In Our Opinion

Fleet Management Plan Prompts Further Evaluation

County officials are debating an offer from a private company that could give the county a newer fleet of vehicles at less cost. Enterprise Fleet Management recently met with county legislators to discuss what it calls open-ended equity leases that are designed for the county to pay as ...

County Budget Needs To Bring Lake Issue Forward

Herbicide treatments on Chautauqua Lake have been completed for this year. There will never be agreement on the use of herbicides on the lake amongst all county residents and lake-related organizations. The state Department of Environmental Conservation, however, seems satisfied with the ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to use of CDBG funding to help the United Christian Advocacy Network City Mission perform necessary work. The city is including $100,000 in CDBG funding for masonry repair and to paint the exterior of the UCAN City Mission building at 7 W. First St. There was a definite hole in the ...

Labor Rep On County IDA Board Is The Right Move

Later this week, there is expected to be a welcome change to the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency. County Executive George Borrello, at a luncheon on Saturday in Dunkirk, indicated there will be a representative from labor on the board of directors. Borrello told the area labor ...

Rebels Need Financial Success In Jamestown

Ken Dennis was looking for the right fit for his Philadelphia Rebels, a successful team that has had an itinerant history through little fault of its own. Northwest Savings Bank Arena officials were looking to return to a higher level of hockey with a long-term commitment to the arena. By ...

Our Flag Stands For So Much More

Today is Flag Day, when really thoughtful Americans pay homage not to a mere piece of red, white and blue fabric, but to our nation for which it stands. But now also is another of the times in our history when critics of our government commit the error of assuming the flag represents it and ...

Good On The City ZBA For Doing Its Job

City Zoning Board of Appeals members are doing the right thing trying to schedule a special meeting to discuss the National Comedy Center’s request for an area variance and special use permit to install two 357-square-foot electronic messaging display signs on the outside of the future ...

California Voters Send The Right Message

It may have been the fact that lots of young men get drunk and still manage to refrain from raping women that spelled the end of Santa Clara County, California, Judge Aaron Persky’s career on the bench. Persky drew fire two years ago when he sentenced Stanford University athlete Brock ...

Hollywood Makes The Right Decision

You may want to sit down for this: Hollywood has done something worthy of praise. For once, the movie moguls have put ethics ahead of money. Paramount Network had planned a television reprise of the 1988 film, “Heathers.” The original version starred Winona Rider and Christian ...

Parent Notification System Needs Updating

It’s time for the Jamestown Public Schools to re-think their stance on parental notification. A couple of weeks ago, Jamestown High School went into a lockdown when someone in the area threw firecrackers near the school. No one was hurt and no notification was ever sent to parents. Then, ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Bob Triscari of Jamestown for helping Jacob Myers, 21, of Silver Creek, gain his independence. Triscari, who owns a driving school in Jamestown and was hired through The Resource Center and the Adult Career and Continuing Education Services Vocational Rehabilitation, helped Myers, ...

Cuomo Is Leading Charge In The Wrong Direction

One quote — that’s the subject of this editorial. That may seem a little hyper-focused, but because the quote is so packed with lies and hypocrisy, and because is was an official statement on behalf of our New York governor, it requires a vigorous rebuttal. The quote came from Abbey ...

Governing Is The Art Of Compromise Not Complaining

Perhaps legislators in Albany should consider playing dodgeball, “Duck, duck, goose” or any other game your typical kindergartner would play during recess. Legislating is proving far too difficult. The idea had been floated recently that perhaps the state Senate should end its session ...

Use Of Fund Balance Is A One-Year Fix For Clymer School Officials

Ed Bailey, Clymer Central School superintendent, and the rest of the Clymer Central School Board of Education have every right to be confused by the messages being sent by district residents. In December, Clymer residents decided not to continue merger talks with the Panama Central School ...

Flight 93 Memorial Is Hallowed Ground

Sept. 11, 2001, seems so long ago, in many ways. A whole generation of Americans has no personal recollection of that tragic day. We are being reminded of it once again, by the announcement that some wreckage from Flight 93, no longer needed for purposes such as investigating the tragedy, ...

End Of Sugar Tariffs May Not Be A Sweet Deal After All

You may want to pick up a pack of Necco Wafers or one of those little boxes of candy hearts while you can. It is possible they may not be around for long. If so, part of the blame rests with Uncle Sam. The New England Confectionary Co., maker of those and other candies, has filed for Chapter ...

It’s Time To Find The Middle Ground To Help Child Sex Abuse Victims

State Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean, is trying to find a middle ground to help victims of child sex abuse. Earlier this month, Young introduced the Child Victims Reconciliation and Compensation Fund in the Senate with 19 co-sponsors. Instead of opening up individual abusers or institutions ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Sheriff Joe Gerace, whose quick action likely helped a Busti homeowner save at least some of his property from being damaged. Gerace came across the blaze as the homeowner, John Luciano, was calling 911. Luciano and Gerace removed lawnmowers and an ATV from the garage prior to the ...

Punish Bigotry By Public Figures

Social media is like alcohol, in some respects. When not handled with care, it can loosen inhibitions and affect judgment adversely. But also like alcohol, social media need not be harmful if used intelligently and in moderation. Ask Roseanne Barr about that. The entertainer’s career is a ...

Businesses Are Paying The Lion Share For Increased Costs Of Education In NY

It’s ironic that education advocates continue to beg for more money for education in a state that spends more than $22,000 on each and every child who walks through the front door of a New York state school. Recently released U.S. Census statistics show New York spent $22,366 per student in ...