In Our Opinion

Class-Action Suits Cost Us All

Many of us have received the class-action settlement notices in the mail. They inform us that because we bought a certain product or service, we are entitled to share in the proceeds of a lawsuit settlement on behalf of our class.But we didn't ask to be included in the lawsuit. We don't recall ...

Keeping NRG?Will Help Taxpayers

The war of words over the proposed $500 million repowering project at the NRG Energy plant in Dunkirk is heating up.National Grid says the repowering project isn't needed because National Grid can upgrade transmission lines at less cost to its ratepayers. Its filing with the Public Service ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to all the area high school athletes whose seasons are still ongoing. The Fredonia and Pine Valley baseball teams have won Section 6 championships while Frewsburg and Cassadaga will face off for the Section 6, Class C softball championship at 3 p.m. today at the Martin Road Sports ...

Air Museum Showcases?County’s History In The Air

Countless area residents have seen John Owens hot air balloon floating in the skies over Chautauqua County for nearly a quarter of a century.Even more people will have the chance to see Owens' balloon now that the Panama man has retired from skies of Chautauqua County. Owens recently donated ...

Tax Band-Aids Don’t Last

We are sure there are some who will benefit from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed Tax Free New York program.The program offers new businesses the opportunity to operate with no state income tax for employees, no sales, property or business tax if they locate close to a State University of New York ...

Senate Needs To Continue To Defeat Farmworker Act

For farmers, a farm worker labor bill is as much a rite of spring as plowing their fields.Sure enough, the state Assembly recently approved the Farmworkers Fair Labor Act. The bill would provide agricultural workers with collective bargaining rights, disability and unemployment benefits, an ...

Sale Of Home Should Remain No. 1 Option

Tim Hellwig, Chautauqua County Home administrator, has done all he can to wring savings from the Chautauqua County Home.Hellwig recently told Chautauqua County legislators that cost-saving measures are working. The home is expected to save more than $200,000 this year through layoffs and ...

Pause To Remember America’s Heroes

Day is done, gone the sunFrom the lakes, from the hills, from the sky ...You know the melody. It is "Taps," the bugle or trumpet call arranged by a Civil War general as a "lights out" signal to the troops. Later, its mournful tones were adopted for use at military funerals.All is well, safely ...

School Budgets?Lead To Tough Decisions

In an age of tax caps and increasing state standards for education, the failure of Bemus Point's 2013-14 budget proposal is interesting.Most area districts' budgets flew under the radar this year by proposing either no or small tax increases, due in no small part to previous cuts and increases ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to all the volunteers who spend the weeks leading up to Memorial Day cleaning cemeteries, placing flags on veterans graves and organizing remembrance ceremonies. Their hard work means there will be stirring services in cities, towns, villages and hamlets throughout Chautauqua County. ...

All Involved In Gosnell Case Need To Be Brought To Justice

It is difficult to read about what went on for years in Dr. Kermit Gosnell's abortion clinic in Philadelphia without being horrified, sickened and outraged. Gosnell is about to be made to pay for his crimes - but what about those who enabled him?Gosnell has been convicted of murdering three ...

Early Voting Adds Unneeded Costs

Allowing early voting in New York state is an intriguing idea on its face.Voter turnout in the state is typically abysmal, and states that have early voting have seen some increase in turnout. Early voting would seem, at first blush, to be a more effective way to increase participation in our ...

Seneca Nation Should Take Note Of Agreements

As binding arbitration between New York state and the Seneca Nation of Indians drags on, we see a glimmer of hope on the horizon.Last week, the Oneida Nation of Indians reached an agreement with the state granting the Oneidas exclusive gaming rights at the Turning Stone Casino and its ...

Private-Sector Workers Deserve A Choice

Once again liberals in Washington are decreeing that a job "perk" available to government workers should be denied to those in the private sector.Since 1985, federal law has permitted public-sector workers who are on the job more than 40 hours a week to choose between being paid time-and-a-half ...

Political Correctness Sinks Into Absurdity

Political correctness has sunk into absurdity in a situation involving access to the so-called "Plan B" birth control drug.If taken within three days of sexual intercourse, the drug can prevent fertilization of human eggs.Because it can make up for failure to use birth control methods before ...

Arbitration Questions Stand In Way Of Change

At first blush, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to help financially struggling cities sounds good.Cities will have the option to ask the state's Financial Restructuring Board for its suggestions on how cities should restructure before a control board is necessary. The state is setting aside money ...

Jackson Center Is Jewel In Our Midst

Greg Peterson has always said the Robert H. Jackson Center was designed to be a living memorial.Friday's visit by Chief Justice John Roberts is just the latest example of how the center is meeting that lofty goal.The podium Friday was a veritable who's who of Jackson's lengthy legal progeny. ...

No Excuse For Unspent Money

More substandard housing in Jamestown will be demolished this year than in previous years after the city included more demolition money in its Community Development Block Grant application to the federal government.That's a good step, according to a neighborhood plan passed by the City Council ...

Intimidation Should Not Be Tolerated

Both Democrats and Republicans in Congress seem upset about revelations the Internal Revenue Service focused enforcement actions on conservative political groups during the election campaign last year. Good. Even though the IRS insists it did not target opponents of President Barack Obama, ...

IRS Harassment Needs To Be Dealt With

Last week, Internal Revenue Service officials insisted high-ranking leaders at the agency were not aware some conservative political groups were being harassed over tax matters. Only "low-level" employees knew, the public and members of Congress were assured.That is not true. The Associated ...