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In Our Opinion

Catholic Church Makes Hard, But Necessary, Decisions

It’s going to be a difficult summer for members of some Catholic parishes in the wake of the decision by the Buffalo Catholic Diocese to close and merge several churches. According to a fact sheet provided by the Buffalo Diocese, 59% of the 160 current parishes within the region report a ...

County Population Estimates Remain Disappointing

Chautauqua County’s population losses continue like a steady drip from a leaky faucet. The county had 124,891 people in 2023, down from the 125,344 estimated for 2022. The largest municipality, the city of Jamestown, dropped to 27,965 in 2023, from 28,102 the prior year. The next largest, ...

Red Flag Notices To State Agencies Should Be Treated Equally

We can’t disagree with the need for extreme risk protection orders. Otherwise known as red flag orders, an extreme risk protection order allows a court to seize a person’s firearms if a judge agrees with a request by police or family members that a person is a danger to themselves or ...

City Budget Deficit Should Come As Little Surprise

The financial chickens are coming home to roost for the city of Jamestown. News during the most recent City Council work session that the 2024 budget doesn’t balance by between $1.9 and $2.9 million isn’t really that surprising given that former city Comptroller Joe Bellitto told ...

Supreme Court Defends Freedom Of Speech

We are grateful for the Supreme Court’s unanimous verdict in National Rifle Association v. Vullo — a case that cut to the heart of freedom of speech. New York state officials targeted the NRA specifically because they found the NRA’s message objectionable, and pressured private ...

Friendly’s Demolition Is A Reminder Change Is The Only Constant

The demolition of the old Friendly’s Restaurant in Brooklyn Square began in earnest last week. It was a shocking sight even though everyone has known for months that it was coming. Burst water pipes and the ensuing damage in the building made demolition a foregone conclusion even before ...