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In Our Opinion

In This Case, Two Wrongs Endanger Peoples’ Lives

Talk about two wrongs not making a right. For weeks, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said the state would conduct its own review of possible COVID-19 vaccines because he, and by extension the state, didn’t trust the federal Food and Drug Administration to approve a safe vaccine. “Fifty-four ...

New York Should Learn From This Year’s Election

It’s amazing that New York state still has races that are undecided some three weeks after the Nov. 3 election. It’s no wonder state Sen. Michael Gianaris has introduced legislation to speed up the counting of absentee ballots so that elections can be called more quickly. This is a ...

We Hope Council Members Tread Lightly On Downtown Businesses Right Now

It’s too early to tell right now if Mayor Eddie Sundquist’s compromise plan to increase parking fees and elimination of two-hour free parking spaces while giving people 20 minutes of free parking will be approved by the City Council. As part of his 2021 budget proposal Sundquist proposed ...

City Officials Have To Achieve Needed Insurance Goal

School children have always been asked to show their work before a teacher gives them credit for solving a problem. So we agree with Kim Ecklund, R-At large, and Marie Carrubba, D-Ward 4, who both want to know how a proposed $1.1 million savings in retiree health care built into the city’s ...

There Should Be No Lag In Oval Office Readiness

American presidents need to hit the ground running, especially when it comes to national security. We have too many enemies in the world to let our guard down for even a few hours. President Donald Trump continues to challenge results of the Nov. 3 election through court challenges. That is ...

Saturday Marks Jackson’s Opening Tribunal Statement

Saturday marks the 75th anniversary of Robert H. Jackson’s opening statement before the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg. Jackson, a native of Warren County, Pa., and Chautauqua County who by 1945 had already made his mark on the national stage as U.S. Attorney General and a ...

Camera System Questions Need Answers Before Contract Is OK’d

Jamestown City Council members are being asked to approve a new speed camera system for school zones in Jamestown. Council members had on their agenda for Monday’s work session a contract with Sensys Gatso for a speed camera system that would result in a $50 fine for anyone in a school ...

Legislation Should Not Be Necessary For Situation That Cuomo Created

It’s one thing for New York state to withhold or cut aid to schools in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Every school should have been expecting the state to take action — and, to their credit, most schools in our readership area took pre-emptive action. But it is another thing ...

Usually A Tax Decrease Is Easy To Approve, That Isn’t The Case Here

The Jamestown City Council meets tonight to hold its final departmental budget reviews. After that review, the real work starts. As it stands today, the budget includes a tax rate decrease of 17 cents per 1,000 of assessed valuation and a tax levy decrease of $70,000. As nice as a tax cut ...

Cuomo Is On A Slippery Slope With Enforcing His New Restrictions

Should people take part in large gatherings without taking proper COVID-19 precautions? No, not unless some measure of social distancing takes place. Should Gov. Andrew Cuomo have the power to dictate local police departments, code officers or health department workers go into homes to ...

If Census Count Is Unreliable, Do It Again Next Year

Census Bureau officials’ claim the agency was able to collect information from 99.9% of the households in America strains credibility. It would during normal times, not to mention the middle of a deadly epidemic. If officials in several states, cities and organizations are right, the bureau ...

If We Went A Year Without The Regents Tests, Do We Really Need Them Back?

Have the state Board of Regents just admitted that hybrid learning isn’t working? It’s worth considering in the wake of the Regents decision to cancel Regents exams scheduled for January. Many high school students in the state are either learning entirely at home or in a mix of ...

We Honor, Thank Those Who Serve And Have Served

How fortuitous it is that this week, while the attention of millions of Americans seems focused on controversy, we take time out to honor those about whom we are in complete agreement: veterans of military service. No matter how we view politics, we are united in revering the men and women ...

Let’s Figure Out How To Live With Virus, Not Worry About Shutdown

To his credit, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has resisted the notion of additional, broad shutdowns of New York's economy. Local shutdowns as part of his micro-cluster approach are bad enough for regions struggling to pick up the pieces from the COVID-19 economic collapse. Hopefully, Cuomo doesn't think ...

If Cuomo Is Serious, He Should Help Health Departments Meet His Demands

It’s difficult to see how county health departments statewide are going to administer Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s newest travel quarantine plan without additional help from the state. Last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced New York is ending its two-week travel quarantines for those coming to ...

We Are Americans, So Let’s Heal Our Deep Divisions

“Hearken not to the unnatural voice which tells you that the people of America, knit together as they are by so many cords of affection, can no longer live together as members of the same family; can no longer continue the mutual guardians of their mutual happiness. ... No, my countrymen, ...

We Can Beat COVID Without A Lockdown, If We Just Recognize The Stakes Involved

With COVID-19 slashing through populations throughout the world, some nations are preparing for lockdowns of the type employed last spring to curb the virus’ spread. Americans can’t afford to do that. Another business slowdown/shutdown of the type we experienced for a few months could ...

We Can Beat COVID Without A Lockdown, If We Just Recognize The Stakes Involved

With COVID-19 slashing through populations throughout the world, some nations are preparing for lockdowns of the type employed last spring to curb the virus’ spread. Americans can’t afford to do that. Another business slowdown/shutdown of the type we experienced for a few months could ...

COVID-19 Raises Educational Gap Learning Concerns

Tidbits from two separate area school district’s board meetings should be cause for concern as we move through a school year impacted by COVID-19. Ann Morrison, Sherman Central School principal, recently told board members that many ninth-grade students who are in need of academic ...

A Salute To Those Working The Polls For This Election

How about a nice salute to some unsung heroes who made Tuesday just a bit easier for everyone else: the poll workers. Across America, there were some real concerns due to the coronavirus that there would be a shortage of these people we rely on each Election Day. That was not the case here. ...