In Our Opinion

Medicaid Is Too Expensive To Be Part Of Political Games

Republicans and Democrats are playing an expensive game of political tennis with your money. A couple of weeks ago, Republicans trying to rally support for President Donald Trump’s health care bill offered New York Republicans a deal by which the burden of paying for Medicaid would have ...

The White House And Congress Should Try Again

Liberals who favor government control of the nation’s health care system reacted with glee to last week’s failure of a reform bill in the U.S. House of Representatives. There, an attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare never even came up for a vote. It was obvious that had the yeas and ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Arson can be a difficult crime to solve, and often tips from the community are vital in these types of investigations. Thumbs up, then, to everyone who contacted the Jamestown Police Department last weekend with tips into the rash of arson fires that struck Jamestown — particularly the rash ...

Foreign Aid Must Go To Those In Need 

We Americans have been blessed. No doubt about that. Simple human compassion dictates that when people are suffering in less fortunate lands, we should try to help them. For generations, we have done just that. We are willing — nay, eager — to do more. But the enormous waste and abuse ...

Health Care: Incremental Change May Be Necessary

At least two members of New York’s Congressional delegation — U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, and U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York — seem to be looking for middle ground after last week’s failure of a health care reform bill last week. Reed, during his weekly conference call, ...

Touting Tax Cuts While Increasing Fees Doesn’t Help Anyone

There were 12 bullet points in an early January email from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office about his 2017-18 budget. One of them was a middle class tax cut. Not mentioned in that email blast to newspapers across the state was $800 million in actions that will cost every New Yorker — from the ...

Arsonist Deserves Tough Sentence

Smoke hung heavy in the air Saturday morning after firefighters finished dousing the last of six fires that had been intentionally set over the course of 48 hours. Every firefighter in the Jamestown Fire Department was called in Friday night and early Saturday morning, when the worst of the ...

Thinking Regionally Is Best Path For Growth

There’s barely been a whisper on some unsettling news from the U.S. Census Bureau regarding Chautauqua County. According to the most recent figures, population is down again. This time, it falls under the 130,000 mark. The most recent number is 129,504 — a decrease of 5,401 people from ...

CDBG Cuts Would Hurt City

We have been steadfast over the years in saying the federal budget needs to be tightened. We’re not sure the Community Development Block Grant program is the best place to start. Mick Mulvaney, federal Office of Management and Budget director, has said the Trump administration will no ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to yet another decrease in New York state’s youth smoking rate. Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently said the youth smoking rate is 4.3 percent, down from 27.1 percent in 2000. That is certainly noteworthy progress, though it is tempered somewhat by knowledge the use of e-cigarettes has ...

If EAS Program Is Cut, County Should Get An Out From FAA Contracts

Earlier this week, we defended spending federal dollars for the Community Development Block Grant program. It is difficult to mount such a defense for the Essential Air Service program. President Donald Trump has proposed cutting $175 million from the program in the 2018 federal budget. The ...

Tragic Fire Helps Remind Us Of Our Community’s Spirit

The Wednesday morning fire that destroyed a building in Falconer is tragic in so many ways. Dozens of families will have to start over after losing everything they have. Business owners are without their shop and inventory and employees are without their livelihoods. A building owner is left ...

Now Is The Time To Assist Farmers Who Assist Food Banks

This should be the year a farm to food bank bill is approved in New York state. The state Senate and Assembly both passed bills last week that would give farmers a tax credit for donating fruits, vegetables and other products to food banks. Farmers already donate millions of pounds of food a ...

State Should Keep Teacher Literacy Test

Is it wrong to expect New York’s teachers to pass a test a high school senior should be able to pass? Apparently, it is. Several years ago, the state created four tests that prospective teachers must pass before getting a teaching license. Among them is the Academic Skills Literacy ...

Sunshine Week Brings Attention To The Bedrock Of Liberty, Prosperity

For more than two centuries, the bedrock of our liberty and prosperity as Americans has been our right to know what is going on around us and to discuss it freely. Our nation’s founders believed that was so important that when they wrote the Bill or Rights, they made freedom of speech the ...

FDA Nominee Should Help Cut Red Tape At Agency

One of the villains in last year’s scandal over EpiPens sold by Mylan Pharmaceuticals was the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as we pointed out. That agency is about to get a new director. Public outrage focused on Mylan for its pricing of the EpiPen, a device used to inject a drug that ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to three foundations who have contributed $3.2 million toward renovations at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts. Thus far, the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation has contributed $1.5 million, the Gebbie Foundation has contributed $900,000 and the Lenna Foundation has contributed $850,000. The ...

State Should Not Move Forward With Scholarship Program

It is comical to see for-profit colleges and universities lamenting the effect of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Excelsior Scholarship Program. According to a news release from the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, adoption and implementation of “free tuition” at public ...

Turbulent ‘Waters’ Remain Murky

Anyone concerned with corruption in New York state government can’t be happy that Preet Bharara has been fired by President Donald Trump. For all of the talk about ethics reform emanating from the state capitol over the past several years, it was Bharara — not any law or regulation ...