In Our Opinion

The Proposal From The Bemus Bay Property Owners Is Worth Hearing

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 ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

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 ...

Raise The Age Initiative Far From Good Policy By Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Once again, the secretive way New York State makes policy is likely to come back to bite New Yorkers squarely in the hindquarters. This time we’re talking about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Raise the Age initiative. By hiding the matter in state budget discussions, the public was deprived of the ...

A Gentle Nudge From The State May Be A Good Thing

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 ...

Land Bank Should Explore Programs To Keep Homes Occupied

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 ...

Excelsior Scholarship Program Is Far From Free

There are many words that can be used to describe the state’s new Excelsior Scholarship program, but can we all agree not to use the word free? Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature “free” tuition plan is about as far from free as a plan could possibly be for everyone involved. Attending ...

A Time To Look At Each Other With Less Malice And A Lot More Love

After the last blast of snow and cold we received about a week ago, it is refreshing to see signs of spring all around us as we celebrate Easter today. Those who aren’t particularly religious will join their religious neighbors today in celebrating the general themes of rebirth and renewal ...

Eat Today, Pay Today

Anyone familiar with the old Popeye cartoon remembers the character Wimpy J. Wellington, a portly fellow with an insatiable appetite for hamburgers but a limited ability to pay for them. Inevitably, Wimpy would utter his catchphrase, “I’ll gladly repay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.” ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to state Legislature for again passing a tax credit for farmers who donate fruits and vegetables to food banks. The initiative was included in the state’s $153 billion state budget. Farmers already donate millions of pounds of food every year, but local Farm Bureau officials have ...

Gorsuch: The Right Person For The Job

One sentence in the Associated Press story about the Monday swearing in of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court makes it clear he was the right choice for the position. Gorsuch, 49, is known as an “originalist” or a “strict constructionist.” According to the AP, that means he ...

Make Healthier Choices

Chautauqua County is healthier than it was last year, but too many Chautauqua County residents are dying far too young. Those are the two biggest takeaways from the most recent rankings of counties across the United States by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The 2017 study found ...

It Takes A Community To Raise A Child

There is little sadder than hearing reports of children suffering or, as has happened in the not-too-distant past in Chautauqua County, to see children killed by the very adults charged with protecting them. We commend the agencies in Chautauqua County that work to prevent such sorrow in our ...

We Need To Ensure Our National Parks Remain A Jewel

We Americans do not have Crown Jewels such as those displayed in England and a few other countries. We have something much more valuable and much more beautiful: our national parks. No other nation has such a park system. Ours is so envied that it sometimes is described as “America’s ...

Thank State GOP For Raise The Age Tweak

Sometimes, we wonder just what the fuss is about in Albany. Take this statement from state Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean, about the difference of legislative opinion over a proposal to change the age of criminal responsibility from 16 years of age to 18 years of age as an example. “The ...

County IDA Cannot Afford Repeat Of MVP Plastics Failure

It is hard to believe there are no lessons to be learned by county IDA officials as the final chapter closes on the debacle known as Jamestown MVP Plastics LLC. MVP Plastics had plans to produce environmentally-safe plastic products in Falconer, but the company never reached full potential ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to all of the Falconer businesses who are finding a way to keep their doors open in the wake of the arson fire that destroyed half a block of buildings on Main Street, Falconer. Employees of Roots Salon have been invited to work from the Forbici salon on Foote Avenue and Better Life ...

State’s Reliance On Taxpayers Needs To Finally End

Tax filings are due in eight days, and New York needs each and every one of those filings from state residents to keep lurching along. Wallethub, a personal finance website, recently released its 2017 rankings of tax burden by state. In order to determine which states tax their residents ...

Good To Get Past Deadlock

It is good to see the deadlock over New York’s 2017-18 budget appears to be over. The state Senate began debate over the $152 billion spending plan late Tuesday night after lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo resolved a stalemate that forced them to blow past a Saturday budget ...

JPS Changes Should Wait For New Superintendent

It was recently suggested to Jamestown Public Schools board members to add eight positions to the district’s payroll as part of the 2017-18 budget. The budget, as presented, does not increase the tax levy. And it is entirely possible to have additional state aid money that the district ...

Medicaid Is Too Expensive To Be Part Of Political Games

Republicans and Democrats are playing an expensive game of political tennis with your money. A couple of weeks ago, Republicans trying to rally support for President Donald Trump’s health care bill offered New York Republicans a deal by which the burden of paying for Medicaid would have ...