In Our Opinion

Ensuring That Real Justice Will Prevail

Five million dollars is a lot of money. It is not nearly enough to compensate three men for being imprisoned wrongly — for 20 years. At least they ought to have some assurance that true justice will prevail in their cases. In 1995, three Cleveland, Ohio, men, Laurese Glover, Eugene Johnson ...

Despite Challenges, Businesses Can Succeed In New York State

We hear a lot of doom and gloom about doing business in New York state. There’s a good reason for that doom and gloom. For all of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s talk about lowering corporate tax rates, the state keeps coming up with new regulations and requirements that either cost companies money ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the long-awaited reopening of the bridge over South Main Street in Jamestown. Wet weather in October and early snow in November made the long bridge repair take even longer than anticipated. Because nothing with this project has come easily, drivers will have to be a little patient ...

Cleaning Up Burtis Bay Mess Is A Welcome Sight For Residents

Kudos to the Chautauqua County Legislature, the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and the Sheldon Foundation for finding funding to clean up the weeds and dead fish that have littered Burtis Bay for the past two weeks. The county will allocate $25,870 from the county’s 2 percent ...

There Are Many Reasons To Be Thankful Today

It has been quite a year. Since we paused last to ponder our many blessings and enjoy the good food and better time with our families that is Thanksgiving, much of what we thought we knew about politics, government and our fellow Americans has been turned upside down. No doubt that will be a ...

Passing School Bus Camera Act Could Be Olive Branch By Dems

State Sen. Michael Gianaris, D-Queens, recently told The Buffalo News that Senate Democrats are “committed to breaking the Albany mold” and plan to be “sensitive to regional needs” when they take control of the state Senate in January. If that’s really true, then Democrats in the ...

Your Money And Time Are Precious For Salvation Army

The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes the Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Campaign. The local Salvation Army is hoping to raise $112,000 in Jamestown and $57,000 in Dunkirk in this year’s campaign. Locally, funds received from the Red Kettle campaign help the Salvation Army ...

We’re Not Smiling Over Amazon Giveaway

Amazon selected Long Island City in Queens and National Landing in Arlington, Virginia, as the two locations for its new headquarters (HQ2). Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio are touting it as the biggest economic development initiative in the history of New York state, with more than ...

Will There Be An Adult In The Room In Albany?

We have long placed great trust in the state Senate to be a necessary speed bump on the costly policies proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Assembly. The Nov. 6 election removed the speed bump and built a Democratic Party drag strip from Buffalo to Albany. The news is particularly ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Mike Whitmire of Whitmire Outdoor Living for his donation of a concrete turtle that children can climb on when visiting the Audubon Community Nature Center. Sarah Hatfield, Audubon education coordinator, had contacted Whitmire to see how much such a piece would cost, but Whitmire ...

Time Is Now To Remove Weeds, Dead Fish From Chautauqua Lake

It’s been more than a week since fish and weeds blew into the shore in Burtis Bay. Nothing has been done in the week since then to remedy the situation. It’s unfortunate for the fish that were left to rot. It’s infuriating for the property owner who has to deal with the stench and ...

Frugality With Fire Department Will Cost City Big Time

Imagine what would happen if the fire alarm in Jamestown rang but the trucks never came? Or, the trucks came but were late arriving because they had to come from another fire station because there was a mechanical problem with the closest available equipment? It’s a nightmare scenario that ...

Merging Schools Could Solve Shrinking Football Participation

The Syracuse Post-Standard recently reported on the rise of eight-man football throughout Central New York as a result of declining school enrollments and a decrease in the number of players coming out for football each fall. Twenty-nine teams statewide are playing eight-man football, with ...

Schools, Parents Need To Do Their Parts To Reduce Absenteeism

One-third of students in the Jamestown Public Schools District missed at least one of every 10 days of school last year. That means there are 1,700 children who meet the definition of chronically absent from school — and that there are likely 1,700 different reasons why each of those ...

Area Residents Made A Statement On Election Day

Our country may be divided, but locally a statement was made: we sure did show up to participate in this year’s election. According to county election results, 41,270 ballots were cast on Tuesday as about 75,930 are registered here. “By the time we add the absentees and the affidavits, ...

We Can’t Over-Estimate The Debt We Owe To Our Veterans

Selection of Nov. 11 as the date each year on which we Americans honor veterans of military service is significant. It is a reminder that as devoutly as we may wish for peace, we must recognize it can never be a reality. For many years, Nov. 11 was celebrated as Armistice Day, in recognition ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Deputy Adam McAdoo for his quick thinking earlier this week at the Mayville Diner. McAdoo was having lunch with co-workers when a child at a neighboring table stopped breathing after choking on food. McAdoo, who’s also an emergency medical technician, rushed to the child and ...

There Are Benefits To Moving The CARTS Hub

There are two benefits to moving the Chautauqua Area Regional Transit System hub from Second Street, in front of the former Erie-Lackawanna Railroad Station, to the former Ray Nelson Service Station on Third Street across from Jamestown’s City Hall. The biggest benefit is CARTS will be ...

Public Planning Projects Need To Educate The Public

On their face, the Jackson Springs housing project on Jamestown’s north side and the Gateway Lofts project in the Gateway Center on Water Street are similar projects. The Jackson Spring project was being planned to be constructed along North Main and Spring streets, which would have been ...

Latest Meeting Proof Unity Is Needed With Lakewood Village Board

On Friday, we wrote that the remaining members of the Lakewood Village Board had an opportunity to build unity among board members as they agreed upon a new acting mayor and consult with the remaining three board members to fill the then-vacated open trustee position. We should have known it ...