In Our Opinion

Free Press Can’t Be Silenced

Like probably every newspaper staff around the country — and millions of other Americans — we were horrified Thursday at a mass murder at a daily newspaper office in Annapolis, Maryland. Police said it was a pre-planned solo attack, in which a 38-year-old man walked into the offices of ...

Concession By Kim Would Be A Breakthrough

If — and this may be the most critical “if” to occur in diplomacy for many years — North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is serious about a proposal being discussed now, it could represent a true breakthrough. While most attention during recent months has focused on North Korea’s ...

The Need For A Village Manager In Lakewood Hasn’t Been Proven

When she was running to be Lakewood’s mayor, Cara Birrittieri made no qualms about the fact that Lakewood residents were getting a full-time mayor for a part-time price. “There are a lot of reasons, but first and foremost I have the time to work every day and be available basically ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Lawson Boating Heritage Center in Bemus Point for continuing its summer series of lake-related lectures. Earlier this week, Fletcher Ward presented the history of the Chris-Craft Corporation based on the research Ward did for his book, The History of Chris-Craft Corporation’s ...

Tourism Will Live And Die With Front-Line Workers

Jamestown is scrambling to make itself more tourist-friendly as the grand opening of the National Comedy Center nears. Streetscape projects at Second and Washington streets and on Third Street are expected to be completed in time for the center’s big day while temporary wayfinding signs ...

Tourism Will Live And Die With Front-Line Workers

Jamestown is scrambling to make itself more tourist-friendly as the grand opening of the National Comedy Center nears. Streetscape projects at Second and Washington streets and on Third Street are expected to be completed in time for the center’s big day while temporary wayfinding signs ...

State Legislators Should Boost Animal Cruely Laws

Most reasonable people would agree that the abuse of animals is abhorrent behavior that shouldn’t be tolerated in decent society. They have a hard time understanding what possesses someone to hang a dog from a tree or to give animals shelter when they have no means to provide for them. ...

New Yorkers Suffer As Cuomo Fixates On Trump

The state Legislature ended its session last week with a whimper. Sports betting, early voting, bail reform, legislation benefitting child sex abuse victims, procurement reform and a database of deals all fell by the wayside when the final gavel struck to end the session. As we said a ...

Ripley Voters Need To Voice Their Concerns

It is time for the Ripley Central School Board of Education to begin mending some fences. It could have been taken as a fluke that the district’s 2018-19 budget was defeated at the polls in May. That vote, which required 60 percent approval of the budget, was only approved 91-90. Last ...

Abuse Of Charitable Foundations Should Be Investigated

New York’s attorney general has filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his charitable foundation, accusing them of using money illegally to help his businesses and political campaign. Whether the action has any merit remains to be seen. But while we are thinking of abuses ...

Liuzzo Misses The Point On Water Agreement Impasse

Andrew Liuzzo made headlines on Monday — and, at the same time, missed the entire point of the water agreement impasse between the city and town of Ellicott. Liuzzo had received a packet of information from Patrick McLaughlin, Ellicott town supervisor, and had questions. So, during ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the organizers of the Colin Speta Memorial Golf Tournament, the final edition of which is scheduled this year for July 22 at Breezewood Golf Links in Falconer. The tournament has been held in memory of Speta, who was boating on Chautauqua Lake on Aug. 16, 2009, when a wave crashed ...

Big Bust Highlights Need For Improvement

Kudos to local, state and federal law enforcement agencies for their collaboration over the past several months as they unraveled a bi-coastal drug ring that was allegedly bringing methamphetamine from Mexico through California and then into Western New York. A bust as big as this one is ...

Chautauqua County Deserved State Grant

Chautauqua County missing out on a $20 million grant from New York state regarding government is both disappointing and upsetting. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last week that Brookhaven in Suffolk County had the best plan in winning the first Municipal Consolidation and Efficiency ...

Dealing With The Young Immigrants

What to do about children who accompany parents crossing the border illegally into the United States is a heart-wrenching problem — and not as simple as one might wish. As many as 500 children have been separated from their mothers and/or fathers after their parents brought them across the ...

Fleet Management Plan Prompts Further Evaluation

County officials are debating an offer from a private company that could give the county a newer fleet of vehicles at less cost. Enterprise Fleet Management recently met with county legislators to discuss what it calls open-ended equity leases that are designed for the county to pay as ...

County Budget Needs To Bring Lake Issue Forward

Herbicide treatments on Chautauqua Lake have been completed for this year. There will never be agreement on the use of herbicides on the lake amongst all county residents and lake-related organizations. The state Department of Environmental Conservation, however, seems satisfied with the ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to use of CDBG funding to help the United Christian Advocacy Network City Mission perform necessary work. The city is including $100,000 in CDBG funding for masonry repair and to paint the exterior of the UCAN City Mission building at 7 W. First St. There was a definite hole in the ...

Labor Rep On County IDA Board Is The Right Move

Later this week, there is expected to be a welcome change to the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency. County Executive George Borrello, at a luncheon on Saturday in Dunkirk, indicated there will be a representative from labor on the board of directors. Borrello told the area labor ...

Rebels Need Financial Success In Jamestown

Ken Dennis was looking for the right fit for his Philadelphia Rebels, a successful team that has had an itinerant history through little fault of its own. Northwest Savings Bank Arena officials were looking to return to a higher level of hockey with a long-term commitment to the arena. By ...