In Our Opinion

New Bail Reform Bill Should Have Passed In The First Place

It must be summer time, because five Democrats in Long Island are wearing flip flops right now. Two months ago, Long Island Democrats Democrats James Gaughran, Monica Martinez, John Brooks, Anna Kaplan and Kevin Thomas were among the 40 senators who voted for legislation to eliminate most ...

Thorough Investigation Is Needed In Attacks On Oil Tankers

If indeed Iran is behind recent attacks on several tanker ships carrying petroleum products, action by the world community — not just the United States — may be necessary. But as of Thursday, only circumstantial evidence of Iranian complicity had been provided. One ship is owned by ...

County Should Move Slowly, If At All, On Lake Taxation District

The scramble the last two years to pay for permitted herbicide applications as well as the scramble to pay for a cleanup of Burtis Bay last fall shows that there is a need for dedicated funding to maintain Chautauqua Lake. Roughly $2 million will be spent on lake maintenance this year, ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Robert H. Jackson Center for its work to bring Bob Woodward, one of the two famous Washington Post Watergate break-in reporters, to Jamestown in August. Woodward will present, “Have We Forgotten the Lessons of Watergate?” at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts at 5 p.m. ...

The City Needs To Learn From Its Own History, Plan Better

Brad Bentley, Chautauqua County public facilities director, wants to make sure the Harrison Street bridge can be done over one construction season. Travelers through downtown Jamestown hope so, too. Bentley told Chautauqua County legislators last month that the bridge replacement project ...

Farmworks Legislation Should Be Part Of 2020 Budget Talks

Opposition to the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act by the Rural Democratic Conference should be a sign to Democrats throughout the rest of the state Legislature to let the controversial farm legislation wait until the next legislative session. Members of the Democratic Rural Conference, ...

Job Growth Is Only A Step In The Right Direction For County

It is certainly good news that Chautauqua County is finally seeing some consistent job growth. State Labor Department statistics show 400 more people employed in April 2019 than were employed in April 2018. The trend actually started back in October with employment growth ranging from ...

More Needs To Be Done To Curb Mass Violence

The recent mass murder in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was more bloody proof that we Americans need to do more to curb such violence. It also indicated both why more gun control laws are attractive to some politicians— while futile in achieving the desired result. Hours after emailing his ...

It’s Time To Take A Fresh Look At Jamestown’s Noise Ordinance

On the surface, it would be easy to laugh off the complaints of someone who buys a building in a city’s downtown and then complain when it’s too noisy. Doing so, however, disregards a pretty plain incongruence with the old Downtown Jamestown Development Corp. slogan that downtown was a ...

China’s Threat Shows How Short-Sighted Our Policies Have Been

Thank you, Beijing, for making it clear to Americans how short-sighted we have been for many years. Chinese officials have issued a new threat as part of their reaction to President Donald Trump’s increases in tariffs on some goods imported here from China. His purpose is to force Beijing ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the installation of a kayak launch at McCrae Point Park in Jamestown. The launch is handicapped accessible and should be open to the public sometime in July. These are the sorts of amenities that the city needs along the Chadakoin Riverwalk to make the trail a destination for both ...

Cat Declawing Bill Does Not Address Concerns Of State’s Veterinarians

It’s hard to believe the state Legislature didn’t have better things to do this week than to take up legislation banning the declawing of cats. The legislation passed both the Senate and the Assembly on Tuesday and will now be sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his signature. For the ...

Cuomo Needs To Listen To The Voices In All Of His Districts

One has to wonder, if Democrats weren’t already in control of the state Senate and had a chance to seize control, if a special election would have been called this year to fill the open position created by former state Sen. Catharine Young’s resignation. The time to call for such a ...

It’s Likely Time For The Supreme Court To Revisit Roe v. Wade

For most Americans, Roe v. Wade has been the law of the land regarding abortion. Handed down in 1973 by the U.S. Supreme Court, the ruling placed the federal government firmly in charge of regulating whether and in what circumstances women can have their pregnancies terminated. But for the ...

Legislation To Aid Fire Departments Should Be Passed

It’s hard to find a good reason why volunteer fire departments should not be able to recoup the cost of ambulance services from a patient’s insurance plans or to Medicaid or Medicare. New York is the only state in the nation that doesn’t allow fire departments to bill insurers for the ...

Some Politicians Will Say Whatever It Takes To Be Elected

No nation, especially one as attractive as ours in terms of liberty, safety and prosperity, can survive long without some firm policy on immigration. By definition, the “open borders” crowd refuses to accept that. So do those in favor of mass amnesty for illegal immigrants already in the ...

Remember Councilman’s Lack Of Knowledge Of Simple City Matters

Andrew Liuzzo has been a City Council member for roughly 18 months and will ask city Republicans for their vote in a mayoral primary later this month. That would imply that the councilman thinks he has a pretty good understanding of the way things work. After 18 months in office, it would ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up Ivana Hite, Westfield Academy and Central School principal, for being named School Administrators Association of New York State High School Principal of the Year for Region 12, which covers Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties. Hite ...

State Should Branch Out To Hear The Needs Of Residents

There will be more hearings on the New York Health Act, according to state Sen. Gustavo Rivera, chair of the Senate’s Health Care Committee. It was good that Rivera said, in April, that the Senate wouldn’t vote on the legislation until after a public hearing was held. The announcement on ...

It Will Take Time To Change Minds, Make Rear Seat Belts Safer

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to expand New York’s seat belt law to back-seat passengers regardless of age. The legislation would likely save lives, but it’s worth mentioning that the governor may be pushing legislation before rear seat safety belts should be used all the time. The ...