In Our Opinion

Proper Facilities Are Part Of A Good Education

Voters in the Frewsburg Central School District will go to the polls Dec. 3 to vote on a $5,656,000 capital project.All of the work has been identified in the district's 2010 Building Conditions Survey and its Five Year Capital Facilities Plan. As it stands now, the project includes auditorium ...

Ending The Shutdown Was The Easy Vote

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, admits Republicans' strategy of shutting down the government to defund the Affordable Care Act was unwise.He told reporters recently his vote against bills that reopened the government and end the government shut down wasn't a hissy fit about the national health ...

Computer Bugs Can Be Fixed, Obamacare Cannot

Don't give up on the Obamacare website, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius urged Ohioans during a visit to the state on Wednesday. Glitches that have prevented many people from learning about the new health care law are being corrected, and there is plenty of time for people ...

Teresi’s Budget Suggests Another Small City In Crisis

What does $33.6 million buy these days?It's a good question for Jamestown residents who have spent the last week or so mulling Mayor Sam Teresi's $33.6 million 2014 budget proposal. The budget comes with a proposed 2.68 percent tax levy increase, small cuts in support for the James Prendergast ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to those who have spent October doing their part to raise awareness of breast cancer and money to defeat a disease that has touched many of us in one way or another. The Southwestern boys and girls soccer teams recently held their third annual Kickin' for a Cure at Southwestern ...

Changes To Moreland Commission Should Be Implemented

Just because Gov. Cuomo's Moreland Commission was doomed from the start doesn't mean the state can't take steps to end corruption.Cuomo armed the Moreland Commission with subpoena power to investigate misconduct among public officials and then, after the investigation, propose changes to state ...

State Taxes: They Can’t Get Any Worse

Recently, Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a new tax-relief commission that will look at a host of taxes, including business taxes, and ways to simplify the state's tax code.One of the main priorities for the commission is address the property tax burden in New York."From a tax point of view, the No. ...

Common Core Meetings, Answers Are Needed

In case those in Washington, D.C., and Albany missed it, people have questions about the Common Core State Standards.They have a lot of questions.It should surprise no one, then, that there was a full complement of criticisms of Common Core at a recent town hall meeting at Spackenkill High ...

Natural Gas Inspection Is Worth The Effort

Luckily, no one was injured when a natural gas leak sparked an explosion that destroyed a Ripley home.Fire investigators ruled the cause was related to a gas line break the home's owner had repaired himself in December 2012. Over the course of the past several months the ground where the repair ...

State Can’t Handle Seemingly Simple Tasks

Gov. Andrew Cuomo went a little over the top in the wording of a referendum that asks New York voters for permission to expand casino gambling in New York state.The referendum's wording makes it sound as if casinos are the answer for all that ails New York's economy. The constitutional change ...

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 ...