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In Our Opinion

Sundquist May Need A Similar Stance To The One Teresi Took

Mayor Eddie Sundquist seems to want to distance himself from former Mayor Sam Teresi. When it comes to union negotiations, however, it would behoove Sundquist to borrow from Teresi’s playbook. Sundquist began his first State of the City address by making note of the city’s precarious ...

Everyone Has An Opinion On The Tarp Skunks Team Name

Does the name Tarp Skunks stink, or is it sweeter than perfume? We’re willing to bet many Jamestown residents — even those who haven’t stepped foot in Russell E. Diethrick Park in years — have an opinion one way or the other on the new name for the city’s summer collegiate baseball ...

Taxpayers’ Money Should Be Protected By Town Officials

It’s been five years since the state Comptroller’s Office gave town of Carroll officials recommendations to better handle the town’s bookkeeping. The first order of business for Russ Payne, new town supervisor, and Susan Rowley, new town clerk, should be to ensure the recommendations ...

For Too Long Officials Have Claimed ‘Green’ Solutions To Waste

Clearly, the developed world needs to do more about how we dispose of our trash. Just as obviously, the United States, often cited as the chief villain in that regard, is far from alone. For years, much of the plastic waste disposed of by prosperous countries — even much of that officials ...

Schools Should Eye 8-Man Football Teams

Section 6, the organization that oversees high school sports in Western New York, almost found itself in the midst of a ludicrous contradiction of its own making earlier this week. The section’s Competition Committee had decided that Clymer/Sherman/Panama, which has won the last two Class ...

There Are Better, More Impactful Projects That Need To Be Done

Lakewood Village Board members are making a smart decision in foregoing a “green” infrastructure improvement project at Lowe Park in Lakewood. The $255,951 project was supposed to have reduced nutrients entering Chautauqua Lake by building a new pavilion, bike shelter, pedestrian bridge, ...

Those Who Use Violence Should Face Their Consequences

On occasion, politics in our nation becomes an exercise in confrontation. Harsh words are exchanged. Voices are raised. But most of the time, people who disagree keep their distance, recognizing that the First Amendment is no excuse for violence. Last week, a judge in Cincinnati, Ohio, ...

Clearing Of Sidewalks Should Be Based On Their Use, Not Schools

Mayor Eddie Sundquist has a lot on his plate right now. This weekend’s snowstorm should add one more item to the mayor’s already full agenda — sidewalk plowing. Clearing sidewalks is the responsibility of homeowners or tenants, but anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of the city’s ...

Bills Should Be In Final Form Before Vote Is Taken

Typically, complaints about three-men-in-a-room government in Albany focuses on the state budget. Last week, the state Assembly provided another example of how three people deciding matters can lead to poorly written laws that state residents — both Democrat and Republican — have to deal ...

Senators Owe A Full And Formal Trial To The American People

With the ball in the U.S. Senate’s court regarding an impeachment trial for President Donald Trump, a rather strange debate is occurring among some senators: Should there even be a trial? What are they thinking? After several days of sitting on articles of impeachment approved by ...

Noted Concerns Might Get Heastie Off The Fence

It’s been about two weeks since New York’s criminal justice reform laws took effect, and the Jamestown Police Department is already struggling to meet a comically short 15-day requirement to provide all of its evidence to prosecutors, who in turns provide it to defense attorneys. In ...

Maybe It’s Time To Bring Some Services Back To The District

The Jamestown Public Schools District has sent students to the Gustavus Adolphus Family Services Learning Center at a cost of $586,624 in 2019-20. Is it possible the district has actually been wasting money all these years? Earlier this week, the Jamestown school board voted to create ...

A Decision About The Annexation Should Not Be Made In January

There are some who want to proceed this month with a City Council vote to move forward with annexation of the Jamestown BPU substation on Dow Street in Falconer. Anthony Dolce, R-Ward 2 and City Council president, is advocating that council members wait until at least February or March ...

State Officials Have Run Up An Expensive Tab With Medicaid

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was full of baloney last week when he laid the blame for the state’s $4 billion Medicaid deficit at the feet of counties. The governor may have sprained a shoulder muscle patting himself on the back for the state’s decision to cap counties’ share of Medicaid spending, ...

Kudos To Chagnon For His Decision On Legislature Appointment

There are a lot of Republicans on the Chautauqua County Legislature. In our view, none of those Republicans are as well qualified to lead the Audit and Control Committee as Charles Nazzaro, D-Jamestown. Audit and Control is perhaps the most important committee on the legislature. All ...

Killing Soleimani Carried Risk, But Eliminated A Threat

At least three times while Bill Clinton was president, he rejected proposals to kill Osama bin Laden. That enabled bin Laden’s al-Qaida network to continue making terrorist attacks leading up to the Sept. 11, 2001 assault on America that killed nearly 3,000 people. Despite knowing bin ...

Cuomo Just May Sink This ‘Ship Of State’

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York’s “ship of state is stronger than it has been in decades.” It had better be, because it appears Cuomo is steering it toward an iceberg. The governor’s State of the State address, delivered Wednesday, measured 12 printed pages of platitudes, promises ...

Golf Tourney Should Be Approached Correct Way

There will not be a Web.com golf tournament held in Chautauqua County this summer. It’s unfortunate, but frankly, it’s not the end of the world. County officials have spent months trying to find a sponsor for the tournament but were unable to find one able to make a multi-year ...

Sundquist Is Shaking Things Up With BPU Board Appointments

For the first time in recent memory, the president of the Jamestown City Council will not serve on the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities’ board. Mayor Eddie Sundquist, in his list of appointments, has named Grant Olson, R-Ward 5, as the City Council representative in place of Maria ...

Proposed Statewide Animal Abuse Registry Lacks Necessary Teeth

A statewide animal abuse registry, as written, is a waste of time that shouldn’t be discussed on the floor of the state Legislature. Proposed by Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, D-Manhattan, the legislation would keep those convicted of animal fighting; overdriving, torturing and injuring ...