Opinion

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to the 140 area high school students honored recently at the Chautauqua County Honor Societies Banquet, coordinated by Carrie Shampoe, a Clymer Central School teacher, and supported by the Far West Council of School Superintendents. Distinguished Service Awards of $100 were presented ...

It Is Time For A Change In Leadership

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader's Forum:I hope that Chautauqua County Democrats and Republicans offer up candidates for County Executive in 2017 with a vision of Chautauqua County that is not based upon low paid, seasonal tourism jobs and the continued loss of good jobs and population. No parent or grandparent ...

Disappointment At Library Meeting Turnout

In Our Opinion

The James Prendergast Library's board has dealt with scrutiny off and on in recent months. The board's detractors dropped their opposition into high gear when members proposed auctioning oil paintings from the Mary Prendergast will and estate to fund an endowment covering operating ...

Airport Lacks Leadership

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader's Forum:Over the years I have read several articles in this paper relating to the Jamestown Airport. I have used the airport often when it was services by United Airlines.What has amazed me is the lack of any type of plan or leadership over the airport. The previous manager was ...

Who’s Paying For Salary Hike?

In Our Opinion

An unanticipated $30,000 pay increase for the Chautauqua County district attorney is just one byproduct of New York's flawed budget process.We would like to think that, had New York's legislators not been rushing to pass an on-time budget, they would have realized that passing a recommendation ...

Counting Down The Days Until Election

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader's Forum:I don't know about anyone else, but I am glad we're nearing the end of the ruckus otherwise called election day. Why? Every day my caller ID is flooded with calls from NYC and Salamanca, amongst other places in New York state, wanting to know, of the two main parties ...

Ease Up On Independents

In Our Opinion

New York state law treats registered independents looking to vote in a primary like an unwanted third wheel: Their presence will be tolerated, but only if they can avoid being ditched by the couple.And that couple - the Democratic and Republican parties - can be tough to keep up with, as many ...

Harmless Minimum Wage Hike? Yeah, Right

Letters To The Editor

To the Readers' Forum:I'm glad to see some people live in a total utopic society where nothing happens when you make adjustments to laws.Minimum wage, in example, prices won't go up and people's hours won't be cut nor will their jobs. One such person thinks taxpayers will even be relieved and ...

Make Use Of A Teaching Moment

In Our Opinion

We understand - but ultimately don't agree - with the feelings of those who think Ben Spitzer, Chautauqua Lake Central School superintendent, should be fired after being charged in March with driving while intoxicated and DWI per se.Losing one's job for an admittedly poor and potentially tragic ...

Congress Knows How To Spend Money

In Our Opinion

Remember when Congress said it was eliminating earmark spending? Absurd wastes of taxpayer money through pork barrel projects were going to be a thing of the past. Not so fast. These were politicians making those promises.According to Citizens Against Government Waste President Tom Schatz, ...

Shared Services Must Be Fair

In Our Opinion

It can't be disputed that the town of Busti was wrong in the way it budgeted highway equipment purchases between its townwide and town-outside-village highway funds.In 2014, town officials did not properly budget or allocate $135,000 in highway equipment purchases between the townwide and ...

Jamestown Needs Shared Services

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader's Forum:I just wanted to write to try and explain how shared services actually works. All the municipalities in Chautauqua County have entered into a Shared Services Agreement. These agreements were signed by either the town supervisor or village mayor, whichever applicable.When ...

Wage Mandates Are Neither Compassionate, Nor Just

Local Commentaries

Last week, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a hastily passed incremental wage hike to eventually bring the state's minimum wage from $10 to $15. Supporters and wage activists have praised this mandate as a matter of fairness and economic justice - and are now pressuring other states ...

Doubling Minimum Wage Wins Votes, But Will Hurt Economy

Local Commentaries

Arguing that no full-time worker should be paid so little as to live in poverty, Bernie Sanders supports increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020. This is part of his plan for reducing income inequality in the United States. Unfortunately, raising the minimum wage, especially by such ...

Public Pensions — The Problem Is Not Just The Benefits

Local Commentaries

It's been a long recovery for U.S. states and cities, thanks in no small part to the trillions in retirement-benefit debt weighing down their balance sheets. As the Obama administration has noted in each of the last three editions of its "Economic Report of the President," public pension ...

Are All The Economic Gains Going To The Top 1 Percent?

Local Commentaries

Some on the political left have used analyses by French economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez to argue that the "top 1 percent" have captured all of America's post-Great Recession economic gains. Alas, this claim has no basis in fact.Focusing only on the recovery leaves out vital context, ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to both the Chautauqua Lake Central School District and the 40 volunteer instructors from area industries who are making the Chautauqua Lake Manufacturers' Club a reality. Jay Baker, Chautauqua Lake school board president, recently led board members on a tour of the current and future ...

Recent Changes To Student Testing Are Still Not Enough

Letters To The Editor

To the Readers' Forum:A recent P-J article on Common Core test opt-outs in local schools reported one of the changes in this year's tests is that NYSED terminated its contract with Pearson Corporation, which failed to deliver on good tests, and awarded it to Questar Assessment, Inc. The ...

As Spring Shines, Drivers Must Stay Vigil

In Our Opinion

While the winter months certainly present challenges for motorists, spring driving has its dangers as well. We've seen the recent fatal accidents in our area, and we hope efforts at the state and local levels will lead to safer roadways for all.From vehicles to bicyclists, motorcyclists and ...

Maple Grove High School Play Brightens Up Headlines

Letters To The Editor

To The Readers' Forum:We recently had the privilege of attending the school play at Maple Grove High School. We thought it was a superb production and commend the students, staff and participants for their skill and hard work in producing the show.Sometimes, with all of the negative headlines ...