In Our Opinion

Will 2014 Be Better Than 2013?

One hundred years ago today, in the midst of the bloodiest war in American history, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.In the midst of the bloodshed and hatred, we're sure New Year's Day 1864 was marked by many as the start of a better year.Therein lies the magic of ...

Please Enjoy The Holiday Responsibly

New Year's Eve traditionally has been a time to let one's hair down and celebrate. Too often, that means drinking too much alcohol, then getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.People can die when that happens. All too often, they are innocent victims of drunken drivers.Law enforcement ...

Charitable Donations Are Good All Year Round

Christmas is over, and that means many Chautauqua County residents are putting away their altruistic impulses along with the holiday decorations. After all, it's before the holiday that charitable organizations need help, right?Yes and no. It is true the weeks leading up to Christmas are times ...

Washington Should Refrain From Tinkering

The "Great Recession" from which the nation still is recovering was sparked in large measure by a massive downturn in real estate markets. President Barack Obama, Congress and the Federal Reserve responded by spending hundreds of billions of dollars on "stimulus" programs that did little ...

Evaluating The High School Sports Crisis

Sports has long blazed new paths in American society.Look no further than the importance of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in 1947 or the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team's shocking gold medal for proof.Is it possible sports will show the way when it comes to school mergers in ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation for its continued support of religious, educational, arts and culture, youth and human service projects and initiatives in our area. The foundation's board recently approved the final 2013 grant awards from the foundation's designated and ...

Trolley Car Is A Worthwhile Project

As general manager of the Gateway Station, and longtime executive director of the former Downtown Jamestown Development Corp., Lee Harkness knows as well as anyone historic renovation projects take some time.It's fitting, then, that it was Harkness who stepped forward with an offer to help ...

Veterans Memorial Park A Vast Improvement

The new Veterans Memorial Park on West Third Street is a wonderful improvement to what had previously been an under-utilized parcel of land.Imagine what it could look like once the $150,000 park project is finished. So far, the commission has raised $95,985 over the last three years, leaving ...

Remember What We Celebrate On Christmas

We understand why Charlie Brown gets a little depressed during the Christmas season.If you're one of the few people who hasn't seen A Charlie Brown Christmas, here's a quick primer. Charlie Brown is worried that he isn't excited as Christmas approaches in part because of the commercial nature ...

Ramada Purchase Good News For City

The Hamister Group's purchase of the Ramada Hotel on Fourth Street in Jamestown is the best possible scenario to save the building.The downtown property has changed hands several times in recent years. Well-meaning proprietors ran the hotel profitably for a time, but eventually a lack of ...

Reid’s Farm Bill Is Wasteful

If Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has his way, Americans may get another important law we have to read in order to know what it contains. That didn't work well the last time around, with "Obamacare."A new five-year farm bill is being debated on Capitol Hill. Once again, lawmakers will have ...

Future of JSBA Depends On Citizens

The Jamestown Savings Bank Arena has indeed been the catalyst for the long and steady climb of Jamestown's west end.A long list of development has sprung up in the wake of the arena's opening in 2002. The Gateway Center inhabits what was the delapidated husk of the former Erie-Lackawanna ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to all those area businesses and individuals who pitch in this time of year to help the less fortunate. Our pages have been full of such stories recently, whether it's the Creche and its Community Service Holiday Project, the Shults Auto Group and its push for Toys for Tots or the ...

Demolition Shows Times Are Changing

Those who drive regularly down Allen Street recently received just the latest reminder that times are changing.A covered walkway from one TitanX building to another that had been an Allen Street fixture for decades has been torn down, a remnant of a time when Jamestown was a booming ...

You Can Help To Make Someone’s Christmas Merry

Christmas is just six days away. No doubt many area residents wish they had more time to prepare.There is so much to do, after all. There are gifts to buy, Christmas cards to be sent, holiday meals to prepare, visits to family and friends to plan, and on and on.But wait a moment. In the hustle ...

Animal Abuse: Awareness Is Best Defense

Some people will never learn.Recently, a female chihuahua named Tinkerbell was abandoned alongside Southwestern Drive, zipped inside a thermal bag. Police have found the dog's owner, who said an "ex-friend" had temporary custody of Tinkerbell. Unfortunately, it was Tinkerbell who was made to ...

NRG: Power To The People

When it came to converting the NRG Energy Inc. plant in Dunkirk, it came down to one thing: the power of the people.Elected officials, including state Sen. Catharine Young, Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, Dunkirk city Mayor Anthony J. Dolce and plenty of others, did a lot of work behind the scenes ...

Pentagon Is Rotten To The Core

The Pentagon cannot account for more than $8 trillion U.S. taxpayers have given it since 1996, according to a report by the Reuters news agency.Yet, even as the Defense Department insists it needs more money to defend the nation, officials admit waste and fraud are rampant.Clearly, the Pentagon ...

Sweet Relief Can’t Curb Bitter Taxation

There is much sugar in the state Tax Relief Commission's recommendations released Tuesday.The commission's recommendations are sweet, pardon the pun, because property owners could see two years with no local property tax increases. In the first year, taxes would be frozen in jurisdictions that ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Prendergast Library officials have long known the library's role as a community resource is about much more than having computers or a lot of books on the library's shelves. It's easy to take the library for granted, but that would be a mistake, as is evidenced by three upcoming workshops. The ...