In Our Opinion

Budget Wasn’t Worth The Wait

Well, it wasn't worth the wait. The budget approved recently by the U.S. Senate, that is.Under Democrat control, the Senate has not approved a budget in four years. That is an exceedingly disturbing lapse in the duty senators have under the Constitution.But the budget approved by the narrowest ...

State Must Act On Regional High Schools

Months of hard work by Ripley and Chautauqua Lake school officials have paid off with a tuition agreement between the two school districts that allow 131 Ripley students in seventh through 12th grades to attend Chautauqua Lake Central School in the 2013-14 school year.It is good that Ripley ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to teaching an old agency new tricks. The Fenton History Center is partnering with BOCES and the Cassadaga Valley Central School district to broadcast its new education series. The program series will take place from 6-8 p.m. on six consecutive Thursdays, beginning April 11, and costs ...

Double Dipping Is Not Illegal

Let it be said, up front, Celoron clerk Shirley Sanfilippo has done nothing wrong.After retiring from the city of Jamestown, she was asked by Jack Keeney to serve as Celoron clerk. She is more than qualified for the job and, by all accounts, Mrs. Sanfilippo has done a good job as clerk during ...

Spring Reveals Dangerous Surroundings

A look at the forecast shows spring may finally be here to stay, so area motorists can relax a little behind the wheel, right? Not exactly.As we report in a story in today's edition, spring brings about its own problems for drivers, two of which are potholes and flooding.AAA assists thousands ...

Education: State Continues To Make Same Mistakes

Early on, it looks as if the Common Core standards will find itself in the same place as No Child Left Behind - a rushed, underfunded road to the perfect education paved with good intentions that led nowhere.The idea behind the Common Core Standards is a good one - have students reach the same ...

Prescription Drug Abuse Is A Growing Trend

Given their profitability and potency, it's little wonder prescription drug abuse is a problem.New York's I-STOP law, which took effect in February, has the potential to slow down certain types of prescription drug abuse. The law includes a "real time" prescription monitoring registry to stop ...

Market Surge Is Misleading

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke issued a not-so-gentle reminder last week in explaining the Federal Open Market Committee's decision to stand pat, again, on artificially very low interest rates. Despite protests from the White House that our economy is on the rebound - that we have turned ...

Glory Of A Promise Kept

Spring hasn't quite sprung yet in Western New York, but we know it will.Crops and green grass will grow. Flowers will bloom. It is the circle of life.Today, Easter Sunday, Christians are reminded of a much more profound instance of new life.We celebrate a time two millennia ago when Jesus ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to good news regarding the NRG power plant in Dunkirk. The state budget includes language requiring the Public Service Commission to take into consideration the fact that repowering existing facilities provides greater benefits than importing power or local transmission upgrades. Now, ...

Finding A Cure For Lake Weeds

We thought a pretty convincing case had been made for controlling weeds on Chautauqua Lake.Every year, weeds begin to choke off access to Chautauqua Lake. Every year, in the early summer months, the Chautauqua Lake Association has to run to the Chautauqua County Legislature to ask for part, or ...

Educate The Public In Local Government

Few people not connected directly to municipal government understand how it works.That can lead to misunderstandings, lost opportunities and avoidable problems.Who knows what economic development programs are available in our area? What about the powers and duties of the City Council or the ...

Kudos To Rep. Reed For Following Through

Many wondered if U.S. Rep. Tom Reed meant what he said about bipartisanship during his recent campaign.With federal government shenanigans at an all-time high, many voters wanted to elect someone to the House of Representatives who wouldn't just be a local mouthpiece for Republican or ...

Shared Services Takes Time, Patience

In today's instant feedback, instant gratification world, the glacial pace of government often makes it seem as if nothing's happening.It seems as if everyone thinks a wave of shared services, municipal and school mergers should be sweeping the state right now; as if with a snap of their ...

Lawmakers Twist A Good Idea

Given how much New York state taxes residents, we tend to support measures that lower taxes or at least give money back to the taxpayers.However, it's sad to see how state lawmakers can twist a good idea and turn it into what has the appearance of a bribe.New York's tentative $135 billion ...

Industries Need To Help Design Training

Nearly any prominent manufacturing representative in Chautauqua County will say they can't find employees to fill their open jobs.It's a damning indictment of the ways schools have failed employers by not developing qualified workers. It is also the most clear example of why the welfare system ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to plans to abandon the section of Lafayette Street between Second and Third streets in Jamestown. The street isn't needed for traffic purposes, and the owners of BWB, Shawbucks and the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena can use the space for additional parking and for more space for summer ...

Balancing Mandates And State Aid

State aid to schools will increase when the state budget is passed over the weekend.No one knows yet quite how much local districts can expect to receive, but the total statewide is about $1 billion. The additional money is sure to make life a little easier for school administrators as they put ...

All Who Ran For Office Should Be Commended

Voters in villages throughout Chautauqua County have made their choices.All of the candidates in Tuesday's election should be commended for stepping into the realm of public service. It's difficult to knock on doors and raise money to pay for signs and advertising while working a full-time job ...

Clock Is Ticking For Mandate Relief

Only in New York state can a city lose $268,000 and consider the year a financial success.That's the case in Jamestown.Rather than have a huge tax increase, Mayor Sam Teresi and council members used $755,000 from the city's surplus to balance the 2012 spending plan. Department heads all they ...