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In Our Opinion

Clearing Of Sidewalks Should Be Based On Their Use, Not Schools

Mayor Eddie Sundquist has a lot on his plate right now. This weekend’s snowstorm should add one more item to the mayor’s already full agenda — sidewalk plowing. Clearing sidewalks is the responsibility of homeowners or tenants, but anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of the city’s ...

Bills Should Be In Final Form Before Vote Is Taken

Typically, complaints about three-men-in-a-room government in Albany focuses on the state budget. Last week, the state Assembly provided another example of how three people deciding matters can lead to poorly written laws that state residents — both Democrat and Republican — have to deal ...

Senators Owe A Full And Formal Trial To The American People

With the ball in the U.S. Senate’s court regarding an impeachment trial for President Donald Trump, a rather strange debate is occurring among some senators: Should there even be a trial? What are they thinking? After several days of sitting on articles of impeachment approved by ...

Noted Concerns Might Get Heastie Off The Fence

It’s been about two weeks since New York’s criminal justice reform laws took effect, and the Jamestown Police Department is already struggling to meet a comically short 15-day requirement to provide all of its evidence to prosecutors, who in turns provide it to defense attorneys. In ...

Maybe It’s Time To Bring Some Services Back To The District

The Jamestown Public Schools District has sent students to the Gustavus Adolphus Family Services Learning Center at a cost of $586,624 in 2019-20. Is it possible the district has actually been wasting money all these years? Earlier this week, the Jamestown school board voted to create ...

A Decision About The Annexation Should Not Be Made In January

There are some who want to proceed this month with a City Council vote to move forward with annexation of the Jamestown BPU substation on Dow Street in Falconer. Anthony Dolce, R-Ward 2 and City Council president, is advocating that council members wait until at least February or March ...

State Officials Have Run Up An Expensive Tab With Medicaid

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was full of baloney last week when he laid the blame for the state’s $4 billion Medicaid deficit at the feet of counties. The governor may have sprained a shoulder muscle patting himself on the back for the state’s decision to cap counties’ share of Medicaid spending, ...

Kudos To Chagnon For His Decision On Legislature Appointment

There are a lot of Republicans on the Chautauqua County Legislature. In our view, none of those Republicans are as well qualified to lead the Audit and Control Committee as Charles Nazzaro, D-Jamestown. Audit and Control is perhaps the most important committee on the legislature. All ...

Killing Soleimani Carried Risk, But Eliminated A Threat

At least three times while Bill Clinton was president, he rejected proposals to kill Osama bin Laden. That enabled bin Laden’s al-Qaida network to continue making terrorist attacks leading up to the Sept. 11, 2001 assault on America that killed nearly 3,000 people. Despite knowing bin ...

Cuomo Just May Sink This ‘Ship Of State’

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York’s “ship of state is stronger than it has been in decades.” It had better be, because it appears Cuomo is steering it toward an iceberg. The governor’s State of the State address, delivered Wednesday, measured 12 printed pages of platitudes, promises ...

Golf Tourney Should Be Approached Correct Way

There will not be a Web.com golf tournament held in Chautauqua County this summer. It’s unfortunate, but frankly, it’s not the end of the world. County officials have spent months trying to find a sponsor for the tournament but were unable to find one able to make a multi-year ...

Sundquist Is Shaking Things Up With BPU Board Appointments

For the first time in recent memory, the president of the Jamestown City Council will not serve on the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities’ board. Mayor Eddie Sundquist, in his list of appointments, has named Grant Olson, R-Ward 5, as the City Council representative in place of Maria ...

Proposed Statewide Animal Abuse Registry Lacks Necessary Teeth

A statewide animal abuse registry, as written, is a waste of time that shouldn’t be discussed on the floor of the state Legislature. Proposed by Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, D-Manhattan, the legislation would keep those convicted of animal fighting; overdriving, torturing and injuring ...

It’s Time To Get Serious About Cleaning Up Sex Abuse In Churches

Hundreds of clergy accused of sexually abusing children, including some convicted of crimes, were left off lists released by the Roman Catholic Church in reaction to a worldwide scandal, The Associated Press found. In terms of rebuilding trust with those of the faith, the church seems to be ...

It Is Time To Pay Off Our Obligations And Handle Our Debts

As we Americans celebrate the beginning of a new decade, we continue to allow a serious challenge to escalate to crisis proportions. It is the national debt — $23.2 trillion as 2020 began. Thoughtful Americans understand the perils of a big national debt. It can increase inflation. It ...

Residents Should Be Excited By New City Visions

Mayor Eddie Sundquist and Tony Dolce, R-Ward 2 and new City Council president, come from different political parties, have an age difference of a couple of decades and come to their respective offices this year with vastly differing amounts of experience in elected office. At this point in ...

Let’s Say Thanks For The Concern, But No Thanks To Funding It

All too often, bad ideas never really go away in Washington. Congress merely reduces taxpayer funding for them, without insisting they be abandoned. That may be the fate of President Donald Trump’s “Space Force.” Trump envisions the force as an entirely separate, new branch of the ...

Financial Responsibility To Medicaid Program Should Be A Priority

It’s nice that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is advancing State of the State proposals in advance of his Jan. 8 vision-setting speech. So far, the governor has said he wants to prevent those who commit a serious crime in another state from owning a gun in New York; ban fentanyl look-alikes and expand ...

Headlines Change, But The County Residents Always Stay Top-Notch

Looking back at the past year and the stories that have appeared on our pages, one is struck by the sheer breadth of topics. Last year’s lingering issues faded quickly into our memories, buried underneath an avalanche of breaking news, scandals, legislation, political developments, ...

Best Of Luck, Mr. Mayor, In Your Future Endeavors

Jamestown has undergone many changes over the past two decades. The west side of the city has seen rebirth starting with the site assembly for the project that would become the Northwest Arena and ending with the more recent opening of the National Comedy Center. Major employers have come ...