In Our Opinion

Cuomo Can Do More To Keep College Students Fed

Good for the State University at New York and Jamestown Community College for making sure their students have access to food in advance of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s December deadline. Earlier this year the governor announced his “No Student Goes Hungry Program” that mandated all New York ...

Foreclosures Must Protect Elderly From Losing Their Homes

Following established processes is important. There are times, however, when compassion and common sense are just as important as the all-important bureaucracy. We note the recent case of David Blodgett, a Sheridan man who suffers from severe bipolar depression and faces dual disorders of ...

Now Is Not Time To Abandon The Church

To The Reader’s Forum: The recent exposure of the priest’s scandals left me heart broken and angry. They are despicable and not to be tolerated! Does this mean we should leave the church in disgust? No! If you were Satan, what church would you attack? You would attack the one true ...

Our Worst Day, We Were At Our Best

Today marks the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York City. As is the case with events both good and bad, the passage of time fogs our memories and dulls our collective emotions as more children are born who were born who have no recollection of the attacks nor ...

Distrust Vaccinations? Just Look At Europe

World health officials are worried that measles may be making a comeback. During the first six months of this year, Europe alone reported more than 41,000 cases of the disease. Thirty-seven victims died. Contrast that with U.S. statistics: This year, there have been just 107 instances of ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Brandon Caruso, a Falconer native who now works for the National Comedy Center as its guest experience research developer, for making it easier for at least one patron to laugh. Tom Willard, a Westfield native and current Rochester resident, has attended previous events at the ...

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. ...