In Our Opinion

Your Money And Time Are Precious For Salvation Army

The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes the Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Campaign. The local Salvation Army is hoping to raise $112,000 in Jamestown and $57,000 in Dunkirk in this year’s campaign. Locally, funds received from the Red Kettle campaign help the Salvation Army ...

We’re Not Smiling Over Amazon Giveaway

Amazon selected Long Island City in Queens and National Landing in Arlington, Virginia, as the two locations for its new headquarters (HQ2). Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio are touting it as the biggest economic development initiative in the history of New York state, with more than ...

Will There Be An Adult In The Room In Albany?

We have long placed great trust in the state Senate to be a necessary speed bump on the costly policies proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Assembly. The Nov. 6 election removed the speed bump and built a Democratic Party drag strip from Buffalo to Albany. The news is particularly ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Mike Whitmire of Whitmire Outdoor Living for his donation of a concrete turtle that children can climb on when visiting the Audubon Community Nature Center. Sarah Hatfield, Audubon education coordinator, had contacted Whitmire to see how much such a piece would cost, but Whitmire ...

Time Is Now To Remove Weeds, Dead Fish From Chautauqua Lake

It’s been more than a week since fish and weeds blew into the shore in Burtis Bay. Nothing has been done in the week since then to remedy the situation. It’s unfortunate for the fish that were left to rot. It’s infuriating for the property owner who has to deal with the stench and ...

Frugality With Fire Department Will Cost City Big Time

Imagine what would happen if the fire alarm in Jamestown rang but the trucks never came? Or, the trucks came but were late arriving because they had to come from another fire station because there was a mechanical problem with the closest available equipment? It’s a nightmare scenario that ...

Merging Schools Could Solve Shrinking Football Participation

The Syracuse Post-Standard recently reported on the rise of eight-man football throughout Central New York as a result of declining school enrollments and a decrease in the number of players coming out for football each fall. Twenty-nine teams statewide are playing eight-man football, with ...

Schools, Parents Need To Do Their Parts To Reduce Absenteeism

One-third of students in the Jamestown Public Schools District missed at least one of every 10 days of school last year. That means there are 1,700 children who meet the definition of chronically absent from school — and that there are likely 1,700 different reasons why each of those ...

Area Residents Made A Statement On Election Day

Our country may be divided, but locally a statement was made: we sure did show up to participate in this year’s election. According to county election results, 41,270 ballots were cast on Tuesday as about 75,930 are registered here. “By the time we add the absentees and the affidavits, ...

We Can’t Over-Estimate The Debt We Owe To Our Veterans

Selection of Nov. 11 as the date each year on which we Americans honor veterans of military service is significant. It is a reminder that as devoutly as we may wish for peace, we must recognize it can never be a reality. For many years, Nov. 11 was celebrated as Armistice Day, in recognition ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Deputy Adam McAdoo for his quick thinking earlier this week at the Mayville Diner. McAdoo was having lunch with co-workers when a child at a neighboring table stopped breathing after choking on food. McAdoo, who’s also an emergency medical technician, rushed to the child and ...

There Are Benefits To Moving The CARTS Hub

There are two benefits to moving the Chautauqua Area Regional Transit System hub from Second Street, in front of the former Erie-Lackawanna Railroad Station, to the former Ray Nelson Service Station on Third Street across from Jamestown’s City Hall. The biggest benefit is CARTS will be ...

Public Planning Projects Need To Educate The Public

On their face, the Jackson Springs housing project on Jamestown’s north side and the Gateway Lofts project in the Gateway Center on Water Street are similar projects. The Jackson Spring project was being planned to be constructed along North Main and Spring streets, which would have been ...

Latest Meeting Proof Unity Is Needed With Lakewood Village Board

On Friday, we wrote that the remaining members of the Lakewood Village Board had an opportunity to build unity among board members as they agreed upon a new acting mayor and consult with the remaining three board members to fill the then-vacated open trustee position. We should have known it ...

Voters Can Send Their Message Today At The Voting Booth

The candidates have made their speeches and the advertisements nearly concluded. Election Day is here. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. throughout Chautauqua County. Typically, voter turnout is higher for presidential elections than it is for so-called “off-year” elections. We ...

Trump Must Defend The Border Without Harming Migrants

Unless they find motorized transport, the at least 7,000 Central Americans trudging on foot through Mexico will not arrive at their destination, the U.S. border, for three to six weeks. Good. U.S. officials will need all the time they can get to prepare for the small army’s arrival. Use of ...

City Should Not Increase Employee Union Salaries

There is something concerning with the recent arbitration ruling between Jamestown and the Kendall Club Police Benevolent Association — and it isn’t the 2 percent retroactive raises for 2016 and 2017 the arbitrator granted to the city’s police officers. It’s difficult to say the city ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Community Music Project for trying to make its concerts more accessible to the public with its Music For All program. This season, the organization has eliminated tickets and fees for concerts and will instead rely on free-will offerings rely on free will offerings. It is one ...

Mayor McCague Can Bring Village Unity With Board Appointment

Now that Ted McCague has been appointed as Lakewood’s acting mayor, again, one of his first orders of business will be appointing a new Lakewood Village Board member. We hope that process is transparent. The Lakewood Village Board has been fractured on major items in the past. Votes on ...

Quick Thinking May Have Saved Jammers

Thanks to some quick thinking by Mayor Sam Teresi, there is a chance the sounds of baseball will fill Russell E. Diethrick Stadium in 2020. ROC Ventures, which owned the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League team, would have been well within its rights to maximize its investment by selling ...