In Our Opinion

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to all parties involved for agreeing to make this week’s arbitration hearing between the city of Jamestown and the Kendall Club Police Benevolent Association open to the public. Such hearings have typically been closed to the public, which is a shame because the decisions made ...

Last Year’s Surplus Doesn’t Get City Over It’s Financial Issues

It’s good to see Jamestown finish a fiscal year with a surplus, but let’s not get too excited. The news from Monday’s City Council meeting is indicative of two things — that city officials did a good job, and got a little lucky, with expenditures coming in under budget, particularly ...

Wind Of Change For School Aid Funding?

We hope the judges tasked with hearing the Maisto v. State of New York court case paid close attention to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s conference call last week with reporters and news editors. It sounds as if the governor may have admitted the state’s arguments about how well the schools who ...

Animal Abuse Registry Still Deserves Scrutiny

The grisly discovery of a dog hanging from a tree last week in Jamestown has put a new spotlight on Chautauqua County’s proposed animal abuse registry. Few can argue the purpose behind the registry, but we hope last week’s incident doesn’t mean the registry sails through the Chautauqua ...

A Democrat-Controlled Senate Is Concerning

Last week’s news that Democrats in the state Senate are unifying behind Andrea Stewart-Cousins of Yonkers is the very definition of putting the fox in charge of the henhouse. Reunification puts to an end a faction of senators from the Democratic Party who called themselves the Independent ...

Ride Inspectors Must Remain Vigilant

During the Ohio State Fair in Columbus last year, a thrill ride, the Fire Ball, broke apart. Several people were injured. An 18-year-old man was killed. The previous year, a water park in Kansas unveiled a 17-story water slide. A raft carrying a 10-year-old boy down it went airborne. An ...

A Pair Of Ordinary Women Who Left Extraordinary Legacies

It is with considerable sadness we note the recent passing of Linda Brown Thompson and Lula Taylor. Both were trailblazers in their own unique and inimitable ways; Brown Thompson and her sister, Cheryl Brown Henderson, were the lead plaintiffs in the landmark Supreme Court case Brown v. ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Christina Kebort, who recently traveled to New York City to donate a kidney to Long Island resident Lillian Reis. Kebort said she had lost her brother in 2016 to kidney failure, and has since felt compelled to donate in his memory and prevent another family from experiencing what ...

King Reminds Us There Is Still Much Left To Be Accomplish

Some who remember the shock and horror of what happened 50 years ago this week, the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., may wonder how he would view the situation today. He would be enormously pleased at one aspect of the relationship between white Americans and ...

Everyone Needs To Pull In Same Direction For Economic Development

County Executive George Borrello has made very clear his priority to bring more town, village, city and foundation officials onto the county’s economic development team. We hope that priority means the recent situation in the town of Ellicott won’t happen again. Patrick McLaughlin, ...

Court Decision Could Change How Unions Operate

It didn’t take long for New York’s public sector unions to launch a pre-emptive strike to protect their agency fees. The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in a Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 in which a union member is asking that public employees who choose not to join unions ...

State Regulations Continue To Hamper Business Growth

If we’re in a period of economic growth, what does contraction look like? The last news release from the Labor Department trumpeted the state’s addition of 28,700 private sector jobs in February with the jobless rate declining to 4.6 percent, its lowest rate in more than a decade. ...

Easter Gives Us A Time To Reflect Maturely

It has been a long, snowy winter here in Chautauqua County. Within the past few days, however, warmer weather has heralded the approach of nicer days. It is only a matter of time until flowers begin blooming and we can begin enjoying the out-of-doors more. So it has always been: Cold, dark ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Jamestown High School students who raised $12,892 for the UCAN City Mission through the 39th annual Battle of the Classes. The senior class raised the most money and won the most competitions. “The kids thought it was for a good cause for our community to kind of raise awareness ...

Current System Doesn’t Work For Those Who Are Producing Nation’s Milk

Chautauqua County ranks sixth in New York state in number of dairy farms and 13th in the number of milk cows, according to Cornell Cooperative Extension. Milk from local dairy farms makes its way to processing plants in Erie, Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Exporting milk from Chautauqua County ...

Rehab Center Requires Dedicated Funding

We agree with a group of area residents who are trying to establish more rehabilitation centers in Jamestown — more help is needed in Jamestown to treat addiction. Diverting money from the Jamestown Police Department is not the way to go about achieving that goal. Logically, the City ...

All Lake Options Should Be On The Table

Now that a summit has been held focusing on harmful algal blooms in Western New York waterways, area residents will wait with baited breath to see what the state includes in its action plan for Chautauqua Lake. We hope that consideration is given to all alternatives, including an interesting ...

Pass The Child Victims Act

The recent acknowledgement by the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo that 42 of its priests were removed, retired or left the ministry after allegations of sexual abuse since 1950 should be all the state Legislature needs to approve the Child Victims Act. The current statute of limitations on child ...

Evil Humans Find A Way

Events in Texas during the past three weeks are — or ought to be — a reminder of what we Americans need to do to prevent mass killings. Identifying and apprehending the human beings plotting mayhem is the challenge. A reign of terror in and around Austin, Texas, apparently came to an ...

Local Law Enforcement, Judges Need To Get On The Same Page

It is unfortunate that evidence seized during a drug raid last year has been ruled inadmissible in court. Citing several cases, Chautauqua County Court Judge David Foley ruled that evidence seized from a Hazzard Street house can’t be used by prosecutors in court because the search warrant ...