In Our Opinion

Cuomo’s Arrival Could Be A Welcome One

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will visit Jamestown today to get a firsthand look at what the state’s $9 million investment is building at the corner of Second and Washington streets. He could make the day a complete success, however, by signing a law approved by the state Senate and Assembly before ...

Young Gets Projects Moving

It’s amazing how quickly problems can be solved when the right people get involved. Kudos to state Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean, for quickly securing a grant that will help the village of Celoron install a water line so that 10 households on Butler Avenue and Seventh Street can have clean ...

President Makes Valid Point About Upstate

It is no surprise that some New Yorkers are upset with the way President Donald Trump spoke about New York state recently. Those who are upset by the president’s remarks will be even more upset when they realize the state’s population trends prove President Trump’s message was on point. ...

Asset Forfeiture An Effective Crime-Fighting Tool, When Used Properly

Innocent until proven guilty? Not under the old asset forfeiture programs many police departments and prosecuting attorneys used for years. Extreme abuses ranging from confiscating assets of people who had nothing to do with crimes to tying up cars and other belongings before defendants ever ...

Herbicide Vote An Overreaction That Likely Will Be Regretted Later

What are Chautauqua County legislators thinking? Issuing $100,000 in taxpayer money to the Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance with no say in how the money is spent was bad enough. It still is a bad way to do things and a terrible precedent to live with, but we can live with it ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to a wonderful choice for the Joseph H. Mason Award, which will be presented Wednesday during a dinner at Webb’s Captains Table in Mayville. The award is presented every year by the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County to a union member or staff person whose volunteer service to ...

State Continues To Push For Mergers In The Spirit Of Cost Savings, Efficiency

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is serious about pursuing local mergers and consolidation. The governor has done more than pay lip service to the idea. He has put taxpayers’ money behind the idea, offering incentives to consolidate and the opportunity for counties leading the best consolidation plans to ...

State May Be Due For A Constitutional Convention

There are no shortage of local races on the ballot for November’s election, but county residents shouldn’t lose sight of two statewide ballot propositions. The first proposition is the final step necessary to enact pension forfeiture for state legislators convicted of corruption. The ...

Controversy Over Voter Information Is Overblown

Controversy over a federal commission’s request for information on American voters is more than a bit overblown. Claims the panel is asking states to invade the privacy of voters are simply inaccurate, as a matter of fact. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Eric Schneiderman, New York’s attorney ...

Legislators Right To Question Lake Check

Chautauqua County will spend $1.6 million in bed tax money this year — $646,400 of which is earmarked for waterways. No wonder legislators on the county’s Audit and Control Committee are leery of writing another $100,000 check without more information. The request was made by County ...

Obamacare Still Needs To Be Corrected

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision to table a health care reform bill was a matter of simple mathematics. With Democrats solid against the measure and a few Republicans joining them, McConnell, R-Ky., simply did not have the votes to pass the bill. But the setback has ...

Village Of Celoron Must Prioritize Clean Water Efforts For Residents

What good is a village if it doesn’t look after the safety and well-being of its citizens? We’re sure 10 Celoron residents on Butler Avenue and Seventh Street are asking themselves that question after waiting three years for the village to figure out the best way to help the residents ...

Conviction Reversal For Sheldon Silver Proves State Law Needs Changing

The recent reversal of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s corruption conviction is just the latest reason why New York state needs tougher ethics laws. Silver had been convicted, in short, for his role in a three-part scheme that used his position as Assembly Speaker to make ...

Banks Must Stand Firm On Mortgages

Interest rates will be allowed to continue rising, but gradually, later this year, Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen told members of Congress on Wednesday. The economy is improving, meaning the Fed’s longstanding policy of holding interest rates at basement levels is no longer ...

Get Medicaid Right Before Talking Tax

Three audits released last week by Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli should give even the most ardent Democrat reason pause regarding Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s threatened Faso-Collins Medicaid tax. Cuomo has threatened the tax in retaliation for legislation introduced by Republican Congressmen John ...

Assembly Needs To ‘Free’ Taxpayers

It shouldn’t take weeks or months to get a state parole violator to be moved to a state correctional facility, but it does. That means $76 a day of local tax dollars and local jail space are being used to house, feed and care for each jail inmate awaiting a parole hearing who rightfully ...

Reform Must Address Medicaid Conundrum

Health care reformers, not to mention tens of millions of other Americans who understand money does not grow on trees, are caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place. The rock is this: President Barack Obama’s signature health care takeover law encouraged states to expand the ...

Paladino Has A Point Regarding DRI Reversal

Carl Paladino wants to know why a local committee’s decision to use $1.5 million for his project to restore the Furniture Mart building on West Second Street, Jamestown, was reversed by New York state. Given the lack of transparency in the final stages of the DRI process, Paladino has a ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to County Executive Vince Horrigan’s 100 Days of Summer Safety Campaign. Thus far, Horrigan has focused on boating, bicycling and how to be safe around tractors and buggies. Many of us have heard the information dozens of times before, but it’s important to keep these safety ...

Anti-Trump Speech Too Shallow To Create Dialogue

Chautauqua Institution often lines up a fascinating array of speakers who discuss many of the pressing issues facing our society. This week, the institution’s morning lecture series focuses on Crises of Faith. The topic meshes well with Chautauqua’s mission of bringing people of ...