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Opinion

We All Should Be Watching These Tax Proposals Carefully

In Our Opinion

Gov. Andrew Cuomo finds himself in a sticky wicket as state legislators deliberate on the governor’s 2020-21 budget proposal. There have been several proposals from Democrats in the state Legislature to raise taxes on the wealthy. A.9650, sponsored by Assemblyman Harvey Epstein, D-New ...

Emergency Services Should Be Commended

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: As local residents, we can hear the fire siren when it goes off. Frequently, we soon see the emergency vehicles crossing the Chautauqua Lake bridge going out of the district that they serve. Their service to surrounding areas along route 86 at all hours of the day ...

International Cyber War Needs To Be Taken Seriously

In Our Opinion

Some other governments spare no effort to gain advantage over U.S. businesses and consumers. Trade barriers such as tariffs and unreasonable restrictions in the name of product safety are examples. But some — including China — are involved in all-out assaults on Americans. Theft of U.S. ...

We Need To Do What We Can To Show Law Enforcement Support

In Our Opinion

Within just a few days, four police officers — two in New York City and two in Forrest City, Arkansas — were shot by gunmen. A grim fact of life for law enforcement personnel is that by the time you read this, it may be outdated. Attacks on police officers and sheriff’s deputies have ...

Thank You To DPW For A Job Well Done

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: I’m writing this letter in regards to a job recently done by Jamestown DPW on a tree on the terrace in front of my property. A large limb hung across the street and into the power lines. The limb had been hit by numerous delivery vehicles and recently a garbage ...

A New Identity Is Needed In South County

In Our Opinion

The pending closure of much of Truck-Lite’s Falconer plant should give policy makers pause when thinking about the economy in the Jamestown area. There are many shiny new baubles in the area. The National Comedy Center is drawing people downtown. Jamestown Brewing Company and the Beer Snob ...

Point: Beyond Impeachment, Restoring Our Democracy

Local Commentaries

With the Senate’s acquittal of President Donald Trump, the impeachment saga will end. What next? It’s likely we will hear recriminations and accusations, see finger-pointing and even name calling. More evidence related to the president’s phone call with the Ukrainian president may ...

State Of Our Union

Local Commentaries

“The state of our union is good” if you are talking about the recent Super Bowl. Not so good if you watched the action recently in the House of Representatives. How can things be “good” when the President won’t shake the hand of the Speaker and she responds by ripping up his speech? ...

The Budget Deficit Is A Chronic Inability To Set Priorities

Local Commentaries

In the debate unfolding in our country over federal deficits and debt, one fundamental argument is generally overlooked: What we politely call our “structural deficit” is really a chronic inability to set priorities. In a way, we have forgotten as a nation, as a society, how to determine ...

Counterpoint: Liberal Witch Hunt Can’t Burn Trump

Local Commentaries

It’s hard to believe that the overwhelming majority of Americans — whether or not they were ever partisan — haven’t formed an opinion by now about the state of our national politics. After all, we’ve all been forced to endure years of various accusations and investigations that ...

Cuomo Letting County Residents Suffer Last Year Was Bad Enough

In Our Opinion

We call shenanigans on Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Last year, Chautauqua County residents found themselves largely shut out of the state Senate after the retirement of former state Sen. Catharine Young. Calls for a special election in the district went unheeded last year. Assemblyman Andrew ...

The CLA May Not Have The Lake At Heart

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: The Chautauqua Lake Watershed and Management Alliance consists of villages, towns, property owners and not-for-profit agencies interested in the healthy maintenance of our lake. The memorandum of agreement was developed and signed to achieve a consensus plan for ...

City Council Should Wait On Giving Parking Incentives

In Our Opinion

Councilwoman Kim Ecklund, R-At Large, is right when she says it’s too soon for Jamestown to have another parking ticket amnesty program. The city has had amnesty programs twice in the past 10 years — once in 2009 and again in 2016 — which allowed vehicle owners with outstanding tickets ...

‘Get Over It’

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: The above quote was taken from a press briefing by Mick Mulvaney where he admitted that Donald Trump withheld congressional aid to Ukraine in turn for baseless investigation announcements into the Bidens. Mulvaney added “we do it all the time — Get Over ...

Public, Teachers’ Complaints Carry Weight With Board

In Our Opinion

As Jamestown Public Schools officials go through the process of hiring a new Jamestown High School principal, applicants for the job should take note of a bit of subtext that may have been lost in the sudden resignation of Dr. Rosemary Bradley in December. A vote of no confidence by ...

Hopefully The Other States Can Learn From The Process In Iowa

In Our Opinion

Patience, urged Republican Party officials in Iowa earlier this week. Give the Democrats time to ensure results of political party caucuses on nominees for president are reported accurately. Give GOP officials credit for adopting a “there but for the grace of God go I” policy. But ...

Maybe It’s Time To Look At A New Plan

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: It’s obvious now that the Impeachment process envisioned by our Framers doesn’t work. Congressmen and Senators all voted, in both the House and Senate, whichever way would get them reelected. From the day they are first elected, all politicians think about is ...

Superintendent Candidate Needs To Be Ambitious

In Our Opinion

Jamestown Public Schools Board President Paul Abbott hit the nail on the head Tuesday when he said the retirement of Dr. Bret Apthorpe is an opportunity. Apthorpe leaves the district at the end of June having made two big changes — launching the JPS Success Academy, which hosts Jamestown ...

Government Spending Gets Even More Out Of Control

Local Commentaries

The federal government continues to spend money like a drunken sailor who just won the Powerball jackpot. According to the Congressional Budget Office, “The federal budget deficit was $358 billion in the first quarter of fiscal year 2020 … $39 billion more than the deficit recorded ...