In Our Opinion

Upstate SAFE Act Repeal Must Happen

New York state has always been two states — New York City and the rest of the state. It’s good to see the state Legislature accepting that reality. Last year, the state Legislature approved, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed, a minimum wage increase that is higher in New York City and ...

Public Deserves To Know The Real Truth About Trump’s Phones

Midway through his presidency, Barack Obama became so frustrated with news leaks in the White House that he authorized the Justice Department to harass — and that is the appropriate word — scores of Associated Press reporters. Government operatives secretly seized records from their home, ...

Disagreements Between Officials On Cell Tower Plan Could Be Costly

There is nothing wrong with Lakewood officials being against a cell phone tower being built in the village. Recently, the Lakewood Zoning Board of Appeals denied a variance request by Upstate Tower LLC to build a tower south of East Summit Avenue between Woodlawn and Linwood avenues. The ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Matt Hill and Andrew Pumford, two Jamestown High School students honored recently by Dave Warren Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram with the “Do The Right Thing” award. Hill and Pumford teamed up to help James Hicks, one of their teammates on the Jamestown High School football team who ...

Decrease In Energy Usage Shows Sign Of Struggling Economy

Jamestown Board of Public Utilities board members heard some pretty discouraging news last week. All five of the utility’s budgets underperformed in 2016, but it is the electric division that may be the most troubling. Billed killowatt-hour sales decreased 5.5 percent compared to 2015; ...

Tougher Laws Are Needed For Drug Offenses Near Kids

All too frequently, reports we publish on people arrested for drug offenses mention that children were present when the crimes were committed. That is unacceptable, especially when young ones are put at physical risk. The sheer number of incidents that occur with a child present shows the ...

Broadband Can Boost Rural Business Market

It is important for governments to make sure they invest enough in vital infrastructure like roads, bridges and sewers. Add high-speed internet access to that list. The towns of Chautauqua, Ripley, Arkwright, Sherman, Westfield and Mina will gain access to high-speed broadband sometime in ...

Full Board Should Hear Tattoo Shop Request

It would be easier to understand turning down a new business in downtown Jamestown if there was massive public outcry against a zoning variance for the business. It would be understandable, too, if the majority of the oversight board disagreed with the variance in question. Neither of ...

DRI Alone Won’t Save Downtown

The major projects included in Jamestown’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative plan submitted to New York state has lofty visions for several currently underutilized properties downtown. The plan, which still requires state approval, includes money to help renovate the former Key Bank ...

Lawmakers Still Have Work To Do With Health Insurance Overhaul

Implacable critics of President Donald Trump dismissed his Tuesday speech to Congress as full of platitudes and short on substance. One can only wonder whether they dozed off during much of the address. Trump offered a variety of policy prescriptions during the presentation. One of them ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to a new way to help abused and neglected children in Chautauqua County. Cupcakes for CASA is a bake sale fundraiser in which individuals have sales on their own to raise money. Money raised helps the Court Appointed Special Advocates program support and promote volunteer advocacy for ...

Horrigan Will Leave The County In A Better Place Than He Found It

County Executive Vince Horrigan may not have advanced any major new items in his State of the County address, but this will not be a lame duck year for Horrigan, either. Horrigan has done quite a bit during his first three years as county executive. His successful lobbying and deal-making ...

Open For Business? Nah. Open To Taking Your Money

Attention, anyone who works in New York state — starting July 1, you’ll be bringing home a little less in your paycheck. Just don’t ask how much money you’re losing when payroll deductions begin for paid family leave. The state doesn’t seem to know that yet because the maximum rate ...

The Charter Effect: What Happens To State Aid?

A January rally in the state Capitol and the confirmation of Betsy Devos as U.S. Secretary of Education should be a clear signal that the discussion of charter schools and their role in New York’s education infrastructure isn’t going away anytime soon. That doesn’t mean we envision ...

Jamestown IRS Office Was Handled Poorly

Thank you, U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, for intervening and keeping the IRS’ taxpayer assistance center in Jamestown open three days a week. There are people for whom a trip to the Buffalo office is virtually impossible. Perhaps the Jamestown office doesn’t need to be fully staffed five days a ...

Pence Deserves Better From Trump

Several presidents have treated their vice presidents notoriously and sometimes irresponsibly badly. The late President Harry Truman knew all about that. When he took office upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, he had to be told about the atomic bomb. Roosevelt had kept him in the ...

Reed Does The Right Thing By Holding Town Hall Meetings

It’s hard to believe American citizens have cause to be surprised when their elected representatives hold town hall meetings. We need look no further than Buffalo, where Republican Chris Collins and Democrat Brian Higgins have steadfastly refused to hold town hall meetings. Elisa Stefanik, ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Mary Ann Kuzmin, a Jamestown woman who has been volunteering at Hospice of Warren County for 20 years. Spurred to action after her husband was enrolled in Hospice of Warren County in 1997, Kuzmin started as a secretary before putting her skills cutting hair to use at the Hospice ...

Quicker Sentencing Needed To Reduce Jail Cost Overruns

Last week, Chautauqua County residents received a reminder just how important the work of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council really is.. Members of the Chautauqua County Legislatur’s Audit and Control committee spent much of their meeting approving changes to balance out the 2016 ...

State’s Tax Credits For Film/TV Production Need To Be Re-Examined

Taxpayers across New York pay the movie and television industry to operate in our state, but New York City reaps roughly 90 percent of the benefits. That’s one finding in a recent, state-mandated study by Camoin Associates, a Saratoga Springs-based firm led by Rob Camoin. New York’s ...