In Our Opinion

Could Marathon Bombing Have Been Prevented?

Did U.S. terrorism experts fail again to connect the dots? That should be among the first questions asked by those investigating the killing spree allegedly committed by two brothers who raised suspicions among Russian authorities more than two years ago.Brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev ...

Open Dialogue A First Step

We hope the recent breakthrough between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and elected officials from cities and school districts across the state isn't fool's gold.Cuomo recently met with some local officials to build support for his proposal to require mediators to consider taxpayers' ability to pay when ...

McKinley-Kaptur Bill Must Be Approved

While President Barack Obama and most members of Congress have seemed preoccupied with proposals for new limits on gun ownership since the school massacre in Newtown, Conn., not much has been said about getting to the root causes of such horror: insanity and the evil that sometimes drives it.On ...

Amendments Under Attack

Second Amendment advocates should not be the only ones concerned about New York's SAFE Act,a law passed in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.The state's gun control law is dancing all over the First Amendment too.Gun owners were understandably upset when Gov. Andrew Cuomo ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to fire departments across the community participating in RecruitNY open houses this weekend. We have recently detailed the troubles facing our volunteer fire departments. While the state can make changes to make it easier to volunteer, it's also good to see volunteer fire departments ...

Recall Election Is A Bad Idea

Creating recall elections for state legislators in New York state is a horrible idea.The idea has been proposed by Republican members of the state Assembly, who say recall elections have been shown to work in 19 other states. States with recall elections have removed more than a dozen state ...

Are You Ready To Answer The Call?

There is no overstating the importance of volunteer firefighters and EMTs in Chautauqua County.When there is a fire in Frewsburg, it is a group of volunteers who responds. When there is a car accident in Sherman, members of the all-volunteer Stanley Hose Company are the ones responding. When a ...

City Should Take What Lakewood Didn’t Want

An adult novelty store won't be coming to Lakewood after all.Whatever one's thoughts about adult-oriented stores, Jill Laemmerhirt's proposal was tasteful. The windows of the Lakewood location were to be covered so no one could see into the store from the outside. The only signs on the windows ...

Finding A Middle Ground

What a long, strange trip is has been for Earth Day.First organized in 1970 by Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, Earth Day was the first time the fragmented environmental movement came together. It took a day like Earth Day for people concerned about industrial pollution, ...

State Should Help German Business

Good economic news can be hard to come by in Chautauqua County.County residents should be excited, then, when plans are announced that a new company may locate in the area. On Tuesday, a German company told county Industrial Development Agencies that the former AFA Foods building in Ashville is ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the collaboration of area police agencies that resulted in the quick capture of four men who have been charged with the murder of Gordon Skinner and Joyce Skinner of Carroll. It could have been easy for the four Elmira-area residents to have disappeared into the night after the ...

Better To Be Safe Than Sorry

There is much we don't know about what happened Wednesday morning on Wheeler Hill Road in Carroll.While four people have been charged in the homicides, there is still a lot of information that hasn't been made public yet. Police are tight-lipped about a possible motivation for the crime and a ...

American Resolve Shines Bright In Face Of Terror

Terrorism never really goes away.It sits, festering, inside the minds of madmen until it bubbles to the surface in incidents like Monday's bombing at the Boston Marathon. As we have been reminded so recently in Newtown or in Aurora, Colo., disturbed people will do whatever they can to do harm ...

Delivering On Post Office Reform

There used to be four post offices in the town of Carroll - Ivory, Fentonville, Frewsburg and Dodge.Four post offices were needed because travel made it difficult for people to get to Frewsburg to pick up their mail. As travel became easier, there was less need for the smaller, rural post ...

It’s All Part Of The Game These Days

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed has a challenger for his seat in Congress - nearly two years before the next scheduled Congressional election.Democrats in the district feel Nate Shinegawa could have won the seat if he had more time to campaign in 2012. Shinegawa faced a compressed time frame because of ...

Obamacare Cost Study Needed

It may seem to some Americans that new revelations of what "Obamacare" - the national health care takeover law - will cost have become a regular feature of news reports. Most recently, a study indicated the law will force millions of Americans to pay more for their health insurance.President ...

Healthy Living Is Best In Fighting Obesity

A judge was right to strike down New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed ban on soft drinks larger than 16 ounces.The ban was riddled with loopholes and is the epitome of an ill-considered government intrusion into the lives of citizens. It is the perfect example of how not to solve a ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Libraries can take on huge importance in small communities. Thumbs up to the Cherry Creek Free Library board, and the rest of the Cherry Creek community, for putting in months of hard work to move the library from its old building into a new storefront location on Main Street in Cherry Creek. ...

Wage Reimbursement Defeats Purpose Of Hike

New York business owners told the state a minimum wage hike would hurt.The state listened to their concerns, but instead of leaving the minimum wage alone, it passed some of the increase on to taxpayers through a minimum wage reimbursement tax credit for students that will cost state taxpayers ...

Don’t Wait On North Korea

Secretary of State John Kerry has said North Korea's new round of saber rattling and threats to step up its nuclear weapons and missile programs are unacceptable. He has added the U.S. will do whatever it must to safeguard its interests and its allies, including South Korea.To that, North ...