In Our Opinion

Governing Is The Art Of Compromise Not Complaining

Perhaps legislators in Albany should consider playing dodgeball, “Duck, duck, goose” or any other game your typical kindergartner would play during recess. Legislating is proving far too difficult. The idea had been floated recently that perhaps the state Senate should end its session ...

Use Of Fund Balance Is A One-Year Fix For Clymer School Officials

Ed Bailey, Clymer Central School superintendent, and the rest of the Clymer Central School Board of Education have every right to be confused by the messages being sent by district residents. In December, Clymer residents decided not to continue merger talks with the Panama Central School ...

Flight 93 Memorial Is Hallowed Ground

Sept. 11, 2001, seems so long ago, in many ways. A whole generation of Americans has no personal recollection of that tragic day. We are being reminded of it once again, by the announcement that some wreckage from Flight 93, no longer needed for purposes such as investigating the tragedy, ...

End Of Sugar Tariffs May Not Be A Sweet Deal After All

You may want to pick up a pack of Necco Wafers or one of those little boxes of candy hearts while you can. It is possible they may not be around for long. If so, part of the blame rests with Uncle Sam. The New England Confectionary Co., maker of those and other candies, has filed for Chapter ...

It’s Time To Find The Middle Ground To Help Child Sex Abuse Victims

State Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean, is trying to find a middle ground to help victims of child sex abuse. Earlier this month, Young introduced the Child Victims Reconciliation and Compensation Fund in the Senate with 19 co-sponsors. Instead of opening up individual abusers or institutions ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Sheriff Joe Gerace, whose quick action likely helped a Busti homeowner save at least some of his property from being damaged. Gerace came across the blaze as the homeowner, John Luciano, was calling 911. Luciano and Gerace removed lawnmowers and an ATV from the garage prior to the ...

Punish Bigotry By Public Figures

Social media is like alcohol, in some respects. When not handled with care, it can loosen inhibitions and affect judgment adversely. But also like alcohol, social media need not be harmful if used intelligently and in moderation. Ask Roseanne Barr about that. The entertainer’s career is a ...

Businesses Are Paying The Lion Share For Increased Costs Of Education In NY

It’s ironic that education advocates continue to beg for more money for education in a state that spends more than $22,000 on each and every child who walks through the front door of a New York state school. Recently released U.S. Census statistics show New York spent $22,366 per student in ...

SUNY Pact Pressures Many Campuses

Last week’s news of a new contract between New York state and the United University Professions is just what struggling public higher education campuses did not need to hear. Gov. Andrew Cuomo gladly made the announcement — that still needs ratification by the union — and had no input ...

Taking A Stand Against Bullying Could Save Lives

Exactly what triggered a murderous rampage by Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, at his school recently in Santa Fe, Texas, has not been determined. But last week, his father speculated the boy may have been bullied in school. School officials say they have investigated allegations Pagourtzis was ...

We Have So Much Because They Gave So Much

We Americans are in the midst of an enormous upheaval, socially, economically and politically. We question virtually every aspect of the so-called “establishment” — and we do so critically and vigorously. But the very foundation of our way of life for more than two centuries remains ...

Does Boutique Airways Have The Secret Sauce?

Chautauqua County could have a new airline in the near future. We hope it doesn’t run into the same old problems previous airlines have. Boutique Air’s application to the federal Transportation Department for an Essential Air Service subsidy estimates 12,564 passengers a year, an ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the introduction of Jennie V. Vimmerstedt to a whole new generation of Jamestown residents. Vimmerstedt wore many hats during her long career as a community volunteer, journalist and preserver of Swedish heritage before her death in 1991 at the age of 86. One of the local ...

Money In The Pipeline Doesn’t Solve Problems For Local Dairy Farmers

The plight of dairy farmers tends to fly under the radar, and it shouldn’t. Chautauqua County ranks sixth in New York state in number of dairy farms and 13th in the number of milk cows, according to Cornell Cooperative Extension. The sale of milk and other dairy products accounted for ...

Mental Health Should Know No Partisan Divide

U.S. Representatives Brian Higgins and Tom Reed may not always see eye-to-eye on a number of the federal and local issues affecting their constituents. However, it was refreshing to see the two lawmakers — in a bipartisan effort — on bringing awareness to mental health. The effort was ...

AG’s Office Is In Good Hands For Now

When Eric Schneiderman resigned as New York attorney general, his deputy, Barbara Underwood, stepped into the position on an interim basis. She may not keep it for long, though. Members of New York’s Assembly and Senate have the power to appoint someone else to fill the job until the ...

Removing Guns From Domestic Abusers Is The Right Decision

Our state Legislature did the right thing earlier this month when it passed a law taking away gun rights from domestic abusers. Some gun-control laws work better than others. With some, it’s hard to see how much good they actually do — for instance, the New York SAFE Act’s reduction of ...

VA Care: Change Is Needed

Opponents of a measure to make it easier for military veterans to see private-sector health care providers instead of relying on the Department of Veterans Affairs have one big complaint: Doing that could lead to privatizing the VA, they complain. Horrors! Take control of veterans’ health ...

This Isn’t The Last Discussion On Pay Raises

No one questions the daily work put in by Jamestown police officers. They work in a high-poverty city that has been hit hard by drug addiction and domestic violence. It is not a pretty combination. There is a question about the city’s ability to increase its pay to those officers — and ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Peter Carlo, a Jamestown resident and Korean War veteran who has been inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame following his nomination by state Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean. The annual recognition established in 2005 is bestowed upon a veteran from each ...