In Our Opinion

Seneca Nation Should Take Note Of Agreements

As binding arbitration between New York state and the Seneca Nation of Indians drags on, we see a glimmer of hope on the horizon.Last week, the Oneida Nation of Indians reached an agreement with the state granting the Oneidas exclusive gaming rights at the Turning Stone Casino and its ...

Private-Sector Workers Deserve A Choice

Once again liberals in Washington are decreeing that a job "perk" available to government workers should be denied to those in the private sector.Since 1985, federal law has permitted public-sector workers who are on the job more than 40 hours a week to choose between being paid time-and-a-half ...

Political Correctness Sinks Into Absurdity

Political correctness has sunk into absurdity in a situation involving access to the so-called "Plan B" birth control drug.If taken within three days of sexual intercourse, the drug can prevent fertilization of human eggs.Because it can make up for failure to use birth control methods before ...

Arbitration Questions Stand In Way Of Change

At first blush, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to help financially struggling cities sounds good.Cities will have the option to ask the state's Financial Restructuring Board for its suggestions on how cities should restructure before a control board is necessary. The state is setting aside money ...

Jackson Center Is Jewel In Our Midst

Greg Peterson has always said the Robert H. Jackson Center was designed to be a living memorial.Friday's visit by Chief Justice John Roberts is just the latest example of how the center is meeting that lofty goal.The podium Friday was a veritable who's who of Jackson's lengthy legal progeny. ...

No Excuse For Unspent Money

More substandard housing in Jamestown will be demolished this year than in previous years after the city included more demolition money in its Community Development Block Grant application to the federal government.That's a good step, according to a neighborhood plan passed by the City Council ...

Intimidation Should Not Be Tolerated

Both Democrats and Republicans in Congress seem upset about revelations the Internal Revenue Service focused enforcement actions on conservative political groups during the election campaign last year. Good. Even though the IRS insists it did not target opponents of President Barack Obama, ...

IRS Harassment Needs To Be Dealt With

Last week, Internal Revenue Service officials insisted high-ranking leaders at the agency were not aware some conservative political groups were being harassed over tax matters. Only "low-level" employees knew, the public and members of Congress were assured.That is not true. The Associated ...

Education Isn’t Sustainable In Its Current Form

Music teachers, both locally and across the country, are caught between a rock and a hard place.Study after study demonstrates the importance of music education in the development of children, including higher test scores, more creative students, better language development and an improved ...

Ramsey Is Reminder Of Everyday Heroes

Sometimes we forget how many good people there are in the world. Then we read about someone like Charles Ramsey.Ramsey, 43, is the man who played the key role in freeing three women from about a decade of captivity at a house in Cleveland. His comments during interviews have made it clear he ...

NRA Shouldn’t Have Issues With Manchin Plan

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin seems determined to gain full Senate approval of updates to federal background check rules for prospective gun buyers. Though the amendment he and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., crafted was rejected earlier this spring, Manchin, D-W.Va., has said he is preparing to try ...

Lake Groups Must Come Together

There is an alphabet soup of organizations looking for some way to improve Chautauqua Lake.From the CLMC to the CWC to the CLA to the IMC and more, each acronym ultimately stands for a group hoping to be the one to solve each of the lake's issues. However, while each group is aware of the next, ...

Library Board Made Right Decisions

Tina Scott can now officially begin implementing her vision for the James Prendergast Library.The library's board recently removed the interim label from Scott's September appointment as library director. After a tumultuous year, Scott has provided a calming influence at the helm of the ...

NRG: Make Your Voice Heard

South County residents have one more chance to help keep a revitalized NRG Energy Inc. operating in Dunkirk.NRG is considering converting its coal-burning plant into natural gas to not only power our region but other parts of the Northeast. To do so, the Public Service Commission must approve ...

Rep. Reed Begins Business Growth Plan

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, is doing his best to shine a positive light on the future of manufacturing in his district.Since officially becoming Chautauqua County's congressman in January, Reed has brought Cummins Inc. officials to Washington, D.C., to participate in a manufacturing caucus. ...

Helipad Is A Worthwhile Project

There are plenty of places to land a helicopter in Chautauqua County during the day or when the weather is perfect.Imagine, though, trying to land a helicopter in a dark field, in the middle of the night, unsure of the terrain beneath you. At the same time, you know someone is depending on you ...

Manchin, Toomey Should Try Again

At another time, in a different context, Sens. Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey might have been successful in a proposal they and two other senators offered last week. At the very least there might have been some willingness by lawmakers to discuss the idea and, perhaps, alter it slightly to make it ...

Readers’ Input Wanted On Issues

Help Wanted: Business seeking new chief executive to oversee a budget of roughly $230 million, deal with longstanding entanglements with government bureaucracy that drive up your costs and which you can't change, long hours and a grueling public review every four years. Ability to work with ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

-Thumbs up to those whose spring cleanup extends beyond their own home. These cleanups take place in towns, village, cities and cemeteries throughout the area this time of year. Falconer will host its 18th annual Falconer Pride Day starting at 9 a.m. today at the Falconer Fire Hall. The ...

Plenty To Do This Summer

As spring and summer event lineups have begun trickling in, it's clear Chautauqua County will offer the region a wide range of entertainment options this year. Now, it's up to area residents to support them.The Lucille Ball-Dezi Arnaz Center will bring in Bill Engvall and Kathleen Madigan to ...