In Our Opinion

It Takes A Community To Raise A Child

There is little sadder than hearing reports of children suffering or, as has happened in the not-too-distant past in Chautauqua County, to see children killed by the very adults charged with protecting them. We commend the agencies in Chautauqua County that work to prevent such sorrow in our ...

We Need To Ensure Our National Parks Remain A Jewel

We Americans do not have Crown Jewels such as those displayed in England and a few other countries. We have something much more valuable and much more beautiful: our national parks. No other nation has such a park system. Ours is so envied that it sometimes is described as “America’s ...

Thank State GOP For Raise The Age Tweak

Sometimes, we wonder just what the fuss is about in Albany. Take this statement from state Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean, about the difference of legislative opinion over a proposal to change the age of criminal responsibility from 16 years of age to 18 years of age as an example. “The ...

County IDA Cannot Afford Repeat Of MVP Plastics Failure

It is hard to believe there are no lessons to be learned by county IDA officials as the final chapter closes on the debacle known as Jamestown MVP Plastics LLC. MVP Plastics had plans to produce environmentally-safe plastic products in Falconer, but the company never reached full potential ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to all of the Falconer businesses who are finding a way to keep their doors open in the wake of the arson fire that destroyed half a block of buildings on Main Street, Falconer. Employees of Roots Salon have been invited to work from the Forbici salon on Foote Avenue and Better Life ...

State’s Reliance On Taxpayers Needs To Finally End

Tax filings are due in eight days, and New York needs each and every one of those filings from state residents to keep lurching along. Wallethub, a personal finance website, recently released its 2017 rankings of tax burden by state. In order to determine which states tax their residents ...

Good To Get Past Deadlock

It is good to see the deadlock over New York’s 2017-18 budget appears to be over. The state Senate began debate over the $152 billion spending plan late Tuesday night after lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo resolved a stalemate that forced them to blow past a Saturday budget ...

JPS Changes Should Wait For New Superintendent

It was recently suggested to Jamestown Public Schools board members to add eight positions to the district’s payroll as part of the 2017-18 budget. The budget, as presented, does not increase the tax levy. And it is entirely possible to have additional state aid money that the district ...

Medicaid Is Too Expensive To Be Part Of Political Games

Republicans and Democrats are playing an expensive game of political tennis with your money. A couple of weeks ago, Republicans trying to rally support for President Donald Trump’s health care bill offered New York Republicans a deal by which the burden of paying for Medicaid would have ...

The White House And Congress Should Try Again

Liberals who favor government control of the nation’s health care system reacted with glee to last week’s failure of a reform bill in the U.S. House of Representatives. There, an attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare never even came up for a vote. It was obvious that had the yeas and ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Arson can be a difficult crime to solve, and often tips from the community are vital in these types of investigations. Thumbs up, then, to everyone who contacted the Jamestown Police Department last weekend with tips into the rash of arson fires that struck Jamestown — particularly the rash ...

Foreign Aid Must Go To Those In Need 

We Americans have been blessed. No doubt about that. Simple human compassion dictates that when people are suffering in less fortunate lands, we should try to help them. For generations, we have done just that. We are willing — nay, eager — to do more. But the enormous waste and abuse ...

Health Care: Incremental Change May Be Necessary

At least two members of New York’s Congressional delegation — U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, and U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York — seem to be looking for middle ground after last week’s failure of a health care reform bill last week. Reed, during his weekly conference call, ...

Touting Tax Cuts While Increasing Fees Doesn’t Help Anyone

There were 12 bullet points in an early January email from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office about his 2017-18 budget. One of them was a middle class tax cut. Not mentioned in that email blast to newspapers across the state was $800 million in actions that will cost every New Yorker — from the ...

Arsonist Deserves Tough Sentence

Smoke hung heavy in the air Saturday morning after firefighters finished dousing the last of six fires that had been intentionally set over the course of 48 hours. Every firefighter in the Jamestown Fire Department was called in Friday night and early Saturday morning, when the worst of the ...

Thinking Regionally Is Best Path For Growth

There’s barely been a whisper on some unsettling news from the U.S. Census Bureau regarding Chautauqua County. According to the most recent figures, population is down again. This time, it falls under the 130,000 mark. The most recent number is 129,504 — a decrease of 5,401 people from ...

CDBG Cuts Would Hurt City

We have been steadfast over the years in saying the federal budget needs to be tightened. We’re not sure the Community Development Block Grant program is the best place to start. Mick Mulvaney, federal Office of Management and Budget director, has said the Trump administration will no ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to yet another decrease in New York state’s youth smoking rate. Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently said the youth smoking rate is 4.3 percent, down from 27.1 percent in 2000. That is certainly noteworthy progress, though it is tempered somewhat by knowledge the use of e-cigarettes has ...

If EAS Program Is Cut, County Should Get An Out From FAA Contracts

Earlier this week, we defended spending federal dollars for the Community Development Block Grant program. It is difficult to mount such a defense for the Essential Air Service program. President Donald Trump has proposed cutting $175 million from the program in the 2018 federal budget. The ...