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In Our Opinion

The White House Is A Task Taken On By ‘The Better Halves’

Whether the exquisite furniture in the Blue Room at the White House is genuine antiques or department-store reproductions is nowhere near as important as, say, the war in Afghanistan. And whether the wallpaper in the Red Room is refurbished or, at high cost, replaced has no effect on the ...

The State Needs To Support Public Defense

It is important that those accused of crimes receive their due process guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Mandating that prosecutors hand over evidence to defense attorneys within 15 days of an arraignment while including more material in the discovery material prosecutors are required to ...

Tax Money For Education Should Be Spent More Wisely

There are roughly 2,700 fewer children enrolled in Chautauqua County schools than there were 10 years ago. The cost for both local taxpayers (15.33%) and state taxpayers (21.89%) has increased over that same time period. According to U.S. Census data released earlier this year, New York ...

Halls Of Albany Don’t Like Echoes Of Opposition

New Yorkers will not be forced to replace their license plates once the plates are at least 10 years old, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office. Cuomo’s plan would have began in the spring. In addition to a $25 replacement fee, drivers who wanted to keep their old license plate numbers ...

Clymer Faces Some Big Shoes To Fill In Bailey’s Departure

It’s unfortunate that a fairly clear path forward for the Clymer Central School District will have to take place without Ed Bailey, who resigned last week as district superintendent. Bailey has a long, distinguished history with the district starting as a member of the graduating class of ...

Lake Buoys May Provide Correct Information For Policy Makers

The introduction of buoys to collect information about harmful algal blooms could be a true game-changer in the fight against algal blooms. Bowling Green State University is one of 11 organizations collaborating on national research of toxic algal blooms the university’s Lake Erie Center ...

Bowing Down To The Taliban’s Bloody Strategy Is Not A Solution

Leaders of the quasi-terrorist organization known as the Taliban had every reason to believe their strategy of shedding blood to prod Americans into pulling out of Afghanistan would work. It has in the past, for both Islamic extremists and others. Not this time. President Donald Trump had ...

Firefighters Are Too Valuable To Send For Ambulance Calls

Jamestown firefighters have every right to be upset if they indeed are unable to respond to structure fires because they are responding to ambulance calls. On Monday, the firefighters’ union blasted Mayor Sam Teresi for placing the public at risk by not hiring more firefighters and for ...

The City’s Surplusses Shouldn’t Be Budgeted For Debt Service

Jamestown City Council members have an opportunity to approve a capital spending program when they meet at the end of the month. If the program can be implemented with no impact to the city budget, we hope council members back Mayor Sam Teresi’s plan. Not only will is it expected to result ...

Video Should Spark Dialogue Between Parents And Children

Videos of an incident between several youth, allegedly Jamestown youth, that made the social media rounds late last week upset many in the Jamestown community, with good reason. The videos, now shared more than 10,000 times on Facebook, show several males engaging with another male, who ...

It’s Time National Regulatory Agencies Get Up To Speed

Across the country, previously healthy, largely young people are finding themselves afflicted with a serious lung illness. No one knows which chemical, or combination of chemicals, is responsible for this mystery illness. The only link between them is the use of vaping devices or ...

State Should Write Own Laws, Not Rely On Commissions

When New York’s elected officials don’t want to deal with a difficult issue, they create a special commission to decide the issue for them. The last such commission — Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Committee on Legislative and Executive Compensation — has now had two court decisions declare ...

Attorneys General May Want To Look At The New York Claim

Attorneys general in 49 states — including ours — may want to take a look at a big payout from the Google YouTube online service. Google has been fined $136 million by the Federal Trade Commission over allegations it harvested personal data about children without seeking their ...

State Legislation Means Nothing If Not Enforced

Does the state Legislature actually have any control over the workings of the New York State Police? We’re starting to wonder. Nearly seven years ago, a provision in the SAFE Act mandated that the State Police build a database from information submitted by gun owners. That information ...

We Need To Generate Results For The Lake Not Just Discussion

Dave McCoy, Chautauqua County watershed coordinator, hit the nail on the head last week while discussing the proliferation of eel grass in North Harmony. The bloom was seen from the Bemus Point-Stow Ferry dock to the Chautauqua County Veterans Memorial Bridge across Chautauqua Lake. Eel ...

It’s Only Fair That The State Practices What It Preaches

It shouldn’t be difficult for Industrial Development Agencies statewide to comply with a recently enacted state law to livestream their meetings and then archive the videos for public viewing later. The Assembly nearly unanimously passed the legislation mandating IDAs to videotape their ...

Having A Well Funded Surplus Fund Is Important For A Town

There are two convincing arguments made by Busti town officials regarding a fund balance policy approved by the Town Board last month. Jesse Robbins, Busti town supervisor, and three members of the board feel the town should have a robust fund balance so that the town can better weather any ...

Sanders Economic Plan Would Cost Each Family In US

One need not be a fan of fossil fuels or of reasonably-priced electricity generated by them to roll one’s eyes at Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sander’s version of the “new green deal.” Sanders has released his “climate plan.” It envisions spending $16.3 trillion in ...

We All Must Battle Against The Spread Of Racism

Despite comments by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden this week, racism is not an “institutional” aspect of life in the United States. But it does exist — and that simply is unacceptable. We as a people need to do more to stamp it out. No form of bigotry, including the ...

Annexation Plan Should Be Set Aside For Now

After two years, Jamestown, Falconer and Ellicott are no closer to a resolution on a proposed annexation of the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities’ Dow Street substation in Falconer. The Fourth Department Appellate Division ruled last week that the city was too late in filing its original ...