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In Our Opinion

Raising A Red Flag Over Stefanik’s Rise In The GOP

Liz Cheney has been ousted as House Republican conference chair, likely soon to be replaced by Elise Stefanik of New York. The reason is that Cheney has called Trump out on the election lie and is trying to get the GOP to be honest. She’s losing that fight. The party’s federal lawmakers ...

County Democrats Need Compromise Rather Than Conflict

It is not a surprise that Democrats on the Chautauqua County Legislature were defeated in court over their pick to be the next Democratic Election Commissioner. We foresaw this outcome more than a month ago. The text of state law is clear, as state Supreme Court Justice Lynn Keane wrote in ...

During Emergency, Executive Power Limits Of Governor Should Be Curtailed

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has taken a necessary step in removing many of the COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings. The restrictions largely end May 19, though 6-foot social distancing measures will still limit how many people can be inside a business at any one time. The distance-based maximum ...

Council Must Take Time Deliberating On School Speed Zone Camera Proposal

Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, R-Jamestown, has greatly improved on a proposal to implement school speed zone cameras in Jamestown. Among the improvements Goodell has made since the legislation was forwarded to him from the city are getting rid of a provision that would have sent tickets only ...

Larson Kept A Treasured Piece Of Downtown Going

For almost seven decades, a member of the Lisciandro’s family has been at the helm of Lisciandro’s Restaurant on North Main Street. For 46 years of the restaurant’s 67-year history downtown, John Lisciandro has provided homemade food, a friendly joke, an update on his golf game and ...

Time A Factor In Cancellation Of County Fair

There has been some harsh criticism in recent days regarding a decision by the Chautauqua County Fair board of directors for deciding to cancel this year’s edition. Unsurprisingly, most of that discussion is on social media. We understand the disappointment, but does anyone truly believe ...

A ‘No’ Vote On PRO Act Is A ‘Yes’ For Free Enterprise

Among other things, President Joe Biden called for passage of the “PRO Act” on Wednesday during his first address before a joint session of Congress. The Protecting the Right to Organize Act, which the U.S. House passed by a narrow margin of 224-194 in March, is part of Biden’s American ...

Community Needs To Be Flexible During BPU Garbage Container Rollout

The Jamestown BPU’s plan to standardize garbage cans in the city of Jamestown is a good one. The city code is clear that city residents’ garbage is supposed to be placed at the curb in a covered container, and far too many city residents don’t have containers either by choice or ...

Projects Provide Sense Of Progress To County Residents

All of a sudden, development is booming in Chautauqua County. The former Silver Creek Elementary School and the former Fluvanna Elementary School in Greenhurst are poised to become apartments. The former Fairbank Farms and Castelli Cheese building in Blockville may soon be a cheese-making ...

Pending Outcome Of Consolidation Of 4 Town Courts Should Be Interesting

Keep an eye on the pending consolidation of four Chautauqua County town courts into one. French Creek and Mina officially merged judgeships earlier this year after home rule legislation was signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Sherman offficials tried to consolidate two judge positions into one last ...

Pending Outcome Of Consolidation Of 4 Town Courts Should Be Interesting

Keep an eye on the pending consolidation of four Chautauqua County town courts into one. French Creek and Mina officially merged judgeships earlier this year after home rule legislation was signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Sherman offficials tried to consolidate two judge positions into one last ...

Common-Sense Legislation Should Be Passed In A Timely Manner

What, exactly, took legislative Democrats so long to decide the time was right to repeal an executive order requiring diners to purchase food if they were having an alcoholic beverage? Democrats spoke eloquently Wednesday about the importance of checks and balances and respecting businesses ...

Are Workers Willing To Meet Employers Halfway?

Never before have the nation’s small businesses had such a hard time filling open positions. The National Federation of Small Business’ monthly jobs report showed that 42% of small business owners reported job openings they could not fill, 20 percentage points higher than the 48-year ...

Infrastructure Bill Too Important To Be All-Or-Nothing Proposition

Most of us think of infrastructure as something physical: bridges, roads, pipelines, power lines and the like. President Joe Biden says he wants to expand that dictionary definition to include workers, families and people — and therefore to include schools and housing, for example. That ...

Mixed Feelings About Summer School Opportunities Expected

We expect parents to have mixed feelings regarding summer school opportunities for their children. The Jamestown Public Schools District will offer its LEAP program, which mixes summer activities with literacy activities while Clymer and Panama school officials recently discussed their own ...

Without Commercial Air Service, Is Airport A Good Investment?

Reading the December U.S. Transportation Department order once again denying Essential Air Service to the Jamestown airport, one has to wonder if commercial air service is ever coming back. It’s clear federal officials don’t think 10 passengers a day are going to use the Jamestown ...

County Needs Help From State, Fed Officials To Get More People Vaccinated

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York, was right — vaccine supplies have caught up with vaccine demand even earlier than Schumer said it would. If only that were a good thing. About 43% of eligible county residents have recieved a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to Christine ...

Jamestown Needs To Give Its Vacant Space A New Life

The Jamestown area is looking at another big, empty building in the south as Truck-Lite looks for a new home for its corporate offices. The sprawling East Elmwood Avenue, Falconer, manufacturing facility is far too big for the 100 employees Truck-Lite has left in the area, so the company has ...

Chautauqua Lake District Support May Still Be Soft

It’s hard to believe so many Chautauqua Lake area homeowners are in favor of a lake taxation district. A month-long survey resulted in 1,592 responses. Of those 1,592 responses, 75% own property with access to Chautauqua Lake and 62% said they support the formation of a lake district. ...

The Economy Is Rebounding; And We Should Not Mess It Up

It is not difficult to understand why so many are optimistic we have turned the corner in our fight against COVID-19. Hopeful signs are everywhere. Earlier this month, the Institute for Supply Management reported the U.S. services sector showed record growth in March, as states ease ...