In Our Opinion

The State Needs Fewer Schools And Better Resource Distribution

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s insistence that all of the state’s school funding mess can be cleared up by simply making school districts equalize spending amongst their school buildings is hogwash. Bret Apthorpe, Jamestown Public Schools superintendent, shot holes in that “plan” last week when ...

Our Voices Need To Be Heard On Cuomo’s ‘Green New Deal’

Earlier this year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled his idea of a “Green New Deal” to make New York’s electricity 100 percent carbon-neutral by 2040. The timeframe and carbon reductions are significant changes from plans the governor has discussed publicly in the past, like his 80 percent ...

The Focus Needs To Be On The Kremlin

Democrat leaders’ laser-focus on allegations that President Donald Trump cooperated with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election does a great disservice to the nation — and not just because the claims have been proven wrong. Special counsel Robert Mueller and his crack team ...

County’s Road To Improved Health Is A Long One

Quick, someone get Chautauqua County residents a gym membership. The annual health rankings by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation paint a pretty grim picture of the county’s collective health. Chautauqua County ranks 59th out of ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Lakewood Village Board for hosting a public forum to allow village residents to voice their opinions about the village’s approach to Chautauqua Lake this year. Of the 14 individuals who spoke at the public hearing and shared opinions, 13 Lakewood residents said they wanted ...

Barr Should Set Americans At Ease, Release The Full Report

Attorney General William Barr should have no doubt in his mind about what to do with special counsel Robert Mueller’s report: Release it. Just two considerations need to be taken care of before Barr makes the report available to Congress and thus, to the American people. First is ...

The Same Old State Aid Song And Dance Needs To Be Changed

The time has come for some sort of predictable way for New York’s school districts to be able to budget the amount of aid they will receive from New York state. On Tuesday, the Jamestown Public Schools Board of Education released a first draft of its budget. On March 26, the district is ...

Domestic Violence Survivors Act Will Do Little To Help Survivors

Democrats in the state Legislature are sending legislation to Gov. Andrew Cuomo trumpeting their intention to support survivors of domestic violence. The Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act would allow judges to sentence survivors of domestic violence who are then convicted of a crime to ...

Sizable Investment May Be Needed Annually For Airport

For too long, we’ve heard arguments about how important air service is at the Chautauqua County Airport in Jamestown. Those arguments were undermined by underwhelming ridership and less than stellar airline service. At the same time, the importance of air travel was framed in terms of ...

It’s Time To Stop The Criticism Of The Late Sen. John McCain

Some Americans, including members of Congress, are happy about the success of President Donald Trump’s policies, even as they wish fervently he would learn, well, to keep his mouth shut on certain topics. The late Sen. John McCain, of Arizona, is one of those subjects. McCain was, like ...

A Statewide CPS System Review Still Needs To Happen

A two-count indictment handed up by a Chautauqua County grand jury earlier this week answer the biggest burning question in the unsolved murder of 16-month-old Nayla Hodnett in 2014. A person of interest has been charged with second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter in relation to ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to an increase in mental health and addiction treatment in the Chautauqua County Jail last year. Patricia Brinkman, county mental hygiene director, told county legislators recently that jail employees are working to identify individuals to get them entered into addiction service and ...

Herbicides Are A Part Of The Future For Maintaining The Lake

Twice in the past week, Chautauqua Lake Association officials have raised the possibility of becoming a fee-for-service organization if fundraising doesn’t increase. We don’t deny the CLA is having a harder time raising money this year from its typical sources. Part of the problem may be ...

Griffo’s Proposal Doesn’t Stand Much Of A Chance

Even though it’s unlikely to go anywhere, legislation proposed by state Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-Rome, to change the way Senate districts are apportioned makes a lot of sense. Griffo wants to reduce the number of Senate districts from 63 to 62 and then give each of New York’s 62 counties one ...

Get More Creative On How To Staff Weed Harvesters On Lake

An interesting discussion at the Chautauqua Lake Watershed and Management Alliance meeting shines a light on the way the county and lake organizations think about maintenance of Chautauqua Lake. Chautauqua Lake Association officials expressed concern that a memorandum of understanding being ...

No Single Action Will End County’s Fight With Addiction

If there was a silver lining to the methamphetamine busts reported by Jamestown police officers five years ago, it was that most of the busts were local residents trying to make meth with what is called a one-pot method. That silver lining is disappearing, according to Harry Snellings, ...

‘Biblegate’ Is Just The Latest Attack On President Trump

President Donald Trump is not the first politician to be the target of nitpicking by those who just can’t stand him, and he will not be the last. Still, the most recent episode — let us call it Biblegate — reaches new heights of desperation to find something, anything, to criticize about ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to April Summers, a graduate of Panama Central School, and three other former area residents, Jeffrey Rasmussen, Amber Rasmussen and Ren Barnes, all of whom helped students escape a school bus that was involved in an accident about 50 miles southeast of Oklahoma City recently. ...

Co-Locating The Busti And Lakewood Offices Should Be Investigated

It has always made relatively little sense to have Busti and Lakewood, two related government entities, be located in separate buildings in Lakewood. We hope a proposal by Dr. Rudy Mueller, Busti Town Board member, isn’t disregarded. Mueller’s overall goal is to lower the taxpayer costs ...