In Our Opinion

Homelessness Remains A Countywide Issue

Jamestown has felt its first major snow night of bone-chilling cold of this winter season. With it comes a renewed realization that Jamestown’s economic and housing issues have led to a startling increase in the number of people who are braving these elements 24 hours a day. In 2012, ...

Plenty Left To Do For Incoming IDA Director

It comes as no surprise that County Executive-elect George Borrello would want to name his own Industrial Development Agency director. For all of the successes the county has had during outgoing executive Vince Horrigan’s four-year term, Borrello and his as-yet unnamed IDA director and ...

JPS: A Proactive Approach To Bullying

It is good to see that the Jamestown Public Schools board and Superintendent Bret Apthorpe are taking bullying in the district seriously. Bullying has been a longstanding issue, to varying degrees, in most schools. But the problem forced its way into the front of the public’s consciousness ...

Why Can’t Tax Relief Kick In Next Year?

Wait ’til next year is a common refrain among sports fans whose teams are not doing well. It should not be something you hear from Congress. Both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have approved tax relief bills. All that remains is for the two chambers to reconcile their ...

Teacher Shortages May Require Action Beyond Adjusting Certifications

Several policy changes proposed earlier this fall by New York officials have a clear purpose: dealing with shortages of trained teachers. More flexibility and less bureaucracy normally are good things in public schools. Educators should be able to concentrate on teaching children, not ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Thrift Shop. In addition to helping the community by offering quality items at low prices, the shop recently donated $16,500 to five area agencies. Thrift Shop officials recently gave $1,500 to Meals on Wheels, $5,000 to the Chautauqua County ...

Is State In A Position To Give Jamestown  Additional Aid?

Jamestown will, again, likely receive additional money from New York state to balance its budget for 2018. We wonder how the state will do so while dealing with a projected budget deficit that could be as high as $4 billion, according to state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, but it’s hard to ...

With Pearl Harbor Day, We Remember The ‘Greatest Generation’

Bands had begun saluting the flag as Old Glory was raised. Men were rolling out of bunks, ready for a new day. It was Sunday, so some men of the cloth were polishing sermons to be delivered later that day. It was a Sunday morning just like most others in the tropical paradise that was the ...

State’s Tax System Will Drive Wealthy Away

Many of our readers have a friend or family member who chose not to return to Chautauqua County because there were better job opportunities elsewhere. As difficult as it is for local residents to have their families spread across the country, the situation could get even worse depending on ...

Local Projects Demand Local Jobs

Anyone driving through downtown Jamestown has likely seen a crane outside the DoubleTree by Hilton on Fourth Street. The crane is installing new windows made by local company D&S Glass in the building. Company employees will continue installing the new windows as long as the temperature ...

Great Lakes Require Great Expense

The Great Lakes, shared by the United States and Canada, are among the world’s most majestic and important bodies of fresh water. But their health is threatened on several fronts. Unless dramatic action is taken to safeguard them, the lakes may become an aquatic disaster area. Pollution and ...

City Must Make Steps Toward A Balanced Budget

Doug Champ, a city resident and retired Board of Public Utilities employee, made a good point recently about the City Charter’s requirements of the mayor’s yearly budget proposal. The charter, as amended in 2006, stipulates the budget proposed by the mayor “shall be balanced in that ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Lake Erie New York Chapter 4 of the Blue Star Mothers and the organization’s annual Christmas care packages. Donation boxes had previously been placed in dozens of stores and businesses across the county. Today, volunteers are meeting at Fluvanna Community Church to begin ...

Lictus’ Resignation A Sign Of Upcoming Uncertainty In Shared Positions

The Panama and Clymer central school districts have been productive partners the past several years. This year, the districts are sharing several sports teams as well as technology director, business official, direct instruction person, a typist and a psychologist. Such sharing started with ...

City Boards Could Use A Homeowner

The composition of the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities board of directors could change at the end of the year. One seat reserved for a member of the City Council will be open after the defeat of Greg Rabb, D-At Large and City Council president, in the Nov. 7 election. The terms of Chuck ...

Fraud Case Highlights Need For Reform Of State Penal Laws

Cattaraugus County taxpayers recently found out what happens when a state law is written poorly. A New Jersey woman was convicted in Cattaraugus County Court in August 2014 on charges of fourth-degree welfare fraud and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. The woman was ...

Hunters Must Be Responsible

Safety with weapons is every hunter’s responsibility — which is what makes it so discouraging to see that responsibility abdicated three times in less than two weeks here in Chautauqua County. The first incident came roughly two weeks ago when two Kennedy men were charged with illegal ...

Teenage Suicide And Social Media

Suicide rates for teenagers increased substantially from 2010-15, at the same time use of social media by young people shot up. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study hints the two phenomena may be linked. It would be foolish to suggest, based on this one study, that social ...

Local Police Should Be Kept In The Loop When It Comes To Federal Probes

Too often, we discuss the scourge of illegal drug addiction in terms of Jamestown’s problem or Chautauqua County’s problem. As we were reminded last week, the problem really is regional and national in scope. Ten Buffalo residents were charged last week in the takedown of a drug ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Thule Lodge for celebrating its 110th anniversary recently. The lodge’s mission and location have changed over the years, but its unwavering support of the area’s Swedish population and commitment to preserving Swedish history has not. Originally the Thule lodge served to ...