In Our Opinion

Senate Must Continue To Improve Health Bill

It is a measure of the mixed feelings many in the House of Representatives had about a proposal to repeal and replace the Obamacare insurance fiasco that the bill passed Thursday only by the thin margin of 217-213. No Democrats voted for it. Twenty Republicans joined them. Waiting for the ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to new life for a familiar ski destination. The county Industrial Development Association is finalizing a package to help an unknown buyer purchase the Cockaigne Ski Area, which closed after a massive fire in 2011. It will be good for everyone to see Cockaigne restored to its former ...

Hold The Phone On Law Allowing Police Searches Of Mobile Devices

A law being discussed in the state Senate and Assembly needs a little more work before becoming law. Lawmakers are debating a law proposed by Sen. Terrence Murphy and Assemblyman Felix Ortiz that wold give police permission to search any phone or portable device at the scene of an automobile ...

Problem Solvers Caucus Successfully Bridges Divide

During his last two campaigns, U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, has touted his involvement in the Problem Solvers Caucus as one way he works to move past the gridlock we see so often in our federal government. The idea was good in theory, but no one had seen the caucus accomplish much. That ...

It’s Time Kendra’s Law Becomes Permanent

Kendra’s Law has been a success in its nearly 20-year history. It is time for the state Legislature to treat it as such by making the law permanent. State Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean, proposed legislation approved last week in the state Senate to make Kendra’s Law permanent. Currently, ...

Competition For School Board Is A Good Problem

It wasn’t that long ago when no one wanted to run for the Jamestown Public Schools Board of Education. There is no such problem this year, with five candidates running for three positions on the board; incumbents Paul Abbott and Rachelle Leathers are joined on the ballot by fresh faces ...

Obama: Do As He Says, Not As He Does

While he was president, Barack Obama seldom missed an opportunity to decry cronyism between big business and public officials. It undermined Americans’ faith in government, he opined. Of course, Obama is well aware of the “revolving door” phenomenon in Washington, in which government ...

Funding Sewer Projects Just As Important As Other Tourism Initiatives

State Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, R-Jamestown, and state Senator Catharine Young, R-Olean, are touting the state’s $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act as a means for Chautauqua Lake to finally receive some state investment in a project to build sewers around Chautauqua Lake. We ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Maple Grove High School students, whose production of “Anything Goes” has been nominated for the 2017 Kenny Awards while students Grace Auer, Paige Cummings and Brandon Reagle have been nominated for individual Kenny Awards. The best part is that the students get to take their ...

Leadership Term Limits Won’t Fix What’s Still Wrong In State Capitol

We wish we could say a Republican-led effort to impose term limits on leadership positions in the state Legislature would result in sweeping changes. It simply isn’t so. Look no further than legislation which was approved last week by the state Senate that would impose eight-year term ...

We Need To Know What’s In The GOP’s Health Care Bill

You may have to pardon House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., if she enjoys a chuckle this week. Unless something changes about a Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, Pelosi will be entitled to a bit of sarcastic humor. When the atrocity that is Obamacare ...

We Want Our Kids To Rise And Shine

Studies by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine should serve as a wake-up call for both parents and school officials. They echo calls by some parents in our area for public education officials to rethink school scheduling. In more than a few schools, teenagers and even younger children are ...

Better Health Care Service For Inmates A Plus

Shared services don’t always have to be a merging or consolidation of services between governments. We note, then, the Chautauqua County Health and Human Services Department taking over health care services within the Chautauqua County Jail, an idea brought up by Christine Schuyler, county ...

Are We Being Spied On?

Much of the media attention on the intelligence community’s surveillance activities has focused on top government officials, right up to and including President Donald Trump. But what about the rest of us? Is the government snooping on Jane and John Q. Public, too? Some members of ...

The Debate On County Shared Services Should Be More Vocal

Too often, winning today’s political battle obscures the real discussions in our county that need to take place. The Lakewood Village Board recently spent a large portion of two meetings debating a $3,000 cut in the village’s funding to the Lakewood Memorial Library. Falconer village and ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to each and every volunteer in our area who gives their time and talent to help others. We were honored this week to help the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County and The Resource Center honored several volunteers on our pages this week, but we also know full well it would take an ...

Prom Night For High School Students Should Not Involve Alcohol

It is high school prom season, when lasting memories of wonderful evenings are made for many area young people. But more than at any time during the year, prom nights raise the terrible possibility some parents will have nothing but memories of sons and daughters killed by alcohol-fueled ...

Dairy Dispute Should Be A Grade A Priority

It’s nice to see U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and President Donald Trump playing nicely together when it comes to securing a better deal for U.S. dairy producers trying to sell their wares in Canada. Recently, all three have protested regulatory plans by the Province of ...

Albany Slow But Steady On Athenex

Government will never be accused of moving too fast. But the Athenex announcement by state Gov. Andrew Cuomo in Dunkirk, which came some 14 months ago, is progressing. Most recently, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul in a stop in the town of Hanover announced the project that could bring up to 900 jobs ...

County: Storage Lease Should Be Approved

It appears a Chautauqua County Legislature vote on a lease between the county and a company that wants to store materials for the Arkwright wind project will be close. It doesn’t need to be. Two committees approved the lease last week, but both votes had two dissenting votes: ...