In Our Opinion

State?Knows Best On School Consolidation

Taxpayers love to complain about lack of leadership when they're unhappy with the direction their government takes.What, then, do we say about what has happened recently with proposed school mergers in Chautauqua County?A Ripley-Westfield merger proposal emerged in 2006 but was defeated 18 ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the state Department of Transportation for moving up the timetable to resurface West Third Street between the Third Street bridge and McDaniel Avenue. As anyone who has driven that stretch of Third Street knows all too well, the road has badly needed resurfacing for quite some time ...

Foreign Policy Questions Remain For Obama Administration

U.S. special forces' capture of a notorious al-Qaida leader in Libya has been hailed as a coup in the war against terrorists. It also was a reminder of just how badly President Barack Obama's administration handled regime change in that country.American Delta Force troops staged a raid in ...

County Home, Vote Are In Spotlight

Tonight will be a clear sign of whether or not we as a county are ready and willing to forsake the familiar and begin making tough decisions to make our county a better place.Voters in Brocton and Westfield will vote tonight to merge the Brocton and Westfield districts. The last school merger ...

Voters Can Be Part Of The Solution

Team spirit is evident between Brocton and Westfield.The two communities, with villages separated by only seven miles, are already partners in school athletics. On Wednesday, the communities will decide if they become a true team.Voting on the proposed Brocton and Westfield school merger at ...

Obama Isn’t Telling The Truth About Deficit

In arguing for bigger government, including the national health insurance takeover, President Barack Obama is being more than a little dishonest. He insists he is reducing the spending deficit - but he is not. He maintains the debt ceiling is not a license for more deficits -but it is.Take a ...

Signs Of Progress In County Budget

The 2014 Chautauqua County budget has much that is good, and plenty of reminders that there is still much work to be done next year.County Executive Greg Edwards presented the Chautauqua County Legislature a $230.8 million 2014 budget proposal that came with a proposed tax levy increase of 3.4 ...

Parents Can Educate About Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment in any circumstance is no laughing matter.That should be especially true in schools, though a recent forum hosted by the AAUW at Jefferson Middle School brings to light the disturbing results of a national AAUW study published in 2011.According to the survey, 36 percent of ...

Obama Is The Only One Playing A Game

Americans ought to be very clear on why some sectors of the federal government "shut down" Tuesday morning. The bottom line is simple: President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid refused to grant millions of people the same breaks the administration already has handed to big ...

We Shouldn’t Need Incentive To Recycle

Recycling is the law in New York state - not that much of Jamestown notices.The percentage of Jamestown residents who recycle isn't pretty. About 38 percent of city residents recycle plastic, 35 percent recycle paper and 19 percent recycle glass. It is unfortunate, because recycling is better ...

Obamacare: Ready Or Not

Admissions from President Barak Obama's administration that it isn't really ready to roll out the new national health insurance program have become regular occurrences.By Jan. 1, every American will be required to have health insurance or pay a hefty tax for failure to comply. Those without ...

Return Focus To Immigration Reform

President Barack Obama and Congress got what they viewed as a break on illegal immigration for a few years. It decreased, giving them an excuse to do little about it.But even during that period, analysts warned the tide of people coming across our borders would swell again - for a very good ...

Merger Gives Students, Taxpayers A Fighting Chance

In less than two weeks, Brocton and Westfield voters will head to the polls for a statutory merger vote for the Brocton and Westfield school districts.There are positives and negatives for both communities - as there have been with recent school mergers of the Chautauqua and Mayville districts ...

Municipalities, Unions Need To Find Middle Ground

It is pretty obvious -given the fact that 44 Chautauqua County municipalities are eligible to participate - that a Financial Restructuring Board is necessary in New York state.The restructuring board is an admission by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that financial control boards don't work anymore in part ...

Forward-Thinking Districts May Provide Road Map For Others

So far, so good for a pair of test cases that could help pave the way for cost savings for area school districts.Recently, the Panama and Clymer central school boards approved sharing a superintendent. Bert Lictus will begin duties at both schools on Oct. 1 when he begins working with Karen ...

Approach To Rebuild Upstate Economy Is Unrealistic

The economy is in the midst of a long, slow climb from the depths of the 2008 economic recession.Private sector job growth is up statewide and in Chautauqua County, according to the latest state Labor Department statistics. Unemployment has stayed at 7.6 percent statewide and is down to 7.4 ...

Are Our Schools Doing Enough To Stop Bullying?

Among the most heart-wrenching, deeply troubling stories in the news last week was that of a 12-year-old Florida girl who committed suicide after being bullied for nearly a year.Investigators are looking into whether charges can be filed against some of the 15 or so girls who ganged up on ...

Sloppy Government A Statewide Issue

It's bad enough New York state has so much government.What makes the problem even worse is that some of that government just isn't very good.The area has seen several audits by the state Comptroller's Office recently - Hanover, Forestville, Dayton, Otto and Chautauqua, to name a few - that ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Deb Palmer, the longtime Panama Central School girls volleyball and softball coach. Palmer, who also taught elementary physical education during her time at Panama, was honored by Section 6 with its Chautauqua County Sportsmanship award for the 2012-13 school year. Palmer coached ...

‘Profiling’ May Have Saved Lives

Aaron Alexis, who slaughtered 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, was a mentally ill man with a grudge against the Navy. Yet he walked right into the guarded facility because he had a government security clearance.If ever there was a situation in which "profiling" could have saved ...