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In Our Opinion

Goodell Has Earned Two More Years As Representative

Incumbent state Assemblyman Andy Goodell, R-Jamestown, faces a spirited and feisty challenge from Christina Cardinale, a Jamestown resident endorsed by the Democratic Party. Cardinale’s has made several proposals since announcing her campaign earlier this year. The challenger has said she ...

In Tight DA Race, All Votes Are Important

From the beginning, Jason Schmidt has been a thorn in the side of District Attorney Patrick Swanson. Schmidt stepped up in 2016 to challenge Swanson, who was named to head the office after David Foley was elected Chautauqua County judge. It was a bitter, emotional campaign then and it has ...

County Connection Favors Martoche For Supreme Court

There are two candidates for New York state Supreme Court Justice on the Nov. 3 election ballot — Amy Martoche and Gerald Greenan III. Greenan is endorsed by the Republican, Conservative and Independence parties after narrowly losing a seat on the bench in 2019 to Diane Devlin. Greenan has ...

We’re On A Slippery Slope Just Following The ‘Science’

We’ve been urged to “follow the science” so many times during the past six months that we suspect many people are growing sick of the advice. Besides, what if the scientists aren’t following the science? Some of them are not. Americans became justifiably suspicious of the World ...

Parking Fee, Ticket Hikes Eat Up Small Tax Reduction

Mayor Eddie Sundquist proposes to save the owner of a $70,000 house about $12 a year on city taxes in 2021. That’s a laudable step, until you realize that if that homeowner works downtown, the savings are going to be quickly eaten up in the form of new parking fees in about six weeks. ...

The COVID-19 Game Is To Limit Positivity Rate

This has been a bad week for Chautauqua County when it comes to COVID-19. The county reported 118 cases from Oct. 11 through Oct. 18 — more than half of them tied to an outbreak of COVID-19 at Tanglewood Manor. Of course, that means that half the cases are from community spread; which ...

We Need To Be Careful Not To Put Too Many Eggs In The Tourism Basket

Andrew Nixon, Chautauqua County Visitor’s Bureay president and CEO, thinks the local tourism economy will recover from COVID-19. That good news is followed by sobering news — it may take more than three years for that recovery to be complete. Coming off of two strong tourism seasons ...

Every Day City’s Move Is Delayed, It Puts City Right Back At Square 1

Mayor Eddie Sundquist’s 2021 budget proposal is making one big bet — that the city can unilaterally save $1.1 million by moving Medicare-eligible retirees to a Medicare supplement or advantage plan. The city will then pay for the full premium of the members switched to those plans and ...

Those Who Cross Lines Drawn By Our Laws Should Be Punished

If the authorities are correct in their allegations against a group accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the 13 men ought to be viewed with a mixture of horror, disgust — Real Americans do not attempt to change either society or government by force. Those who do ...

State’s Best laid Plans Are Not At All Foolproof

It’s hard to understand how COVID-19 spread so quickly inside Tanglewood Manor if all of the state’s nursing home and assisted living guidelines for testing were being followed. After all, one of the reasons families haven’t been allowed to visit with loved ones inside the facility ...

Local Officials Let People Decide What They Wanted

Kudos to Jamestown and surrounding towns and villages that are allowing trick-or-treating to move forward on Halloween this year. It’s been a rough year for a lot of children. Activities they enjoy participating in were abruptly canceled, school time with friends was taken away suddenly ...

Goodell, Borrello Bill Finds Criminal Justice Reform Middle Ground

Legislation co-sponsored by Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, R-Jamestown, and Sen. George Borrello, R-Sunset Bay, to give judges more discretion on bail is unlikely to receive much deliberation in Albany simply because it was introduced by a pair of Republicans. That’s too bad, because the bill ...

Strong Leadership Needed On Lake; Is That A Pipe Dream?

A lawsuit filed earlier this week by the town of Ellery and the Chautauqua Lake Partnership against the state DEC comes as no surprise. While Ellery and the CLP take issue with the DEC’s choice to permit herbicides on only seven acres of Chautauqua Lake in Ellery this summer, the blame for ...

Some Companies, People Need Help Surviving The Virus

Many sectors of the U.S. economy continue a slow but steady recovery from the COVID-19 slowdown. By the end of September, the unemployment rate had dropped to 7.9%, down from 8.4% in August. But as we and many others have warned, some businesses — and millions of their employees — continue ...

Dashboard Should Be Provided So Residents Know Where They Stand

When it comes to onerous restrictions, Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf isn’t much better than Gov. Andrew Cuomo. But one thing Pennsylvania has done each week should be done here in New York state, starting immediately. Each week, Pennsylvania releases a weekly status update that breaks the state’s ...

The Human Rights Commission Will Depend On City Staff Having Time To Devote

The Rev. Uvie Stewart Jr. is a good choice by Mayor Eddie Sundquist to chair the city’s repopulated Human Rights Commission. Stewart is a longtime city resident who recently retired from Cummins Inc. after a career as a machinist and as a frame straightener at Jamestown Metal Corp. It was ...

BPU Needs To Tweak Its New Garbage Can Plan

We’re not surprised to see complaints regarding the Board of Public Utilities’ plan to start a citywide garbage can program. BPU customers will be issued a 95-gallon garbage can, which will include a lid. The only charges to customers will be if they need a second garbage can or if the ...

Spending, Taxes Are Going Up, You Just Don’t See It Yet

At first glance, Chautauqua County’s proposed 2021 budget looks great for taxpayers. County Executive PJ Wendel is proposing a 5 cent per $1,000 of assessed valuation tax decrease for county taxpayers — with a further tax rate decrease required so that the county meets the state’s 2% ...

A Much-Needed Remake Of Education Is Needed In NYS

Both Gov. Andrew Cuomo and school district officials from Bemus Point to Yorktown would have you believe the next several weeks are a critical time for school districts. But when you think about it, nothing has really changed for the past six months. Back in April, we all knew the state ...

Agree Or Not, The Government Is In Charge Of The People

President Donald Trump often shoots verbally from the hip. Many voters like that. Many others deplore it. But Trump, while holding the most powerful office in the world, understands fully that he is bound by certain rules and traditions. One of them is that when we hold an election, the ...