 11 organizations collaborating on national research of toxic algal blooms the university’s Lake Erie Center ...

Team Earns Its Money

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: I’d like to applaud the Falconer Lady Falcons soccer team for the car wash they held on Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Jamestown Harley Davidson dealership. Too often today, we see young adults standing at the entrance to Walmart asking for handouts rather than ...

Bowing Down To The Taliban’s Bloody Strategy Is Not A Solution

In Our Opinion

Leaders of the quasi-terrorist organization known as the Taliban had every reason to believe their strategy of shedding blood to prod Americans into pulling out of Afghanistan would work. It has in the past, for both Islamic extremists and others. Not this time. President Donald Trump had ...

Firefighters Are Too Valuable To Send For Ambulance Calls

In Our Opinion

Jamestown firefighters have every right to be upset if they indeed are unable to respond to structure fires because they are responding to ambulance calls. On Monday, the firefighters’ union blasted Mayor Sam Teresi for placing the public at risk by not hiring more firefighters and for ...

More Force Won’t Fix The American Diet

Local Commentaries

Two nutritionists (Dariush Mozaffarian and Dan Glickman) have sounded the alarm about the American diet, saying bluntly what most of us know intuitively to be true: Americans are sick — much sicker than many realize. More than 100 million adults — almost half the entire adult population ...

There’s No Trust In Our Institutions

Local Commentaries

The start of a new school year inevitably prompts parents, incoming freshmen and commentators all to question whether college is a worthy investment anymore. What with the astronomical cost of attendance, the obsession with “political correctness” on campus, and the assumed uselessness of ...

Natural Gas In New York

Local Commentaries

Recently, both National Grid and Con Edison in the New York City area announced that because of capacity restraints they could no longer hook-up new natural gas customers. Of course, the political reactions were predictable. Everyone from the Governor of New York to legislative leaders ...

What To Make Of August Job Numbers?

Local Commentaries

The Labor Department tells us that 130,000 jobs were created in August. However, around 25,000 were temporary census workers hired by the federal government. That puts the August total for new private-sector jobs at about 100,000. A few days before the Labor Department numbers came out the ...

The City’s Surplusses Shouldn’t Be Budgeted For Debt Service

In Our Opinion

Jamestown City Council members have an opportunity to approve a capital spending program when they meet at the end of the month. If the program can be implemented with no impact to the city budget, we hope council members back Mayor Sam Teresi’s plan. Not only will is it expected to result ...