In Our Opinion

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Thumbs up to Randy Merrill, a Falconer native who recently won two more Grammy awards for Best Engineer For A Non-Classical Album and Best Song For Visual Media for Beck’s album, “Colors,” and Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s song, “Shallow,” respectively. “Shallow” is one of the ...

NY Lawmaker Should Abandon Crusade For Single Payer Health Care

Before Democrats in the state Assembly and Senate begin writing checks for single payer health care in New York state that the state has no way of cashing, they need to listen to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Empire Center for New York Policy. Cuomo is lobbying President Donald Trump and ...

More Transparency Needed In Economic Development Programs

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says it’s irresponsible for political opposition to stop Amazon from locating a headquarters in Long Island City. The project, which Amazon pulled out of last week, would have brought 25,000 jobs to the New York City area. Isn’t it also irresponsible to spend $3 billion ...

More Resources Are Needed At Ports Of Entry In This Country

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is right about one aspect of security along the U.S. border with Mexico. Just ask “El Chapo.” During the seemingly interminable battle over funding for border security, Pelosi, D-Calif., vowed not one dollar would be spent to construct new barriers meant to ...

Proposed Lakewood Projects Only Tinker Around Lake Issues

Lakewood Village Board members were put in a difficult position recently when asked to approve an environmentally friendly package of projects on Chautauqua Avenue. The Chautauqua Ave. Green Main Street Retrofit project has a price tag of $772,000, $695,000 of which will come from a Green ...

When Will Our National Debt Reach Its Breaking Point?

We Americans are failing to cope with a serious crisis, and it has little to do with border security. It is the national debt, which topped $22 trillion last week. For most people, it is difficult to become too concerned about mere numbers on paper or expressed digitally. But the debt is more ...

Proposed Social Cost Of Carbon Surcharge Is Just Another Progressive Tax

Just when one thinks New York state has done all it can to make itself less competitive with neighboring states, New York finds a way to top itself. This time, the plan isn’t coming from Gov. Andrew Cuomo or Democrats in the state Assembly and Senate. No, this latest bit of goodness comes ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to all those involved in bringing Chautauqua County’s annual mid-winter party to life. The President’s Day Winter Weekend Festival kicked off Friday and continues today and Sunday. Today’s events include fireworks and a bonfire, a flare parade if weather permits, a cold-water ...

NY Turns Blind Eye To Gambling’s Cost

At the urging of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York has vastly expanded legal gambling options. The state government bet that the benefits - tax revenue and boosting the economies of struggling upstate areas - would be huge and that the costs ... well, the Cuomo administration didn’t talk about ...

The Success Academy Could Bring About Substantial Change

Anyone who wondered how much importance Jamestown superintendent Bret Apthorpe places on the new Jamestown Public Schools Success Academy had had their questions answered last week. Last week, Apthorpe said that Dr. Mike McElrath will be moved from his post as Jamestown High School principal ...

The Lakewood Village Board Needs To Make Meeting Changes

For too long, the Lakewood Village Board has flouted the state building codes by holding crowded meetings in the second floor of the Anthony C. Caprino building. The issues arises when the board expects controversial issues to arise in large crowds at meetings, such as the vote for an interim ...

‘Medicare-For-All’ Plan Comes With A Huge Pricetage

Perhaps Democratic candidate for president Sen. Kamala Harris wasn’t thinking when she cut loose with a sound bite she hoped would gain traction among voters. More likely, she was hoping listeners would not stop and think about what she said. Harris, a Californian, is making ...

ODMAP Is A Massive Investment To Help Addicts In Jamestown

New buildings are a big, shiny way to show that Chautauqua County is taking steps to battle the opioid epidemic. While necessary, other steps can have a big impact, too. Take, for example, the ODMAP program that links law enforcement and emergency responders, brings more information about ...

It’s Time For New York To Balance Its Checkbook

New York has a revenue problem exacerbated by the federal cap on State and Local Tax deductions that were part of President Donald Trump’s 2018 tax reform legislation. That revenue problem is made worse by the state’s longstanding spending problem. State tax receipts look to be about ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Julie Ratzlaff, a Sherman Central School senior, for her third-place finish in the nationwide Teens Make Music Contest sponsored by the Grammy Foundation, MusiCares and the Partnership at Drugfree.org. Ratzlaff explained that, on the first day of school, the guidance counselor ...

Town Boards Need To Oversee Their Courts More Closely

One of the arguments for town and village courts is that they are better able to administer justice efficiently and effectively than a larger, consolidated court system. Is that really the case in Chautauqua County? The latest chink in the armor of our current court system comes from the ...

State Aid Is Dictating Potential Merger Talks Between Schools

Gowanda schools are looking for a partner in a potential merger, but neighboring small schools will never consider it. North Collins, Pine Valley and Forestville districts are always open to sharing services, but why merge? New York state and Albany provide the answer. As noted in this corner ...

Lakewood Park Project Wouldn’t Solve Weed, Algae Issues In Lake

There is no single silver bullet that will magically remove weeds and algae from Chautauqua Lake. We think everyone understands that. We’re glad to see, however, that at least two Lakewood Village Board members also understand that money — even magic money from New York state — ...

Press Briefings Should Continue At The White House

Presidents of the United States are big news, whether they want to be or not. President Donald Trump is a more riveting story than many of his predecessors. Yet Trump has broken with the tradition, established in recent years, of regular press briefings at the White House. Reportedly, he told ...