Opinion

State Needs To Get A Grip On Education Costs Per Student

In Our Opinion

Cost per student is something that is examined on a regular basis by the state Education Department. But its documentation does not break it into categories, which sheds some light on an important issue. In a recent article in On Board, the publication of the state School Boards Association, ...

Progressive Rhetoric Doesn’t Extend To Education Funding

In Our Opinion

Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks in flowering, soaring oratory about his desire to help those who come to the United States looking for a better life or those who have found themselves persecuted on account of race, religion or sexuality. Take, for example, this wonderful piece of oratory from the ...

The Case Against Public Campaign Financing

Local Commentaries

Editor’s Note: This opinion piece was printed first this week by the Gotham Gazette. It is reprinted with the permission of the Gotham Gazette. It’s a new day in New York. On January 1, the Senate Republican Conference, our state’s last line of defense against tax-and-spend, ...

Thoughts On Wall-Building

Local Commentaries

It wasn’t too long ago that President Reagan in a speech in Berlin exhorted the leader of the Soviet Union to “tear down this Wall!” Now we are talking about building one of our own along the entire Mexican border. I must admit early on that I am not much of a fancier for walls ...

Lawsuit Is About Fair Aid, Not More Aid

Local Commentaries

The recent Maisto vs. NYS decision in favor of the state is yet another blow to disenfranchised small city students. Maisto, a Jamestown student, along with 80 parents and students from eight small city school districts including Jamestown, contended that their quality of education was ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to the parents of a child who knew what to do when a stranger approached. Earlier this week, a Washington Middle School student was approached by a man in a large blue sport-utility vehicle with white stripes and dark tinted windows and asked to help find the man’s lost puppy. The ...

Put It In The Hands Of The People

Letters To The Editor

I realize that Democrats are scarcer (and I guess scarier) than T-Rexs in this area, but we are just as concerned over the president’s shutdown as are Republicans. I received an eblast from our Congressman (Tom Reed)’s office with regard to the shutdown, and I’d like to share my response ...

Assigning Blame Won’t Fix School Issues

In Our Opinion

It would have been easy for the Randolph Central School District board and administration to cast blame for an incident last week in which one of its school buses was stolen and driven to Jamestown by three Randolph Academy students. Kaine Kelly, Randolph superintendent, struck the right ...

Borello’s Remedy For Chautauqua Lake Should Move Forward

In Our Opinion

Chautauqua Lake was in the news a lot last week, which was fitting for a topic of the utmost importance for south county residents who rely on the lake for the summer economy and who value the lake’s beauty and environmental health. Perhaps the most important bit of information in those ...

Goodell’s Constituents May Feel Left Out After Heastie Speech

In Our Opinion

There are likely few members of the state Assembly more different than Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, a Democrat from New York City, and Andrew Goodell, a Republican who lives six hours away from Albany. It was interesting, then, that Heastie singled out Goodell during his inaugural address ...

Reader Discouraged By Young’s Remarks

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: As a constituent of New York Senate District 57, I’ve seen Senator Cathy Young in action many times over the years. Her dedication towards veterans is unparalleled and commendable. As a member of a public employees’ union, I’ve watched her vote many times to ...

Sen. Young Earns Role On Senate Ethics Committee

In Our Opinion

State Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean, may no longer be chairperson of the state Senate Finance Committee, but she still finds herself in a position of influence within the Senate. Among Young’s committee assignments are serving as the ranking minority member on the Senate’s Ethics ...

There Needs To Be A Way To Bring People Back To New York

In Our Opinion

So many New Yorkers have given up on our state that we are one of the few states actually losing population. In fact, New York topped the list, losing an estimated 48,510 residents between July 1, 2017, and July 1, 2018. That’s more than any state. Of course, that’s not the worst of the ...

JCC Should Find Way To Enroll Locals Who Need An Education

In Our Opinion

In 2008, enrollment at Jamestown Community College was 3,718 students. During that September 2008 Board of Trustees meeting, Dr. Gregory DeCinque, former Jamestown Community College president, compared the college’s increasing enrollment with the decreasing population in Chautauqua County ...

Rural America And Manufacturing

Local Commentaries

Though I grew up on a farm and, at one time, was chairman of the New York State Assembly’s Agriculture Committee — it has always been my opinion that manufacturing was the backbone of our local economy here in upstate New York and across rural America. As a recent article in the New York ...

Will Progressives Assure Trump A New Term?

Local Commentaries

Somehow I got on the email list of Steve Novick, a Portland, Oregon, self-described progressive. Novick lost to the even more progressive (if that is possible) Senator Jeff Merkley in the 2008 Democratic primary for U.S. Senate. Novick was then elected to the Portland City Council, only to ...

Extending Electric Vehicle Tax Is Misguided

Local Commentaries

Enacted in 2008, the EV tax credit — which allows electric car buyers to qualify for up to $7,500 in federal subsidies — was meant to foster the fledgling electric vehicle industry. By law, the credit phases out once a manufacturer makes its 200,000th car. Tesla reached that threshold ...

You Are Smarter Than a Computer

Local Commentaries

The question artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and the future of human work is a Rorschach test: the answer you get depends on what you see. For some, the advent of “smart” everything portends a future of rising living standards and human flourishing. Others see a dark side. Without ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to Alex Card, a Southwestern Central School senior who made headlines for his play on the football field this fall and now, as a member of the school’s basketball team, is making headlines for his play on the basketball court. Through Card’s efforts, the Trojans’ basketball team ...