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In Our Opinion

Like Many Families, City’s Bank Account Just Got Lighter

Like many area residents’ bank accounts around Christmas, Jamestown’s savings account isn’t nearly as big as it was when the month started. City residents aren’t getting any shiny new toys from city government this year for Christmas — they’re just paying some really big bills. ...

Why Sign Bills That Are Admittedly Unconstitutional?

We often wonder what Gov. Andrew Cuomo is thinking when he makes the decision to sign or veto legislation sent to his desk by the state Legislature. We’re going to do so again, for what seems like the umpteenth time in recent memory, over Cuomo’s approval of legislation banning the sale ...

History Was Made At Brooks-TLC This Week

This was no ordinary shot in the arm last week. It was history in the making. Last Wednesday, an emergency room nurse was the first to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at Brooks-TLC Hospital. The Dunkirk facility received its shipment of the vaccines on Tuesday. Sara Couchman was the first to ...

Cuomo Should Walk Fine Line With Churches

It’s disappointing that the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to block Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s restriction on houses of worship was so quickly placed into partisan or ideological terms. Six justices agreed that Cuomo’s orders limiting church attendance in red and orange microcluster zones ...

City Officials Not Using Informative Parking Source

If Mayor Edward Sundquist and the Jamestown City Council are serious about fixing parking downtown, they have an unused asset in Pete Miraglia. Miraglia, a former board member of the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation and a longtime downtown business owner, presented a report to the council ...

County Legislature Really Likes To Spend Your Money

Chautauqua County is trying really, really hard to spend your money. During budget discussions, legislators approved 3% raises for county managers despite the fact that the county is still in the middle of a pandemic. State-related revenues are difficult to count on given the state’s ...

Legislature Should Approve The Airport Rent Credit Change

The Luscombe Aircraft Corp. is asking the Chautauqua County Legislature for a break on its rent for Hangar A at the Chautauqua County Airport in Jamestown. The legislature should approve that request. Luscombe’s existing lease with the county is $1,850 rent with a monthly rent credit of ...

CARTS Building Plan Is Not Urgent

It’s sure hard to tell that New York state has a budget deficit, isn’t it? Chautauqua County is proposing to buy the 215 E. Third St., Jamestown, building it is using through a licensing agreement with GPatti LLC in the former Ray Nelson Service Station. To be clear, the project being ...

Furlough City Rec. Coordinator And Reimagine Duties

It’s ironic that Mayor Edward Sundquist started this budget process saying there wouldn’t be much recreation or many events in the coming year only to end the budget process fighting to keep that very position in the budget. Sundquist noted in his budget presentation that most ...

In Nominating Heitkamp, Biden Would Get A Good 3-In-1 Deal

Perhaps the most important task facing President-elect Joe Biden is ending the fierce, sometimes vicious, partisanship that seems to rule Washington. He has an excellent opportunity to send a message in that regard while at the same time gaining a top-notch member of his Cabinet. It has been ...

People Deserve Information If Governments Want Modified Behaviors

Sheriff Jim Quattrone did a commendable job last week in making sure people knew there was a COVID-19 outbreak happening at the Chautauqua County Jail. We note that the outbreak was known early enough for the Chautauqua County Health Department to have updated the public, but it did not do ...

City Arborist’s Decision, Though Difficult, Is Correct

No one wants to see the tall, wonderful trees on Jamestown’s West Third Street cut down, certainly not city arborist Dan Stone. But Stone has studied the trees enough to arrive at an unpopular truth — the trees are becoming a safety risk and need to be removed. City residents won’t ...

Americans Need A Stimulus Package As Pandemic Continues To Rage

When we endorsed Rep. Tom Reed for re-election in late October, this is what we wanted to see. The Problem Solvers Caucus had made dozens of proposals over the years, but had precious little to show for it. A month after the November election, however, the caucus may have made its biggest ...

We Must Never Forget The Pivotal Moment, History Of Pearl Harbor

Seventy-nine years ago today, the United States was under attack. Japanese planes bombed Pearl Harbor in the morning hours to the nation’s shock and dismay. It brought our country into World War II. At that time, we knew the enemy and where they were located. Radio reports like this one ...

We Need To Come Together And Solve These Zoning Issues

The color purple is prevalent throughout our country every October as people celebrate Domestic Violence Awareness Month with awareness walks, events and news coverage. Will our area ever take domestic violence seriously the rest of the year? We’re starting to wonder. Twice in the ...

Trump Should Seize Moment To Extend Deadline

Unless members of Congress find some way to compromise and give Americans an early Christmas through a new round of COVID-19 relief funding, the holiday season will be grim for tens of millions of people. President Donald Trump can do little about that — but he can do something. Among ...

Hospitalizations Should Have Been Cuomo’s Main Focus In Pandemic

Earlier this week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo once again changed course on COVID-19. The winter plan has five parts — making more testing available to the community, discouraging small gatherings, working to keep schools open and preparing a vaccine distribution plan. These four pieces make some ...

Coronavirus Needs To Change Way Governments, And Schools Are Run

This has been the year from hell. Due to something not even on our radar in late 2019, our nation, state and communities have been compromised. Some may have expected some type of economic slowdown, but no one could have foreseen one of the most bizarre and volatile times of our life. As a ...

Cashless Tolling Hurts Motorists Who Use Thruway The Least

New York state’s decision to move to cashless tolling is a good one. It will make people’s Thruway trips faster and safer, though we do feel for the toll workers who told quickly and impersonally that their jobs were vanishing nearly overnight. The move makes the most sense for ...