In Our Opinion

Governor’s Veto To Forgive Panama School Fine Makes Little Practical Sense

We aren’t surprised Gov. Andrew Cuomo vetoed legislation to forgive the rest of Panama Central School’s $2.4 million fine. Similar legislation has been vetoed in the past, so it wasn’t a surprise that Cuomo vetoed the Panama legislation. The penalty was a result of mismanaged ...

Lakewood Voters Should Look At All Their Options

In Lakewood, three trustees are running for two positions on the Village Board. Doug Schutte, a newcomer to politics, and Ted McCague, an incumbent and village deputy mayor, are running as a tandem with endorsements by the Republican and Democratic parties while Jack McCray, a longtime Lakewood ...

Understanding Water Woes In Celoron, Feldt Would Be Good Choice For Mayor

Voters in the neighboring village of Celoron have a choice for mayor between incumbent Scott Schrecengost and newcomer Jacob Feldt. Schrecengost has been mayor for roughly four-and-a-half years. His time as mayor has seen improvements to village amenities and the ongoing construction of the ...

Stop Terrorism By Destroying Leaders

Once again, we find ourselves asking the familiar question: How can we prevent terrorist attacks such as that in New York City on Tuesday? We can’t — at least not without infringing upon liberties we Americans cherish. In mid-afternoon Tuesday, Sayfullo Saipov, 29, who came to this ...

Rich Moviemakers Don’t Deserve NY Taxpayer Dollars

Last week, as we shared concerns about New York’s economic development grants to private enterprises, we said the state should eliminate its $420-million-a-year giveaways to the film and television industry. That was before we read this week that those subsidies included at least $5 million ...

Four Get The Nod In North County Races For Legislature

There are four contested races for the Legislature in northern Chautauqua County. Legislators Robert Bankoski, District 2 in Dunkirk; Christine Starks, District 4 in Fredonia; Terry Niebel, District 5 in Cherry Creek, Sheridan and Villenova; and Mark Odell, District 7 of Brocton and Portland, ...

Incumbents Have Our Endorsement

The past four years have been calm ones for the Chautauqua County Legislature. The 19-member body was finally able to sell the Chautauqua County Home. Together with County Executive Vince Horrigan, the legislature was able to reach an agreement with state legislators to increase the ...

No Endorsement For County Clerk

Four years ago, we did not endorse in the race for Chautauqua County clerk. We will go the same route again this year. From the outside, it looks as though current Clerk Larry Barmore has done a fairly solid job of running the office that was efficiently run for so many years by Sandra Sopak ...

Borrello’s Experience Makes Him Fit For County Executive Post

Accomplishing anything in the Chautauqua County Legislature never came easy before 2010. During that era, partisan politics ruled the roost. It may have been comfortable for many who served — some for far too long. For outsiders, however, it was a portrait of dysfunction and ...

P-J Endorses Ecklund, Laurin, Dolce, Carrubba

The face of the Jamestown City Council could change drastically on Nov. 7 with six people running for the council’s three at-large positions. Democrats Greg Rabb, the incumbent council president, Vanessa L. Weinert and former legislator Robert Whitney Jr. are running against Republicans ...

Cerne, Walker Best Choices For Races In Districts 6, 16

Two races for the Chautauqua County Legislature feature fresh faces to legislative politics. The District 6 race pits Kevin O’Connell of Silver Creek, endorsed by the Democratic and Working Families parties, against Gary Cerne of Irving, endorsed by the Republican, Conservative and ...

Two Propositions Deserve ‘Yes’

Besides the more publicized Proposition One regarding a Constitutional Convention, there also are two others that voters need to decide on and are fairly less controversial. Proposition Two asks voters to allow the complete or partial forfeiture of a public officer’s pension if he or she is ...

Vote ‘No’ For Constitutional Convention

Hidden on the back of your ballot on Election Day will be a proposition asking if New York should host a constitutional convention to rewrite the state constitution. Western New Yorkers should remember to flip their ballot and vote no. The idea behind a constitutional convention is a good ...

Restoration Of Library Funding Unlikely

Supporters of the James Prendergast Library should not expect a restoration of city funding to the library. Mayor Sam Teresi’s 2018 budget proposal cuts the library’s city funding from $100,000 to $50,000. It is a far cry from the $350,000 the city provided the library in 2016, but one ...

We Just Need To Move A Little More

With fall making its appearance, the holiday eating season (from Halloween candy through New Year’s feasts) is nearly upon us. Some folks may already be bracing themselves for the annual winter padding they put on, and burn off in the spring, when fresher foods and a return to outdoor ...

Bullying Requires Joint Response From School, Teachers

Bullying is a problem in the Jamestown Public Schools District — though no one seems to know just how pervasive the problem is. Statistics compiled by the state Education Department showed no reported incidents of cyber-bullying at any school in the Jamestown Public Schools District in ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Todd Conklin, Panama Central School boys and girls swimming coach, for a reminder of why living in a small town can be such a wonderful thing. Conklin recently organized an “Orange Out” of a Panama varsity girls swimming meet in honor of Mike Seeley, a Chautauqua County ...

Change To Tax Structure Can Keep Workers Local

To The Reader’s Forum: We are hearing a lot lately about changing the corporate tax structure. We also hear about an increase in the use of robots in plants that will significantly reduce workers in the coming years. I think that a good tax structure would take this fact into ...

Investment Must Be Made By Neighborhood Residents

Jamestown’s lackluster housing market affects more than just the city residents looking for decent housing. The city’s taxable property value fell slightly from $672 million to $665 million between 2007 and 2015, according to a recent czb LLC analysis commissioned by the Jamestown ...

City Continues To Find Itself In Unsustainable Situation

We hope, one of these years, to hear something different from Mayor Sam Teresi when he unveils his yearly budget proposal. The story is the same every year. The city is butting up against the state’s constitutional debt limit, a large percentage of the budget pays for employee salaries and ...