In Our Opinion

Full Board Should Hear Tattoo Shop Request

It would be easier to understand turning down a new business in downtown Jamestown if there was massive public outcry against a zoning variance for the business. It would be understandable, too, if the majority of the oversight board disagreed with the variance in question. Neither of ...

DRI Alone Won’t Save Downtown

The major projects included in Jamestown’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative plan submitted to New York state has lofty visions for several currently underutilized properties downtown. The plan, which still requires state approval, includes money to help renovate the former Key Bank ...

Lawmakers Still Have Work To Do With Health Insurance Overhaul

Implacable critics of President Donald Trump dismissed his Tuesday speech to Congress as full of platitudes and short on substance. One can only wonder whether they dozed off during much of the address. Trump offered a variety of policy prescriptions during the presentation. One of them ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to a new way to help abused and neglected children in Chautauqua County. Cupcakes for CASA is a bake sale fundraiser in which individuals have sales on their own to raise money. Money raised helps the Court Appointed Special Advocates program support and promote volunteer advocacy for ...

Horrigan Will Leave The County In A Better Place Than He Found It

County Executive Vince Horrigan may not have advanced any major new items in his State of the County address, but this will not be a lame duck year for Horrigan, either. Horrigan has done quite a bit during his first three years as county executive. His successful lobbying and deal-making ...

Open For Business? Nah. Open To Taking Your Money

Attention, anyone who works in New York state — starting July 1, you’ll be bringing home a little less in your paycheck. Just don’t ask how much money you’re losing when payroll deductions begin for paid family leave. The state doesn’t seem to know that yet because the maximum rate ...

The Charter Effect: What Happens To State Aid?

A January rally in the state Capitol and the confirmation of Betsy Devos as U.S. Secretary of Education should be a clear signal that the discussion of charter schools and their role in New York’s education infrastructure isn’t going away anytime soon. That doesn’t mean we envision ...

Jamestown IRS Office Was Handled Poorly

Thank you, U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, for intervening and keeping the IRS’ taxpayer assistance center in Jamestown open three days a week. There are people for whom a trip to the Buffalo office is virtually impossible. Perhaps the Jamestown office doesn’t need to be fully staffed five days a ...

Pence Deserves Better From Trump

Several presidents have treated their vice presidents notoriously and sometimes irresponsibly badly. The late President Harry Truman knew all about that. When he took office upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, he had to be told about the atomic bomb. Roosevelt had kept him in the ...

Reed Does The Right Thing By Holding Town Hall Meetings

It’s hard to believe American citizens have cause to be surprised when their elected representatives hold town hall meetings. We need look no further than Buffalo, where Republican Chris Collins and Democrat Brian Higgins have steadfastly refused to hold town hall meetings. Elisa Stefanik, ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Mary Ann Kuzmin, a Jamestown woman who has been volunteering at Hospice of Warren County for 20 years. Spurred to action after her husband was enrolled in Hospice of Warren County in 1997, Kuzmin started as a secretary before putting her skills cutting hair to use at the Hospice ...

Quicker Sentencing Needed To Reduce Jail Cost Overruns

Last week, Chautauqua County residents received a reminder just how important the work of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council really is.. Members of the Chautauqua County Legislatur’s Audit and Control committee spent much of their meeting approving changes to balance out the 2016 ...

State’s Tax Credits For Film/TV Production Need To Be Re-Examined

Taxpayers across New York pay the movie and television industry to operate in our state, but New York City reaps roughly 90 percent of the benefits. That’s one finding in a recent, state-mandated study by Camoin Associates, a Saratoga Springs-based firm led by Rob Camoin. New York’s ...

Financial Carrot Moves Ideas Forward

Chautauqua County is making progress when it comes to regional solutions. The most recent evidence of this is the county is one of six finalists for a $20 million grant from New York state. Last week, area officials found out they were one of six to become a finalist for the best government ...

Phosphorus Removal Project Should Proceed

On Wednesday, Chautauqua County legislators could give final approval to a $3.9 million phosphorus removal project at the North Chautauqua Lake Sewer District. The project is $1.1 million more than was originally approved by the legislature in May 2015 because of a new state DEC disinfection ...

Graduation Rates Show There Is Much Work To Be Done

For some young people, a college degree is not a necessity. Many good, well-paying jobs can be found without one — though clearly, a B.S. or B.A. after one’s name provides an advantage. There is no debate about the critical importance of graduating from high school, however. Without at ...

The Time Is Right To Lift Regulator Burdens On Small Banks

Apparently Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen feels more at liberty now to do the right thing. No wonder. She has a conservative Congress to back her up — and a president unlikely to veto its actions. On Tuesday, Yellen testified before the Senate Banking Committee. One of her key ...

Missing STAR Checks Show Lapse In Responsibility

It should go without saying that state Sen. Catharine Young’s legislation to require the state Department of Taxation and Finance to postmark all STAR Personal Income Tax credit checks by Sept. 15 should be approved by the state Assembly and sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his signature. It ...

Infrastructure Spending Should Be Spread Out

Keeping any sort of structure in good condition requires regular maintenance and, on occasion, replacement of worn-out components. That is, of course, easier said than done, particularly with roads and bridges. Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposes spending $477 million statewide for the Consolidated ...

Job Creation: No Time For Autopilot

Chautauqua County has seen its share of positive economic news in the past year or so. New Flyer has come to Jamestown, Fieldbrook Farms is expanding in Dunkirk, Castelli Cheese is working on expansion plans in Ashville and Athenex is building a facility in the north county. Wind power ...