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In Our Opinion

Headlines Change, But The County Residents Always Stay Top-Notch

Looking back at the past year and the stories that have appeared on our pages, one is struck by the sheer breadth of topics. Last year’s lingering issues faded quickly into our memories, buried underneath an avalanche of breaking news, scandals, legislation, political developments, ...

Best Of Luck, Mr. Mayor, In Your Future Endeavors

Jamestown has undergone many changes over the past two decades. The west side of the city has seen rebirth starting with the site assembly for the project that would become the Northwest Arena and ending with the more recent opening of the National Comedy Center. Major employers have come ...

The U.S. Troops Being Pulled Doesn’t Rule Out A Return

Four thousand more U.S. troops will be pulled out of Afghanistan, reducing the force there to about 8,600, it was reported this week. That number is inadequate to do more than protect key U.S. positions and personnel. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw more forces from ...

A Mediated Solution May Be Best For Annexation

It makes little sense that a public hearing on Jamestown’s proposed annexation of the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities Dow Street substation, which has been rescheduled for Monday, should take place as scheduled. First, it makes little sense to hold a public hearing on the annexation ...

The State Needs To Encourage Investment In Ways To Use Reserves

It is obvious that New York wants to end its relationship with fossil fuels, including natural gas. We’re sure there will be a lot of support among state lawmakers for a proposed state ban on hydraulic fracturing. There shouldn’t be, though that doesn’t mean there should be a drumbeat ...

ExxonMobil Case A Prime Example Of Politics Gone Too Far

New York’s attorney general is elected to the position, so there will be politics involved in the job. But what has happened between New York state and Exxon over the past four years is an example of partisan tomfoolery at its worst. In 2015, former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman ...

We Wish You A Merry Christmas

A common question around this time of year is, “Are you ready for Christmas?” It can be interpreted in a couple of ways. Sometimes, the query is whether we have all the gifts purchased, decorations both inside and out finished, donations to worthy causes made, and Christmas dinner food ...

Early-Morning Meetings Should Be A Last Resort

There was enough smoke surrounding the fate of Dr. Rosemary Bradley, former Jamestown High School principal, that a special meeting immediately raised suspicions that a change was coming. It is obvious that the public is interested in what is happening at the high school given more than 100 ...

Put An End To Feds Cadillac Tax On Health Care Plans

Little by little, the bright, appealing shell that is Obamacare is being stripped away to reveal a thoroughly rotten core. More of it was being exposed this week. Former President Barack Obama’s administration went to great pains to shield the truth about Obamacare from the American ...

Lessons Learned From Principal’s Resignation

The resignation of Dr. Rosemary Bradley closes a short, tumultuous chapter in Jamestown High School’s history. The no confidence vote by Jamestown High School teachers and staff put both Bradley, Superintendent Bret Apthorpe and the Board of Education in a tough position. Resignation was ...

Make Plea Bargains In Felony Sex Abuse Cases More Difficult

New York state doesn’t want to be too harsh on those convicted of crimes. That thought applies to the intransigence of state Democrats to broach the idea of tweaking their much-criticized criminal justice reforms just as it does to a piece of common-sense legislation that has been ...

It May Seem Schools Shouldn’t Have Been Issued These Fines

It comes as no surprise that Gov. Andrew Cuomo vetoed legislation forgiving the remainder of Panama Central School’s $4.9 million fine by the state Education Department. The veto has become an annual rite of passage along with Thanksgiving leftovers and presents under the Christmas tree. ...

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly For The New York Health Care Act

The big question with single-payer health care in New York state has always been how to pay for it. Democrats in Albany should keep that question in mind as they hold hearings on the New York Health Act during the upcoming legislative session. Better yet, they should keep that question in ...

Scrutiny Needed Before Incentives Handed Out For Development Projects

The sudden closing of Castelli America’s plant in Blockville last week is bad news for nearly 100 Amish families who sold their milk to the cheese plant. It’s also yet another troubling sign for companies that try to do business in New York state. New York state and Chautauqua County ...

Give Some Credit To The Lawmakers Who Put Politics In The Back Seat

After many weeks in which the U.S. House of Representatives has seemed preoccupied with Democrat lawmakers’ vendetta against President Donald Trump, action on a new trade agreement may finally be on the horizon. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Tuesday announced her caucus has ...

The State Can’t Keep Squeezing Money From Its Taxpayers

Give credit to state Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, D-Bronx. With the state facing a $6.1 billion budget deficit, nearly half of which (roughly $4 billion) is tied to the state’s Medicaid program, Heastie told reporters in Albany last week that the state will have to raise revenue to cover ...

It’s Time For Legislators To Do The Work They Were Elected To Do

The state Legislature has a little more than a week to decide to hold a special session if it wants to make any changes to the Public Campaign Finance Commission’s recommendations. Legislative leadership should do so. Many will always view the Public Campaign Finance Commission’s work ...

Despite Comptroller Criticism, Westfield Officials Did It Right

Early last week, the state Comptroller’s Office criticized the town of Westfield for spending too much buying the 48,000-square-foot Welch’s Building. Perhaps the Comptroller’s Office should have waited until the building was sold before levying criticism. A few days after the ...

Time Is Short But The Need Is Large, Donate If You Can This Year

The holiday season is here. Many in our community are busy shopping, planning family get-togethers and generally feeling festive. We hope it is also a time when our community comes together to help those who need a helping hand both during this holiday season and during the rest of the year, ...

Begin Programming Downtown To Entice Developers

Roughly 100 people attended the first of four community engagement events organized by Mayor-elect Eddie Sundquist’s transition team. Kudos to all those who attended, including several City Council members. The sessions continue today with a forum on economic and business development, ...