In Our Opinion

New York State: Give And Take

New York state giveth. New York state taketh away. Yesterday, we lauded the state’s efforts to fight harmful algal blooms on 12 lakes statewide including Chautauqua Lake. The state’s resources and expertise can only help with a problem that there likely aren’t enough local resources to ...

Lake Groups Shouldn’t Bite The Hand That’s Helping Them

Chautauqua County residents should be overjoyed that Chautauqua Lake has been included as one of 12 lakes statewide that will see the the state’s attention as part of a four-point, $65 million initiative to combat harmful algal blooms. Chautauqua Lake is such a large driver of property ...

Twitter Should Tread Carefully When Addressing ‘Hateful’ Content

Twitter announced last week it has begun to enforce new rules meant to reduce abusive, hateful, violent content. Of course, the intent is good; and Twitter has every right to host whatever content it chooses. It is free to encourage or suppress whatever speech its decision-makers deem meet or ...

There Are Plenty Of Positives Heading Into The New Year

Old habits are hard to break. That’s usually the opposite case with resolutions, which are tough to keep. So, in changing are sometimes negative attitudes about good things not happening in Western New York, let’s attempt to be more positive as we move into a new year this 2018. There are ...

Current Poverty Caused, In Part, By Our Past Decisions

Seven local organizations have been awarded money from a $1 million state grant to pay for programs to help decrease poverty in the Jamestown area for the 8,000 families described as asset limited, income constrained and employed (ALICE). The United Way uses the ALICE measurement to show the ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to all those who have spent the past week working in heavy snows and bitter cold to provide the services upon which the rest of us depend. Police officers, sanitation workers, water crews, plow drivers, EMS crews and a host of other occupations don’t have the option of calling in to ...

New York State Has Responsibility To Reduce Health Care Costs

The most expensive cost per month to most working New Yorkers isn’t their home or even their groceries — it’s ever-escalating health care premiums. A recent WalletHub study ranked New York 46th in the country for cost of health care, though the state ranked ninth in access to care and ...

Celoron Park Serial Bond Not In Best Interest For Residents

The recent decision by the village of Celoron to approve a possible $900,000 of borrowing to pay for improvements to Lucille Ball Memorial Park seems irrational to those on the outside of village government. Contrast the recently approved serial bond issue with the village’s years of ...

Arena Expansion Process Must Move Faster

It was back in August when Northwest Savings Bank Arena officials first proposed expanding the arena. Five months later, the process is inching forward. The project would build a new back end of the arena to house a small concession area, more space to make the facility function better for ...

Battle Over Child An Interesting LGBT Dilemma

Times have changed. In the news a few days ago was an interesting case regarding a divorced couple in Hawaii. They have a child. One of the divorcees wants to formally sever parental rights. What is unusual — and should not be allowed to get in the way of doing what is best for the child ...

Services Do Not Cease On Christmas

Few times of the year are as quiet and uneventful as Christmas Day. During the morning hours, at least, just about everyone is home enjoying the holiday with family and friends. But not quite. Police and sheriff’s department cruisers patrol the streets and byways. Paid firefighters staff ...

Wishing You A Joyous And Merry Christmas

For many of us, this will be a busy day. Last-minute Christmas shopping simply must be finished. Then there are all those presents to wrap. Friends and family are stopping over, so some housecleaning is in order. And someone has to cook dinner for tonight and begin preparations for the big ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the continuation of a holiday tradition at Fletcher Elementary School. Recently, the school PTA hosted the annual Santa’s Secret Shop where students could buy Christmas presents for their family. Secret shops are a wonderful way to teach children the importance of giving during ...

Cuomo Should Apologize To Reporter Who Asked About Harrassment

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told a female journalist she was doing “a disservice to women” by asking what his administration was doing to confront sexual harassment in state government. Karen DeWitt, the National Public Radio reporter who asked the question, was performing a service for ...

Chautauqua Lake Funding A Small Step In The Right Direction

More than $6 million in improvements are on their way to Chautauqua Lake. The money can’t come soon enough. Last summer likely won’t be remembered as a good one for Chautauqua Lake. Blue-green algae blooms popped up for much of the summer and fall. Weeds and vegetation have been a ...

Downtown Parking Remains Contentious

Changes to downtown parking have been under discussion for roughly two years, starting with an analysis by downtown business owner Peter Miraglia released in 2015. Miraglia conducted 17 surveys over several months in 2015 on on-street parking, surface lots and the three downtown parking ...

Lake Group Should Include Non-Elected Officials

The Chautauqua County Legislature is due to vote Wednesday to create a Chautauqua Lake Protection and Rehabilitation Agency. The agency itself has no power or authority and exists only to look into the possibility of forming a lake district. In essence, the new agency is the county’s way ...

JLDC Sale Means Little In Grand Scheme For City Tax Relief

Let’s be frank — Mayor Sam Teresi’s plan to sell the Board of Public Utilities’ wastewater treatment plant to the Jamestown Local Development Corporation is a gimmick. The city is selling an asset from one arm of city government to another arm of city government. It is a sale in ...

Student Loan Forgiveness Needs Adequate Screening

If you take out a loan to buy a car that turns out to be a lemon, do you stop making payments to the bank? Some do, deciding their vehicles were such bad deals that letting the lender repossess them may be the best way out of a bad situation. Understandably, the bank wants its money. The ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to a Freedom of Information Law reform bill signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo recently. The reforms are good for the public by requiring agencies to pay the legal fees of those who successfully challenge a FOIL denial. Investigations were hindered in the past by recalcitrant government ...