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Thumbs up to yet another decrease in New York state’s youth smoking rate. Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently said the youth smoking rate is 4.3 percent, down from 27.1 percent in 2000. That is certainly noteworthy progress, though it is tempered somewhat by knowledge the use of e-cigarettes has ...

If EAS Program Is Cut, County Should Get An Out From FAA Contracts

Earlier this week, we defended spending federal dollars for the Community Development Block Grant program. It is difficult to mount such a defense for the Essential Air Service program. President Donald Trump has proposed cutting $175 million from the program in the 2018 federal budget. The ...

Tragic Fire Helps Remind Us Of Our Community’s Spirit

The Wednesday morning fire that destroyed a building in Falconer is tragic in so many ways. Dozens of families will have to start over after losing everything they have. Business owners are without their shop and inventory and employees are without their livelihoods. A building owner is left ...

Now Is The Time To Assist Farmers Who Assist Food Banks

This should be the year a farm to food bank bill is approved in New York state. The state Senate and Assembly both passed bills last week that would give farmers a tax credit for donating fruits, vegetables and other products to food banks. Farmers already donate millions of pounds of food a ...

State Should Keep Teacher Literacy Test

Is it wrong to expect New York’s teachers to pass a test a high school senior should be able to pass? Apparently, it is. Several years ago, the state created four tests that prospective teachers must pass before getting a teaching license. Among them is the Academic Skills Literacy ...

Sunshine Week Brings Attention To The Bedrock Of Liberty, Prosperity

For more than two centuries, the bedrock of our liberty and prosperity as Americans has been our right to know what is going on around us and to discuss it freely. Our nation’s founders believed that was so important that when they wrote the Bill or Rights, they made freedom of speech the ...

FDA Nominee Should Help Cut Red Tape At Agency

One of the villains in last year’s scandal over EpiPens sold by Mylan Pharmaceuticals was the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as we pointed out. That agency is about to get a new director. Public outrage focused on Mylan for its pricing of the EpiPen, a device used to inject a drug that ...

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Thumbs up to three foundations who have contributed $3.2 million toward renovations at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts. Thus far, the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation has contributed $1.5 million, the Gebbie Foundation has contributed $900,000 and the Lenna Foundation has contributed $850,000. The ...

State Should Not Move Forward With Scholarship Program

It is comical to see for-profit colleges and universities lamenting the effect of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Excelsior Scholarship Program. According to a news release from the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, adoption and implementation of “free tuition” at public ...

Turbulent ‘Waters’ Remain Murky

Anyone concerned with corruption in New York state government can’t be happy that Preet Bharara has been fired by President Donald Trump. For all of the talk about ethics reform emanating from the state capitol over the past several years, it was Bharara — not any law or regulation ...

Residents Should Be Allowed To Make Partial Payments On Their Tax Bills

In a perfect world every homeowner would be able to walk into their local tax collection office and write a check every year to pay their taxes. As we all know far too well, ours is not a perfect world. Every year, there are people for whom writing a check in a large lump sum is daunting. ...

Upstate SAFE Act Repeal Must Happen

New York state has always been two states — New York City and the rest of the state. It’s good to see the state Legislature accepting that reality. Last year, the state Legislature approved, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed, a minimum wage increase that is higher in New York City and ...

Public Deserves To Know The Real Truth About Trump’s Phones

Midway through his presidency, Barack Obama became so frustrated with news leaks in the White House that he authorized the Justice Department to harass — and that is the appropriate word — scores of Associated Press reporters. Government operatives secretly seized records from their home, ...

Disagreements Between Officials On Cell Tower Plan Could Be Costly

There is nothing wrong with Lakewood officials being against a cell phone tower being built in the village. Recently, the Lakewood Zoning Board of Appeals denied a variance request by Upstate Tower LLC to build a tower south of East Summit Avenue between Woodlawn and Linwood avenues. The ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Matt Hill and Andrew Pumford, two Jamestown High School students honored recently by Dave Warren Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram with the “Do The Right Thing” award. Hill and Pumford teamed up to help James Hicks, one of their teammates on the Jamestown High School football team who ...

Decrease In Energy Usage Shows Sign Of Struggling Economy

Jamestown Board of Public Utilities board members heard some pretty discouraging news last week. All five of the utility’s budgets underperformed in 2016, but it is the electric division that may be the most troubling. Billed killowatt-hour sales decreased 5.5 percent compared to 2015; ...

Tougher Laws Are Needed For Drug Offenses Near Kids

All too frequently, reports we publish on people arrested for drug offenses mention that children were present when the crimes were committed. That is unacceptable, especially when young ones are put at physical risk. The sheer number of incidents that occur with a child present shows the ...

Broadband Can Boost Rural Business Market

It is important for governments to make sure they invest enough in vital infrastructure like roads, bridges and sewers. Add high-speed internet access to that list. The towns of Chautauqua, Ripley, Arkwright, Sherman, Westfield and Mina will gain access to high-speed broadband sometime in ...

Full Board Should Hear Tattoo Shop Request

It would be easier to understand turning down a new business in downtown Jamestown if there was massive public outcry against a zoning variance for the business. It would be understandable, too, if the majority of the oversight board disagreed with the variance in question. Neither of ...

DRI Alone Won’t Save Downtown

The major projects included in Jamestown’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative plan submitted to New York state has lofty visions for several currently underutilized properties downtown. The plan, which still requires state approval, includes money to help renovate the former Key Bank ...