In Our Opinion

Holding Back Arrest Information Can Lead To Bad Precedent

Gov. Andrew’s Cuomo is proposing to ban police from releasing arrest information or mugshots — except when police decide it is in their interest to do so. In the short term, keeping things secret can keep the peace, alleviate stress and be more efficient for those in charge, but there is ...

Pennsylvania Taking Right Approach In Marijuana Discussions

Why can’t New York be more like Pennsylvania? It’s something we hear a lot here in Chautauqua County, particularly in areas like ours where the Pennsylvania border is just a stone’s throw away. It crossed the minds of editorial board members last week when news reports surfaced from ...

Is The State Legislature Being Too Active?

The state Legislature has been prodigiously busy since the state legislative session began. Some of the legislation that was passed makes sense. As we wrote recently in this space, election reform and making it easier for people to vote is something we can all get behind. It was no surprise ...

Reduction In AIM Funding Should Bring Merger Talks To Table

There is one final reason why Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s reduction in AIM funding to towns and villages makes little logical sense — he is treating schools and municipalities completely differently despite the immense differences in the amounts of money being spent. Schools can count on a state ...

Any Form Of Bigotry Is Unacceptable In America Today

U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, insists his recent remarks to a New York Times reporter have been mis-characterized. Whether that is true or not can be judged best by King’s constituents, who know him better than anyone in the national media or, for that matter, in Congress. But regardless of ...

Town, Village Aid Cut Is Being Handled Poorly By Cuomo

If this was a year of financial hardship all around, when it was obvious every level of government has to tighten its belt, then Gov. Andrew Cuomo might be justified in cutting unrestricted state aid to most towns and villages in his 2019-2020 budget proposal. He might also be justified if he ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to plow drivers who have been hit with a double-whammy of heavy snow last weekend followed by ice, rain and then the likelihood of more snow this weekend. Despite the heavy snow last weekend that dumped a foot or more of snow throughout the county, roads were generally passable as ...

Gillibrand Put Forth False Intentions During Her Campaign

Turns out, Chele Farley was right about Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s presidential ambitions. After more than a year of denying that she was planning to run for president in 2020 while vowing to serve her entire six-year term if elected last November, Gillibrand reversed course last week and ...

Government Is In Time Of Change, Some Of It Good

Having one-party rule in Albany worries us a little in terms of checks and balances, but holy cow, things sure are getting done. This week, Democrats in the Legislature have impressed us with the quantity of their output — it’s hard to keep up with it all — but also with the ...

Primary Adoption Date Should Have Been Pushed To 2020

It makes sense that state and federal primaries will now be scheduled on the same day. Having primaries on different days made little sense. It was costly to counties to have to hold separate elections and the process likely played a role in low voter turnout. Ramming the combined date ...

Trump Needs To Rethink Position On Border Wall

Democrat leaders in Congress, spurred on by House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have made it clear they do not care how long the partial shutdown of government continues, as long as they get their way: no money for a physical barrier along the nation’s southern border. Never mind ...

State Needs To Get A Grip On Education Costs Per Student

Cost per student is something that is examined on a regular basis by the state Education Department. But its documentation does not break it into categories, which sheds some light on an important issue. In a recent article in On Board, the publication of the state School Boards Association, ...

Progressive Rhetoric Doesn’t Extend To Education Funding

Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks in flowering, soaring oratory about his desire to help those who come to the United States looking for a better life or those who have found themselves persecuted on account of race, religion or sexuality. Take, for example, this wonderful piece of oratory from the ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the parents of a child who knew what to do when a stranger approached. Earlier this week, a Washington Middle School student was approached by a man in a large blue sport-utility vehicle with white stripes and dark tinted windows and asked to help find the man’s lost puppy. The ...

Assigning Blame Won’t Fix School Issues

It would have been easy for the Randolph Central School District board and administration to cast blame for an incident last week in which one of its school buses was stolen and driven to Jamestown by three Randolph Academy students. Kaine Kelly, Randolph superintendent, struck the right ...

Borello’s Remedy For Chautauqua Lake Should Move Forward

Chautauqua Lake was in the news a lot last week, which was fitting for a topic of the utmost importance for south county residents who rely on the lake for the summer economy and who value the lake’s beauty and environmental health. Perhaps the most important bit of information in those ...

Goodell’s Constituents May Feel Left Out After Heastie Speech

There are likely few members of the state Assembly more different than Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, a Democrat from New York City, and Andrew Goodell, a Republican who lives six hours away from Albany. It was interesting, then, that Heastie singled out Goodell during his inaugural address ...

Sen. Young Earns Role On Senate Ethics Committee

State Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean, may no longer be chairperson of the state Senate Finance Committee, but she still finds herself in a position of influence within the Senate. Among Young’s committee assignments are serving as the ranking minority member on the Senate’s Ethics ...

There Needs To Be A Way To Bring People Back To New York

So many New Yorkers have given up on our state that we are one of the few states actually losing population. In fact, New York topped the list, losing an estimated 48,510 residents between July 1, 2017, and July 1, 2018. That’s more than any state. Of course, that’s not the worst of the ...

JCC Should Find Way To Enroll Locals Who Need An Education

In 2008, enrollment at Jamestown Community College was 3,718 students. During that September 2008 Board of Trustees meeting, Dr. Gregory DeCinque, former Jamestown Community College president, compared the college’s increasing enrollment with the decreasing population in Chautauqua County ...