In Our Opinion

Don’t Put Off Getting The Flu Shot Any Longer This Season

If you managed to get into the new year without suffering through a case of influenza, even though you haven’t been vaccinated against the virus, congratulations. Now, go get that shot. The most dangerous part of the flu season lies ahead. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said recently that cases of ...

Shutdown A Big Test For Problem Solvers Caucus

If there was ever a time for the Problem Solvers Caucus to shine, this is it. The shutdown of the federal government is now in its second week after the House of Representatives and the Senate were unable to come to an agreement over the budget legislation, with the biggest disagreement ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for vetoing legislation that would have allowed workers to take up to 12 weeks of paid leave after the death of a family member. The legislation had been opposed by business groups because the way the legislation was written could have led to rampant abuse under ...

County Staff Have More Pressing Needs At The Momement

Having a nationally televised Web.com Tour is a good thing for the Peek’n Peak Resort and the rest of Chautauqua County. It makes little sense for county employees spending time lining up sponsors and organizing the tournament. The 2019 tournament is on schedule to take place from July 1-7 ...

Those In Need Of Assistance Continues To Grow Locally

Far too many Chautauqua County residents are at risk of falling through the cracks — news releases from the St. Susan Center and Meals on Wheels of the Jamestown Area are proof of that. St. Susan Center has seen a continual increase in the number of people it serves over the past few years, ...

Creating A Citizen Advisory Committee Is Right Move To Make

It was interesting to read that County Executive George Borrello wants to create a citizen advisory committee that consist of people who aren’t involved in government entities. The group had been created as of mid-December, though it had yet to meet. “These people are not normally ...

Any Reform To Parole System Needs To Include Local Housing

Proposed changes to the state’s parole system aren’t a bad idea as long as state legislators remember a couple of things. Legislators want to shift the parole system’s emphasis from technical violations to a series of incentives to reward good behavior. The legislation, as written, ...

Businesses Will Feel The Pinch With Minimum Wage Hike

All of New York’s businesses — especially the small ones — will be feeling a new pinch right before the start of the new year. Beginning Monday, the state’s minimum wage will rise 70 cents to $11.10 per hour. That is almost $4 more than the federal minimum wage, which is $7.25 per ...

Borrello Is Taking On Tough Tasks

It is impossible for there not to be conflicts where Chautauqua Lake is concerned. Rolland Kidder — a former state Assemblyman, Robert H. Jackson Center executive director and a Stow resident — summarizes the situation surrounding the organizations working for the lake’s benefit in an ...

Mayor Should Find Fresh Face For Vacant Council Seat

Mayor Sam Teresi finds himself with a vacancy to fill on the City Council after the resignation of Vanessa Weinert. It’s unfortunate Weinert had to step down. She had proven herself early in her first year as a bright, energetic member of the council who added depth to the conversation ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Evans’ Skatelcub Social Rollers, a group of area residents who gather twice a year to reminisce about their god times at Evans’ Skateland. The longtime Jamestown fixture closed in December 2009 and, with it, a chapter of Jamestown history for those of a certain age who grew ...

State Needs To Find A Way To Help Victims Of Sexual Abuse

It was interesting to see a report in Newsday last week indicating Democrats in the state Legislature were taking a second look at the Child Victims Act. The story quotes Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, D-Albany, as one of the Democratic Party legislators voicing concern that the legislation, ...

Green New Deal Likely To Hurt Families It Is Designed To Help

One area of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2019 Justice Agenda isn’t likely to be particularly fair for low- and middle-income families. Cuomo plans to make New York the most progressive state in the nation in moving to renewables and growing the new sustainable green economy. His Green New Deal ...

There Are Many Who Go Above And Beyond On Christmas

We pull out all the stops for Christmas. Household budgets are torn up in our determination to get the perfect gift for everyone on our lists. Many — most, here in Chautauqua County, we have reason to believe — set aside a few dollars, perhaps more, in our concern for the less fortunate. ...

For Many, The Most Joyful, Calming Night Of The Year

Well, despite our best planning and our most focused efforts, Christmas has a way of sneaking up on us. It’s tomorrow, in case you’d lost track. There is so much left to do! The house or apartment needs a last cleaning for family members who visit just a couple of times a year. There’s ...

Wishing Those Who Work On Christmas A Safe Shift

Tonight, while most of us relax in anticipation of The Big Day, firefighters will have to hold themselves ready to respond to the almost inevitable fires in chimneys and Christmas decorations. Police officers and sheriff’s deputies will patrol our streets and roads. Men and women will watch ...

Reuniting Drug Task Forces Won’t Be Easy

Four of the five recommendations proposed by the Countywide Alliance for Enforcement and Rehabilitation make a lot of sense. The group, formed by County Executive George Borrello in January 2018, recently released a report that includes ideas to pursue in the coming year. Task force members ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to each and every individual who took part — in both large and small ways — in the dozens of donation drives during this holiday season. Agencies have said repeatedly the need has never been higher for both basic necessities and for holiday gifts for children, yet Chautauqua ...

Keep Politics Out Of Justice Center Investigation

Were it not for the sometimes odious air of politics, there would be little controversy over a federal investigation of the New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People With Special Needs. Claims that the agency hasn’t investigated crimes that involve neglect, abuse, sexual ...

Having Schools Report Where Their Funding Goes Is Right Move

The concerns voiced by educators statewide about reports showing how a school district’s funding is divided between its individual school buildings appear to be coming true. This year, every school district has to file such a report to the state Division of the Budget to comply with federal ...