In Our Opinion

Electoral College Is The Safeguard We Need

Our American government never was intended to be a democracy. It is a republic, for the excellent reason that the nation’s founders understood the danger in pure democracy. Pure democracy amounts to majority rule every time, regardless of how oppressive that may be to those in the ...

Jail: Speeding Up The Interview Process

Chautauqua County has been stalemated in the fight to keep its jail population under control in recent years. Depriving someone of their freedom unnecessarily is one of the most serious choices a society can make. While those who would cause serious harm to the innocent in our midst should ...

Fly Car System Is A Needed Program

There have been relatively little public discussion of Chautauqua County’s implementation of a fly car system. Part of the reason for that is that it is difficult to argue something must be done to make sure life-saving services are provided quickly at a time when the county’s population ...

End The Doublestandard Against Police Officers

If four civilians were shot needlessly and intentionally by U.S. police officers in one day, it is a safe bet existing condemnations of law enforcement personnel as a class would be intensified greatly. There would be demands that something be done immediately to stop the violence. Four ...

State Lawmakers Need To Earn Pay Raise

Good for a state commission for declining to support a pay raise for state lawmakers. Legislators don’t want to find themselves in the sticky situation of approving their own pay raise. Instead, they created the Commission on Legislative, Judicial and Executive Compensation in 2015 to take ...

There Is Much To Be Thankful For

America is not without its tumult and tribulation; her citizenry is not without its share of troubles. We hope, though, everyone is able to find something for which to be thankful on our national day of Thanksgiving. We should be thankful, despite its rancor, that we have demonstrated how ...

Library Needs Community Support

Twice in the span of roughly 12 months, the James Prendergast Library pursued two options to increase its revenues. Selling parts of the library’s art collection to create an endowment fund that would help support library operations was opposed by a small group of area residents who felt ...

WMH Emergency Department Fundraiser

We hope area residents haven’t forgotten the Herculean fight several years ago to save Westfield Memorial Hospital from state-imposed closure. It has been nearly 10 years since the Berger Commission recommended closure of several rural hospitals, including Westfield Memorial Hospital. ...

City Residents Need To Be Informed

It should come as little surprise that only 12 people attended a public hearing, with only three speaking, on Monday during a public hearing on Jamestown’s 2017 budget proposal. City officials haven’t given city residents much on which to give their opinion. The budget process started ...

Disconnect Between Government, Voters

Don’t make the same mistake I did, President Barack Obama seemed to be advising European leaders this week. Obama is on his last big trip abroad as president. Part of his purpose, as White House aides confirm, is to reassure European leaders President-elect Donald Trump will keep key ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the annual What’s New Fair. Sponsored by the AAUW, the fair is today and Sunday at Jamestown Community College. The opportunity to peruse the wares of dozens of vendors — many with hand-crafted items or locally made food — is nice, but the What’s New Fair is about more than ...

Keep Safety In Mind With The Start Of Deer Season

Saturday morning is the start of a favorite for many local residents — firearm deer season. Many locals will be heading out into the woods to find that elusive buck or doe. But as they head out, we want to remind everyone to be safe. Some basic reminders to those shooting guns: 1) Treat ...

Americans Are Sick Of Being Pushed Around

Donald Trump’s message can be summed up by something he said in May, regarding his pledge to erect a barrier to block illegal immigration across our southern border. Asked about the Mexican president’s dismissive comment regarding the plan, Trump said this: “The wall just got 10 feet ...

Writing Economic Growth Into Budget Leads To Disappointment

New York’s tax receipts aren’t getting any better the further we get into this fiscal year. Last week, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said in a news release that tax collections for the first half of the 2016-17 fiscal year decreased $1.3 billion (3.5 percent) to $36.9 billion from the same ...

VA Reform Should Be A Priority

President-elect Donald Trump has made many promises during the more than a year he has been campaigning. He may have been reminded of one on Friday. It was Veterans Day, an annual observance during which we Americans pause to remind ourselves of the many sacrifices made by those who have ...

Dissolution Is Not An Easy Conversation

After decades of talk, area officials and the residents they serve are taking a hard look at whether or not less government makes sense. A petition presented in mid-October to the Cherry Creek Village Board is requesting a public referendum vote allowing village residents to decide whether ...

Poverty Reduction Initiative A Good Move From Cuomo

Poverty is a serious problem in Jamestown. Census statistics show nearly 30 percent of city residents lived in poverty in 2014, up from 23 percent in 2010. Those numbers skyrocketed in Census Tract 303, which has a northern border of I-86, eastern border of North Main Street, southern border ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to a partnership between the Robert H. Jackson Center and St. Bonaventure University. The partnership agreement allows St. Bonaventure students and staff to access Jackson Center archives. History courses will be developed based around the use and analysis of the Jackson archives. A ...

Judicial Qualifications Commission Needs Tougher Rules

Kenneth Lasker doesn’t appear to have violated any laws or guidelines over the summer and fall when he politicked for Michael Sullivan and Sherrie Bjork for Chautauqua County Family Court while serving at the same time on the Eighth Judicial District’s Judicial Qualifications ...

‘We Must All Hang Together’

Throughout the nation, approximately half of the people who had hoped to be elected to public office on Tuesday have been disappointed. So have their supporters. The aftermath of any election calls for a period of reconciliation. By their very nature, political campaigns aggravate the ...