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In Our Opinion

Good For Banerjee, Duflo And Kremer For Asking Questions

Conventional wisdom — even its more intuitive cousin, common sense — sometimes needs to be tested scientifically. This year’s winners of the Nobel Prize in economics are living proof of that. Michael Kremer of Harvard University and Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo of the ...

The Prendergast Library Needs To Ask Questions

The James Prendergast Library needs a new plan. Trying to restore large amounts of city funding simply isn’t possible. The city’s $3.4 million surplus is, at best, a short-term solution as the likely costs associated with contracts for police officers and firefighters hit the books. ...

Lawmaker In Minority Can Make Impact In Legislature

A common refrain from those who have opposed Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, R-Jamestown, in races for Goodell’s Assembly seat or in the races for the state Senate is that Goodell is unable to get much done because he is mired in the Assembly’s minority. That is partially true. Goodell only ...

The County Should Make Sure It’s Right Before It Starts A Fight

A discussion in September raised two interesting, and contradictory, ways for the Chautauqua County Board of Health to involve itself in the ongoing controversy over the construction of wind turbines in Chautauqua County. John Tallet, Board of Health member, proposed a moratorium on ...

The Regents Need To Recognize A Project Too Big To Rush

The Eighth Judicial District is a sprawling district that encompasses eight counties. To travel from Ripley in one corner of the district to Kendall in the other corner would take someone two hours and fifteen minutes on a good day — and we’re coming to the time of year when good days for ...

What Will Happen Next With The City’s Budget Plan?

Mayor Sam Teresi’s proposed 2020 budget is much the same as his last two budgets. It spends what they city can spend to pay for services that have to be provided. There are no sexy new programs, unless one counts the Smart Cities Investment Plan the mayor unveiled a few weeks ago. There ...

Congress Shouldn’t Be Distracted By The Impeachment Hearings

Are leaders in Congress unable to walk and chew gum at the same time? That is, are they capable of multitasking on major issues? Some are speculating they are not. Recall that just a few weeks ago, in the wake of more mass murders, lawmakers vowed to debate steps to reduce the likelihood ...

DMV Should Take The Hassle Out Of Parking

There is no nice way to say it — parking at the county DMV office on Third Street, Jamestown, is a nightmare. It’s not just a matter of too few spaces. The parking lot’s layout is simply terrible. It’s difficult to swing a large vehicle into tight spaces without worrying about ...

Horrigan Was The Right Decision To Lead This Transition

The Chautauqua Lake & Watershed Management Alliance finds itself in an interesting position as 2019 comes to a close. In September, Erin Brickley, former Alliance executive director, resigned. Former County Executive Vince Horrigan has been named the organization’s interim executive ...

Defacing Projects For The Community Should Not Be Tolerated

We are sometimes left shaking our head at the things people do. That was the situation last week when a Celoron man decided to use blue marker to deface two statues of Lucille Ball in Lucille Ball Memorial Park in Celoron and write graffiti on an outside wall of the bathroom in the park. ...

The Merger Of The Reg Lenna And NCC Will Be One To Watch

The concept between a combined Reg Lenna Center for the Arts and the National Comedy Center is interesting. A merger of the organizations is far from a done deal. The boards of directors of both organizations have a lot of work to do before they can decide if a merger is the best thing for ...

Officials Should Address Cigarettes, And E-Cigarettes

A state Court of Appeals decision to temporarily block New York from enforcing a new prohibition on sales of flavored e-cigarettes is a welcome step. The stay was granted one day before the state planned to start enforcing 90-day emergency regulations banning the sale of most flavored ...

Getting The Flu Shot Isn’t Just For Your Own Benefit- Go Get It

What is the most serious respiratory illness threat facing Americans today? If you answered “e-cigarettes,” we commend you for keeping up with current events. But that is the wrong answer. The correct one is influenza. On average, about 8% of Americans contract the flu each year, ...

A Small Tweak To Arbitration Could Make A Big Difference

Why are Jamestown officials approving 2% raises for some of its unions while fighting an imposed 2% raise for city police officers? The answer lies in what that 2% means to the city’s bottom line. It turns out a 2% raise for the 58 members of the city’s AFSCME union is much different ...

FDA Should Give Answers To Health Scare Questions

A new public health scare has surfaced, and this one has nothing to do with e-cigarettes and vaping. Instead, it involves millions of people who take drugs to reduce the amount of acid in their digestive tracts. A very popular over-the-counter drug, Zantac, has been taken off the shelves by ...

Illegal Immigrants Shouldn’t Be Able To Use A License To Vote

If Democrats in the state Legislature want to assuage some of the concerns throughout the state about the state law allowing undocumented immigrants to get a New York state driver’s license, then they won’t disregard legislation proposed by Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, R-Jamestown, last ...

Lawmakers Need To Be Careful With The County’s Surplus Funds

Chautauqua County taxpayers received good news last week when County Executive George Borrello released a 2020 budget proposal that contains no increase in the county’s tax rate. That means taxpayers won’t see an increase in the amount they pay to the county, which we’re sure is ...

State Ed. Dept. Needs To Answer Simple Questions

Southwestern Central School District officials have been waiting months to have a simple question answered — how should they properly handle transportation of unvaccinated children? To its credit, the state Education Department has issued guidance on the situation. Unfortunately, the ...

Are We Americans Really The Enemy On Climate Change?

Curious, is it not, that the major industrial power doing the most to battle climate change is the target of the bulk of criticism regarding that concern? With a new general session of the United Nations underway, multiple world leaders are citing worry about a range of issues. In fairness ...

Reimbursement Rates Need To Be Increased

There is obviously demand for ambulance services in Chautauqua County. Two weeks ago, Jamestown firefighters expressed their displeasure with the department’s staffing level if city firefighters are going to be expected to provide more ambulance transports. In 2017, Alstar Ambulance turned ...