In Our Opinion

Dissolving Is In Best Interest Of Taxpayers

On Thursday, Cherry Creek becomes the third village within the past year to consider dissolution in Chautauqua County. In November, Forestville solidified its first decision to eliminate village government in 2015 and more recently, Sherman voted to keep its village by a narrow two-vote margin ...

Local Governments Shouldn’t Be On The Hook For Free Tuition Plan

It is one thing for Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature to expand spending in the state. It is another thing entirely for the state to create programs when the impact on lower levels of government is unknown. That is exactly what is likely to happen if Cuomo’s plan to offer ...

Move On To Better Deal Than The TPP

Among the first actions President Donald Trump took Monday was to officially kill U.S. participation in the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact. No doubt free-trade advocates will condemn the new chief executive for that. But all Trump did was to, in effect, sign the TPP’s ...

Refreshing To Hear Trump Speak Honestly

To The Reader’s Forum: Despite the graciousness displayed by Barack Obama during Inauguration day, Senator Chuck Schumer resorted to the divisive language of identity-politics, speaking division into America. Speaking into unity, President Trump spoke to all of us as simply Americans, ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to city officials for not letting minor issues with the New Flyer site on Fluvanna Avenue hold the business back from opening. As we said earlier, getting the business up and running makes a difference to 34 families who will benefit from the jobs created in the plant. It would have ...

Review Of Route 60 Options Should Be Considered Following Tragic Accident

We don’t yet know what caused an accident on Route 60 Monday that killed Lakewood’s Justin Romaniuk. We do know, however, that Route 60 sees too many accidents and that something must be done to make Route 60 safer. It doesn’t take much for a drive from Dunkirk to Jamestown to turn ...

Lawmakers Need To Get On Board With Much-Needed Ride-Sharing Services

State politicians like to say New York is open for business. Much of the state hasn’t been very open to ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft. It’s time for that to change. Ride-sharing is legal in New York City through a special agreement with taxi regulators. The state Senate ...

Don’t Put All DRI Eggs In One Basket

The National Comedy Center is an important project for Jamestown’s west end. If the project lives up to its advanced billing, the tourists the comedy center brings downtown could be the catalyst needed to repopulate storefronts that suffer from a lack of foot traffic. The state’s ...

Make Health Coverage Less Expensive For Everyone

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to decrease the impact of prescription drug costs on health insurance premiums has received much discussion during Cuomo’s State of the State tour. In short, Cuomo wants to shed light how much drug manufacturers spend on researching, developing, producing and ...

District Attorney’s New Gun Crime Stance Hits The Mark

District Attorney Patrick Swanson’s first policy act since taking his oath of office is a good one. Earlier this week, Swanson discussed with Chautauqua County legislators a new policy in the county District Attorney’s office that will end the practice of plea bargaining for those who ...

EPA Mandate On Future Fuel Economy Is Foolhardy And Potentially Unsafe

By 2025, new cars and trucks in dealer showrooms will achieve fuel economy averaging 51.4 miles per gallon, the Environmental Protection Agency has mandated. Given the fact that by the EPA’s own numbers, average fuel economy in the United States was just 24.8 mpg, that seems more than a ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Fourth Department Appellate Division court for making its proceedings open to a public that can’t always get to Rochester to attend hearings. The public may watch the webcasts from most devices, including smart phones and tablet computers, by visiting the Appellate Division ...

Free Tuition Only Helps If Graduates Stick Around New York State Afterward

Here’s one more aspect of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s tuition-free state college proposal that needs to be addressed. Our area has struggled with the so-called “brain drain.” Students get a K-12 education here, go off to college and find jobs in other parts of the country. If somehow, some ...

Dangling Tax Incentives For Redevelopment Does Have Plenty Of Upside

We hope state legislators approve a tax incentive for redevelopment of vacant or condemned properties in Jamestown. Vince DeJoy recently discussed the program with Jamestown City Council Housing Committee members. It would include single or two-family residential properties that are vacant, ...

Drug Treatment A Slow Build

Slowly but surely, a network of drug addiction treatment resources is being built here in Chautauqua County. The latest addition came last week with the announcement that WCA Hospital has received $700,000 to build a 20-bed, long-term residential treatment program at the Jones Memorial Health ...

Lessons From Past Urban Renewal Projects Can Be Used As Guidelines Today

It’s been roughly 50 years since Jamestown started down the path of urban renewal. Whether that path was a good one to take is still open to debate. As we have learned from the yearly gatherings of the Lost Neighborhood — which ended this year after nearly a decade of observances — the ...

Stopping Terrorists Living Among Us Should Be Priority For DHS Leader

Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly told U.S. senators this week that if they confirm him as the nation’s next leader of the Department of Homeland Security, his top priority will be closing the nation’s borders to “illegal movement of people and things.” Given what his potential boss, ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Michael E. Hill, the newly-appointed president of Chautauqua Institution who spoke earlier this week in a meet-and-greet event by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. Hill touted the intuition’s footprint within the region and noted the further possibilities that could be ...

Repealing And Replacing Obamacare All At Once A Risky Move For Republicans

Haste makes waste, especially in Washington, D.C. There, undue haste to replace the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — could make it or something worse permanent. As its unofficial name implies, the national health care takeover law is President Barack Obama’s baby. Reportedly, he and ...

State Aid Request Is Unrealistic

Way back in early December, we criticized the yearly school aid funding dance that takes place every year. Every year, business officials and the state Board of Regents throw out a ridiculous request for state aid increases across the state. The governor proposes an increase that is nowhere ...