In Our Opinion

Supreme Court Case Sheds Light On Discipline In Schools

A case the U.S. Supreme Court may handle this week raises troubling questions — but they are not limited to those many in the media and the courts are addressing. Reporters have focused on the case because it is one new Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch dealt with while he was a ...

Response To Drug Raids Does Nothing To Help The Situation

Two major drug raids captured the attention of area residents on Wednesday and Thursday. One in Charlotte, where one man was charged with selling marijuana and cocaine. The other, in Hanover, led to the arrest of six who were in their early 20s and were tied to fentanyl, cocaine and ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the area’s hospitality earning it an unexpected weekend hosting the NCAA Division II baseball regionals at Russell E. Diethrick Park. Mercyhurst University in Erie was the top seed and host of the regional. The tournament comes at a perfect time for Jamestown — the summer ...

Stipends Are A Stain On State Leadership

We don’t doubt that it is legal for the state Senate to spend thousands of dollars in leadership stipends to legislators who don’t actually hold leadership positions. Being legal and being ethical are entirely different matters. The New York Times last week reported some lawmakers had ...

Shared Service Projects A Plus For Both Communities

It is good to see yet another example of municipal governments working together — even two governments that are in the midst of a disagreement. The city of Jamestown and town of Ellicott are working on a storm water management project centered around the Jamestown Seventh-Day Adventist ...

Public Deserves Access To IDA Project Information

The Internet has put a wealth of information at our fingertips. Kudos to George Borrello, R-Silver Creek, for trying to put a little more of that information out to the public. During a recent county Industrial Development Agency board meeting, Borrello proposed making more information about ...

State Sends Mixed Signals On Adulthood

There is no health-based reason why New York should not raise the age at which one can buy cigarettes to age 21. There is no disproving that smoking causes a multitude of health problems and creates a drain on public health programs. Legislation proposed in the state Senate is good policy ...

Senate Must Continue To Improve Health Bill

It is a measure of the mixed feelings many in the House of Representatives had about a proposal to repeal and replace the Obamacare insurance fiasco that the bill passed Thursday only by the thin margin of 217-213. No Democrats voted for it. Twenty Republicans joined them. Waiting for the ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to new life for a familiar ski destination. The county Industrial Development Association is finalizing a package to help an unknown buyer purchase the Cockaigne Ski Area, which closed after a massive fire in 2011. It will be good for everyone to see Cockaigne restored to its former ...

Hold The Phone On Law Allowing Police Searches Of Mobile Devices

A law being discussed in the state Senate and Assembly needs a little more work before becoming law. Lawmakers are debating a law proposed by Sen. Terrence Murphy and Assemblyman Felix Ortiz that wold give police permission to search any phone or portable device at the scene of an automobile ...

Problem Solvers Caucus Successfully Bridges Divide

During his last two campaigns, U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, has touted his involvement in the Problem Solvers Caucus as one way he works to move past the gridlock we see so often in our federal government. The idea was good in theory, but no one had seen the caucus accomplish much. That ...

It’s Time Kendra’s Law Becomes Permanent

Kendra’s Law has been a success in its nearly 20-year history. It is time for the state Legislature to treat it as such by making the law permanent. State Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean, proposed legislation approved last week in the state Senate to make Kendra’s Law permanent. Currently, ...

Competition For School Board Is A Good Problem

It wasn’t that long ago when no one wanted to run for the Jamestown Public Schools Board of Education. There is no such problem this year, with five candidates running for three positions on the board; incumbents Paul Abbott and Rachelle Leathers are joined on the ballot by fresh faces ...

Obama: Do As He Says, Not As He Does

While he was president, Barack Obama seldom missed an opportunity to decry cronyism between big business and public officials. It undermined Americans’ faith in government, he opined. Of course, Obama is well aware of the “revolving door” phenomenon in Washington, in which government ...

Funding Sewer Projects Just As Important As Other Tourism Initiatives

State Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, R-Jamestown, and state Senator Catharine Young, R-Olean, are touting the state’s $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act as a means for Chautauqua Lake to finally receive some state investment in a project to build sewers around Chautauqua Lake. We ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Maple Grove High School students, whose production of “Anything Goes” has been nominated for the 2017 Kenny Awards while students Grace Auer, Paige Cummings and Brandon Reagle have been nominated for individual Kenny Awards. The best part is that the students get to take their ...

Leadership Term Limits Won’t Fix What’s Still Wrong In State Capitol

We wish we could say a Republican-led effort to impose term limits on leadership positions in the state Legislature would result in sweeping changes. It simply isn’t so. Look no further than legislation which was approved last week by the state Senate that would impose eight-year term ...

We Need To Know What’s In The GOP’s Health Care Bill

You may have to pardon House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., if she enjoys a chuckle this week. Unless something changes about a Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, Pelosi will be entitled to a bit of sarcastic humor. When the atrocity that is Obamacare ...

We Want Our Kids To Rise And Shine

Studies by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine should serve as a wake-up call for both parents and school officials. They echo calls by some parents in our area for public education officials to rethink school scheduling. In more than a few schools, teenagers and even younger children are ...

Better Health Care Service For Inmates A Plus

Shared services don’t always have to be a merging or consolidation of services between governments. We note, then, the Chautauqua County Health and Human Services Department taking over health care services within the Chautauqua County Jail, an idea brought up by Christine Schuyler, county ...