In Our Opinion

As Enrollment Numbers Decline, County Schools Resist Merging

On the field, the student-athletes who comprise the Clymer-Sherman-Panama Wolfpack come together to create a formidable team. Together, the team has a fighting chance to play for the Section 6 Class D championship this year. Separately, with the exception of a four-year stretch in which Jehuu ...

City Must Resolve Water Break Issues

With one quarter of 2018 still to go, Jamestown has seen more water main breaks than it did for all of 2017. To make matters worse, the breaks have been more severe this year compared to 2017. There was quite a bit of outcry when Mayor Sam Teresi unveiled a plan for the Jamestown Local ...

Candidates For Governor Should Have More Debates

New Yorkers are ill-served by the political games that are inevitably played with gubernatorial debates. Last week’s debate between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Cynthia Nixon, who is challenging Cuomo for the Democratic Party’s nomination for governor, is just the latest example. The camps ...

Last Letter Of McCain Reminds Us Of Who We Are

During 60 years in public service, first in the Navy and more recently as a United States senator, John McCain made many sacrifices and did enormous good for us, his fellow Americans. Before passing on to his reward, he rendered one more very great service. He reminded us who we ...

Students Return, And So Should Careful Driving

Classes for the fall semester at area schools are scheduled to begin this week. That means hundreds of school buses will be carrying our children and grandchildren to and from their campuses. It also means motorists will have to adjust driving habits. The summer months of not exercising an ...

Prosecutor Panel Must Be Non-Partisan

No one can argue that innocent people have served time in jail because they were wrongly convicted or, worse, wrongly accused and then wrongly prosecuted. What can be argued is the best way to fix the problem. The state Legislature approved legislation before the end of the legislative ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to June Scheira for an incredible round of golf Wednesday at Moon Brook Country Club. Scheira recorded holes-in-one on back-to-back holes, a feat the National Hole-In-One Registry gives 67 million to 1 odds of happening. It’s been quite the summer for Scheira, who won the Moon Brook ...

Desire To Move Quickly Causes Complications

One can certainly understand Mayor Cara Birrittieri’s concern when Lakewood residents told her herbicides may have been applied on Chautauqua Lake within Lakewood’s boundaries after the Lakewood Village Board explicitly voted against using herbicides within village limits. The desire to ...

City Must Educate Displaced Children Taken Under Wing

New York officials threw open the state’s doors to families displaced by the horrific hurricanes and wildfires. Now, those same officials had better open the state’s checkbook a little wider, too. We say a little wider because the state Education Department did announce $15.9 million in ...

State Officials Look Into Fluvanna Avenue

It is good to hear that the state Transportation Department is willing to take a hard look at Fluvanna Avenue and Washington Street in Jamestown. State officials are studying a possible redesign of the road, including making the road two lanes instead of four and installing bicycle lanes and ...

John McCain Was A True American Hero

Not everyone agreed with U.S. Sen. John McCain’s political decisions. But there can be no argument — none at all — about one thing: McCain was a genuine American hero. On Friday, his family announced the Arizona Republican had decided to discontinue treatment for the brain cancer he ...

Washington’s Spending Problem Continues To Impact National Debt

With a national debt of $21.3 trillion, keeping the federal government’s spending within the limit of what revenue is taken in has become critical. Yet, after decades of warnings that needs to be done, political leaders have not found the will to make it happen. Recently, it was reported ...

For The Lake, It’s Put Up Or Shut Up Time

Perhaps the worst fear of those who organized the Chautauqua Lake Watershed and Management Alliance has come true — one member entity has sued another member entity. While the Chautauqua Lake Partnership was not named in Chautauqua Institution’s recent Article 78 lawsuit against the ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to all those who will take the time today to help build a new playground in Chadakoin Park in Jamestown. In order to complete the construction of the new playground today, 300 volunteers are needed at Washington Street park — about 150 had signed up through the middle of last week. ...

Is Gateway Lofts Project Worth $34M Price Tag?

The four-floor Gateway Lofts project makes a lot of sense except for one little detail — the $34 million price tag. Southern Tier Environments for Living, the YWCA of Jamestown and Community Helping Hands have put a lot of thought into the project. Two of the four floors of the ...

Fine Levied Against Panama School Should Be Forgiven

Once again, state Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, R-Jamestown, and state Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean, have secured money in the state budget to offset Panama Central School’s $4.9 million fine from the state Education Department. The penalty was a result of mismanaged paperwork regarding ...

Gov. Cuomo Should Focus On Making New York Great Again

Most have heard by now of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s political faux pas last week. On Thursday, Cuomo suggested, during an attack on President Donald Trump’s oft-repeated refrain to make America great again, that “We’re not going to make America great again — it was never that great. We ...

Airport Security Needs To Be Re-Examined In Wake Of Crash

Since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, federal officials have devoted an enormous amount of effort and resources to making airline travel safe. In general, they seem to have done a good job. But recently, a mentally disturbed ground crew member stole a 76-seat plane from the airport in ...

Benefits Of Regents Testing Still Unclear

We would have thought the state Board of Regents would have learned by now not to push parents too hard over the right to opt their child out of state tests. Obviously, they have not. In June, the Board of Regents approved its draft Every Schools Succeed Act regulations by a 14-3 vote. ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Marcos Figueroa, organizer of the fourth annual Lip Sync Battle fundraiser, which begins at 7 p.m. today at the Celoron American Legion, located at the corner of Fairmount and Jackson avenues in West Ellicott. Money raised through the Lip Sync Battle will be donated to the Mark ...