In Our Opinion

A Statewide CPS System Review Still Needs To Happen

A two-count indictment handed up by a Chautauqua County grand jury earlier this week answer the biggest burning question in the unsolved murder of 16-month-old Nayla Hodnett in 2014. A person of interest has been charged with second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter in relation to ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to an increase in mental health and addiction treatment in the Chautauqua County Jail last year. Patricia Brinkman, county mental hygiene director, told county legislators recently that jail employees are working to identify individuals to get them entered into addiction service and ...

Herbicides Are A Part Of The Future For Maintaining The Lake

Twice in the past week, Chautauqua Lake Association officials have raised the possibility of becoming a fee-for-service organization if fundraising doesn’t increase. We don’t deny the CLA is having a harder time raising money this year from its typical sources. Part of the problem may be ...

Griffo’s Proposal Doesn’t Stand Much Of A Chance

Even though it’s unlikely to go anywhere, legislation proposed by state Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-Rome, to change the way Senate districts are apportioned makes a lot of sense. Griffo wants to reduce the number of Senate districts from 63 to 62 and then give each of New York’s 62 counties one ...

Get More Creative On How To Staff Weed Harvesters On Lake

An interesting discussion at the Chautauqua Lake Watershed and Management Alliance meeting shines a light on the way the county and lake organizations think about maintenance of Chautauqua Lake. Chautauqua Lake Association officials expressed concern that a memorandum of understanding being ...

No Single Action Will End County’s Fight With Addiction

If there was a silver lining to the methamphetamine busts reported by Jamestown police officers five years ago, it was that most of the busts were local residents trying to make meth with what is called a one-pot method. That silver lining is disappearing, according to Harry Snellings, ...

‘Biblegate’ Is Just The Latest Attack On President Trump

President Donald Trump is not the first politician to be the target of nitpicking by those who just can’t stand him, and he will not be the last. Still, the most recent episode — let us call it Biblegate — reaches new heights of desperation to find something, anything, to criticize about ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to April Summers, a graduate of Panama Central School, and three other former area residents, Jeffrey Rasmussen, Amber Rasmussen and Ren Barnes, all of whom helped students escape a school bus that was involved in an accident about 50 miles southeast of Oklahoma City recently. ...

Co-Locating The Busti And Lakewood Offices Should Be Investigated

It has always made relatively little sense to have Busti and Lakewood, two related government entities, be located in separate buildings in Lakewood. We hope a proposal by Dr. Rudy Mueller, Busti Town Board member, isn’t disregarded. Mueller’s overall goal is to lower the taxpayer costs ...

Visions Of An Active Waterfront In The City Are Becoming Clear

It’s one thing to say that development projects will spur private investment. It’s another to see those words come to life. That’s what is happening on Fluvanna Avenue, however, with word that Lawson Boat & Motor LLC is in the midst of a $1.6 million project to repair and restore a ...

It Is Time For Bail Reform To Happen

On Monday, there had been five people booked into the Chautauqua County Jail on misdemeanor charges who have been unable to post bail amounts of less than $1,000. These are five people who aren’t likely to commit serious offenses while they await their court date and are the very people ...

Congress Needs To Crack Down On ‘Spoofing’ Calls

Many of us have heard the phone ring, glanced down at the caller ID and seen the name and number of someone we know, answered the phone — and found ourselves talking to someone with a sales pitch or worse, a scam. It is called “spoofing,” and it enables the unscrupulous to get to us ...

It’s Time To Fix The Military’s Sexual Assault Problem

Arizonan Martha McSally spent 26 years in the military, becoming the first female Air Force pilot to fly in combat. She went on to a successful career in politics, leading her to the U.S. Senate. Clearly, she is a strong woman. Yet she was shaken deeply on Wednesday, as she participated in a ...

Who, Exactly, Isn’t Playing Nicely Over Chautauqua Lake Policy

County Executive George Borrello is going to have a tough time forging any sort of consensus on a Chautauqua Lake plan if Monday is any indication. Borrello has been working on a memorandum of understanding for a coordinated plan of attack to the weed and algal bloom issues on the lake, with ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Frewsburg Soccer Club for bringing new life to the Allen Park Ice Rink, a long-underused community resource, to the Northwest Ice Arena and new executive director Keith Martin and to the city of Jamestown for helping find a way to make the deal happen. The club recently signed ...

GOP Should Help Bring Amazon Jobs Back To New York

Republicans statewide made great political hay after Amazon chose to end its dalliance with placing a headquarters in Long Island city. With news surfacing that Gov Andrew Cuomo is trying to resurrect the deal, Republicans should engage themselves in the effort. Not only could Republicans ...

How Team Handles Medicaid Review Will Be Test For Dems

Staring at a $2.4 billion shortfall in state revenues, it is little surprise Gov. Andrew Cuomo is casting an eye toward Medicaid in his search for savings. The governor wants the state Department of Health to reconvene the Medicaid Redesign Team to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the ...

Chautauqua County Doesn’t Need An Airport Upgrade

The federal government is unwilling to put any more money into the Chautauqua County Airport in Jamestown. Why is New York state? Federal officials recently declined to approve resumption of the county’s Essential Air Service subsidy because of concerns the airport isn’t viable ...

Governor Needs To Call For A Special Election To Fill Seat

There will be a time to better reflect on the enormous impact state Sen. Catharine Young has had on the 57th Senate District. Today, however, we turn our attention to the future. Young’s last day in the Senate will be March 10. Once she leaves, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany ...