In Our Opinion

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 ...

Don’t Leave Your Good Ideas Home

Tonight is a golden opportunity for all Jamestown residents to give their two cents about Jamestown's future.The city's Strategic Planning and Partnerships Commission will host a public forum from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Sarita Weeks Room in the Arts and Sciences Building at Jamestown Community ...

Rest In Peace, Damon Janes

There are times in our lives when events just don't make much sense.The unfortunate death on Monday of Damon Janes, a Brocton Central School junior who passed away after a helmet-to-helmet hit Friday in Westfield-Brocton's football game with Portville, is one of those times.Why someone so young ...

Success Stories Require Community Involvement

It's fitting that Deb and Deke Kathman, the 2013 United Way Campaign co-chairs, are focusing the annual campaign on the agency's success stories.Everyone has a story, and nowhere is that more evident than the annual United Way campaign.The United Way supports agencies who deal every day with ...

Justice Department Should Uphold The Law

Marijuana is illegal under federal law. Yet Attorney General Eric Holder has decided not to interfere in any way with two states where recreational use of the drug has become permissible.Colorado and Washington decriminalized marijuana last fall. Many states allow its use for medicinal ...

Keep The IDA Away From Hotel Project

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's much-ballyhooed "2 percent" tax cap rightly focused the public's attention on government spending.It should also focus attention on the use of tax exemptions, a useful development tool that can also hurt taxpayers if used when they aren't needed.All industrial, commercial ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the sweet sounds of marching band music taking center stage at Strider Field today. The Jamestown High School Red Raider Marching Band will hold its annual Fall Festival of Bands at 6:30 p.m. today at Strider Field. Participating bands include Eisenhower, Bradford, Wellsville, ...

Concussion Law Should Be Expanded

The recent concussion lawsuit settlement between the National Football League and its retired players, combined with studies of the links between head trauma and varying forms of dementia, should shine a light again on the health of local athletes.Athletes, and football players in particular, ...

One-Sided Debate Is Not The Answer

Members of Congress debating President Barack Obama's recommendation the U.S. go to war with Syria have much to discuss. Their questions should not be directed solely at the White House's representatives.Of course, much of the information and opinion lawmakers will hear will have to come from ...

More Private Housing Projects Needed

Many can talk about taking pride in Jamestown.Andrew Jarrett and Gary Sell are putting their money where their mouth is. It was nearly a year ago when the realtors stood on the steps of 16 Dewey Place to talk about their plan to buy the house, renovate it and then return it to the marketplace ...

Pension Rate Relief Cannot Be Viewed As Found Money

Finally, there is some good news to report about pension rates.Pension contributions have skyrocketed since the late 1990s, when many governments were paying less than 1 percent of pension costs. Now, for the first time in five years, governments and school districts will pay a little less for ...

Keep Government Away From Education

Apparently the absence of some useless federal regulations makes some hearts grow fonder of them. No one should lament the demise of "No Child Left Behind," the decade-old federal school improvement law, however.Although Congress has not removed it from the books, NCLB no longer governs schools ...

County Should Help Find Sinkhole Cause

Chautauqua County should find money in the next round of bed tax allocations to help Findley Lake officials find the cause of a 7-foot sinkhole near the lake.The sinkhole is located on the lake side of Route 426 and Route 430, in the vicinity of a nearly 200-year-old dam. Village officials ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the quick clean-up after Monday's microburst storm that brought high winds, hail and buckets of rain to the Lakewood area. Neighbors pitched in to help each other in the midst of the damage while the village Public Works Department, led by Tom Pilling, and the volunteer ...

Celebrating ‘The Natural’

It is a special weekend in South Dayton.Thirty years ago, the big time came to the village when scenes for the movie "The Natural" starring Robert Redford took place.Numerous area residents, from not only South Dayton but other localities including Cassadaga, Dunkirk, Fredonia, Cherry Creek, ...

Drivers Need Patience During School Year

Labor Day has come and gone - and with it go the easy-morning commutes for many area drivers.Students at Southwestern and Frewsburg started classes Tuesday, while nearly everyone else begins classes today. That means school buses will be out on the roads with children waiting beside the road at ...

It’s Back To School Time For Parents, Too

Wednesday marks the first day of school for most area children.That means it's back-to-school time for parents as well, especially in a time when more and more is expected of schoolchildren at ever-younger ages.A 2008 University of New Hampshire study by Karen Smith Conway, professor of ...