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In Our Opinion

Downtown Needs Events To Bring Excitement, Vitality

For years, downtown Jamestown has looked like a hockey player’s smile — missing enough pieces in key locations to distract you from an otherwise attractive smile. The National Comedy Center filled one of those holes with a shiny, bright piece, but there are still an awful lot of holes ...

For New Year, Biden Should Make USPS Woes A Priority

U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has a lot of explaining to do, as some in Washington are saying his removal this fall of mail sorting machines at postal facilities is partly to blame for challenges the U.S. Postal Service faced in getting packages delivered during the Christmas season. Of ...

Cuomo Wants Low-Income High-Speed Internet Access

Expanding broadband access is a laudable goal. Anyone who has tried to work from home or lead a child through Zoom classes knows just how important a dependable, high-speed internet line is. We’re a bit worried, though, that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State proposal to require ...

Solving The City’s Healthcare Issue The Right Way Will Be Worth The Wait

Mayor Eddie Sundquist has taken an important first step toward hopefully resolving one of the city’s biggest recurring cost issues — retiree health care. The mayor moved too quickly in trying to move retirees off of the city’s health care plan as part of the 2021 budget. Counting on ...

When Dealing With Garbage Issues, We Need To Be Creative

The end of glass recycling by the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities makes economic sense for the BPU. It costs more to pick up glass recycling and transport it for disposal, so ending glass recycling will help the BPU avoid solid waste rate increases. And, for the utility, it means ...

Using Caution With Plans To Boost Revenue

Desperate times usually bring desperate measures. That appears to be the direction state Gov. Andrew Cuomo is headed when he begins to unveil his virtual State of the State message today. Two controversial items, which were announced by Cuomo last week, are being looked at to boost revenues ...

Let’s Make More Of Democracy Than We Have Been

“I toast democracy not alone for what it is, but chiefly for what it may become; not merely for what it has done, but also for what it makes possible for us and our children to do. Its road to the future leads through discussion, reasoning, persuasion, experiment, trial and error. Progressive ...

In-Person Buffalo Bills Attendance Leads To Testing

There is a lot of excitement among Bills fans — and with good reason. The nucleus Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott have built appears primed for a deep playoff run this year and the type of sustained success that hasn’t been seen in Buffalo since the heyday of Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, ...

School Zone Camera Proposal Needs More Work

Sen. George Borrello, R-Sunset Bay, and Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, R-Jamestown, are being asked by Jamestown to shepherd a bill through the state Legislature allowing the city to install speed cameras in school zones. Borrello and Goodell should not introduce the bill as proposed by Mayor ...

State Makes Right Decision The Wrong Way

The news that the state plans to close prisons in Gowanda, Watertown and Dannemora is another shot in the gut to our region economically. It is absolutely understandable that employees at the facilities are upset. State officials have said staff at the three prison facilities will receive ...

The COVID-19 Vaccines Have The Potential To Save Millions Of Lives

Distribution of millions of doses of vaccine effective against COVID-19 was no Christmas miracle. It happened only because many people at private drug companies worked hard and at top speed - encouraged by the federal government - to develop and test the vaccines. And they were released much ...

Is 2021 When State’s Population Drain Crisis Ends?

Unless something surprising happens, New York stands poised to lose even more of its national clout when the U.S. Census results are announced next year. According to the Census Bureau’s latest estimates, New York’s July 1, 2020, population of 19,336,776 was down 126,355, or .65%, from ...

Let’s Endeavor To Make 2021 A Better Year

We have entered a brand new year. It can be a fresh start for all of us ... but there is a lot on the horizon. Choices to be made in 2021 will be monumental - not just for individuals who might be hoping to lose a few pounds or save a little money, but for our nation as a whole. Resolve to ...

Let’s Make 2021 A Better Year Than 2020

There won’t be huge crowds and big parties to send 2020 on its way. Few will be sad to see this year come to an end, with its daily pandemic updates, the struggles to see loved ones, particularly those in nursing homes; the effect of COVID-related shutdowns on our economies and the ...

Recent Charges Shine Light On Human Trafficking

Social services and law enforcement officials have been sounding alarm bells for years about human trafficking in Chautauqua County. Recent federal charges against a Jamestown woman, however, should do more than raise alarm bells to parents. According to a federal complaint, the woman is ...

The Mayor Should Not Have Leased A Vehicle Without Proper Approval

Mayor Edward Sundquist may have followed the city’s procurement policy, but he still shouldn’t have leased a new vehicle without approval from either JURA or the City Council. Sundquist said the city requested bids for proposal, receiving five. The only difference with his vehicle is the ...

Educate People About Vaccine, Don’t Require It

There is little support amongst Democrats or Republicans in New York state for legislation that would make a COVID-19 vaccination mandatory. That’s the right call — though everyone should be worried about the percentage of New Yorkers who say they have no interest in taking a vaccine. A ...

All Is Calm. All Is Bright. Merry Christmas.

Two hundred and fourteen years ago, a young Austrian priest named Joseph Mohr wrote the words to “Silent Night.” Mohr was inspired by a peaceful, quiet in the hills overlooking Mariapfarr, not long after the Napoleonic wars. The town was at peace after more than 20 years of war. The ...

We Need This Silent Night As Much As Christmas

A common question around this time of year is, “Are you ready for Christmas?” It can be interpreted in a couple of ways. Sometimes, the query is whether we have all the gifts purchased, decorations both inside and out finished, donations to worthy causes made, and Christmas dinner food ...