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In Our Opinion

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Thumbs up to a local group that has done more than its part to make sure children have the supplies they need for school. Most school years, Creche delivers about 50 backpacks filled with school supplies to area schools. This was not most school years. Creche recently delivered about 600 ...

A Mosquito Plan Will Help Falconer

Mosquitos have been a bigger pest than usual this summer in the Falconer area and much of the rest of the region as well.The mosquitos haven't been a public health issue this summer, with no cases of West Nile Virus or Eastern Equine Encephalitis found in any of the testing pools in Chautauqua ...

Please, Sir, Can We Have Training?

A news release issued recently by the state School Boards Association raises a troubling concern about New York's implementation of the Common Core State Standards.One-third of school board members responding to a poll say their board needs more knowledge about what constitutes college and ...

State Must Cut Overtime Costs

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli recently released a report that showed for the first six months of the year, New York state employees were paid $316 million in overtime. At that pace, the amount would be more than two-thirds of $1 billion in overtime for the year, up $30 million from ...

VA Questions Still Aren’t Answered

It will come as no surprise to those who watch the government closely that the Department of Veterans Affairs has concluded it was not responsible for the deaths of veterans kept waiting for care at the Phoenix VA hospital. But members of Congress should ask whether that answers another ...

New Child Care Policies Needed

Thanks to Jimmy McMillan, people worldwide know that rent is too, um, gosh-darned high.Perhaps child care needs its own McMillan to raise awareness of another issue facing families struggling to make ends meet.According to the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County's most recent Community ...

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Thumbs up to a new beginning. The Southern Tier Xpress will play their first game at 5 p.m. today at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena. The team is an important tenant for the arena while the traffic the team can bring on game nights is important for downtown businesses. Congratulations to the ...

The Regrettable Truth Behind ‘Obamacare’

In large measure, President Barack Obama's health care law was sold to Americans based on his contention government can handle certain tasks more economically than the private sector.Last week a government inspector general reported at least one-third of the government contracts used to ...

Unfunded Mandates Strike Again

It's only a matter of time before Chautauqua County hires a compliance officer.County legislators have spent the past several months trying to figure out if the position is required by law, with resolutions creating the position were tabled in February and again at the legislature's voting ...

Back To School For Parents Too

It seems like only a few short months ago we were congratulating students from throughout our area on their high school graduations.Now, here we are, ready to begin another school year.Today brings 20 mph speed limits near schools, students walking to school in Jamestown and stopped school ...

US Needs To Limit Terrorist Exports

Americans have gone abroad on their own to fight for many causes during our nation's history.Daring American airmen joined the Lafayette Escadrille to fight Germans before the United States entered World War I. Long before Pearl Harbor, others battled the Japanese as members of the "Flying ...

Nurses Serve A Vital Role

Martha N. Hill, dean emerita of Johns Hopkins University and professor of nursing, medicine and public health, is absolutely correct when she says "the need for (nurses) today is great and unrelenting."Doctors, after all, can't be everywhere. In this age of the Affordable Care Act, Advanced ...

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Thumbs up to the early success of the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities' residential recycling credit program. David Leathers, BPU general manager, recently told City Council members that weekly recycling rates are between 60 and 65 percent, an increase of 25 to 30 percent compared to ...

Perseverance Pays Of For JHS Grads

Congratulations to seven Jamestown High School students honored at a recent August graduation ceremony.Jose Lopez, Grace Ortiz, Julio Reyes-Torres, Karee Rizzo-Walker, David Silliman, Brandon Spangler and Antonio Torres were able to share their accomplishment with Jamestown Public Schools ...

Partnerships Provide Greater Opportunity

Gowanda's willingness to work with Pine Valley so members of the district centered in South Dayton can play football is true team spirit.But Pine Valley's lack of being able to have a football program has again narrowed the field of area teams while the number of districts in our region holds ...

No Joy In Jamestown As Jammers Leave

Monday, with the formal announcement that Jamestown is losing its New York-Penn League franchise, was a day the region's baseball fans had hoped would never come.It was likely a reality ever since the day in March 2013 when rumors started circulating that a new stadium in Morgantown, W.Va., ...

RTPI, Audubon Making Natural Partnership

No organization's future is guaranteed.Our area is blessed with several private foundations that have disbursed millions of dollars over the years to nonprofit organizations that provide educational or artistic activities for youth and do important work throughout the community. The ...

The Blood Is On Hamas’ Hands

Negotiators from Israel and the Hamas terrorist group that controls Gaza met under Egyptian sponsorship this week, in an attempt to end fighting between the two. Israel had agreed to a cease-fire to facilitate the talks.But on Tuesday night, Hamas broke the cease-fire by sending three rockets - ...

Union Negotiations Lack Transparency

Seventy-six percent of Jamestown's $33.6 million budget is earmarked for salaries and benefits for city employees.By and large, that 76 percent - more than $25 million - crowds out spending for other initiatives in a city that has now used 93.3 percent of its constitutional taxing limit. ...

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Thumbs up to a three-hour event that will answer anyone's questions about the state of Chautauqua Lake. During the Chautauqua Lake Rally from 9 a.m. until noon today at the Village Casino in Bemus Point, Doug Conroe from the Chautauqua Lake Association will be discussing blue-green algae on the ...