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In Our Opinion

A Preview Of An Iran With Nuclear Weapons

A preview of one potential scenario for a Middle East including a nuclear-armed Iran is being provided just a few time zones away, in North Korea.There, U.S. officials, both Democrat and Republican, for decades did little in reaction to North Korean leaders' combination of saber rattling and ...

A Costly And Unfair Situation In County Jail

On June 2, 2014, 58.9 percent of the 275 in-house inmates of the Chautauqua County Jail were unsentenced inmates; people who, according to the state Division of Criminal Justice Services, are either awaiting arraignment, trial, awaiting sentencing by the court or are parole violators with new ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center for another sterling Lucy Fest. A series of Hollywood heavyweights, including Regis Philbin, Nick Offerman and Jerry Seinfeld, who performs two shows tonight at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena, brought some hundreds of people downtown. We've seen ...

Train Station Has Momentum

The beautifully renovated Jamestown Gateway Train Station has gained momentum as an attraction for local residents and tourists. Three National Train Day celebrations have drawn large, enthusiastic crowds, along with a plethora of other events held regularly at the facility.Although much ...

The Inconsistency Of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Is New York among those self-proclaimed states that are open for business, as the state so loudly professed at a great cost to taxpayers last year? Or is it the self-proclaimed national leader of a progressive movement that wants to make life difficult for business owners, as it so effusively ...

Congress Should Investigate Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood officials have cried foul over an expose by an anti-abortion group. Why, the Center for Medical Progress has been harassing them for years and has released only carefully edited videotapes in its campaign, Planned Parenthood officials whine.But editing can do only so much to ...

Incentive Aid Idea Is A Winner

Perhaps Benjamin Spitzer, Chautauqua Lake Central School superintendent, should have been hired as the new state education commissioner.His idea to create tuitioning incentive aid to prompt more tuitioning agreements between New York school districts certainly makes more sense than most of the ...

Trump Really Is Not That Smart

It is unlikely Donald Trump remembers what he was doing on Oct. 26, 1967. He was a student at the prestigious Wharton School of Finance, not having to worry about being drafted for the Vietnam War. Four student deferments - sought, not granted automatically - saw to that.John McCain has vivid ...

School District Makes Right Call On SRO

It was plain to see more of a police presence was needed at the Jamestown Public Schools' technology academy after an April incident in which two 16-year-old students attacked their teachers. One of the teachers was punched in the face, causing cuts to his face and mouth, and was also hit in ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Derek Hosier, an Ashville native who recently traveled to Japan to present research at the Asian Congress on Nutrition in Yokohama, Japan. Hosier is an exercise science major at Mount Union University. Presenting at the conference was a lengthy process that involved submitting two ...

Committee Makes Right Call On Bigfoot Funding

The Chautauqua County Legislature's Audit and Control Committee squashed funding for the proposed National Bigfoot Center in Ripley last week. Committee members made the right call.The proposed $4 million project would use property near the Interstate 90 exit in Ripley. Bigfoot Center officials ...

Yet Another Unfunded Mandate Hits County

A state law requires counties to pay 50 percent of the cost for individuals ordered by courts to receive psychiatric examinations and observations as well as young individuals ordered by Family Court to go through evaluation at the state psychiatric facility.Typically, Chautauqua County budgets ...

Federal Officials Need To Answer To Hacking Fiasco

A company that kept information about a massive theft of personal information from its customers secret would be raked over the coals mercilessly by federal officials. Legions of lawyers would be ecstatic over the potential for lawsuits. Victims would desert the firm in droves, determined to ...

Learning From A Greek Tragedy

No doubt many Greeks are upset with their prime minister this week, after he agreed to tax increases and entitlement cuts needed to keep the country's economy from going belly-up. At least part of their anger would more appropriately be directed inward. Many of Greece's economic maladies were ...

No New Gun Laws Needed, Only Enforcement

Gun control advocates - many of whom really wish they could outlaw any ownership of firearms by individuals - constantly claim new limits are needed to save lives.But time and time again, violent crime headlines are followed a few days later by revelations that killers would not have obtained ...

Lake’s Needs Can Be Put Off No Longer

The $60 million price tag to place sewers around the northern and southern portions of Chautauqua Lake is enough to make those with even the loosest grips on their checkbook shudder.We admit $60 million is an awful lot to spend when the county is also trying to put together a water district in ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to a community coming together once again during a time of trouble. At least 15 volunteer fire departments from as far away as Erie County, Pennsylvania, and the Buffalo area came to the aid of north county residents hit by flooding Monday and Tuesday nights. Brocton residents were ...

Cuomo Seeks Publicity From Police Killings

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to have the attorney general's office investigate incidents in which New Yorkers are killed by police seems like another way for him to get publicity.The death of civilians at the hands of police officers has been in the news a great deal in the last year ...

Mosquitoes Are More Than A Nuisance

The recent confirmation of the West Nile Virus in an Erie County pool makes this the perfect time to make sure we all do our part to protect ourselves against the common mosquito.Mosquitoes are carriers of the West Nile Virus and of eastern equine encephalitis. Those who want to be outdoors can ...

Unenforceable Law Should Be Changed

Information recently released from the New York State Police shows relatively few assault weapon owners have complied with the New York state SAFE Act's deadline for registering the weapons. Even though the registration is free, and relatively simple to do, 311 registered in Chautauqua County ...