In Our Opinion

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Justin Andriaccio, a 2013 Chautauqua Lake Central School graduate who will continue his hockey career with the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League's Buffalo Regals. Andriaccio made the team after an extensive series of tryouts. The former co-captain of the Jamestown Raiders led ...

Obamacare: Breaking The Rules

State legislators from throughout the nation heard a stern lecture from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius last week.Clearly, Sebelius was in a mood to browbeat leaders in states that have been reluctant to implement mandates of the new national health care law, "Obamacare." ...

Making A Mess Of Energy Policy

It is interesting how two Democrats can directly contradict each other, isn't it?In June, President Barack Obama announced he will assume power traditionally reserved for Congress to battle global warming. The president wants to shut down conventional coal power plants for environmental reasons ...

Plenty Of Work Left For Edwards

Urban redevelopment is never really finished, a fact John Merino knows full well.The best one can do is hope they have left an imprint on a downtown when their work is done. Merino, the recently retired Gebbie Foundation executive director, did just that - completing more than 100 projects in ...

State Problems Easy To Identify

Every so often, a motivated and bright person comes along convinced they can solve New York's ills.It doesn't take long for them to generate dozens of very good ideas that are praised effusively by the powers that be - and are promptly forgotten.This year's motivated fixer of New York's ...

Government Tinkering Not Needed Again

Government tinkering with the mortgage market helped bring on the deep recession from which Americans are just now emerging. Yet during his weekly radio address, President Barack Obama said the government needs to take steps to boost the housing industry.Among those he recommends are allowing ...

The Unfinished Job Of Education

As much as test scores and school budgets make news, they aren't the real focus of education.The job, as Greg DeCinque so perfectly put it Thursday, is about community building. Educators are building the community of tomorrow one student at at time. Educators are on the front lines every day ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Chautauqua County Airport Commission, led by airport manager Sam Arcadipane, for continuing his efforts to revitalize air travel in Chautauqua County. Recently, the county Airport Commission heard a proposal from Cape Air to fly out of Jamestown to one of its regional hub ...

‘Shield Law’ Does Exactly That

Our nation's Founders disagreed on much. But on one thing - the necessity of a vigorous, unfettered press to defend Americans' rights - they were solidly in agreement. As Thomas Jefferson put it, "Our liberty depends on freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost."So ...

You Can Lead A Child To Healthy Foods, But Will They Eat?

One year is far too small a sample size to judge the effectiveness of federal standards to make school lunches healthier.Anecdotal evidence from Chautauqua Lake Central School, however, tells a story that should come as a surprise to no one - putting healthier food on a child's plate doesn't ...

Thanks, County Employees

To The Reader's Forum:Recently I have had two incidents to positively interact with Chautauqua County employees at the "street level."On one occasion I needed to register a collectible type of automobile. The Department of Motor Vehicles clerk in Mayville was helpful above and beyond the call ...

County, Town Must Work Together On Landfill Project

No one wants a landfill in their backyard - a fact no one knows better than Ellery residents who live near the Chautauqua County landfill.The landfill receives more than 100 truckloads of waste each day plus traffic from construction and service vehicles, all of which creates noise, diesel ...

Army Needs To Learn From Hasan Case

Army Maj. Nidal Hasan went on trial in a military court at Fort Hood, Texas, last week, with his life on the line.Hasan killed 13 people and wounded dozens more in a 2009 shooting rampage at the post. He has admitted that, meaning the Army court martial's purpose amounts to determining whether ...

Poor Test Scores Have Silver Lining

In today's edition, readers will find a breakdown of how area students in third through eighth grades fared on recent English language arts and mathematics tests.Between 70 and 80 percent of Chautauqua County students in third through eighth grades aren't proficient in English language arts. ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Lakeview Avenue Community Action Project, which will hold a block party and neighborhood flea market from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The project is a group of property owners and renters interested in encouraging responsible home ownership and rentership on Lakeview Avenue. It ...

Waterfront Development

There was a time in its history when Celoron was a hub of lakefront tourist activity.Its Phoenix Ferris Wheel, toboggan slides, Hotel de Celoron and Greyhound rollercoaster were as recognizable on Chautauqua Lake in the early 1900s as Chautauqua Institution's iconic clock tower is now.Those ...

Hot Dog Lovers Welcome Back Familiar Faces

Johnny's Lunch isn't technically in Jamestown - it moved out of the city during Jamestown's urban renewal process in the 1970s.The address doesn't matter much, though. The restaurant remains a unique piece of Jamestown history more than 75 years after its founding and despite its location in ...

No Wonder Bloomberg Is Feeling Optimistic

After New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg this week lost another court challenge to his attempt to limit the size of soft drinks that can be sold in some locations, he vowed to appeal to a higher court.And why not? Two state courts already have ruled Bloomberg's plan is unconstitutional - but ...

Veterans Deserve Continuing Thanks

Events more than half a century ago on the Korean Peninsula are merely the stuff of history books for most Americans. But for a few, including many residents of our area, they were a matter of life and death.Sixty years ago this month, the Korean War ended in what many historians refer to as a ...

Alternatives To Jail Must Be Looked At

Overcrowding is again a problem at the Chautauqua County Jail - and there doesn't appear to be an easy solution.Recently, Sheriff Joe Gerace told the Chautauqua County Legislature's Public Safety and Audit and Control committees that the jail is operating at nearly full capacity. The problem is ...