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Better Than The Tax Code We Have

To The Reader’s Forum: The opposition to cutting taxes has been strong setting off some to go into freak-out mode. Rosie O’ Donnell tweeted that the tax cut package will “kill people.” Nancy Pelosi calls it “grand theft.” Isn’t it ironic that progressive politicians who ...

Time For County Flight Services To Call It Quits

Sluggish passenger numbers have put the latest airline to occupy the Chautauqua County Airport in Jamestown on the chopping block. No one should be surprised that Southern Airways Express isn’t meeting the federal government’s 10 passenger a day minimum to receive Essential Air Service ...

Bail System Needs To Be Reworked, With Care

As a matter of fairness, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to reform the use of bail in New York state and to improve access to a speedy trial are good ideas. Cuomo proposed new legislation that will eliminate monetary bail for people facing misdemeanor and non-violent felony charges and expand ...

Marie Carrubba On Right Track Toward Council Transparency

Marie Carrubba’s first official decision as City Council president was a good one. Carrubba’s chose last week to place the two most senior members of the council — Republicans Tony Dolce and Kim Ecklund — on the council’s Finance Committee. While they would never admit it, committee ...

Open For Business … For Now

Restaurants have always been a risky business proposition. For every Johnny’s Restaurant or Davidson’s Restaurant that become fixtures, there are dozens that struggle for a year or two before closing their doors. It is this environment into which Gov. Andrew Cuomo is treading with his ...

Fiscal Responsibility To Should Be Top Priority

There were a lot of interesting ideas in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address on Wednesday. The governor outlined more than a dozen policy initiatives in the address — and a lot of those initiatives come with price tags. A new airport in the Hudson Valley will cost $34 million. ...

Tax Reform Shouldn’t Affect Charity

Tax reform signed into law by President Donald Trump just before Christmas may be detrimental to many charitable organizations, some analysts insist. It should not make an iota of difference in how we Americans respond to need. If you make contributions to recognized charities, you may be ...

Outside Group Makes More Sense In Ripley Mediation Talks

Given the allegations leveled by a former union president, we wonder if the latest action taken by the Ripley Central School District will actually remedy the problems between the district and its teachers. The union representing Ripley’s teachers recently announced a vote of no confidence ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to all of the volunteers who have spent countless hours working to groom snowmobile trails throughout the area. The work has been particularly difficult this year, with bitter cold temperatures and snowfalls that have made the grooming a difficult process. Snowmobile clubs have also ...

SUNY Fredonia Made The Right Move To Stop Leadership Program

The State University at Fredonia has done the right thing in putting its educational leadership program on hiatus as the program is revamped. SUNY Fredonia’s existing program was struggling to attract enough students to continue the program in its current incarnation. Students currently ...

Legion Auxiliary To Honor MLK Jan. 15

To The Reader’s Forum: On Jan. 15, local American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) members join hundreds of thousands of Americans in making the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday “a day on, not a day off,” by serving in his honor. King used his influence as a civil rights leader to leave a great ...

New York State: Give And Take

New York state giveth. New York state taketh away. Yesterday, we lauded the state’s efforts to fight harmful algal blooms on 12 lakes statewide including Chautauqua Lake. The state’s resources and expertise can only help with a problem that there likely aren’t enough local resources to ...

Lake Groups Shouldn’t Bite The Hand That’s Helping Them

Chautauqua County residents should be overjoyed that Chautauqua Lake has been included as one of 12 lakes statewide that will see the the state’s attention as part of a four-point, $65 million initiative to combat harmful algal blooms. Chautauqua Lake is such a large driver of property ...

Twitter Should Tread Carefully When Addressing ‘Hateful’ Content

Twitter announced last week it has begun to enforce new rules meant to reduce abusive, hateful, violent content. Of course, the intent is good; and Twitter has every right to host whatever content it chooses. It is free to encourage or suppress whatever speech its decision-makers deem meet or ...

There Are Plenty Of Positives Heading Into The New Year

Old habits are hard to break. That’s usually the opposite case with resolutions, which are tough to keep. So, in changing are sometimes negative attitudes about good things not happening in Western New York, let’s attempt to be more positive as we move into a new year this 2018. There are ...

Current Poverty Caused, In Part, By Our Past Decisions

Seven local organizations have been awarded money from a $1 million state grant to pay for programs to help decrease poverty in the Jamestown area for the 8,000 families described as asset limited, income constrained and employed (ALICE). The United Way uses the ALICE measurement to show the ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to all those who have spent the past week working in heavy snows and bitter cold to provide the services upon which the rest of us depend. Police officers, sanitation workers, water crews, plow drivers, EMS crews and a host of other occupations don’t have the option of calling in to ...

New York State Has Responsibility To Reduce Health Care Costs

The most expensive cost per month to most working New Yorkers isn’t their home or even their groceries — it’s ever-escalating health care premiums. A recent WalletHub study ranked New York 46th in the country for cost of health care, though the state ranked ninth in access to care and ...

Celoron Park Serial Bond Not In Best Interest For Residents

The recent decision by the village of Celoron to approve a possible $900,000 of borrowing to pay for improvements to Lucille Ball Memorial Park seems irrational to those on the outside of village government. Contrast the recently approved serial bond issue with the village’s years of ...

Arena Expansion Process Must Move Faster

It was back in August when Northwest Savings Bank Arena officials first proposed expanding the arena. Five months later, the process is inching forward. The project would build a new back end of the arena to house a small concession area, more space to make the facility function better for ...