In Our Opinion

State Needs To Get A Grip On Education Costs Per Student

Cost per student is something that is examined on a regular basis by the state Education Department. But its documentation does not break it into categories, which sheds some light on an important issue. In a recent article in On Board, the publication of the state School Boards Association, ...

Progressive Rhetoric Doesn’t Extend To Education Funding

Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks in flowering, soaring oratory about his desire to help those who come to the United States looking for a better life or those who have found themselves persecuted on account of race, religion or sexuality. Take, for example, this wonderful piece of oratory from the ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the parents of a child who knew what to do when a stranger approached. Earlier this week, a Washington Middle School student was approached by a man in a large blue sport-utility vehicle with white stripes and dark tinted windows and asked to help find the man’s lost puppy. The ...

Assigning Blame Won’t Fix School Issues

It would have been easy for the Randolph Central School District board and administration to cast blame for an incident last week in which one of its school buses was stolen and driven to Jamestown by three Randolph Academy students. Kaine Kelly, Randolph superintendent, struck the right ...

Borello’s Remedy For Chautauqua Lake Should Move Forward

Chautauqua Lake was in the news a lot last week, which was fitting for a topic of the utmost importance for south county residents who rely on the lake for the summer economy and who value the lake’s beauty and environmental health. Perhaps the most important bit of information in those ...

Goodell’s Constituents May Feel Left Out After Heastie Speech

There are likely few members of the state Assembly more different than Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, a Democrat from New York City, and Andrew Goodell, a Republican who lives six hours away from Albany. It was interesting, then, that Heastie singled out Goodell during his inaugural address ...

Sen. Young Earns Role On Senate Ethics Committee

State Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean, may no longer be chairperson of the state Senate Finance Committee, but she still finds herself in a position of influence within the Senate. Among Young’s committee assignments are serving as the ranking minority member on the Senate’s Ethics ...

There Needs To Be A Way To Bring People Back To New York

So many New Yorkers have given up on our state that we are one of the few states actually losing population. In fact, New York topped the list, losing an estimated 48,510 residents between July 1, 2017, and July 1, 2018. That’s more than any state. Of course, that’s not the worst of the ...

JCC Should Find Way To Enroll Locals Who Need An Education

In 2008, enrollment at Jamestown Community College was 3,718 students. During that September 2008 Board of Trustees meeting, Dr. Gregory DeCinque, former Jamestown Community College president, compared the college’s increasing enrollment with the decreasing population in Chautauqua County ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Alex Card, a Southwestern Central School senior who made headlines for his play on the football field this fall and now, as a member of the school’s basketball team, is making headlines for his play on the basketball court. Through Card’s efforts, the Trojans’ basketball team ...

State Should Move Carefully On ‘Dark Store Loophole’ Legislation

On its face, the New York State Association of Counties’ support of legislation to eliminate the “Dark Store Loophole” as an argument to decrease commercial property tax assessments is a good thing. The “Dark Store Loophole” allows businesses that appeal their property tax ...

Maybe A Third-Party Commission Is Needed To Root Out Corruption

Three days into the new year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo fired a warning shot over the heads of state legislators who said they would investigate the governor’s economic development contracts. Last week, the governor threatened to investigate funding for state Legislature member item grants if the ...

Personal Finance Education Necessary In Today’s World

You step up to the counter, the clerk rings up your purchase, you hand him money ... then watch, half in amusement, half in annoyance, as he informs you, “Computer’s down. Can’t make change.” In your head, you have done the math and know how much change you are due. The clerk, without ...

Don’t Put Off Getting The Flu Shot Any Longer This Season

If you managed to get into the new year without suffering through a case of influenza, even though you haven’t been vaccinated against the virus, congratulations. Now, go get that shot. The most dangerous part of the flu season lies ahead. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said recently that cases of ...

Shutdown A Big Test For Problem Solvers Caucus

If there was ever a time for the Problem Solvers Caucus to shine, this is it. The shutdown of the federal government is now in its second week after the House of Representatives and the Senate were unable to come to an agreement over the budget legislation, with the biggest disagreement ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for vetoing legislation that would have allowed workers to take up to 12 weeks of paid leave after the death of a family member. The legislation had been opposed by business groups because the way the legislation was written could have led to rampant abuse under ...

County Staff Have More Pressing Needs At The Momement

Having a nationally televised Web.com Tour is a good thing for the Peek’n Peak Resort and the rest of Chautauqua County. It makes little sense for county employees spending time lining up sponsors and organizing the tournament. The 2019 tournament is on schedule to take place from July 1-7 ...

Those In Need Of Assistance Continues To Grow Locally

Far too many Chautauqua County residents are at risk of falling through the cracks — news releases from the St. Susan Center and Meals on Wheels of the Jamestown Area are proof of that. St. Susan Center has seen a continual increase in the number of people it serves over the past few years, ...

Creating A Citizen Advisory Committee Is Right Move To Make

It was interesting to read that County Executive George Borrello wants to create a citizen advisory committee that consist of people who aren’t involved in government entities. The group had been created as of mid-December, though it had yet to meet. “These people are not normally ...

Any Reform To Parole System Needs To Include Local Housing

Proposed changes to the state’s parole system aren’t a bad idea as long as state legislators remember a couple of things. Legislators want to shift the parole system’s emphasis from technical violations to a series of incentives to reward good behavior. The legislation, as written, ...