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State’s Tax System Will Drive Wealthy Away

Many of our readers have a friend or family member who chose not to return to Chautauqua County because there were better job opportunities elsewhere. As difficult as it is for local residents to have their families spread across the country, the situation could get even worse depending on ...

Local Projects Demand Local Jobs

Anyone driving through downtown Jamestown has likely seen a crane outside the DoubleTree by Hilton on Fourth Street. The crane is installing new windows made by local company D&S Glass in the building. Company employees will continue installing the new windows as long as the temperature ...

Great Lakes Require Great Expense

The Great Lakes, shared by the United States and Canada, are among the world’s most majestic and important bodies of fresh water. But their health is threatened on several fronts. Unless dramatic action is taken to safeguard them, the lakes may become an aquatic disaster area. Pollution and ...

City Must Make Steps Toward A Balanced Budget

Doug Champ, a city resident and retired Board of Public Utilities employee, made a good point recently about the City Charter’s requirements of the mayor’s yearly budget proposal. The charter, as amended in 2006, stipulates the budget proposed by the mayor “shall be balanced in that ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Lake Erie New York Chapter 4 of the Blue Star Mothers and the organization’s annual Christmas care packages. Donation boxes had previously been placed in dozens of stores and businesses across the county. Today, volunteers are meeting at Fluvanna Community Church to begin ...

Lictus’ Resignation A Sign Of Upcoming Uncertainty In Shared Positions

The Panama and Clymer central school districts have been productive partners the past several years. This year, the districts are sharing several sports teams as well as technology director, business official, direct instruction person, a typist and a psychologist. Such sharing started with ...

City Boards Could Use A Homeowner

The composition of the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities board of directors could change at the end of the year. One seat reserved for a member of the City Council will be open after the defeat of Greg Rabb, D-At Large and City Council president, in the Nov. 7 election. The terms of Chuck ...

Fraud Case Highlights Need For Reform Of State Penal Laws

Cattaraugus County taxpayers recently found out what happens when a state law is written poorly. A New Jersey woman was convicted in Cattaraugus County Court in August 2014 on charges of fourth-degree welfare fraud and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. The woman was ...

Hunters Must Be Responsible

Safety with weapons is every hunter’s responsibility — which is what makes it so discouraging to see that responsibility abdicated three times in less than two weeks here in Chautauqua County. The first incident came roughly two weeks ago when two Kennedy men were charged with illegal ...

Teenage Suicide And Social Media

Suicide rates for teenagers increased substantially from 2010-15, at the same time use of social media by young people shot up. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study hints the two phenomena may be linked. It would be foolish to suggest, based on this one study, that social ...

Local Police Should Be Kept In The Loop When It Comes To Federal Probes

Too often, we discuss the scourge of illegal drug addiction in terms of Jamestown’s problem or Chautauqua County’s problem. As we were reminded last week, the problem really is regional and national in scope. Ten Buffalo residents were charged last week in the takedown of a drug ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Thule Lodge for celebrating its 110th anniversary recently. The lodge’s mission and location have changed over the years, but its unwavering support of the area’s Swedish population and commitment to preserving Swedish history has not. Originally the Thule lodge served to ...

Federal Historic Tax Credits Help Protect Community Assets

Federal historic preservation tax credits have been used to help pay for restoration of the former Erie-Lackawanna Railroad Station and the Wellman Building in downtown Jamestown. The credits give developers an incentive to take the risk of repairing and improving old, sometimes dilapidated, ...

Good For Businesses That Close On Thanksgiving

Not so long ago, the key aspect of scheduling Thanksgiving dinner was when the turkey was ready to come out of the oven. Now, it may well be the rush to get out and go shopping after the family has eaten. Officials at many retail businesses have found opening their doors before the crack of ...

A Little Change Can Go A Long Way

The Salvation Army provides help to those who need it all year. To make that help possible, the organization needs your help for the next month. One way to help is to spread holiday cheer while ringing a bell near one of the Salvation Army’s red kettles. Bell ringers can now be found ...

Lack Of Online Sales Tax Hurts Local Stores

Friday is Black Friday, the traditional kickoff to the holiday shopping season. For decades, Black Friday was also a day that tipped the yearly balance sheet for many retailers into positive territory. Friday’s shopping rush will still do that for some retailers, but not for as many as it ...

At Least Republicans Are Controlled By Their Voters

Turmoil has been the order of the day among leaders of both the Republican and Democratic parties. Listing all the many concerns of millions of voters who have been loyalists of either party would require a book. But a book by Donna Brazile, formerly chairwoman of the Democratic National ...

Next City Council President Should Be Most Capable Member

The unofficial results of last week’s election in Jamestown puts Jamestown Democrats in a tough position. Greg Rabb, the sitting council president, sits fifth in the race for three at-large positions on the council until the county Board of Elections counts absentee ballots. The ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to a change in the way the Jamestown Police Department deals with physical contact between officers and the public they serve. The department’s use of defensive tactics was something Harry Snellings, city police chief, wanted to change when he took the job, and it just so happened ...

State Needs To Take Bull By The Horns On School Merger Process

If ever there were a school merger that made sense, it was the proposed merger of the Clymer and Panama school districts. Both districts find themselves educating similar students demographically. Both find themselves in largely untenable financial situations with known expenses likely to ...