In Our Opinion

Poor Test Scores Have Silver Lining

In today's edition, readers will find a breakdown of how area students in third through eighth grades fared on recent English language arts and mathematics tests.Between 70 and 80 percent of Chautauqua County students in third through eighth grades aren't proficient in English language arts. ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Lakeview Avenue Community Action Project, which will hold a block party and neighborhood flea market from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The project is a group of property owners and renters interested in encouraging responsible home ownership and rentership on Lakeview Avenue. It ...

Waterfront Development

There was a time in its history when Celoron was a hub of lakefront tourist activity.Its Phoenix Ferris Wheel, toboggan slides, Hotel de Celoron and Greyhound rollercoaster were as recognizable on Chautauqua Lake in the early 1900s as Chautauqua Institution's iconic clock tower is now.Those ...

Hot Dog Lovers Welcome Back Familiar Faces

Johnny's Lunch isn't technically in Jamestown - it moved out of the city during Jamestown's urban renewal process in the 1970s.The address doesn't matter much, though. The restaurant remains a unique piece of Jamestown history more than 75 years after its founding and despite its location in ...

No Wonder Bloomberg Is Feeling Optimistic

After New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg this week lost another court challenge to his attempt to limit the size of soft drinks that can be sold in some locations, he vowed to appeal to a higher court.And why not? Two state courts already have ruled Bloomberg's plan is unconstitutional - but ...

Veterans Deserve Continuing Thanks

Events more than half a century ago on the Korean Peninsula are merely the stuff of history books for most Americans. But for a few, including many residents of our area, they were a matter of life and death.Sixty years ago this month, the Korean War ended in what many historians refer to as a ...

Alternatives To Jail Must Be Looked At

Overcrowding is again a problem at the Chautauqua County Jail - and there doesn't appear to be an easy solution.Recently, Sheriff Joe Gerace told the Chautauqua County Legislature's Public Safety and Audit and Control committees that the jail is operating at nearly full capacity. The problem is ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to being a county that pitches in. We had a public example of that Wednesday when noted sportswriter Peter King's bus became stuck in the field near Russell E. Diethrick Park on Falconer Street. King popped into the city to catch a few innings of the Jammers' game before leaving for ...

Push Privitization Of Dunkirk Airport

County Executive Greg Edwards is right in thinking it makes sense to privatize the Chautauqua County Airport in Dunkirk.The airport is a general aviation airport, which means people fly in and out with their private planes. The Dunkirk airport is underutilized by those it seeks to serve and not ...

World Bank’s Course Of Action Must Be Altered

For decades, leaders of the World Bank have recognized one of the surest ways to reduce poverty in developing countries is to help their residents obtain reasonably priced electricity. That farsighted philosophy appears to have been scrapped.If the World Bank pursues the new strategy espoused ...

Hydraulic Fracturing: Paralysis By Analysis

It is time for an end to the open-ended moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in New York state.The hydraulic fracturing process involves injecting loads of water, sand and chemicals deep into the ground to smash through rocks to get at natural gas deposits buried deep underground. Former state ...

Riverwalk Is Riding Wave Of Momentum

"In a region known for great waterfront destinations, Jamestown is not yet on the map. Visitors flock to attractions around the lake, including the Chautauqua Institution and Bemus Point, but Jamestown has not yet tapped the potential of the Chadakoin to serve as a major destination for ...

NYC Must Look At Other Options

It says something about the American political system that Anthony Weiner thought a political comeback was a good idea in the first place.Weiner's lewd tweets in June 2011, at a time when he was married with a baby on the way, forced his resignation from Congress. In one day, Weiner went from ...

Detroit Should Be A Warning To All

There have been warnings about Detroit's dire financial straits for years, so it really would have been news if the city hadn't declared bankruptcy.The shoe finally dropped with last week's filing, the largest municipal bankruptcy case in American history, with the city owing nearly $20 billion ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to a busy week, starting with Sunday's World Series of Cars at Bergman Park. The Robert H. Jackson Center takes center stage at Chautauqua Institution with its weeklong Special Studies lecture series at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday in the Hurlbut Church sanctuary, with addresses by ...

Objectionable Provisions In ‘Obamacare’

It will be easy for President Barack Obama and liberals in the Senate to overcome a House of Representatives challenge to part of the national health care law. Obama has said he will veto the bill passed by the House last week if it reaches his desk. It will not; liberals in the Senate will see ...

A ‘Win-Win’ For All Students

A compromise on student loans apparently will be approved this week in the U.S. Senate.But even as lawmakers revealed an agreement, some hinted they may try to go back on it this fall.Federal loans for higher education students had been available at a 3.4 percent interest rate. That has gone up ...

A Great Week To Be A Cowboy

Next week is a great week to be a cowboy, or cowgirl, in Chautauqua County.From July 31 to Aug. 3, Gerry transforms into Rodeo City, U.S.A., all to raise money for the Gerry Volunteer Fire Department. The annual rodeo brings noted PRCA professionals to participate in one of the longest ...

Proposal Could Help Legislators

For years, the Chautauqua County budget has controlled county legislators.A proposal discussed recently by the Audit and Control Committee could help legislators lead the process for a change.The idea is the brainchild of Charles Nazzaro, D-Jamestown, who told fellow Audit and Control Committee ...

An Imperial Presidency

Since when does the U.S. State Department have any authority over environmental quality? Since President Barack Obama decided he, and he alone, has the right to make critical decisions for all Americans, that's when.In a major speech recently, Obama vowed to establish new regulations on ...