In Our Opinion

Longer Legislative Terms Should Be Voted Down

County voters will find on the Nov. 8 election ballot a proposition to double the term of Chautauqua County legislators from two to four years.Legislators approved putting the measure on the ballot by saying there is so much to know about county business that it takes more than two years to ...

Andrew Goodell Is Best Choice For State Assembly

State Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, R-Jamestown, is seeking his fourth term in the state Assembly. Opposing Goodell is Jason Perdue, a Brocton native endorsed by the Democratic Party. To say the two have opposing views on state policy matters would be an understatement.In a recent debate hosted ...

Young Has Earned A Return To The State Senate

State Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean, has more than earned the right to return to Albany to represent residents of the 57th Senate District.In addition to earning the prestigious position of state Senate Finance Committee chair, Young has consistently shown a mastery of both issues large and ...

Last Week’s Collapse Shows How Fragile Infrastructure Might Be

It feels odd driving down East Second Street and seeing empty space where a building once stood. Think about it: Sunlight is now hitting those neighboring structures at 10-12 E. Second St. for the first time in many, many years.Like many residents and area officials, we were alarmed to hear of ...

City Budget: Concessions Need To Be Made

Jamestown pays 228 employees out of its general fund - 173 of which are required through contract terms either negotiated or imposed by the state's Public Employee Relations Board.Minimum staffing for four departments police, fire, public works and parks - totals 76 percent of city employees. ...

Clinton: E-mails Are Still An Issue

Hillary Clinton's primary defense against allegations of wrongdoing raised by the recent release of emails involving her and Democrat Party officials has been to note there is no way to determine whether the information released by WikiLeaks is accurate. Some of it may have been faked in an ...

Some Things The Government Cannot Fix

Our newspaper has been full of stories in recent days touting coming economic development projects.Dunkirk has the Athenex project coming online. Jamestown has a new bus parts manufacturer coming to Fluvanna Avenue. There are multiple hotel projects happening throughout the area. The Nuova ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Jamestown Harmony Express barbershop quartet, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a musical blowout at 7 p.m. tonight in the Southwestern High School auditorium. The chorus sing a variety of four-part harmony songs on the program while a championship quartet from New ...

In Midst Of National Election, Don’t Forget Local Elections

The Nov. 8 presidential election is an important one for our country as we elect a new president.Typically, such an important national election would guarantee high voter turnout. Will voters dissatisfied with their choices nationally stay home? Will Donald Trump bring more people out than ...

Role Of Community Colleges Needs To Be Redefined

The Albany Times Union recently published an interesting report that really should be discussed by candidates throughout the state during this election season.The newspaper reported revenue from community college students statewide had increased from 39 percent to 42 percent of community ...

Cell Surcharge Needs To Go Toward 9-1-1 Upgrade

Recently, the New York State Association of Counties kicked off a new campaign entitled "Rescuing 9-1-1." It's designed to raise awareness that 9-1-1 call centers across New York state are facing escalating call volumes with aging systems.More and more people are relying solely on their ...

Contract Negotiations Could Get Interesting

Ongoing contract disputes between Buffalo school officials and the city's school teachers could have implications as Jamestown officials try to solve a looming budget deficit.The Buffalo News reported last week that Robert F. Mujica, state budget director, had sent a letter to Buffalo school ...

Obama Ready To Knock The Dominoes

It is inconceivable that those in President Barack Obama's administration are as ignorant of basic principles of economics as a new scheme seems to suggest.Several major companies have pulled out of the Obamacare health insurance system. They simply cannot continue losing money by the hundreds ...

Teresi Needs A Bailout, Or A Change

As we said earlier this week would be the case, the 2016 budget proposed by Mayor Sam Teresi is ugly.As proposed, Teresi and the City Council must find either $878,736 in additional revenues or cut spending to balance the budget and not exceed the state's constitutional tax limit. Those cuts ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the 30 local artists who donated work to be auctioned during a benefit auction from 6:30-9 p.m. today at the James Prendergast Library, 509 Cherry St. Marion Aranyos, Donald F. Armstrong, Elaine Caflisch, John S. Christy, Merrill Coffin, Chad Ecklof, Julie Eggleston, Wilma Fleming, ...

Code Enforcement Officer Handled Political Yard Sign Controversy Correctly

Lakewood officials found themselves in tricky territory recently following complaints of political yard signs that violated a village ordinance.Except for Jamestown and a handful of smaller municipalities, ordinances are in place throughout Chautauqua County that prohibit placing political ...

Can NSA Stand Up To Cyber Threats?

When Edward Snowden fled from the United States in 2013, bearing with him an enormous amount of secret government information, it became clear the National Security Agency was anything but secure. Members of Congress demanded and President Barack Obama's administration pledged to seal up leaks ...

Strikes Can Be Necessary

One of the biggest differences between New York and Pennsylvania is playing out as we speak across the border in Warren.Members of the Warren County Education Association had issued a final proposal of an average 2.17 percent salary increase over five years with a wage freeze in the first year. ...

Today’s Budget Will Be Ugly

The fireworks over Jamestown's 2017 budget got an early start last week when the state Comptroller's Office released a report - requested by the city - blasting the city for the way it handles budgeting for the city's health insurance funds.Over the course of 16 pages, the Comptroller's Office ...

What To Do About North Korea?

What next from North Korea? One week the rogue dictatorship tests new missiles. The next, it improves its nuclear arsenal. And last week, there were reports Pyongyang is building a new submarine for use as a missile-launching platform.Given the regime's unpredictable aggressiveness, it may be ...