In Our Opinion

End The Fighting, Expand The Landfill

It is time for the fighting over the Chautauqua County Landfill to end. As we have previously written, we’re not sure Chautauqua County or the town of Ellery has had much of a choice in this matter. This issue was largely decided in the 1970s when county officials decided it was in the ...

Shop Local This Holiday

Ever ordered something online only to discover once it arrived that it wasn’t at all what you expected? Or that the merchant was out of the color you ordered and shipped you something different? That would not have happened if you had made your purchase in a local store. Or, have you ever ...

Please Help This Holiday

Chautauqua County, and the Jamestown area in particular, have been reminded repeatedly in the past several months that poverty is high in our little corner of the world. During this time of the year, the news that our area is trying to wrap its arms around just how tight a grip poverty has ...

It’s Time To End The Dance

Every year, New York state goes through the same dance when it comes to education funding. Business officials and the state Board of Regents throw out a ridiculous request for state aid increases across the state. The governor proposes an increase that is nowhere close to the Regents’ number. ...

See Something, Say Something

Precisely what motivated Abdul Razak Ali Artan to injure 11 people in an attack on the campus of Ohio State University may never be known. Fortunately, a campus police officer at the scene for another reason shot Artan dead. It is a reasonable supposition that Artan was one of those ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the opening of Carols’ Closet Thrift Store. The store offers a variety of gently used clothing, household items, shoes, coats and other odds and ends — with proceeds benefitting The Relief Zone Youth Center in Frewsburg. The store is a community effort with donations garnered ...

Childhood Obesity Rates Have Not Improved Under Obama

In 2010, First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled her plan to end the childhood obesity epidemic in the United States. The goal was to reduce childhood obesity to 5 percent by 2030, using a multi-faceted approach: increase the healthy foods available to kids in public settings such as schools; reduce ...

State Bill Could Have Negative Impact On City

The weight of employee salaries and benefits, coupled with stagnant tax base growth, are threatening to bury the city of Jamestown. A bill sent last week to Gov. Andrew Cuomo certainly wouldn’t help the situation. The state Assembly and Senate have each passed S7023 and A7490, which would ...

Electoral College Is The Safeguard We Need

Our American government never was intended to be a democracy. It is a republic, for the excellent reason that the nation’s founders understood the danger in pure democracy. Pure democracy amounts to majority rule every time, regardless of how oppressive that may be to those in the ...

Jail: Speeding Up The Interview Process

Chautauqua County has been stalemated in the fight to keep its jail population under control in recent years. Depriving someone of their freedom unnecessarily is one of the most serious choices a society can make. While those who would cause serious harm to the innocent in our midst should ...

Fly Car System Is A Needed Program

There have been relatively little public discussion of Chautauqua County’s implementation of a fly car system. Part of the reason for that is that it is difficult to argue something must be done to make sure life-saving services are provided quickly at a time when the county’s population ...

End The Doublestandard Against Police Officers

If four civilians were shot needlessly and intentionally by U.S. police officers in one day, it is a safe bet existing condemnations of law enforcement personnel as a class would be intensified greatly. There would be demands that something be done immediately to stop the violence. Four ...

State Lawmakers Need To Earn Pay Raise

Good for a state commission for declining to support a pay raise for state lawmakers. Legislators don’t want to find themselves in the sticky situation of approving their own pay raise. Instead, they created the Commission on Legislative, Judicial and Executive Compensation in 2015 to take ...

There Is Much To Be Thankful For

America is not without its tumult and tribulation; her citizenry is not without its share of troubles. We hope, though, everyone is able to find something for which to be thankful on our national day of Thanksgiving. We should be thankful, despite its rancor, that we have demonstrated how ...

Library Needs Community Support

Twice in the span of roughly 12 months, the James Prendergast Library pursued two options to increase its revenues. Selling parts of the library’s art collection to create an endowment fund that would help support library operations was opposed by a small group of area residents who felt ...

WMH Emergency Department Fundraiser

We hope area residents haven’t forgotten the Herculean fight several years ago to save Westfield Memorial Hospital from state-imposed closure. It has been nearly 10 years since the Berger Commission recommended closure of several rural hospitals, including Westfield Memorial Hospital. ...

City Residents Need To Be Informed

It should come as little surprise that only 12 people attended a public hearing, with only three speaking, on Monday during a public hearing on Jamestown’s 2017 budget proposal. City officials haven’t given city residents much on which to give their opinion. The budget process started ...

Disconnect Between Government, Voters

Don’t make the same mistake I did, President Barack Obama seemed to be advising European leaders this week. Obama is on his last big trip abroad as president. Part of his purpose, as White House aides confirm, is to reassure European leaders President-elect Donald Trump will keep key ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the annual What’s New Fair. Sponsored by the AAUW, the fair is today and Sunday at Jamestown Community College. The opportunity to peruse the wares of dozens of vendors — many with hand-crafted items or locally made food — is nice, but the What’s New Fair is about more than ...

Keep Safety In Mind With The Start Of Deer Season

Saturday morning is the start of a favorite for many local residents — firearm deer season. Many locals will be heading out into the woods to find that elusive buck or doe. But as they head out, we want to remind everyone to be safe. Some basic reminders to those shooting guns: 1) Treat ...