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Thumbs up to a milestone for the Jamestown Babe Ruth World Series Committee. Contracts were signed this week to bring the 2015 13-year-old World Series to Jamestown. It will be the 16th tournament hosted in Jamestown - and it comes on the 35th anniversary of the first Babe Ruth World Series to ...

Library: Past, Future Running Parallel

The James Prendergast Library is home to a pair of beautiful murals created decades ago by David L. Lawrence, a regional artist who at one time had four murals on display in the Jamestown area.The first phase of a planned construction project would remove the walls that house one of the murals ...

Alliance Is Step Toward Better Lake

The creation of the Chautauqua Lake & Watershed Management Alliance is good news for those who care about the future of Chautauqua Lake and its watershed.For six years, the Chautauqua Lake Management Commission acted as an intermediary between the Chautauqua County Legislature and the ...

NY: Open For Business, Sort Of

New York no longer has the worst business climate in the United States, according to a recently released study by the Tax Foundation.The Washington, D.C.-based organization recently reported its study showed New York's overall business tax climate ranking would have improved two spots to 48th ...

Ethanol: ‘Fuel’ For Thought

Thoughtful, perceptive environmentalists are coming to realize some of the panaceas suggested as ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are no more than political hot air.Take one favored technology, biofuels. Along with solar and wind power, they can reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, ...

National Debt Issue Will Only Get Worse

Americans seem to have become numb to worry about our astronomical national debt, already at $17.5 trillion. So don't expect much reaction - especially among liberals in Congress - to news President Barack Obama's administration has underestimated how much the debt will grow.During the next 10 ...

Help When Possible, Punish When Necessary

It is troubling that a few Jamestown school children found drugs so easy to get that they possessed them openly in Washington Middle School.It is also worth noting the quick and appropriate response by Jamestown Public Schools officials - particularly Melissa Emerson, school principal, who ...

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Thumbs up to Kayla Franchina, a Gerry native who has taken a high school project to collect and distribute prom dresses to underprivileged teen women with her to Alfred State. Project Prom Dress, which Franchina founded while a student at Cassadaga Valley Central School, focuses on collecting ...

EBT Restrictions A Step Forward

The state Legislature took a step forward when it approved a changes to social services law that will prevent Electronic Benefit Transfer cards from being used to pay for liquor, strippers, and gambling.Those on public assistance will no longer be able to use their cards for payment or cash ...

‘Eddie’s Law’ Could Save Lives

Recently, the New York State Senate passed a bill meant to address the low percentage of drivers involved in fatal crashes who are tested for drugs and alcohol. According to a 2004 federal report examining state laws and practices for blood-alcohol testing for drivers involved in fatal crashes, ...

Open Meetings Law Shouldn’t Be A Joke

If recent actions in the village of Westfield prove anything, it is that the state's Open Meetings Law carries as much weight as a limp noodle.To recap, a group of Village Board members reacted to news Mike VandeVelde, village mayor, wanted to replace Rebecca Jackson, deputy village clerk, and ...

Legislators Should Help Forestville

Anyone who pays a tax bill understands full well the angst Forestville taxpayers are feeling right now.The village's 2014-15 budget exploded due to debt repayments of $150,000 for a waterline project and $250,000 for an emergency demolition. Taxpayers who were already at a breaking point can't ...

Study Could Be Roadmap To Future

There is a cost and an opportunity for Chautauqua County legislators should they choose to loan money to the village of Forestville.Approving the loan package helps Forestville taxpayers in a time of desperate need. There is another benefit, however, that could help taxpayers throughout the ...

Happy Tax Freedom Day

Tax Freedom Day for Americans, on average, is April 21 this year. That is the day on which, according to The Tax Foundation, we as a nation will have earned enough money to pay our local, state and federal tax bills.Since President Barack Obama took office, Tax Freedom Day has grown later and ...

Happy Easter

Today is Easter Sunday.Many area residents will spend part of the day worshipping at church or sharing Easter dinner with family and friends. Children will enjoy finding candy in their Easter basket or, for those who haven't done so already, with an Easter Sunday egg hunt.This is the holiest ...

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Thumbs up to lending a hand to help our environment. Jamestown Community College will host its Earth Day festivities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday. Weather permitting, Earthfest will be held outside the Hamilton Collegiate Center near the pond. Otherwise, the program is held in the Student ...

Officials Should Discuss Removal Of Dead Fish

It's encouraging to know there is a perfectly natural cause for the hundreds of dead fish that recently washed ashore in the Bemus Point area.The problem was caused by an unusually cold, harsh winter that caused a phenomenon known as a winter fish kill - a normal occurrence during this time of ...

Money Talks: State-Funded Campaign Finance System

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli made the right move when he declined to act as a guinea pig for Gov. Andrew Cuomo's state-funded campaign finance system.It's not that DiNapoli doesn't believe in state-funded campaign financing. The comptroller has been an advocate for reform for years."At ...

Lucy Fest: Bigger And Better

It's not easy to make people laugh.That's perhaps why recent lineups for Lucy Fest, organized each year by the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center for Comedy, are so impressive. Early performers in the festival's history include Ray Romano, Ellen DeGeneres and Lewis Black. In recent years, the ...

Senate Should Be Careful With Housing Reform

It is difficult - with good reason - to believe that any "reform" initiated in the U.S. Senate and approved by President Barack Obama will do anything but give the government more control over Americans, cost us more and further liberal goals.That is cause enough to be leery of a Senate ...