In Our Opinion

It’s The Randomness That Makes Terrorist Attacks So Frightening

Statisticians point out we Americans are more likely to die from falls in the bathtub or being struck by lightning than because of a terrorist attack. We shouldn’t worry so much about terrorism, we’re told. Roughly twice as many Americans have been killed by lightning as have perished in ...

Science Should Be Bipartisan

After six years of investigation at a cost of $29 million, the Environmental Protection Agency finally has come to a conclusion about whether hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells poses a risk to drinking water supplies: We don’t know. Last year, EPA officials released a draft report ...

Complex: Council Not Entirely Powerless

Anthony Dolce, R-Ward 2, was correct when he said recently the council doesn’t have a formal approval role when it comes to private developments like Jackson Spring, a two-building complex nestled on Spring Street that will have one 36-unit building and a second complex with seven ...

Have Yourself A Merry Christmas

Life seems busier than in the good old days, doesn’t it? And there is so much about which to worry. Will the economy pick up steam? Will children and grandchildren get good educations? Will we be safe from perils ranging from drug abuse to terrorism? But never mind all that. It is Christmas ...

Relax This Christmas Eve

It is Christmas Eve, and the hustle and bustle of preparing for the big day is nearly ended. Gifts have been purchased and wrapped. The Christmas tree is decorated, with special attention to treasured ornaments that have special meaning. Some of the food for tomorrow has been prepared and, ...

Social Security Reform Shouldn’t Be Sacred Territory

A bill introduced in the House of Representatives a few days ago, by Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Texas, probably will go nowhere. No one in Washington wants to touch the “third rail” of politics, after all. The title was bestowed years ago, by those convinced any tampering with the Social ...

Contracts: There Is No Going Back

There is a big flaw with public-sector contracts. Once something gets put in, especially something beneficial to the union, good luck on getting it out of future pacts no matter how much it hurts taxpayers. Dunkirk, for instance, once included a no-layoff clause in its city deals. Another ...

Probe Of Russian Hacking Of Democrats Should Not Be A Partisan Ploy

More than 40 years ago, we Americans kicked a president out of the White House for various offenses linked to a burglary at the opposition political party’s office. Republicans and Democrats united in outrage about that crime and others linked to it. So now we’re arguing about whether ...

Removing Politics From Cyber Security

Cyber security is a critical issue demanding a bipartisan approach, Republicans and Democrats alike agree. Or at least, they say they do. But now, in relation to one of the biggest cyber security threats in the world, the issue has become politicized. That needs to end. At issue ...

Cleaning Up Our VA System Should Be Priority For Trump

The body of a military veteran was left in a Veterans Affairs health care facility shower room for more than nine hours before someone finally had it moved to a morgue, the Tampa, Fla., Bay Times reported last week. Then, once their negligence came to light, some staff at the Bay Pines VA ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to all those who have done not only kept their sidewalks cleared through these last two lake effect snow storms, but who have done a little extra and helped their neighbors keep theirs clear as well. While it is a homeowner’s responsibility to keep sidewalks clear of ice and snow, ...

We Must Strike Root Of Jamestown Gun Violence

This has been one of the worst years for gun violence in Jamestown’ history. Statistics indicate the city has averaged just one shooting incident a year since 2006, with 2015 topping out at three incidents. In 2016, the city has experienced nine separate shootings — five of the shootings ...

ALICE Proof United Way Could Use Our Support

Many have been concerned with rising poverty rates in the Jamestown area. We have long suspected there is a sizeable part of the local population, however, that lives above the poverty line but still struggles to get by each month. Now, there is a way of measuring that number among us. ALICE ...

Do Taxpayers Support Subsidized Housing?

There is a case to be made both for and against a proposed housing project on North Main and Spring streets. One can make a strong case for the project. Eight dilapidated homes will be demolished at no cost to the city. In their place will be two complexes. One building will have 36 units, ...

Transparency Is Best Bet With Lead Test Results

Area schools have done a good job letting residents know the results of state-mandated lead testing of water in school buildings. School administrators have sent letters home to parents, discussed the results at board meetings and put results on their websites. They obviously aren’t trying ...

Site Plans Need To Be Approved Swiftly

The Jamestown Planning Commission recently tabled site plans for the New Flyer facility in the former Quality Markets on Fluvanna Avenue. The commission’s decision came after concerns over a property easement that is needed for storm water drainage from the New Flyer property to another ...

A Year Of Reckoning That Never Was

This year was supposed to be a year of reckoning for Jamestown. We knew, after the City Council approved the 2016 budget, that the city would have little ability to raise taxes while staying under the state’s constitutional taxation limit. We were further convinced this would be a year of ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Times aren’t easy for non-profits or the foundations that provide the bulk of their funding. Thumbs up to the St. Susan Center for continuing to grow its own funding by selling soup from the kitchen as a fundraiser. Sue Colwell dreamed up an idea a couple of years ago while she was still the ...

Elected Officials Should Ensure School Buses Are Driven By Qualified Drivers

Six precious little children were killed last week in a school bus crash in Chattanooga, Tennessee. A dozen others were injured badly. Police said the bus driver was driving far in excess of the 30 mph speed limit where the accident occurred. He was arrested. How was it that the young man ...