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Editor’s Corner

County GOP Machine On Cruise Control

Chautauqua County Republicans appear to be less than engaged when it comes to this year’s election. A visit to its home page at www.chautauquagop.com shows two bits of information: one congratulating the candidates for 2020 and another promising more news coming soon. Recent updates — like ...

District Rates Magnify Issue Of Poverty

On the surface, the U.S. Census statistics regarding Chautauqua County’s poverty rate appear to lack urgency. The most recent results, released in August, show a figure of 16.3%, about 3.3% higher than New York state. In the two cities, however, the numbers are much greater with Jamestown at ...

Commentary: Grim Finds Are Toll On Tranquility

PORTLAND — There is plenty of peace to be found in the hills that surround Woleben Road. Some of the most majestic views of the grape vineyards and Lake Erie can be found near this location of western Chautauqua County. This week, however, that site became a dark reminder of fellow residents ...

Finding Clarity In Region’s Water Woes

Dunkirk’s Department of Public Works employees were being pushed to the limit. In the early morning hours of Aug. 31, a major water-line break on Lake Shore Drive not only closed the main thoroughfare to traffic, it also put the city in disarray. Working tirelessly, it was up to this crew of ...

Campaign Clamor Nowhere Near Crescendo

Halfway through the month of September, the political pressure cooker of the fall campaign has barely begun to simmer. While yard signs for candidates are making sparse appearances in our communities, it is tough to tell in Chautauqua County that Election Day — not to mention early voting — ...

Space Aplenty At Shrinking Schools

Social distancing at a majority of Chautauqua County’s public schools appears as though it will not be a problem. Judging by the most recent U.S. Census figures over the last decade that resulted in a 5.4% loss of 7,248 residents to 127,657, a majority of these overbuilt educational ...