In Our Opinion

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to being a county that pitches in. We had a public example of that Wednesday when noted sportswriter Peter King's bus became stuck in the field near Russell E. Diethrick Park on Falconer Street. King popped into the city to catch a few innings of the Jammers' game before leaving for ...

Push Privitization Of Dunkirk Airport

County Executive Greg Edwards is right in thinking it makes sense to privatize the Chautauqua County Airport in Dunkirk.The airport is a general aviation airport, which means people fly in and out with their private planes. The Dunkirk airport is underutilized by those it seeks to serve and not ...

World Bank’s Course Of Action Must Be Altered

For decades, leaders of the World Bank have recognized one of the surest ways to reduce poverty in developing countries is to help their residents obtain reasonably priced electricity. That farsighted philosophy appears to have been scrapped.If the World Bank pursues the new strategy espoused ...

Hydraulic Fracturing: Paralysis By Analysis

It is time for an end to the open-ended moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in New York state.The hydraulic fracturing process involves injecting loads of water, sand and chemicals deep into the ground to smash through rocks to get at natural gas deposits buried deep underground. Former state ...

Riverwalk Is Riding Wave Of Momentum

"In a region known for great waterfront destinations, Jamestown is not yet on the map. Visitors flock to attractions around the lake, including the Chautauqua Institution and Bemus Point, but Jamestown has not yet tapped the potential of the Chadakoin to serve as a major destination for ...

NYC Must Look At Other Options

It says something about the American political system that Anthony Weiner thought a political comeback was a good idea in the first place.Weiner's lewd tweets in June 2011, at a time when he was married with a baby on the way, forced his resignation from Congress. In one day, Weiner went from ...

Detroit Should Be A Warning To All

There have been warnings about Detroit's dire financial straits for years, so it really would have been news if the city hadn't declared bankruptcy.The shoe finally dropped with last week's filing, the largest municipal bankruptcy case in American history, with the city owing nearly $20 billion ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to a busy week, starting with Sunday's World Series of Cars at Bergman Park. The Robert H. Jackson Center takes center stage at Chautauqua Institution with its weeklong Special Studies lecture series at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday in the Hurlbut Church sanctuary, with addresses by ...

Objectionable Provisions In ‘Obamacare’

It will be easy for President Barack Obama and liberals in the Senate to overcome a House of Representatives challenge to part of the national health care law. Obama has said he will veto the bill passed by the House last week if it reaches his desk. It will not; liberals in the Senate will see ...

A ‘Win-Win’ For All Students

A compromise on student loans apparently will be approved this week in the U.S. Senate.But even as lawmakers revealed an agreement, some hinted they may try to go back on it this fall.Federal loans for higher education students had been available at a 3.4 percent interest rate. That has gone up ...

A Great Week To Be A Cowboy

Next week is a great week to be a cowboy, or cowgirl, in Chautauqua County.From July 31 to Aug. 3, Gerry transforms into Rodeo City, U.S.A., all to raise money for the Gerry Volunteer Fire Department. The annual rodeo brings noted PRCA professionals to participate in one of the longest ...

Proposal Could Help Legislators

For years, the Chautauqua County budget has controlled county legislators.A proposal discussed recently by the Audit and Control Committee could help legislators lead the process for a change.The idea is the brainchild of Charles Nazzaro, D-Jamestown, who told fellow Audit and Control Committee ...

An Imperial Presidency

Since when does the U.S. State Department have any authority over environmental quality? Since President Barack Obama decided he, and he alone, has the right to make critical decisions for all Americans, that's when.In a major speech recently, Obama vowed to establish new regulations on ...

Education Coalition Taking Big Steps

Once again, area businesses are putting their money where their mouth is.The Cummins Foundation recently presented the Chautauqua County STEM Coalition with two grants totaling about $235,000 to hire Dr. Paul Beeson as the Chautauqua County STEM education coordinator and create a countywide ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to all those participating in the annual Laurel Run. The event began Friday with the Jamestown-to-Dunkirk flag rally and continues today with a motorcycle dice run that starts and ends in Silver Creek, an 8-kilometer run; a 5k walk; a 1k fun walk; children's runs; and "Laurel's Lap," ...

Volunteers Are Not Horsing Around

It's surprising that an area with as much open space as Chautauqua County could be considered unfriendly to horses.In reality, riders who want to ride on a trail run into many of the same problems as snowmobilers. Land that was previously open and available for riding ends up being sold. That ...

Level The Field Without Use Of Taxpayer Dollars

While supporters of public funding for political campaigns in this state may have noble goals, New York realistically does not have the money to enact such a plan.Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Democrats who control the Assembly and share control of the state Senate have worked for two years to create a ...

Public Assistance Integrity Act Is A No-Brainer

Would you donate to a charity that supports people's outings to strip clubs and casinos? How about a charity that pays for people's tobacco and alcohol purchases?Those types of expenses currently are allowed through the state's Electronic Benefit Transfer - more commonly known as EBT - debit ...

U.S. Aid Should Continue, For Now

The so-called "Arab spring" has turned into a long, hot summer in Egypt - but for now, the hottest seat is in the Oval Office at the White House. There, President Barack Obama and his advisers are wrestling, ineptly as usual, with an issue that need not be difficult to solve.Earlier this year, ...

Obamacare Jumps The Tracks

"Obamacare," the White House version of socialized medicine for Americans, always was a train wreck about to happen. Already the law has jumped the tracks.President Barack Obama's administration announced it will delay, for one year, a requirement that businesses provide health care insurance. ...