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In Our Opinion

Other, Greater Needs Outweigh Opening Jamestown Airport

Ron Almeter made an interesting point recently to the federal Transportation Department – if there is ever a time to restore air service to the Chautauqua County Airport at Jamestown, this is it. For as much as we have doubted the future of commercial airline service from the Jamestown ...

Loyalty Is Endearing Quality About Small Communities In Chautauqua County

This year has already been impossible for our small businesses — and that’s what makes last week’s fire that destroyed the Kiss BBQ restaurant in Westfield so hard to swallow. Employees were in the building putting the finishing touches on the restaurant and preparing food to reopen to ...

The Council Should Deliberate In Open Session On Solutions

Mayor Eddie Sundquist and the Jamestown City Council need to tread very carefully when it comes to food trucks downtown. No one wants to see a possible new local favorite be turned away simply because of a restaurant is based in a truck rather than a brick-and-morter building. At the same ...

Make It A Reality All Are Treated Equally

Independence Day should not be celebrated without recognizing that for much of our history as a nation, many of our fellow Americans have wondered what there was for them to celebrate. During nearly a century after independence, millions of African-Americans remained enslaved, after all. ...

Support Local Museums During The Transition To A ‘New Normal’

It will take some time for us all to get used to the “new normal” after the COVID-19 epidemic. One aspect of our lives that should not change — but could — is the variety of museums that educate and entertain us. Throughout the world, most museums had to close during the height of ...

Reinstalling Poulin Statues Is A Fitting Remembrance

One of the most heartbreaking aspects of Dave Poulin’s story in the Jamestown and Warren areas is what happened in the aftermath of the “Scary Lucy” fiasco. Some took joy in berating and making fun of the sculptor, and lost amidst the hubbub of a private commission gone wrong was the ...

A Classic Case Of Do As I Say And Not As I Do From The Governor

How short is Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s memory? Does he remember his blithering bluster only three short months ago when Rhode Island threatened to force any visitors from New York state to be quarantined regardless of whether or not they had symptoms? Does he remember threatening lawsuits at ...

CARTS Needs To Work Better With Non-Profit Agencies To Boost Ridership

Chautauqua County Legislator Terry Niebel is correct to be a little wary. During a recent Audit and Control Committee meeting this month, the Sheridan representative questioned a potential new name for the Chautauqua Area Regional Transit System. “It’s been known as CARTS since the mid ...

Because We Are Americans We Can And Must Do This

Charity begins at home, especially in safeguarding Americans from COVID-19. But we have a long, praiseworthy record of having big hearts, and now should be no exception to that. Efforts to develop new medicines to treat the symptoms of COVID-19 and to develop vaccines against it have ...

Mayor, Council Have Their Work Cut Out For Them

How Jamestown officials move to fill the void left by the retirement of Harry Snellings, longtime city police chief and public safety director, will speak volumes about how Mayor Eddie Sundquist and members of the City Council view the police department’s role in the community. Seven of ...

Chautauqua County Should Opt Out Of Firework Sales

Bombs bursting in air is supposed to be reserved for special occasions, like the Fourth of July or Labor Day. It certainly is an annoyance, then, to have fireworks booming in short bursts in Dunkirk and Jamestown in recent weeks. Many have complained to police that the fireworks are ...

Some Inspiration From Our Neighbors Across The State Line

There would be no United States of America if we Americans didn’t try to overcome setbacks. We note, then, an inspiring development in Warren County to our south as well as in our county seat as we near the celebration of our nation’s independence. Alicia Gatto and her husband, Bob, ...

City Needs To Achieve Cost-Certainty With Labor Units, Soon

Jamestown entered the year with a $3.76 million surplus. It certainly won’t be ending the year with that much money in the bank. That was already true thanks to the financial wrecking ball known as COVID-19. The news late last week that the city’s Hail Mary pass to overturn an two ...

Taxpayers Deserve To Know Where Our Money Is Being Spent

American taxpayers should not be handing out hundreds of billions of dollars in aid to businesses without having at least some idea of where our money is going. That seems obvious. However, demanding such transparency puts the U.S. Treasury Department — and some of the businesses being ...

A Mean Spirit Must Be Absent From Race Discussions

Public officials — and those running for public office — have a responsibility to speak carefully and clearly on matters of race and gun policy. They must exercise extreme caution when those two hot-button issues intersect. A minor controversy was sparked at a recent Jamestown City ...

New Roundabout Pattern Working; Congestion Is Less

So far, so good. That is the preliminary report regarding the controversial roundabout that is located at Routes 20 and 60. Yes, it is far from perfect as work is still being completed. Even the drivers are sometimes unsure about the new pattern. But it seems to be working. Congestion is ...

No Excuse For City Playgrounds To Remain Closed

It’s fairly unfathomable that Jamestown’s playgrounds still aren’t open a week after Gov. Andrew Cuomo lifted restrictions on play areas. The city’s network of playgrounds is a selling point for those with young families and likely one of the reasons those with children choose to pay ...

Lowering Fee May Help Downtown Restaurants During Tough Time

It would be interesting to see if downtown businesses interested in pursuing outside dining can afford to use the parklets being discussed by city officials. Parklets are platforms that would be used on parking locations outside of a restaurant to allow the business to have more room to seat ...

Residents Need To Follow Rev. And Mrs. Walker’s Examples

In these times of unrest, there is something we can all learn from the Rev. LeRoy Walker and his wife, Debbie. Rev. Walker has been ministering at Jamestown’s Emmanuel Baptist Church for 25 years. Rarely have the Walkers ever sought out a spotlight. Rarely would you ever hear them ...