In Our Opinion

Free Tuition Only Helps If Graduates Stick Around New York State Afterward

Here’s one more aspect of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s tuition-free state college proposal that needs to be addressed. Our area has struggled with the so-called “brain drain.” Students get a K-12 education here, go off to college and find jobs in other parts of the country. If somehow, some ...

Dangling Tax Incentives For Redevelopment Does Have Plenty Of Upside

We hope state legislators approve a tax incentive for redevelopment of vacant or condemned properties in Jamestown. Vince DeJoy recently discussed the program with Jamestown City Council Housing Committee members. It would include single or two-family residential properties that are vacant, ...

Drug Treatment A Slow Build

Slowly but surely, a network of drug addiction treatment resources is being built here in Chautauqua County. The latest addition came last week with the announcement that WCA Hospital has received $700,000 to build a 20-bed, long-term residential treatment program at the Jones Memorial Health ...

Lessons From Past Urban Renewal Projects Can Be Used As Guidelines Today

It’s been roughly 50 years since Jamestown started down the path of urban renewal. Whether that path was a good one to take is still open to debate. As we have learned from the yearly gatherings of the Lost Neighborhood — which ended this year after nearly a decade of observances — the ...

Stopping Terrorists Living Among Us Should Be Priority For DHS Leader

Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly told U.S. senators this week that if they confirm him as the nation’s next leader of the Department of Homeland Security, his top priority will be closing the nation’s borders to “illegal movement of people and things.” Given what his potential boss, ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Michael E. Hill, the newly-appointed president of Chautauqua Institution who spoke earlier this week in a meet-and-greet event by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. Hill touted the intuition’s footprint within the region and noted the further possibilities that could be ...

Repealing And Replacing Obamacare All At Once A Risky Move For Republicans

Haste makes waste, especially in Washington, D.C. There, undue haste to replace the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — could make it or something worse permanent. As its unofficial name implies, the national health care takeover law is President Barack Obama’s baby. Reportedly, he and ...

State Aid Request Is Unrealistic

Way back in early December, we criticized the yearly school aid funding dance that takes place every year. Every year, business officials and the state Board of Regents throw out a ridiculous request for state aid increases across the state. The governor proposes an increase that is nowhere ...

Court Consolidation To Get A Retrial

Saving money among the myriad town and village courts that make up Chautauqua County’s justice court system is not a new idea. Court consolidation made news more than 10 years ago when Chuck Cornell, then a legislator representing Jamestown’s north side, and Keith Ahlstrom, a Dunkirk ...

Free Tuition: Cuomo’s Plan May Not Be The Best Choice

We look forward to hearing more about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to provide free college tuition to the state’s public colleges and universities for qualifying New York students. Many of the jobs the New York economy is creating require a college education, and even the fairly reasonable ...

Poor Counties, Defendants Hurt Most In Cuomo’s Veto Of Public Defense Aid

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s logic in vetoing a state takeover of public defense programs across the state makes little sense. “This bill would do little more than transfer to the taxpayers of this state an entirely new obligation to pay for any and all existing expenses related to general ...

Weakening Ethics Office Wouldn’t Have Helped With Voters’ Trust Issues

Apparently it was not only Democrats who didn’t get the message on Nov. 8. Some Republican leaders in Congress may have missed what voters were saying, too. On Monday, GOP leaders in the House of Representatives moved to weaken the independent Office of Congressional Ethics. They did so ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to continuing traditions. For decades, visitors to Frewsburg driving on Route 62 have been greeted by a giant smiling sun painted on the side of a barn at 141 W. Main St. It would have been easy for the sun to fade into the proverbial sunset when Martin R. Gage, who first painted the ...

Pay Raises For State Legislators Low On Taxpayers’ Wish List

Many state legislators are sore that they didn’t get the Christmas present they wanted — a humongous pay raise — but we’re glad they had enough decency to call off their campaign for it. You can’t force Santa Claus or your family members to give you what you want, especially if ...

Restoring US Credibility Critical

Fortunately, Israeli officials and citizens have been well aware for several years that President Barack Obama is no friend of the Jewish state. They also understand that in less than three weeks, Obama will be out of the White House. That will leave President-elect Donald Trump, the State ...

Building Collapses Create Safety Concern

It is time for Jamestown to be more proactive in how it handles the safety hazards associated with long-vacant buildings in the city limits. Twice in the past two months, the city of Jamestown has had to issue emergency demolition orders for downtown buildings that have sat vacant far too ...

Trump Needs To Boost Vaccine Research Efforts When President

Millions of people worldwide, but primarily in West Africa, received a Christmas present from Canada last week. It came in the form of a vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus. When Ebola pops into the news every few years, it makes big headlines. It is in the class of diseases known as ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the late Lars J. Spinner, formerly of Woodmancy Road, Randolph, who gifted a $1.1 million scholarship endowment that will make its first $30,000 available to Randolph students graduating in June. Spinner grew up on a farm in Malone, N.Y., near the Canadian border, and worked to put ...

Minimal Output Should Mean Eviction Of City Housing Committee

Perhaps it is time to disband the Jamestown City Council’s Housing Committee. The committee was formed in 2004 by former council president Dr. Lillian Vitanza Ney. Dr. Ney then installed Carolyn Bloomquist, wife of Don Bloomquist, former CODE Inc. executive director, as the committee’s ...

Tax Relief Is Needed To Kick-Start Economy

Both Republicans who control Congress and President-elect Donald Trump have plans to grant most Americans tax relief. They hope to inject real growth into an economy still recovering only anemically from the so-called Great Recession. In reconciling their slightly different versions of tax ...