In Our Opinion

Court Consolidation To Get A Retrial

Saving money among the myriad town and village courts that make up Chautauqua County’s justice court system is not a new idea. Court consolidation made news more than 10 years ago when Chuck Cornell, then a legislator representing Jamestown’s north side, and Keith Ahlstrom, a Dunkirk ...

Free Tuition: Cuomo’s Plan May Not Be The Best Choice

We look forward to hearing more about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to provide free college tuition to the state’s public colleges and universities for qualifying New York students. Many of the jobs the New York economy is creating require a college education, and even the fairly reasonable ...

Poor Counties, Defendants Hurt Most In Cuomo’s Veto Of Public Defense Aid

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s logic in vetoing a state takeover of public defense programs across the state makes little sense. “This bill would do little more than transfer to the taxpayers of this state an entirely new obligation to pay for any and all existing expenses related to general ...

Weakening Ethics Office Wouldn’t Have Helped With Voters’ Trust Issues

Apparently it was not only Democrats who didn’t get the message on Nov. 8. Some Republican leaders in Congress may have missed what voters were saying, too. On Monday, GOP leaders in the House of Representatives moved to weaken the independent Office of Congressional Ethics. They did so ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to continuing traditions. For decades, visitors to Frewsburg driving on Route 62 have been greeted by a giant smiling sun painted on the side of a barn at 141 W. Main St. It would have been easy for the sun to fade into the proverbial sunset when Martin R. Gage, who first painted the ...

Pay Raises For State Legislators Low On Taxpayers’ Wish List

Many state legislators are sore that they didn’t get the Christmas present they wanted — a humongous pay raise — but we’re glad they had enough decency to call off their campaign for it. You can’t force Santa Claus or your family members to give you what you want, especially if ...

Restoring US Credibility Critical

Fortunately, Israeli officials and citizens have been well aware for several years that President Barack Obama is no friend of the Jewish state. They also understand that in less than three weeks, Obama will be out of the White House. That will leave President-elect Donald Trump, the State ...

Building Collapses Create Safety Concern

It is time for Jamestown to be more proactive in how it handles the safety hazards associated with long-vacant buildings in the city limits. Twice in the past two months, the city of Jamestown has had to issue emergency demolition orders for downtown buildings that have sat vacant far too ...

Trump Needs To Boost Vaccine Research Efforts When President

Millions of people worldwide, but primarily in West Africa, received a Christmas present from Canada last week. It came in the form of a vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus. When Ebola pops into the news every few years, it makes big headlines. It is in the class of diseases known as ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the late Lars J. Spinner, formerly of Woodmancy Road, Randolph, who gifted a $1.1 million scholarship endowment that will make its first $30,000 available to Randolph students graduating in June. Spinner grew up on a farm in Malone, N.Y., near the Canadian border, and worked to put ...

Minimal Output Should Mean Eviction Of City Housing Committee

Perhaps it is time to disband the Jamestown City Council’s Housing Committee. The committee was formed in 2004 by former council president Dr. Lillian Vitanza Ney. Dr. Ney then installed Carolyn Bloomquist, wife of Don Bloomquist, former CODE Inc. executive director, as the committee’s ...

Tax Relief Is Needed To Kick-Start Economy

Both Republicans who control Congress and President-elect Donald Trump have plans to grant most Americans tax relief. They hope to inject real growth into an economy still recovering only anemically from the so-called Great Recession. In reconciling their slightly different versions of tax ...

It’s The Randomness That Makes Terrorist Attacks So Frightening

Statisticians point out we Americans are more likely to die from falls in the bathtub or being struck by lightning than because of a terrorist attack. We shouldn’t worry so much about terrorism, we’re told. Roughly twice as many Americans have been killed by lightning as have perished in ...

Science Should Be Bipartisan

After six years of investigation at a cost of $29 million, the Environmental Protection Agency finally has come to a conclusion about whether hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells poses a risk to drinking water supplies: We don’t know. Last year, EPA officials released a draft report ...

Complex: Council Not Entirely Powerless

Anthony Dolce, R-Ward 2, was correct when he said recently the council doesn’t have a formal approval role when it comes to private developments like Jackson Spring, a two-building complex nestled on Spring Street that will have one 36-unit building and a second complex with seven ...

Have Yourself A Merry Christmas

Life seems busier than in the good old days, doesn’t it? And there is so much about which to worry. Will the economy pick up steam? Will children and grandchildren get good educations? Will we be safe from perils ranging from drug abuse to terrorism? But never mind all that. It is Christmas ...

Relax This Christmas Eve

It is Christmas Eve, and the hustle and bustle of preparing for the big day is nearly ended. Gifts have been purchased and wrapped. The Christmas tree is decorated, with special attention to treasured ornaments that have special meaning. Some of the food for tomorrow has been prepared and, ...

Social Security Reform Shouldn’t Be Sacred Territory

A bill introduced in the House of Representatives a few days ago, by Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Texas, probably will go nowhere. No one in Washington wants to touch the “third rail” of politics, after all. The title was bestowed years ago, by those convinced any tampering with the Social ...

Contracts: There Is No Going Back

There is a big flaw with public-sector contracts. Once something gets put in, especially something beneficial to the union, good luck on getting it out of future pacts no matter how much it hurts taxpayers. Dunkirk, for instance, once included a no-layoff clause in its city deals. Another ...