In Our Opinion

Rally Will Be Good Source Of Knowledge For Chautauqua Lake’s Future

There is a lot happening on Chautauqua Lake. Late last week, the county Health and Human Services Department’s Public Health Division noted a widespread blue-green algae bloom in the south basin of the lake. Controversy continues to surround efforts to apply herbicides to three areas of ...

Every Child Deserves A Family

It is heartbreaking that there are 100 children waiting for foster care placements in Chautauqua County, with the need especially great for teenagers and children with special needs. The statistic is staggering and, at the same time, incapable of adequately expressing the depths of the ...

Covered Grandstand Would Benefit County Fair

The Chautauqua County Fair draws a number of people to the Dunkirk area. There’s no official way to know, but we suspect most of those in attendance are from Chautauqua County. Chautauqua County Fair Board of Directors member Dave Wilson guessed the fair had between 45,000-50,000 people. ...

There Is No Place For White Supremacy In US

Many of the protesters who went to Charlottesville, Va., during the weekend were there simply because they are bigots. Call them what you will, but the plain truth is that scores, perhaps hundreds, of the protesters were white people who despise and often hate those of other races, creeds ...

Charlottesville: Police Put In Impossible Situation

Neither in the plain wording of the First Amendment nor in numerous court decisions reaffirming and elaborating on it is there any license for violence or inciting it. Yet some of those who use free speech as a shield clearly are bent on doing harm to others. A small group of bigots was ...

Defense Contract Probe Uncovers Loose Spending

Silver screen spy James Bond may have driven an Aston Martin, but one wonders how the high-end sports car fit into Afghanistan’s intelligence agency — especially since U.S. taxpayers covered the cost. When U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., heard rumors last ...

Arcade Building Should Be Demolished To Make Room For Future Growth

The Arcade Building was once the beautiful, thriving centerpiece of Jamestown’s central business district. The building was originally constructed as a commercial center. Such buildings introduced the concept for and were the forerunners to shopping centers and malls. The building has had ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to an intriguing partnership between Chautauqua Institution and one of its neighbors. Sarah Wansley, an artistic associate for Chautauqua Theatre Co., recently appeared before the Mayville Village Board to discuss having a free Shakespeare act at Lakeside Park next summer. Wansley ...

Withholding Crime-Fighting Funds Is Not The Way To Deter Sanctuary Cities

Cities that refuse to help the federal government enforce the law, including those on illegal immigration, should be penalized. But making it more difficult for them to crack down on violent criminals is not the way to do that. Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week threatened to withhold ...

Reed’s Work On Health Care To Be Commended

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, came under fire earlier this year for supporting Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Reed was doing the right thing then, and he’s doing the right thing now in trying to fix insurance coverage issues after Republican efforts to ...

Parents Would Welcome District Notification

It is good that the Chautauqua County Health Department regularly inspects school cafeterias, camp kitchens and summer feeding sites. Inspections found violations termed critical in 10 area school cafeterias while more minor violations were found at 37 sites. Twenty-five cafeterias and summer ...

Collins And Not Playing It SAFE

We applaud the chutzpah of U.S. Rep. Chris Collins, R-Buffalo. As a former county executive, Collins understands full well how dealing with Medicaid, particularly in New York state, is a budget buster for local government. Collins came close to removing that nuisance during deliberations to ...

Police Body Cameras, Better Training Are Musts To Avoid Tragedies

No one disputes that the death of a woman at the hands of Minneapolis police was a terrible mistake. There was no ill intent. Nevertheless, Australian Justine Damond, who had been living in Minneapolis, is dead. She leaves behind a grief-stricken fiance and scores of people who remember her ...

It’s Time For The City To Look Into Pruning Nonessential Services

How much longer can Jamestown continue to survive financially without major changes to the way it does business? Halfway through 2017, city officials are staring at roughly $938,000 in spending for which they had not budgeted due to unforeseen police retirements, fire department overtime ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to three Sherman women who took it upon themselves to put together Sherman Day 2017. Chrissie Paul, Michelle Swabik, Vicki Rater and Cathy Crane put the event together after the retirement of the former village clerk who had organized the festival for several years. Too often, ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to three Sherman women who took it upon themselves to put together Sherman Day 2017. Chrissie Paul, Michelle Swabik, Vicki Rater and Cathy Crane put the event together after the retirement of the former village clerk who had organized the festival for several years. Too often, ...

Take A Break From Health Insurance

The realities of politics and human behavior being what they are, it is time for U.S. senators — and President Donald Trump — to take a break from attempts to reform health insurance. Emotions are running far too high to expect that holding lawmakers’ noses to the grindstone would result ...

Cuomo’s Arrival Could Be A Welcome One

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will visit Jamestown today to get a firsthand look at what the state’s $9 million investment is building at the corner of Second and Washington streets. He could make the day a complete success, however, by signing a law approved by the state Senate and Assembly before ...

Young Gets Projects Moving

It’s amazing how quickly problems can be solved when the right people get involved. Kudos to state Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean, for quickly securing a grant that will help the village of Celoron install a water line so that 10 households on Butler Avenue and Seventh Street can have clean ...

President Makes Valid Point About Upstate

It is no surprise that some New Yorkers are upset with the way President Donald Trump spoke about New York state recently. Those who are upset by the president’s remarks will be even more upset when they realize the state’s population trends prove President Trump’s message was on point. ...