In Our Opinion

All Lake Options Should Be On The Table

Now that a summit has been held focusing on harmful algal blooms in Western New York waterways, area residents will wait with baited breath to see what the state includes in its action plan for Chautauqua Lake. We hope that consideration is given to all alternatives, including an interesting ...

Pass The Child Victims Act

The recent acknowledgement by the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo that 42 of its priests were removed, retired or left the ministry after allegations of sexual abuse since 1950 should be all the state Legislature needs to approve the Child Victims Act. The current statute of limitations on child ...

Evil Humans Find A Way

Events in Texas during the past three weeks are — or ought to be — a reminder of what we Americans need to do to prevent mass killings. Identifying and apprehending the human beings plotting mayhem is the challenge. A reign of terror in and around Austin, Texas, apparently came to an ...

Local Law Enforcement, Judges Need To Get On The Same Page

It is unfortunate that evidence seized during a drug raid last year has been ruled inadmissible in court. Citing several cases, Chautauqua County Court Judge David Foley ruled that evidence seized from a Hazzard Street house can’t be used by prosecutors in court because the search warrant ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Dr. Sherri Mason, a State University at Fredonia chemistry professor and chair of the university’s Department of Geology and Environmental Sciences, for showing that ground-breaking research isn’t just limited to big, private universities. Recently, Mason presented research ...

Choose To Be Healthy

A recent study shows Chautauqua County needs some healthier attitudes. According to a report released last week by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Johnson Foundation, the county ranks near the bottom when compared to others in New York state in the ...

Jacob’s Law May Not Work For Everyone

Richard and Cristine Taras believe they could have prevented their son’s suicide had they known that he was being bullied in school. The Tarases may be right. Had they known the depths to which Jacob had been bullied, their son may be alive today. The family is now the public face of ...

Animal Abuse Registry Should Be Private

A new law creating an animal abuse registry will be discussed by the Chautauqua County Legislature this month. County Executive George Borrello announced the proposal last week to create an online registry that would identify any Chautauqua County resident who has been convicted of animal ...

JPS Vision Needs Community Support

The best efforts of dedicated teachers, administrators and staff in the Jamestown Public Schools haven’t moved the needle much when it comes to student achievement. Results on state English language arts and mathematics tests haven’t improved much over the past several years while the ...

Trump/Un Talk Should Be Short And Blunt

The announcement last week that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has agreed to meet face-to-face with President Donald Trump to discuss the rogue regime’s development of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles was hailed by many as wonderful news. Let’s not get our hopes up. Kim, like ...

Economic Development Alliance Should Prove Fruitful For County

One aspect of County Executive George Borrello’s economic development shakeup makes a boatload of sense if it functions properly. Borrello wants to create an Economic Development Alliance that includes countywide private foundation officials. Borrello wants the group to help set economic ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Ellicott police for showing the way to remove a possible threat once it makes itself known publicly. A Falconer man who had previous felony convictions and is not permitted to own firearms was charged earlier this week with possession of several firearms, including an AK-47 ...

Dodgy Behavior In Governor’s Office Has Violated Public Trust

Gov. Andrew Cuomo isn’t legally tainted by Tuesday’s conviction of a former top aide on federal bribery and fraud charges. During an election year, however, we hope voters remember the trial of Joseph Percoco, a man once likened to a brother by Cuomo, and Steven Aiello, an executive of ...

Tax Abatement For Condemned Properties Should Spur Development

We hope there is quick use of a new city program that aims to redevelop homes that have been condemned or for those building homes on lots that once held condemned properties. The city has created a property tax abatement, starting at fully exempt and phasing taxes in over 11 years, for these ...

Chautauqua Lake: Time For Action

Last week, we said we didn’t agree with Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, R-Jamestown. In our reading, Goodell seemed to be advocating for more concensus building regarding ways to treat weeds and algal blooms on Chautauqua Lake. We are glad to say we were mistaken in our reading of the ...

Tax Reform: Hypocritical Liberals Strike Again

Contrary to what you have heard from the liberal tax-and-spend crowd, federal tax reform championed by President Donald Trump is not a big break for the rich. In fact, while tens of millions of Americans are beginning to see substantial tax cuts in their paychecks, many of the wealthy will pay ...

Legislature Can’t Afford To Vote Based On Poor Assumptions

Twice last week, optimistic assumptions by lawmakers came back to bite Chautauqua County taxpayers in the rear end. We touched on the county’s fly car system earlier this week. We noted that members of the Audit and Control committee said they believed the program was going to be ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation for its $10,000 grant to Meals on Wheels of the Jamestown Area. The additional funding, which came from the foundation’s Fund for the Region, will help provide meals to senior citizens who had been placed on a waiting list due to the ...

It’s Time For A Decision On Chautauqua Lake Herbicides

Last week’s public scoping session on a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement to use herbicides on Chautauqua Lake shows there is still much division regarding how to treat the lake’s weed and algae problem. Audience members were split on the issue along familiar lines. Both ...

It’s Time For A Decision On Chautauqua Lake Herbicides

Last week’s public scoping session on a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement to use herbicides on Chautauqua Lake shows there is still much division regarding how to treat the lake’s weed and algae problem. Audience members were split on the issue along familiar lines. Both ...