In Our Opinion

Ripley Voters Need To Voice Their Concerns

It is time for the Ripley Central School Board of Education to begin mending some fences. It could have been taken as a fluke that the district’s 2018-19 budget was defeated at the polls in May. That vote, which required 60 percent approval of the budget, was only approved 91-90. Last ...

Abuse Of Charitable Foundations Should Be Investigated

New York’s attorney general has filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his charitable foundation, accusing them of using money illegally to help his businesses and political campaign. Whether the action has any merit remains to be seen. But while we are thinking of abuses ...

Liuzzo Misses The Point On Water Agreement Impasse

Andrew Liuzzo made headlines on Monday — and, at the same time, missed the entire point of the water agreement impasse between the city and town of Ellicott. Liuzzo had received a packet of information from Patrick McLaughlin, Ellicott town supervisor, and had questions. So, during ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the organizers of the Colin Speta Memorial Golf Tournament, the final edition of which is scheduled this year for July 22 at Breezewood Golf Links in Falconer. The tournament has been held in memory of Speta, who was boating on Chautauqua Lake on Aug. 16, 2009, when a wave crashed ...

Big Bust Highlights Need For Improvement

Kudos to local, state and federal law enforcement agencies for their collaboration over the past several months as they unraveled a bi-coastal drug ring that was allegedly bringing methamphetamine from Mexico through California and then into Western New York. A bust as big as this one is ...

Chautauqua County Deserved State Grant

Chautauqua County missing out on a $20 million grant from New York state regarding government is both disappointing and upsetting. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last week that Brookhaven in Suffolk County had the best plan in winning the first Municipal Consolidation and Efficiency ...

Dealing With The Young Immigrants

What to do about children who accompany parents crossing the border illegally into the United States is a heart-wrenching problem — and not as simple as one might wish. As many as 500 children have been separated from their mothers and/or fathers after their parents brought them across the ...

Fleet Management Plan Prompts Further Evaluation

County officials are debating an offer from a private company that could give the county a newer fleet of vehicles at less cost. Enterprise Fleet Management recently met with county legislators to discuss what it calls open-ended equity leases that are designed for the county to pay as ...

County Budget Needs To Bring Lake Issue Forward

Herbicide treatments on Chautauqua Lake have been completed for this year. There will never be agreement on the use of herbicides on the lake amongst all county residents and lake-related organizations. The state Department of Environmental Conservation, however, seems satisfied with the ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to use of CDBG funding to help the United Christian Advocacy Network City Mission perform necessary work. The city is including $100,000 in CDBG funding for masonry repair and to paint the exterior of the UCAN City Mission building at 7 W. First St. There was a definite hole in the ...

Labor Rep On County IDA Board Is The Right Move

Later this week, there is expected to be a welcome change to the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency. County Executive George Borrello, at a luncheon on Saturday in Dunkirk, indicated there will be a representative from labor on the board of directors. Borrello told the area labor ...

Rebels Need Financial Success In Jamestown

Ken Dennis was looking for the right fit for his Philadelphia Rebels, a successful team that has had an itinerant history through little fault of its own. Northwest Savings Bank Arena officials were looking to return to a higher level of hockey with a long-term commitment to the arena. By ...

Our Flag Stands For So Much More

Today is Flag Day, when really thoughtful Americans pay homage not to a mere piece of red, white and blue fabric, but to our nation for which it stands. But now also is another of the times in our history when critics of our government commit the error of assuming the flag represents it and ...

Good On The City ZBA For Doing Its Job

City Zoning Board of Appeals members are doing the right thing trying to schedule a special meeting to discuss the National Comedy Center’s request for an area variance and special use permit to install two 357-square-foot electronic messaging display signs on the outside of the future ...

California Voters Send The Right Message

It may have been the fact that lots of young men get drunk and still manage to refrain from raping women that spelled the end of Santa Clara County, California, Judge Aaron Persky’s career on the bench. Persky drew fire two years ago when he sentenced Stanford University athlete Brock ...

Hollywood Makes The Right Decision

You may want to sit down for this: Hollywood has done something worthy of praise. For once, the movie moguls have put ethics ahead of money. Paramount Network had planned a television reprise of the 1988 film, “Heathers.” The original version starred Winona Rider and Christian ...

Parent Notification System Needs Updating

It’s time for the Jamestown Public Schools to re-think their stance on parental notification. A couple of weeks ago, Jamestown High School went into a lockdown when someone in the area threw firecrackers near the school. No one was hurt and no notification was ever sent to parents. Then, ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Bob Triscari of Jamestown for helping Jacob Myers, 21, of Silver Creek, gain his independence. Triscari, who owns a driving school in Jamestown and was hired through The Resource Center and the Adult Career and Continuing Education Services Vocational Rehabilitation, helped Myers, ...

Cuomo Is Leading Charge In The Wrong Direction

One quote — that’s the subject of this editorial. That may seem a little hyper-focused, but because the quote is so packed with lies and hypocrisy, and because is was an official statement on behalf of our New York governor, it requires a vigorous rebuttal. The quote came from Abbey ...

Governing Is The Art Of Compromise Not Complaining

Perhaps legislators in Albany should consider playing dodgeball, “Duck, duck, goose” or any other game your typical kindergartner would play during recess. Legislating is proving far too difficult. The idea had been floated recently that perhaps the state Senate should end its session ...