In Our Opinion

Congress Needs To Crack Down On ‘Spoofing’ Calls

Many of us have heard the phone ring, glanced down at the caller ID and seen the name and number of someone we know, answered the phone — and found ourselves talking to someone with a sales pitch or worse, a scam. It is called “spoofing,” and it enables the unscrupulous to get to us ...

It’s Time To Fix The Military’s Sexual Assault Problem

Arizonan Martha McSally spent 26 years in the military, becoming the first female Air Force pilot to fly in combat. She went on to a successful career in politics, leading her to the U.S. Senate. Clearly, she is a strong woman. Yet she was shaken deeply on Wednesday, as she participated in a ...

Who, Exactly, Isn’t Playing Nicely Over Chautauqua Lake Policy

County Executive George Borrello is going to have a tough time forging any sort of consensus on a Chautauqua Lake plan if Monday is any indication. Borrello has been working on a memorandum of understanding for a coordinated plan of attack to the weed and algal bloom issues on the lake, with ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Frewsburg Soccer Club for bringing new life to the Allen Park Ice Rink, a long-underused community resource, to the Northwest Ice Arena and new executive director Keith Martin and to the city of Jamestown for helping find a way to make the deal happen. The club recently signed ...

GOP Should Help Bring Amazon Jobs Back To New York

Republicans statewide made great political hay after Amazon chose to end its dalliance with placing a headquarters in Long Island city. With news surfacing that Gov Andrew Cuomo is trying to resurrect the deal, Republicans should engage themselves in the effort. Not only could Republicans ...

How Team Handles Medicaid Review Will Be Test For Dems

Staring at a $2.4 billion shortfall in state revenues, it is little surprise Gov. Andrew Cuomo is casting an eye toward Medicaid in his search for savings. The governor wants the state Department of Health to reconvene the Medicaid Redesign Team to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the ...

Chautauqua County Doesn’t Need An Airport Upgrade

The federal government is unwilling to put any more money into the Chautauqua County Airport in Jamestown. Why is New York state? Federal officials recently declined to approve resumption of the county’s Essential Air Service subsidy because of concerns the airport isn’t viable ...

Governor Needs To Call For A Special Election To Fill Seat

There will be a time to better reflect on the enormous impact state Sen. Catharine Young has had on the 57th Senate District. Today, however, we turn our attention to the future. Young’s last day in the Senate will be March 10. Once she leaves, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany ...

The Vatican Needs A Concrete Plan For Predators

Pope Francis said all the right things during an extraordinary conference to discuss sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests and coverups by their superiors. But what he did not say has some observers, both inside the church and out of it, upset. Francis summoned 190 Catholic bishops and many ...

EMS Shortage Encompasses More Than Alstar, Fly Cars

From its start, those paying attention to emergency response in Chautauqua County knew implementing a county-backed fly car response system was only the start of reshaping Chautauqua County’s response to medical emergencies. It’s been about 2¢ years since the county first saw a study ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Clymer Future Business Leader of America for its focus on helping area veterans. For the past three years, the Clymer Central School club has been placing flags on the graves of more than 300 resting veterans in preparation for Memorial Day. The students have also clipped more ...

Splitting The State Would Make No Financial Sense

The calls have begun again to consider splitting Upstate New York from the New York City area. The Upstate/Downstate divide is nothing new, but the divide seems particularly wide when the state Legislature begins passing a rash of progressive-backed legislation that tends to be particularly ...

American People Should See Mueller Report – Whatever It Says

After nearly two years of work, special counsel Robert Mueller is nearly ready to release his report on whether some Americans cooperated with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election. It already is known that Moscow devoted resources to both a social media-based propaganda ...

Lawmaker’s Gun Legislation Should Not Move Forward

Legislation proposed in the state Assembly shows just how great a divide there is between places like Chautauqua County and urban areas like New York City. Of course, we’re talking about A.1413, legislation that would make gun raffles illegal. In her justification for the legislation, ...

Counties Shouldn’t Pay For State AIM ‘Restoration’

Don’t believe Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s crocodile tears over towns and villages that would be hurt by his budget proposal to eliminate their state aid. After acknowledging their pain, he said he would reverse course and “keep them whole” — but what he didn’t say is that he would make ...

Lawmakers Should Be Concerned About Emergency

Give President Donald Trump credit for being transparent about his plan to exert executive authority in what many view as a challenge to Congress. At least Trump, unlike his predecessor, is not engaging in a covert operation. For months, the president has insisted at least $5.7 billion is ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Randy Merrill, a Falconer native who recently won two more Grammy awards for Best Engineer For A Non-Classical Album and Best Song For Visual Media for Beck’s album, “Colors,” and Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s song, “Shallow,” respectively. “Shallow” is one of the ...

NY Lawmaker Should Abandon Crusade For Single Payer Health Care

Before Democrats in the state Assembly and Senate begin writing checks for single payer health care in New York state that the state has no way of cashing, they need to listen to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Empire Center for New York Policy. Cuomo is lobbying President Donald Trump and ...

More Transparency Needed In Economic Development Programs

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says it’s irresponsible for political opposition to stop Amazon from locating a headquarters in Long Island City. The project, which Amazon pulled out of last week, would have brought 25,000 jobs to the New York City area. Isn’t it also irresponsible to spend $3 billion ...