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In Our Opinion

Boasting By Putin Is Unwarranted

Americans old enough to remember the prediction “We will bury you,” pronounced by Nikita Khrushchev, Soviet Union premier from 1958-64, still might recall some of the “few choice words” they uttered in response. Khrushchev, who was adept at making predictions regarding a U.S. demise, ...

A Better Plan For Washington Street Property

The longer the plan to create a central garage for the city of Jamestown’s vehicle fleet on Washington Street lingers, the more questions it raises. We have taken issue in the past with the idea of taking a commerical property off the tax rolls when other sites are just as well suited to ...

State Officials’ Gun Violence Hearings Should Have Been Open To The Press

Last week, members of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration held four community meetings focusing on gun violence. Chances are no one in those communities knew anything about them — because they were closed to the press. How counterproductive is that? One would think Hempstead, ...

Small Step By County Is A Big Setback For Transparency

Tucked into a resolution for Wednesday’s Chautauqua County Legislature meeting is a two-word change that drastically decreases the legislature’s transparency with the public. Currently, the legislature and its committees post verbatim minutes of meetings — except for presentations — ...

Every Family Should Call For Their Free Smoke Detector

Most people run away from burning building. Jamestown Police Officer Mark Conklin isn’t most people. While on a service call early Monday morning on Baker Street, Conklin was notified of a possible fire on nearby William Street. With time of the essence, Conklin ran into the burning ...

Don’t Disregard State’s Denial Of Pops Permits

The state Office of General Services had, before last Friday, reached an interesting conclusion regarding Chautauqua Lake Pops’ use of a floating stage near Lakeside Park in Mayville. State officials who have no particular dog in the fight decided that the Chautauqua Lake Pops is not a ...